A 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, Smith is a great choice to open the “A Strong Core, A Bright Future”–themed conference. Using his experience as an award-winning teacher and poet to share personal stories of justice, community, and education, his art-form illuminates how we can all find the courage to create change, overcome challenges, and unite ourselves through the power of the collective voice.
Clint believes we all share a story, the human story. It’s in the telling, he believes, that we emerge as individuals and celebrate what we have in common. His TED Talk, a presentation of his spoken word poem “The Danger of Silence” has been viewed more than two million times, and was named one of the Top 20 TED Talks of 2014.
The Program Committee found his poetry and insights to be engaging and believe they will help inspire critical thinking around the Association’s strategic values—especially regarding the tenants of equity, diversity, inclusion, health & wellness, and leadership.
In 2013, Clint was named the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council. He has spoken at the U.S. Department of Education; the IB Conference of the Americas; the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; and has been featured on TED.com, Upworthy, and TVOne’s Verses and Flow. Additionally, he has been profiled in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Root, NBC News and the book, American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom.