Springboards once again came through for this last-minute participant! An hour before the virtual conference, after putting aside the natural mess and noise that is now ubiquitous with teaching during a pandemic, I sent a frantic registration request to ATEQ. I felt that letting ATEQ’s line-up of exceptional speakers and dedicated educators slip by me would be a mistake at a time when we must act with urgency to change public education. This year’s virtual conference was particularly moving because it opened with evocative poetic narratives by Nikki Grimes, the keynote speaker. Check out our review in verse.