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Byron McClure D.Ed.

Dr. Byron McClure is a National Certified School Psychologist, Founder of Lessons For SEL, and currently the Director of Innovation for 7 Mindsets. He formerly served as the Assistant Director of School Redesign for DC Public Schools, where he was responsible for leading and reimagining what Social Emotional Learning looked like within an inner-city community. He is on a mission to shift how people think from what's wrong to what's strong!"

Kelsie Reed, Ph.D.

Dr. Kelsie Reed is a nationally certified school psychologist who works at the elementary school level in Maryland. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with her PhD in 2020 and was the recipient of two university awards for her dissertation titled, “Investigating Exclusionary Discipline: Teachers, Deficit Thinking, and Root Cause Analysis.” Dr. Reed is passionate about advancing educational equity for minoritized students, disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline, identifying and implementing alternatives to suspension, and closing the policy to practice gap.

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  • The impact of Eugenics on policies and practices
  • Assessments created to promote a superior race
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  • Hacking Deficit Thinking

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