The New Literacies Collaborative Fall 2018 Symposium will feature speaker Michael Bonner, an inspiring second grade teacher from South Greenville Elementary in Pitt County, NC. In 2017 Mr. Bonner was honored by Ellen DeGeneres in recognition of his positive and innovative educational approaches for children coping with the challenges of poverty. His efforts to change the proficiency learning culture at South Greenville Elementary and beyond have also captured attention from other national news outlets. NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Flocabulary, the Ashton Kutcher Foundation, and Remind released stories on how Mr. Bonner is utilizing music as a tool to help counter the negative statistical data concerning children living in poverty. With only four years in K-12 education, Mr. Bonner is consistently seen as a visionary leader who strives to create a positive mindset among all of his students. He understands that his students come to class each day with diverse backgrounds, strengths, needs, and challenges, and seeks to identify strategies to ensure the growth of their social, emotional, academic, and psychological needs. Because of his approach to education, students leave feeling a little more hopeful, challenged, inspired, and forever a part of Bonnerville!