KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Dan Gohl

CAO Broward County Public Schools
Dan Gohl is the Chief Academic Officer of Broward County Public Schools, the 6th largest district in the United States, overseeing the design and pedagogical praxis of teachers. This includes that every student is ensured a high quality educational experience, that every student is engaged at their level of preparation and that appropriate resources are available for the learning process.  Prior to Broward, Dan served as the Chief Academic Officer of the Houston Independent School District, the Deputy Chief of Innovation at the New Jersey Department of Education.  Dan has also previously served as an instructional technologist, principal and teacher.

Creating Systems of Coherence
Learning standards, curriculum resources and assessments drive classroom instruction, but how can we ensure all three are aligned?  Thinking big and learning from the past paved a way for a system of coherence, in Broward County Schools.
SPEAKING:
July Session     11:30AM     Battery Ballroom, Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta
Keynote/General Session

Dr. Tequilla Brownie

Executive Vice President, The New Teacher Project (TNTP)
Dr. Tequilla Brownie, a native Arkansan, is passionate about interrupting intergenerational poverty and improving social mobility for all students, and views education as a key conduit for equity and meaningful change. Brownie is an executive vice president with The New Teacher Project (TNTP), a national education consulting firm based in Brooklyn, New York. Brownie co-leads TNTP’s consulting team that works with districts and departments of education all over the country. Her team’s work is focused on improving local and national academic outcomes and disrupting educational inequities.

The Opportunity Myth: What 4,000 Students Can Teach Us About How Schools are Letting Them Down—and How to Fix It

SPEAKING:
July Session     2:20PM    Battery Ballroom, Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta
Keynote/General Session

Johnathan Raymond

Former Superintendent/Author
Jonathan Raymond spent over four years running the public schools in Sacramento, known as “America’s Most Diverse City,” former foundation president, and life-long believer in putting children at the center of education.  An outsider to education by trade (formerly a labor law attorney and non-profit leader) but a passionate advocate for equity and system-wide change, Raymond implemented bold initiatives to transform the school district around a vision that focused on supporting the whole child. Highlights included transforming some of the district’s poorest performing schools in the neediest neighborhoods to some of the highest performing, raising graduation rates, expanding early education, summer learning programs, dual-language programs, college and career pathways, and introducing salad bars and healthier meals, and social and emotional learning to the curriculum.  He most recently served as president of the Stuart Foundation in San Francisco.

Equity is Empathy in Action
When we strive to give each child what they need, when we show them they matter and have a voice, when we position learning differences as normal, promote creativity, and reward collaboration and continuous improvement, outcomes for children improve.
SPEAKING:
July Session     11:00AM    Battery Ballroom, Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta
Keynote/General Session

Dr. Sonny Magana

Researcher/Author
Dr. Anthony J. “Sonny” Magana III is an award-winning teacher, best-selling author, and pioneering educational technology researcher who is committed to promoting innovation in education. Sonny’s vision is to make the world a better place by improving the lives of teachers and students through evidence-based innovation, not just simple digitization. Frustrated with the overabundance of evidence-free noise confounding the educational technology niche, Sonny launched Magana Education as a means to solve a wicked problem that matters to him: reversing the dismally low impact educational technologies have had on student achievement.

Disruptive Classroom Technologies: A Framework for Innovation in Education
The T3 Framework helps teachers categorize students’ learning as translational, transformational, or transcendent, sorting through the low-impact applications to reach high-impact usage of technologies.
SPEAKING:
July Session     9:00AM     Battery Ballroom, Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta
Keynote/General Session

Ann Clark

Researcher/Author
Ann Blakeney Clark brought a quarter-century of experience in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to her role as school district superintendent. Ann has held a variety of teaching and administrative positions in CMS since joining the district in 1983 as a teacher of behaviorally and emotionally handicapped children. Ann’s extensive education background includes serving as principal at elementary, middle and high schools. She also held key district office leadership positions including principal supervisor, Chief Academic officer and Deputy Superintendent. Her achievements in education and the community have been widely recognized. She has been named a Broad Superintendent Fellow, Charlotte Woman of the Year, the Thomas Jefferson Distinguished Alumnae Award from University of Virginia, National Principal of the Year (1994) and honorary degrees from Davidson College and Queens University.   Ann currently serves as a executive leadership coach for The Broad Center, Superintendent in Residence for the New York City Leadership Academy and a district advisor for the George W. Bush Center focused on principal talent management.

Lessons Learned
Ann brings valuable insight, from her 35 year journey, around the role of CAO,  reminding you to stay steadfast to the “why” we do what they do.
SPEAKING:
July Session     8:30AM     Battery Ballroom, Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta
Keynote/General Session

Gil McClean

Director of Professional Development, Pure Edge
Gill is Director of Professional Development of Pure Edge. She trains educators across the country on self-care and integrating health and wellness best practices. She regularly presents at conferences to share best practices in managing stress. Gil managed the allocation of low cost government housing, working with the homeless, as well as, founded North East Scotland’s first dedicated yoga studio.  She holds a Higher National Certificate in Local Government Administration from Langside College, and also attended Shawlands Academy, in Glasgow, Scotland.

Creating Conditions for Success and Learning through an SEL & Health & Wellness Framework
Explores the neuroscience of stress, its impact on one’s ability to learn, and four strategies to begin the process to be responsive versus reactive.
SPEAKING:
July Session     9:30AM     Battery Ballroom, Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta
Keynote/General Session

Mike Kleba

CEO, DegreeCast
An international speaker, author, artist, and entrepreneur, Mike Kleba has been a public high school English and theatre teacher for 20 years. Outside of school, he serves as CEO of college search engine DegreeCast, is co-organizer of the NYEdTech Meetup, and sits on the SXSWedu Advisory Board. Kleba is the co-author of Otherfull, an earnest and irreverent book about the tectonic power and promise of great superintendents, principals, and other school leaders. Interested in courage and vulnerability, he’s run the NYC Marathon, gone hang-gliding in Brazil, bungee jumping in New Zealand, and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.

James Miles

Executive Director, Arts Corp
James Miles worked in NYC public schools for 20 years as an educator before joining the Seattle- based Arts Corps, as their Executive Director. Originally from Chicago, James has worked internationally, as an artist and educator, and his work has been featured by Pie News, New Profit, Complex Magazine, National Guild, Seattle Times, KOMO, NPR, CBS, NBC, US Department of Education, and ASCD. He is on the board of Artist Trust, and the advisory board of SXSW EDU. James’ mission is to narrow the achievement gap(s), using arts as a tool to navigate the systems of educational inequity.

Session Title: Leaders Don’t Lead
“What happens in a master class for leaders? Who trains the boss? Whether you are a c-level executive, a founder, a superintendent/principal, a coach, or a manager, you work in the relationship business. Join expert teachers Miles and Kleba in this energizing and entertaining workshop as they challenge you to reframe the very fundamentals of what you do as a leader.

SPEAKING:
July Session     10:10AM     Battery Ballroom, Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta
Keynote/General Session
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