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Do You Know Enough About Me to Teach Me?

Dr. Stephen Peters is an award-winning educator and the best-selling author of Do You Know Enough About Me to Teach Me? and Teaching to Capture and Inspire All Learners. He is the founder of two national mentoring programs for at-risk students which have been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. His transformative work as an educator was featured in the BBC documentary, An American High School, which was named "Best Documentary of 2016" in London, England and began airing on the National Geographic channel in 2017.




Unleash Your Power

Ryan is a passionate educator who has made it his mission to help all people live up to their potential and unleash their power to change the life of a child. He is the author of Be the One for Kids: You Have the Power to Change the Life of a Child and the co-author of Principals In Action: Redefining the Role. He currently serves as a principal and lead learner in Concord, California and travels and speaks about creative educational practices and the power that all educators have to build a strong school culture.




Promoting Understanding and Durable, Transferable Memory

Dr. Judy Willis is a board-certified neurologist who has combined 15 years as a practicing neurologist with ten years as a classroom teacher to become a leading authority in the neuroscience of learning. With her unique background in neuroscience and education, she has written seven books about applying neuroscience research to classroom teaching strategies. Dr. Willis has been interviewed by USA Today, Education Nation, Neurology Today, and Education Week. In 2011, she was selected by Edutopia as a “Big Thinker on Education.”




Inclusive Practices to Promote Belonging


Patty Kinney is an award-winning educator and past president of the Association for Middle Level Education and served as associate director for the National Association of Secondary School Principals. She is the author of Fostering Student Accountability through Student-Led Conferences.


Dr. Laurie Barron was recently named the 2021 Montana Superintendent of the Year and is the co-author of We Belong: 50 Strategies to Create Community and Revolutionize Classroom  Management and Middle School: A Place to Belong and Become. As a leadership coach, she provides professional learning to educators through promoting student engagement and voice, shared leadership, and inclusive teaching and learning.




Innovate Inside the Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and the Innovator's Mindset

Dr. Katie Novak is an internationally renowned education consultant, author, and graduate instructor at the University of Pennsylvania. With 19 years of experience in teaching and  administration, a doctoratein curriculum and teaching, and ten published books, Katie designs and presents workshops focusing on the implementation of inclusive practices, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), multitiered systems of support, and universally designed leadership. Her work has been featured in Edutopia, ADDitude Magazine, The Inclusion Lab, Principal Leadership, District Administrator, and the Huffington Post.




Excelling in the Midst of Adversity

Inky Johnson is an entrepreneur, author, collegiate athlete, and highly sought-after speaker, whose powerful messages, such as: “We will encounter adversity, but we have to decide how we respond to it. My arm and my hand are paralyzed but my heart isn’t, my mind isn’t, my work ethic isn't, and my commitment isn’t,” have resonated with audiences worldwide. He is the host of the Serendipity with Inky Johnson podcast and devotes his time to mentoring athletes and underprivileged youth.

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