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“In the 7 years I have been going to this conference, Dwayne’s presentation was the BEST I have ever attended. He is amazingly engaging with insightful, relevant and actionable information. I was blown away and can’t wait to apply what I have learned. In fact, I learned more about being culturally relevant in 3 short hours with Dwayne than I did in 3 very long years in a graduate program. Bravo, Mr. Williams! You have educated a pasty white Irishman (no small accomplishment).”

Dan O’Rourke

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Mindset and Paradigms

The most successful groups I have run as a school psychologist are "Hip Hop Social Emotional Learning" (SEL) groups. I cannot express on paper how powerful these groups are at getting students to learn content and process social emotional learning competencies. I have...

Self-Awareness & Racial Identity

In the song, I Am Not My Hair, India Arie shares her experiences with finding her identity throughout development. Initially, she defined herself by her hair. Because her hair defined her, she curled it, permed it, and did many things to it to make herself feel more...

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