Registration for our 2020 Virtual Conference is now open!

This 100% virtual conference is free of charge for attendees. Conference registrants will receive a link to our conference platform the week of the conference.

Reverse College Day Keynote Speaker, Sydney Chaffee
Sydney Chaffee is a National Board Certified Teacher with a passion for helping diverse learners grow through authentic, relevant, interdisciplinary curricula. Sydney believes that education is an essential tool to work towards social justice. It can transform students’ self-perceptions and arm them to fight for a more just world. Throughout the school year, Sydney and her students seek to answer big questions: What is justice? How have people resisted injustice throughout history? What power do people have to change the world?
As 2017 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, Sydney appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with her colleagues across the state, advocate for the profession to be elevated and respected, and continue to learn from her students. As 2017 National Teacher of the Year, she was able to speak to a wider audience about the value of public education for all students, the possibilities of integrating arts education into traditional academic disciplines, the importance of teacher learning, and the role of education in social justice movements. Her TED talk has been viewed over 1.3 million times on TED.com.


Annual Conference Business Meeting and Keynote Speaker, Aria Mia Loberti

Aria Mia Loberti recently graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Rhode Island, triple majoring in Philosophy, Communication Studies, and Political Science, with minors in Ancient Greek and Rhetoric. She is a 2020/2021 Fulbright Award recipient, through which she is pursuing an MRes in Rhetoric from Royal Holloway, University of London. Upon the completion of her Fulbright, she will pursue a MA/Ph.D. in Rhetoric at Penn State University. Loberti also has advocated for human rights at home and abroad, including at the United Nations, and has been featured in forums such as Huffington Post, Thomson Reuters Foundation, and TED. 
Aria, born with a rare eye condition called Achromatopsia, is legally blind. As a result of her experiences fighting for her right to an education, she has been an advocate for as long as she can remember; her first experience with publicly speaking out for her rights came at just four years old to the RI House Finance Committee. She now has experience as a U.N. youth delegate, U.N. Women speaker, and U.N. Outstanding Youth Award recipient.

Alongside her Guide Dog, Ingrid, Aria shares her story of resilience and optimism in the face of adversity - from her difficulties getting fair access to an education as a child, to her pursuit of her goals and dreams as a college student, grad student, and aspiring scholar. Her mission is to not only de-stigmatize vision loss and dismantle stereotypes surrounding disability, but to inspire others to embrace change, empathy, resilience, and hope in the face of any barrier.

Schedule of Events

Reverse College Day
Wednesday, November 4
10 AM-12 PM Virtual College Fair
1 PM Keynote Speaker: Sydney Chaffee
2 PM Session A
3 PM Session B

Annual Conference
Thursday, November 5
9:30 AM-11 AM Business Meeting & Keynote Speaker: Aria Mia Loberti
11:15 AM-12 PM Session 1 (3 concurrent sessions)
1 PM-2 PM Session 2: Plenary Session
2:15 PM-3 PM Session 3 (3 concurrent sessions)