Dr. Ball is a multicultural education specialist and has been a keynote speaker for institutions around the world.


Conferences and Lectures

Keynote speaker , 1st Conference on Social Impact of Science  July 2016 Conference:  Teaching to Change the World

Invited Speaker, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Visiting Scholar, Queensland University of Technology, QLD Australia

Pacific Union College, College of Education, Angwin, California

Vice Rector's Campus-wide Seminar Series on Research, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa

Invited Keynote Speaker, Te Whare Wan?nga O Awanui?rangi Indigenous University, Wakat?ne, New Zealand

Invited Keynote Speaker, Jessie Hetherington Center for Educational Research, University of Wellington, New Zealand

Australian Association for Research in Education and Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference Keynote Speaker

All India Association of Educational Research Silver Jubilee Annual Conference Keynote Speaker

Educational Research Association of Singapore (ERAS) Keynote Speaker

American Educational Research Association 2012 Presidential Speech, Vancouver, British Columbia"

Human Rights Education Conference Keynote Speaker, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

University of Cape Town, Visiting Lecturer

National Council of Teachers of English, San Francisco

Literacy Summit Keynote Speaker, The Importance of Writing in Literacy Development, Calif State University Dominguez Hills

International Reading Association, Conference on Literacy in Urban Schools Keynote Speaker

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Adolescent Literacy Conference


  • Access and Equity
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Literacy and Culture
  • Multicultural Education
  • Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)
  • Teacher Education
  • Urban Education
  • Research on writing and writing instruction
  • Sociocultural theory and practices
  • Professional Development