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June 2021 Speakers

Katy Anthes

Dr. Katy Anthes
CDE Commissioner

Wednesday, June 16
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Mohamed Ibrahim

Mohamed Ibrahim
Colorado Youth Senate Delegate

Wednesday, June 16
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Byron McClure

Dr. Byron M. McClure
School Psychologist

Wednesday, June 23
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Celeste Malone

Dr. Celeste Malone
Associate Professor, Howard University

Thursday, June 24
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Gerardo Munoz

 Gerardo Munoz,
CO Teacher of the Year
Thursday, June 24
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August 2021 Speakers

Coming soon!

Dr. Katy Anthes, Commissioner, Colorado Department of Education

Opening Keynote on June 16: Responding to a Pandemic's Impact on Colorado Students and Staff: Recovery Planning to Reset and Reimagine the Future.


Named commissioner of education in December 2016, Dr. Katy Anthes has demonstrated commitment to listen to diverse perspectives and develop solutions that are founded on productive middle ground. Keeping students’ best interests as her top priority, she focuses on providing high quality expertise and support to districts and educators working to enhance student achievement.

Dr. Anthes has been with CDE since 2011, serving as interim commissioner, chief of staff, interim associate commissioner for achievement and strategy and executive director of educator effectiveness. As the executive director of educator effectiveness, she led CDE’s efforts to support and retain highly effective educators in Colorado.

In her previous position as a partner with the Third Mile Group, Anthes led and researched major education initiatives for state, district and national organizations on a variety of education issues and projects including; the Colorado School Leadership Academy Board, the Expanded Learning Opportunities Commission and as an evaluator for several district education programs across the state. Anthes worked with numerous national education organizations at The Third Mile Group, such as the Council for Chief State School Officers, the National Governor’s Association, The National Commission for Teaching and America’s Future, American Institutes for Research, and many more.

Upon being appointed Commissioner of Education, Dr. Katy Anthes became Colorado's first female commissioner in 65 years.

Mohamed Ibrahim, Wiggins High School, Colorado Youth Senate Delegate

Second Keynote on June 16: Responding to a Pandemic's Impact on Colorado Students and Staff: Recovery Planning to Reset and Reimagine the Future.


A child of immigrants, Mohamed Ibrahim fosters his leadership abilities, discovers an attraction toward historical analysis and scientific research, and develops tangible change within his own community. He is the President of the Colorado Student Leaders Institute Student Advisory Board, Vice President of his Student Council, team captain of his football and basketball teams, and actively coordinates spirit activities to promote mental health positivity. Just recently, he has coordinated initiatives to serve over 250 health care workers and senior home residents with pandemic relief packages and personalized letters. Mohamed is also a member of the Colorado Youth Congress where he works to enact system networks change.

Mohamed plans to pursue a degree in the fields of healthcare, engineering, or mathematics. He hopes to be an inspiration to aspiring scholars and activists and show that big dreams and vision for change is attainable no matter your racial, income, or gender status.

Mohamed represented the state of Colorado as one of two delegates to the 2021 United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Mohamed Ibrahim is a student at Wiggins High School in Wiggins, Colorado.

Dr. Byron M. McClure, D.Ed., School Psychologist

June 17: Laying the Groundwork for Recovery: Strategies to Strengthen Staff and Student Mental Health, Self-Care and Connection


Dr. Byron McClure is a National Certified School Psychologist currently redesigning a high school in Southeast, D.C. His work centers around influencing systemic change and ensuring students from high-poverty communities has access to a quality education. Dr. McClure has extensive knowledge and expertise in mental health, social emotional learning, and behavior.

Dr. McClure has done considerable work advocating for fair and equitable discipline practices for all students, particularly, for African-American boys. He has designed and implemented school-wide initiatives such as SEL, restorative practices, MTSS, and trauma responsive practices. As a result of this work, led by Dr. McClure, his school recently won the 2019-2020 Whole Child Award.

Dr. McClure has presented across the country as a panelist, featured, and keynote speaker. He believes in maximizing everyone’s limitless potential.

Dr. Celeste Malone, Ph.D., MS, Associate Professor, Howard University

June 23: Extended Learning Opportunities to Address Opportunity Gaps


Celeste Malone is an associate professor and coordinator of the school psychology program at Howard University. She received her MS in school counseling from Johns Hopkins University, her PhD in school psychology from Temple University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in child clinical and pediatric psychology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Prior to obtaining her doctorate, Dr. Malone received her master’s in school counseling from Johns Hopkins University.

Her primary research interest relates to multicultural and diversity issues embedded in the training and practice of school psychology. Specifically, Dr. Malone addresses development of multicultural competence through education and training, diversification of the profession of school psychology, and the relationship between culturally responsive practice and PK-12 student outcomes.

Dr. Malone serves on the National Association of School Psychologists Board of Directors as the strategic liaison for the social justice strategic goal and is an elected member of the American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs. Dr. Malone was recently elected NASP President-Elect and will serve as the 2022-2023 NASP President. Notably, she is the second person of color to ever serve in this role.

Gerardo Muñoz, Teacher, Colorado Teacher of the Year

June 24: Instruction and Intervention: Considerations to Increase Equitable Access to Excellent Student Supports


Muñoz has taught middle and high school students at the Denver Center for International Studies at Baker for 14 years. His classes include Concurrent Enrollment Ethnic Studies, Advanced Placement World History and 5280 Challenge/Student Board of Education through DPS’s Student Voice and Leadership program.

During his 21 years in education, Mr. Muñoz has been involved in a number of programs, initiatives and organizations to promote equity and anti-racism, including EduColor, Choose, the National Education Association’s Racial and Social Justice Conference, and the University of Colorado’s Teachers of Color and Allies Summit.

Muñoz earned his bachelor of arts degree in history and Latin American studies from the University of Colorado, as well as a master of arts in curriculum and instruction from the University of Denver.