Speeches & Talks

Community Advocate of the Year Award Speech

In 2019, I was awarded the 2018 Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Community Award for my literacy work in libraries throughout the city.

The Pedagogy of Dreaming

This TED X talk is provides an overview of my views on education. In short, I believe education prepares students to develop and implement their dreams.

Dr. Griffin-EL, Sr, On leadership

In 2016, I was invited to give a keynote address on leadership at the prestigious Panther Leadership Summit at the University of Pittsburgh. This address provides insights on my belief on how our ideas about changing the world have to be converted into meaningful action. Click the link below to listen to it!

Meeting Black Boys at their Dreams

This is a presentation on how to engage early childhood aged Black Boys in the literacy process.


General Thoughts on Education

Here are some of my thoughts on the following educational reform topics:

  • Parent engagement

  • Culturally Responsive Pre-K

  • Addressing racism

  • Play and Education

  • Students serving as vote members on the school board