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CRI Expo 2022

We are thrilled to have 18 excellent educators from across Saint Paul Public Schools presenting at the inaugural CRI Expo. Breakout session topics include building community in the classroom, integrating CRI and science, engaging English Learners through collectivism, using tech tools to tell students' stories, and interrupting microaggressions to create an inclusive classroom. Presentations will be immersive and engaging to provide you with the WHY of what we do in education and give you practical resources to use in your classrooms.

Attendees will receive in-service clock hours toward re-licensure and be compensated at the workshop rate. Sign up for individual or all days you plan to attend in PowerSchool.

Keynote Presenters

Anh-Hoa Nguyen

Ánh-Hoa Thị Nguyễn


Ánh-Hoa Thị Nguyễn is a refugee, poet, community engagement artist, curator and educator. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Mills College in Oakland, California. Her writing has appeared in publications such as "Asian Pacific American Journal; “Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora”; “diaCRITICS,” a project of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network; and the "Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement." Her most recent publication is a food essay titled “Buy 10 Get 1 Free! Open Letter to Bánh Mì Wanna Be’s” in “What We Hunger For: Refugee and Immigrant Stories about Food and Family” edited by Sun Yung Shin 신 선 영. 

In addition to many community literary and art projects, Ánh-Hoa is a member of She Who Has No Master(s), a collective of women and gender-nonconforming writers of the Vietnamese diaspora and is the curator of the recent art exhibition featuring two Vietnamese American women artists titled “Reverberating Bodies: Christine Nguyen & Dao Strom” at The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University.

Cypher Side

Lue Thao


Lue Thao is the founder and director of Cypher Side Dance School. Originally born in Thailand, Lue has been raised in the East Side of Saint Paul for the majority of his life and graduated from Harding High School. Lue has been dancing for 18 years and is a member of Optimistic Crew and an NBA Timberwolves and WNBA Lynx performer since 2015. He has won over 20 dance competitions and performed in various events including Super Bowl 52 Halftime, Vanilla Ice I Love 90's Tour Performance, Tori Kelly Prince Tribute Concert, MPLS Mayor Jacob Frey Inauguration Party, and more!

Cypher Side was established in 2017 and currently teaches break, hip-hop, and K-pop dances to students ages three to adults. A “cypher” is an important hip-hop ritual in which dancers circle up and take turns dancing in the center, showcasing their personal style, and building community through mutual encouragement. With the belief that the performing arts can help young people build lifelong confidence, strength, and grit, Cypher Side's mission is to welcome young people into a healthy and diverse community and inspire them to learn and perform different dance styles. 

Dr. Antika Tyner

Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Author/Social Change Speaker

Dr. Artika R. Tyner is a passionate educator, poet, author, sought-after speaker and advocate for justice. She is the founder of Planting People Growing Justice Press and Bookstore. In recognition of her leadership and service, she is the recipient of more than two dozen awards that include: Women in Business, American Small Business Champion, International Educator Citizen, and American Bar Association Difference Makers. Dr. Tyner is a 2022 Bush Fellow.

She has been featured in a variety of media outlets. She is a prolific, award-winning author of adult and children’s books that include: “Amazing Africa: A to Z” and “The Inclusive Leader: Taking Intentional Action for Justice and Equity.” In support of her philanthropic efforts, she created the Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting literacy and diversity in books.

Kevin Yang

Kevin Yang

Spoken Word Artist

Kevin Yang is a Hmong American multidisciplinary artist from the Twin Cities with a focus on spoken word poetry and documentary filmmaking. He currently works at Twin Cities PBS as an education engagement specialist and is a board member with Street Stops and Mountain Tops. He finds most of his artistic inspiration unraveling his Hmong American experience with others.