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Texas NAME is excited to announce that Dr. Brenda J. Allen will serve as a virtual keynote for the 2018 Annual Conference at UNT-Frisco.

Dr. Allen has served in numerous leadership roles and has developed an award-winning track record for scholarship, teaching, and service in the area of diversity and inclusion.  Among her publications is the groundbreaking book -- Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity.  In addition to performing her duties at the University, she presents keynote speeches and conducts workshops and consultations on a range of topics, including implicit bias, inclusive leadership, equity-oriented teaching, empowHERment, and cultivating an inclusive workplace.  In her spare time, she enjoys listening to fiction audiobooks and bingeing on Netflix series. Please visit the following website to learn more about Difference Matters: www.differencematters.info     

Dr. Brenda J. Allen

Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and a Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus.  


Texas NAME is excited to announce that Dr. Erik J. Byker will serve as a virtual keynote for the 2018 Annual Conference at UNT-Frisco.

Dr. Byker is a fellow with the Global Teacher Education Fellowship, which is supported by Global Teacher Education and the Internationalization of Teacher Education Topical Action Group of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).  Dr. Byker has over 20 years of teaching experience at all levels including elementary, middle, high school, and the university. His experience includes teaching in Arlington County Public Schools, VA, teaching at a summer TESOL program in Pohang, Korea, and helping to lead the instructional experiences at the Close Up Foundation and Global Young Leaders Congress, both civic education programs located in Washington, DC. 

Dr. Byker’s fields of specialization include educational technology integration and global citizenship education. His research agenda is comparative and international in scope. He has conducted ethnographic field studies in Cuba, England, Germany, India, South Africa, South Korea, and across the United States. For his dissertation, Dr. Byker lived for a year in Bangalore, India, and collected data on how an economic cross-section of Bangalore's elementary school teachers and students were using computer technology in their schools. Since then, he has returned to India to investigate the impact of volunteering for the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) on Indian young adults’ perceptions of citizenship, schooling, and their future role in India’s education system. From his research studies, Dr. Byker has developed two conceptual frameworks related to the intersection of digital technology, global citizenship, and the development of global competencies. One framework is called Critical Cosmopolitan Theory, which is a theory that maps the Asia Society’s global competency matrix to Paulo Freire’s work about the development of critical consciousness. The second conceptual framework is called “global telephony,” which examines the intersection of globalization, education, locality, and technology. Dr. Byker can be reached at ebyker@uncc.edu 

Selected Manuscripts:

Developing Global Citizenship Consciousness: Case Studies of Critical Cosmopolitan Theory

Using Critical Cosmopolitanism to Globally Situate Multicultural Education in Teacher Preparation Courses

Dr. Erik J. Byker

Associate Professor, Department of Reading and Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.