Educator-Agency: Advocacy in Action
Thursday’s general session will showcase local educator-activists Dr. Troy S. Grant and Dr. Lashaune Stitt. Each will share how they advocate for themselves, their students, and the field at large, all while working on the front lines of education. There will be an opportunity to extend the conversation with these special guests during the morning concurrent sessions.
LaShaune M. Stitt, EdD, is a former middle and high school literacy teacher and Adjunct Professor who has created culturally and socially responsive learning environments in urban school districts throughout New York City and Richmond, VA. She arrived in Baltimore as a school administrator with City Schools serving in an alternative 7 - 12th grade and Pre K-8 setting. With almost 25 years of experience working with young people and adult learners from Pre-K through higher education, Dr. Stitt has served in various capacities throughout her career from classroom educator to administrator, building identity-affirming curricula in diverse settings along the way.
Dr. LaShaune Stitt began her edupreneurial pursuits in 2013 when she founded Women of the World, LLC as an organization dedicated to serving and advocating for women to receive the social, emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual support they need to be leaders in their families, at their workplaces, in their businesses, and in their communities. She continued that work with Educate the World, Inc. as the Executive Director. Dr. Stitt serves as the cultural curator of personal advancement programs, economic mobility and wellness workshops, and identity affirming events designed specifically for students, families, teachers, and community partners.
Troy (T.S.) Grant, PhD is a lifelong educator, having taught for over two decades. He received a BA in History (magna cum laude) from the City University of New York (CUNY), a MA in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). His dissertation focused on subjugated and dominant Discourse(s) within the public school “reform” narrative. He’s at the top of his craft, possessing administrative (Admin I & II) certifications and the coveted National Board Certification. Besides teaching full-time, Dr. Grant is the founder of a nonprofit
(www.beyondrhetoric.org), meeting the needs of youth in detention.