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Conference and Hiring Fair

Saturday, April 15th
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Huguenot High School

Schedule At-A-Glance





8:30 - 9:00


Continental Breakfast

Vendor Hall Opens

Hiring Fair Begins

“Drums not Guns” in Auditorium


Sponsored by Grand Canyon University

9:00 - 9:10

Opening and Welcome

"Lift Every Voice and Sing"
by Rufus Johnson


9:10 - 9:55

Panel - Legislators and Community Leaders

Moderator - Solomon Jefferson, RPS Chief Academic Officer

Mayor Levar Stoney

Lamont Bagby, Chair, Virginia Legislative Black Caucus

Willis Walter, Dean, VSU School of Education

Frank Scott, Retired Principal

Yahusef Medina, Director, Community Initiatives, Virginia Humanities


9:55 - 10:00

Award Presentation

RVA Men Teach Male Minority Teacher of the Year


10:00 - 10:10


Song by Rufus Johnson, Armstrong HS Choir Teacher


10:10 - 11:00

Panel - The Effects of Covid 19 on Public Education

Moderator - Rodney Robinson, 2019 National Teacher of the Year

Anthony Swann, 2021 Virginia Teacher of the Year

Ryan James, 2017 Milken Winner

Toney McNair, 2017 Virginia Teacher of the Year

Ryan Sykes, 2019 Milken Winner


11:10 - 11:30

Break/Vendor Showcase



11:30 - 12:15

Breakout Sessions 1

See breakout schedule below

Rooms 208, 210, 224, 227

12:15 - 1:00



Nomad Deli


1:00 - 1:45

Breakout Sessions 2

See breakout schedule below

Rooms 208, 210, 224, 227

1:45 - 2:00




2:00 - 2:30


Panel - Young Leaders

Moderator - William Scott, Armstrong High School

Harold Aquino, Teacher, GWHS

Denzel Palmer, Teacher, AHS

Delonte' Liggins- Johnson, Student AHS



2:30 - 3:00




CPR Courses by Xmas Group LLC

Location: Room 1-313

  • Session 1 - 9:15-11:45
  • Session 2 - 12:30-3:00

Morning Breakout Session Schedule - 11:15-12:00

Session Title



Room Number

Husband's, Father's, Warriors, and Nation-Builders

Olufemi Shepsu

The workshop will focus on Black Male Development from a historical framework (Ancient-Kush-Meroe to the MAAFA, and the modern era). Black Manhood will be analyzed from a Historic, Biological, Cultural, and Environmental perspective; to fully contextualize how the MAAFA and subsequent system of White Supremacy and Domination has compromised the Black Man's Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Health. The workshop will also focus on Cultural Reconstruction as a powerful framework to restore the Black Man's Humanity and Spirit.


Pushing the Boundaries: Dual Enrollment

Kakim Fung, Teacher George Wythe High School

(90 College Credit in HS Challenge)

Imagine you have a budget of $3000 and 4 years of high school dedicated to earning 90 college credits. A myriad of options with associated costs will be presented next. Utilizing the degree plan and the associated transfer equivalency tables as a group, plan out a 4 year plan to earn 90 college credits towards the degree during high school with a plan to finish the degree one year after graduating. Try to do this with the smallest amount of money possible (imagine you get what’s leftover to spend however you want)  "


Your COLOR has an IMPACT

Lamont Trotter, Principal Richmond Alternative School

This session will highlight the impact men of color make on students of color. We will dive into the positive and negative perceptions associated with men of color and how we can overcome those through a positive male presence.


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Community Engagement

Doron Battle, Community Liaison

RPS Engagement team will present on strategies used to tackle attendance and other community issues


Morning Breakout Session Schedule - 2:00-2:45

Session Title



Room Number

Advocating for your Profession

Darrell Turner, Vice President REA, MLK Preschool

This session will explore how to advocate for your profession with help of your union. We will also explore how to organize your worksite. Finally, we will discuss how you can be more involved.



●      Gain knowledge

●      Understand needs

●      Never forget this is our future!


Dre’Mon Miller, Teacher, Richmond technical Center

This breakout session will be a mix of hands-on activities and thought-provoking dialogue that will cover the topic of adolescent/teen brain development and gun violence. We will take a deeper look into what our youth and the community think about gun violence in our city and how we should respond to it.


The Road to High-Interest Reading for Black and Brown Readers

Philip Canady, Fairfield Ct Elementary

Representation and diversity matter in literacy. Join us in conversations as we examine high-interest text within and beyond students of color. The focus of the breakout session is high-interest books that have males as the main character. The books will primarily focus on grades 3-6.


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Talent Office Hiring Fair in Cafeteria - 8:30-11:30

Come meet our team!

  • Helen Mickens-Demena, Director, Talent Acquisition
  • Travise Billups, Hiring Specialist, High Schools
  • Stephanie Sutton, Senior Specialist, Licensure
  • Shirley Maxwell, Manager, Substitutes
  • Chrisantha James, Teacher and Leader Pathways


  • Grand Canyon University - Table 1
  • Richmond Teacher Residency - Table 2
  • VCU Career Switcher - Table 3
  • Virginia State University - Table 4
  • Richmond Education Association - Table 5
  • Virginia Union University - Table 6
  • Literacy Lab - Table 7
  • University of Richmond School Of Continuing Education - Table 8

Thank you!

Special thanks to Huguenot High School for hosting this conference and to Chrisantha James, Jodi Granger, Shannon Hodges, Vickey Drew, Dale Williams, and Christal Mark for their logistical help. Thanks to Matthew Stanley, Lorena Arias, Tristan Jackson, and RPS Communications for their Audio/Visual assistance. Lastly, thanks to The Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation for their financial support of today’s conference.