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Cornelius Minor, Consulting Author

Cornelius Minor, Consulting Author

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Speaking Topics

  • Writing and reading workshop that fosters independence through practice, small groups, and conferences
  • Universal design for creating accessible curriculum for all students, closing opportunity gaps
  • Digital and media literacy and building critical thinking skills through authentic engagement
  • Using culturally sustaining pedagogies to build community and trust, and teach through challenges

Speaker Profile

Cornelius Minor is a Brooklyn-based educator. He works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support equitable literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. His latest book, We Got This, explores how the work of creating more equitable school spaces is embedded in our everyday choices—specifically in the choice to really listen to kids. He has been featured in Education Week, Brooklyn Magazine, and Teaching Tolerance Magazine. He has partnered with The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, The New York City Department of Education, The International Literacy Association, and Lesley University's Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative. "Out of Print", a documentary featuring Cornelius made its way around the film festival circuit, and he has been a featured speaker at conferences all over the world. Most recently, along with his partner and wife, Kass Minor, he has established The Minor Collective, a community-based movement designed to foster sustainable change in schools. Whether working with educators and kids in Los Angeles, Seattle, or New York City, Cornelius uses his love for technology, hip-hop, and social media to bring communities together. As a teacher, Cornelius draws not only on his years teaching middle school in the Bronx and Brooklyn, but also on time spent skateboarding, shooting hoops, and working with young people. You can connect with him on his website, Kass and Corn, or on Twitter at @MisterMinor.

Grades: 3–12