Keynote Speakers

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GINGER LEWMAN

Edupreneur, Author, Co-creator of LifePractice PBL Model, Creator of STEAMmaker Camps, Education Consultant, Technology Integration Specialist, Google Certified Innovator

ginger lewmanGinger Lewman is national consultant and keynote speaker with ESSDACK, a non-profit education service center based in Hutchinson Kansas. She inspires and helps all levels of educators figure out the daily realities of Project/Problem Based Learning, technology integration, along with working with gifted and high-ability learners. Ginger is passionate about helping educators rethink and revision what teaching and learning can be in today’s world. There is nothing better than watching the faces of educators as they watch their own students get excited about learning and doing things that they never thought were possible. As an educator, Ginger sees herself as a resource, not THE source.

VISIT Ginger’s website for more information at http://gingerlewman.com


Today’s Modern Learning Environment: More than a New Coat of Paint

Today’s kids have one foot in yesterday’s values and one foot in tomorrow’s realities. Our responsibility as educators and thought leaders is NOT to find a secure balance across that chasm, but to create opportunities for them to take a smart leap into tomorrow with yesterday’s values ingrained! But it is no small task to make that shift. What are your schools doing differently today to get students ready for their tomorrow? Are you making real changes or are you just repainting the same old house a different color? This high-energy keynote highlights various classrooms and instructional practices that are winning in schools right now. Kids are not just compliantly attending classes in these schools; they are clamoring for more. Come learn the gamut of possibilities and how you can lead your school community into tomorrow.

Ginger conducts the following workshops and concurrent sessions:
Monday at 3:30pm ASKING THE HARD QUESTIONS ABOUT EDUCATIONAL CHANGE
Monday at 6:30pm STEAMMAKER: SCIENCE, TINKERING, ENGINEERING, AESTHETICS, & MATHEMATICS
Tuesday at 10:20am CREATING SCHOOLS THAT KINDLE THE INNER FIRES OF LEARNING
Tuesday at 1:40pm BIG 5 MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR LEARNING BY DOING

THOMAS C. MURRAY

Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, 2017 Education Thought Leader of the Year, Author, Consultant

thomas murrayMurray has testified before the U.S. Congress while also working with legislators and education leaders to implement student-centered, personalized learning while helping to lead Future Ready Schools® and Digital Learning Day. Thomas was named the “2017 Education Thought Leader of the Year,” NSBA's “20 to Watch” in 2016, one of the top 20 thought leaders in education, and “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. His experiences in K–12 digital leadership have been recognized nationally and include implementing a 1:1 program, BYOD, blended learning, and a K–12 cyber school where he served as the director of technology and cyber education for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In addition to his role at Future Ready, he works with school and district leaders throughout the country to transform teaching and learning in their district.

VISIT the Future Ready website for more information at https://futureready.org.


Creating Future Ready Schools & Classrooms

When analyzing the US education system across our nation, we see dramatic differences and gaps in innovation. Side-by-side images of classrooms from 1918 and 2018 yields eerie similarities in many schools today, even with the 100-year difference. How can schools and classrooms transform from those of the industrial era spaces with desks in rows, students facing forward, and teachers front and center to ones that are learner-centered, personalized, and leverage the power of technology? Districts and schools across the nation are becoming Future Ready, revamping teacher empowerment, personalized professional learning, innovative learning spaces, community partnerships, and digital learning initiatives. Join Thomas as he inspires educators and provides free tools and resources to empower you to transform your district, school, and classroom into ones that better prepare students for the world they face tomorrow.

Thomas conducts the following concurrent sessions:
Wednesday at 10:20am DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP IN EVERY CLASSROOM
Wednesday at 1:40pm TECH TOOLS FOR STUDENT ENGAGEMENT & TEACHER EFFECTIVENESS

JENNIE MAGIERA

Chief Program Officer for EdTechTeam, Author of Courageous Edventures

jennie magiera Jennie Magiera is the Chief Program Officer for EdTechTeam, focusing on diversity and equity in education. Previously, she was the Chief Innovation Officer in Des Plaines Public School District 62, the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership and a Chicago Public Schools teacher. A White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and TEDx Speaker, Jennie has been working to redefine teaching and learning through innovative new practices. Jennie is also passionate about transforming professional learning, having served on the Technical Working Group for the US Department of Education’s National Educational Technology Plan and co-founding PLAYDATE and other new conference concepts. Aside from her students, Jennie's great loves in life are sci-fi, mashed potatoes, Tabasco sauce, her dog and her husband.

FOLLOW Jennie on Twitter at @MsMagiera and learn more about her work and her book at bit.ly/edventuresbook.


Our Untold Stories

As educators, we spend every day helping our students learn and grow. Yet despite the myriad of unique settings and situations in which we each work, there exist single stories about our schools, our students, and our industry. As posed by Nigerian Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, these single stories lead to stereotypes that while not necessarily wholly untrue, are certainly incomplete. So what are the untold stories we need to consider to avoid stereotype threat and help teachers see ourselves as change agents? Jennie Magiera shares untold stories you can amplify in order to empower educators to change the world starting in your classroom and schools.

Jennie conducts the following concurrent session:
Thursday at 2:15pm AMPLIFYING STUDENT VOICE THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

Keynote Speakers 2017

Steve Dembo
BILL IS DIGITALLY LITERATE: BE LIKE BILL!

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Adam Bellow
CROSSROADS: EDUCATION VERSUS TECHNOLOGY

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Steve Dembo & Adam Bellow
OPEN THE CURIOSITY DOOR

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Keynote Speakers 2016

George Couros
The Innovator’s Mindset

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Jenifer Fox
Why K-12 Education Must Change

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Paul Reynolds
Library 2.0: How Do We Craft & Share the Story of the Modern Library’s Critical Role in the 21st Century?

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Keynote Speakers 2015

Sameer Hinduja
Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying & Make Kindness Go Viral

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Sara DeWitt
The Changing Landscape of Digital Learning

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Travis Allen
Becoming a Lifelong Learner

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Keynote Speakers 2014

Sylvia Libow Martinez
A Global Revolution Goes to School: The Maker Movement

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Ken Shelton
The Art of Iteration: Embracing Failure for Learning

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Rushton Hurley
Creativity, Inspiration, and Excellence

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Keynote Speakers 2013

Kevin Honeycutt
Trends, Tools, and Tactics for 21st Century Learning

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Jaime Casap
Unleashing the Power of Technology in Education

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Heidi Hayes Jacobs
Leading the New Literacies: Digital, Media, & Global Project Based Learning

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Keynote Speakers 2012

Angela Maiers
Habitudes of a 21st Century Learner

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Richard Byrne
Everything Is Free, Now What?

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Scott Kinney
Moving Learning...Beyond the Information Age

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