Cornelius Minor, Brooklyn-Based Educator
Cornelius Minor is a Brooklyn-based educator who works with teachers, school leaders and leaders of community-based organizations to support equitable literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) around the globe. His latest book, We Got This, explores how the work of creating more equitable school spaces is embedded in our everyday choices — specifically in the choice to really listen to kids. He has been featured in Education Week, Brooklyn Magazine and Teaching Tolerance Magazine. Minor has partnered with The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, The New York City Department of Education, the International Literacy Association and Lesley University’s Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative. “Out of Print,” a documentary featuring Minor, made its way around the film festival circuit, and he has been a featured speaker at conferences all over the world. Minor, along with partner and wife, Kass Minor, recently established The Minor Collective, a community-based movement that fosters sustainable change in schools. Whether working with educators and kids in Los Angeles, Seattle or New York City, Minor uses his love for technology, hip-hop and social media to bring communities together. As a teacher, he draws not only on his years teaching middle school in the Bronx and Brooklyn, but also on time spent skateboarding, shooting hoops and working with young people.