Dr. William Ayers' keynote speech topic is Research and Teaching in a Globalized World. Dr. Ayers is nationally and internationally well known for his accomplishments in educational research and practices related to social justice, cultural contexts, democracy and education, among other areas. Dr. Ayers is a former vice-president of the curriculum division of the American Educational Research Association and member of the executive committee of the AERA Council. His articles have appeared in many journals including the Harvard Educational Review, the Journal of Teacher Education, Teachers College Record, Rethinking Schools, the Nation, Educational Leadership, the New York Times and the Cambridge Journal of Education.His books include, with Ryan Alexander-Tanner, To Teach: The Journey, in Comics (Teachers College Press), with Kevin Kumashiro, Erica Meiners, Therese Quinn, and David Stovall, Teaching Toward Democracy: Educators as Agents of Change (Paradigm), with Rick Ayers, Teaching the Taboo: Courage and Commitment in the Classroom (Teachers College Press), with Bernardine Dohrn, Race Course: Against White Supremacy (Third World Press), Teaching Toward Freedom: Moral Commitment and Ethical Action in the Classroom (Beacon Press), A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court (Beacon Press), Fugitive Days: A Memoir (Beacon Press), Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident (Beacon Press), On the Side of the Child: Summerhill Revisited (Teachers College Press), Teaching the Personal and the Political: Essays on Hope and Justice (Teachers College Press), The Good Preschool Teacher: Six Teachers Reflect on Their Lives (Teachers College Press), and To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher, (Teachers College Press) which was named Book of the Year by Kappa Delta Pi, and won the Witten Award for Distinguished Work in Biography and Autobiography. Edited books include: To Become a Teacher: Making a Difference in Children’s Lives (Teachers College Press); with Janet Miller, A Light in Dark Times: Maxine Greene and the Unfinished Conversation (Teachers College Press); with Pat Ford, City Kids/City Teachers: Reports from the Front Row (The New Press); with Jean Ann Hunt and Therese Quinn, Teaching for Social Justice: A Democracy and Education Reader (The New Press and Teachers College Press); with Mike Klonsky and Gabrielle Lyon, A Simple Justice: The Challenge of Small Schools (Teachers College Press); with Rick Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, Zero Tolerance: Resisting the Drive for Punishment (The New Press); with Bernardine Dohrn and Jeff Jones, Sing a Battle Song: The Revolutionary Poetry, Statements, and Communiqués of the Weather Underground 1970 - 1974 (Seven Stories Press); with Gloria Ladson-Billings, Pedro Noguera, and Gregory Michie, City Kids/City Schools: More Reports From the Front Row ( The New Press); and with Therese Quinn and David Stovall, the Handbook of Social Justice in Education (Routledge).
For International Collaboration on Teacher Education,
1. Dr. Guofang Wan (Director, Graduate Studies Office of School of Education at VCU, http://www.soe.vcu.edu/faculty_and_staff/guofang-wan-phd/)
2. Dr. Elizabeth Drame (Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Exceptional Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, www.uwm.edu/education/people/drame-elizabeth/)
3. Dr. Evelyn Reed (Associate Professor, Faculty in Early Childhood Special Education at VCU, http://www.soe.vcu.edu/faculty_and_staff/evelyn-reed/)
4. Dr. Tung-Hsing Hsiung (Professor and Director of Center for Indigenous Education & Research, National Taitung University, http://wedu.nttu.edu.tw/files/11-1002-3323-1.php).
For Educational Research Methods and Approaches,
1. Dr. Xitao Fan (AERA Fellow, Chair Professor, Interim Vice Rector (Academic Affairs), Dean, Faculty of Education, http://www.umac.mo/fed/staff/xtfan/)
2. Dr. Colleen Thoma (Professor and Chair, Department of Special Education and Disability Policy, VCU School of Education, http://www.soe.vcu.edu/faculty_and_staff/colleen-thoma/)
3. Dr. Kurt Stemhagen (Associate Professor in Foundations Education, VCU School of Education, http://www.soe.vcu.edu/faculty_and_staff/kurt-stemhagen/)
4. Dr. Bo Zhang (Associate Professor in Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, http://uwm.edu/education/people/zhang-bo/)