Day 1 

Dr. Phelton Cortez Moss

“Constructing School-University Partnerships for Racially Just Schools”

About Dr. Moss

Dr. Phelton Cortez Moss is the Director of the Anti-Racist Administration, Supervision, and Leadership Program and a Senior Professorial Lecturer at American University. He also teaches at Georgetown University and is an Inclusive Pedagogy Fellow at American University. Dr. Moss has served as a Senior Policy Adviser to Congresswoman Frederica Wilson and as a congressional liaison to the US Commission on the Social Status of Black Men & Boys. His previous roles include Assistant Professor at Tougaloo College and Senior Leader at the Mississippi Department of Education.


Dr. Moss has over ten years of experience in education policy, including work on teacher diversity, recruitment, and retention. He led the creation of the nation’s first state-run teacher residency program in Mississippi. His research focuses on diversifying the educator workforce and improving literacy outcomes. Dr. Moss’s scholarship has been widely published, and he holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi.

Day 2 

Dr. Cathy Compton-Lilly

Working Together to Serve Children and Communities: Challenging Narrow Curricular Mandates through PDS Collaborations

About Dr. Compton-Lilly's Session

This session explores strategies that school-based educators can use when they encounter narrow and problematic curricular mandates.  While there is no perfect solution, there are things that educators can do to help ensure that all children are served and represented in their classrooms. Specific examples of ways to push back on affronts to addressing diversity and social justice, the science of reading and book banning will be addressed. The important, proactive, and collaborative role of SUPs will be addressed. Specifically, we will explore ways on which schools, universities, practitioners, and university professionals can work together to serve students, community members, and families. Our goal is to help practitioners negotiate potentially problematic policies while serving children.