March 16-18, 2022
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Registration Opens in DeVos Grand Gallery
Workshop Slot #1
(lunch on your own, meals are not provided)
Workshop Slot #2
Snack Break for All Workshop Attendees
Workshop Slot #3
MACUL 2022 will be give every attendee access to cutting edge tools, classroom resources and learning strategies for today’s technology driven schools.
As an attendee, you will be able to learn, get inspired and grow from the following:
The annual Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, MI from March 16-19, 2022. Yes, you read that right, we will be in person in Grand Rapids for the 46th Annual MACUL Conference.
Joe Dombrowski (aka Mr.D) took the world by storm in 2017 with a viral April Fools’ Day spelling test prank that landed him multiple appearances on the Ellen DeGeneres show. Don’t get it twisted though! It takes at least 20 years to be an overnight sensation! Joe has been doing stand up comedy since he was eight years old in his third grade talent show. He’s never stopped! Since Joe rise to fame, he has been traveling the globe with his stand-up comedy which often highlights his crazy life as an elementary school teacher. When he’s not getting creative on screens and stages, Joe spends his time in Seattle, Washington producing his podcast “Social Studies” where he recaps absolutely insane stories from teachers all over the world.
A real life “Guardian of the Galaxy,” Dr. Moogega (Moo-ji-gae) “Moo” Cooper holds the awesome responsibility of keeping the red planet safe from any of the Earth’s contaminants. Moo is the planetary protection lead of the famed NASA 2020 Mars mission—with its highly viewed landing on February 18, 2021.
Her work with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is integral to the ongoing mission to discern whether Mars could be habitable for humans and that we don’t harm what’s already there—a job she has been working up to for most of her life.
After graduating from high school at 16, Cooper studied physics as an undergraduate, received a master’s degree and went on to earn her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at 24 years old with a dissertation on sterilizing spacecraft materials.
Moo is passionate about empowering organizations and others to achieve their dreams and overcome obstacles that she articulately conveys through her life story and love of her work. A role model for women in science and technology, she is also passionate about introducing more people to the wonders of the STEAM world, including by talking about her work to boys and girls from underrepresented communities and appearing on shows like Because Space and Bill Nye Saves the World.
Moo is a recipient of several awards, including the NASA Early Career Public Achievement Medal, the Charles Elachi Award for Exceptional Early Career Achievement, and JPL Voyager Awards for Technical Leadership.
Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. The Fall Creek School District was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. Joe holds a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from St. Norbert College, a MS in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a MS in Educational Leadership, and a PhD in Leadership, Learning, and Service from Cardinal Stritch University. Joe is also an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership Department at Viterbo University. Joe has taught Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, and 5th Grade. He was also a school counselor and high school coach prior to taking on an elementary principal position in 2005. He has served as a principal in suburban and rural Wisconsin.
Joe started the #1minwalk2work Leadership Challenge, and co-authored The Power of Branding-Telling Your School’s Story, Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age and Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students and Parents Love. He was selected as 1 of 117 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 and 1 of 50 Superintendents as a Personalized Learning Leader in 2016 by the US Department of Education. He attended summits at the White House for both distinctions. Education Dive named Joe 1 of 5 K-12 administrators to watch in 2018 and their National Superintendent of the Year in 2019. He has been a featured speaker in multiple states in the areas of Advancing the Use of Social Media for School Leaders, Telling Your School Story, Creating a Culture of Yes, and Personalized Professional Growth for Staff. Go Crickets!!
Jennifer LaGarde (aka library girl!) is a lifelong educator and learner. With over 20 years of experience in public education, Jennifer has served as:
a classroom teacher
a teacher librarian
district digital teaching and learning specialist
district school library media lead
state-wide library/technology support consultant for NCDPI
Adjunct faculty at both Rutgers and Antioch Universities.
Courses designed and delivered:
School Library Program Management
School Library Collection Development
Developing Digital Detectives: Information Literacy in the Digital Age
Young Adult Literature
Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English/Language Arts from the University of NC at Wilmington. And she earned her Master’s in Library Science from Appalachian State University. She also holds National Board Certification in the area of School Library Media. Some of the awards and distinctions she has received include:
ALA, New York Times and Carnegie Corporation’s “I Love My Librarian Award,”
Library Journal Mover and Shaker
AASL Social Media Superstar: “Social Justice Defender.”
Salem Press Blog of The Year
Jennifer has published numerous articles on best educational practices for journals like Teacher Librarian, ISTE, School Library Connections and Knowledge Quest. She’s also the coauthor of the books Fact VS Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking In the Age of Fake News (ISTE, 2018) and Developing Digital Detectives (ISTE, 2021) with Darren Hudgins. Jennifer currently resides in Olympia, Washington where she spends time chasing after her two dogs, drinking lots of coffee and updating her award winning blog The Adventures of Library Girl where she proves you don’t have to be super hero to be a teacher librarian, but having a cape sure helps.
Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D. is the Founder of the Leading Equity Center and host of the Leading Equity Podcast.
With over 11 years in education, he has served as a teacher, principal, and Director of Special Education.
Dr. Eakins has a passion for helping educators accomplish equitable practices in their schools.
He has earned a B.S. degree in Social Science Education, an M.S. degree in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in K-12 Education.
Dee Lanier is an Educational Technologist and Equity Enthusiast. Dee is a passionate and energetic educator and learner with over a decade of instructional experience on the K-12 and collegiate level. Dee holds Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Sociology with special interests in education, race relations, and equity. Dee is an award winning presenter, TEDx Speaker, Google Certified Trainer, Google Innovator, and Google Certified Coach that specializes in creative applications for mobile devices and Chromebooks, low-cost makerspaces, and gamified learning experiences. Dee is a founding mentor and architect for the Google Coaching program pilot, Dynamic Learning Project, and a co-founder of Our Voice Academy, a program aimed at empowering educators of color to gain greater visible leadership and recognized expertise. Dee is also the creator of the blended-learning educational activities called, Solve in Time!® and Maker Kitchen™️ and co-host of the Liberated Educator podcast. Dee is currently a Transformation Manager with LINC.
Leslie Fisher’s interest in technology began while studying music at the University of Southern California. She quickly realized the value of utilizing computers for music mixing and recording. She grabbed her 300 baud modem, jumped on the Internet (before anyone really called it the internet) and started looking for music resources. She soon realized she was spending more time discovering technology than playing music so she changed her major and tried to figure out what geeky thing she could do for the rest of her life.
After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and a quick stint as a Trainer, Leslie joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Leslie was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation.
In 1997, Leslie was roadkill on Apple’s road to recovery and part of their massive lay off. Leslie planned to spend most of her huge severance package golfing and waiting a few months to look for a job. The day after her layoff, her phone began to ring with Apple customers requesting consulting, training and presentation services. Before she could say fore, Fisher Technologies Inc. was created to help educators with their technology implementations and decisions.
Fisher Technologies Inc. is now a worldwide company (meaning one employee named Leslie gets to travel the world teaching) specializing in presenting emerging and practical technology solutions to educators all over the world.
I’m Matt Miller, and I know exactly how you feel. It’s my passion to equip teachers to thrive in this new era of education and think differently about the craft of teaching.
• I spent more than a decade in the classroom, creating unique learning experiences for my students through technology and creative teaching.
• I wrote the book Ditch That Textbook about innovative teaching ideas and rethinking education.
• I’m a Google-Certified Innovator, a mark of distinction for cutting-edge use of G Suite tools in the classroom.
• I’ve been named one of the top 10 influencers in educational technology and elearning worldwide.
I provide practical, “use it in class tomorrow” solutions to teachers’ classroom needs. I also help them focus on what’s most important to keep education relevant.
I’m Trevor Muir and I believe every student has the potential for greatness. And I believe educators hold the key to unlocking that potential by building relationships and crafting learning experiences that are engaging and transformative.
That’s why I teach students with project based learning. It’s why I give keynotes, workshops, and write about my work in the classroom and how effective authentic education can be. It’s the reason I presented a TED talk at Tedx San Antonio called “School Should Take Place in the Real World,” and write for publications like EdWeek, The Huffington Post, and WeAreTeachers.
It’s why I run the Facebook page The Epic Classroom, and get to connect with millions of other like-minded educators from all walks of life.
I believe in students, I believe in teachers, and I believe in what school has the potential of being.
Over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with teachers and other educators at schools and conferences around the world. From keynoting the Design Expedition in Eindhoven, Netherlands, workshopping with PHD professors in Bogota, Colombia, sharing with Future Professionals in Paul Mitchell Schools, to helping a school in West Lyons, Iowa explore Project Based Learning, I get to help educators make learning come alive and be memorable for students.
ANDRATESHA FRITZGERALD is committed to excellence in education. She has worked as a teacher, curriculum specialist, administrator and director. As an international speaker, presenter and facilitator, Fritzgerald exhibits an audacious persevance that calls organizations to evolve into inclusive antiracist safe zones for all learners.
With a passion for Universal Design for Learning, Culturally Responsive Teaching and Antiracism, she has led the charge to craft implementation plans, design lab templates, professional development symposia and professional practice cadres. She models expert learning while equipping others to do the same.
She loves writing and has been published in What Really Works with Universal Design for Learning (Corwin Press) and on Think Inclusive’s blog about inclusion advocacy and educational resources.
Her new book Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success , (CAST Professional Publishing) was released in September of 2020.
Her life’s work is to awaken, celebrate and activate brilliance by breaking barriers and stereotypes of teachers, leaders and students to actualize achievement wherever it seems impossible. A self proclaimed book nerd, Jeopardy enthusiast and imagination expert, she loves writing and dreaming out loud with her husband, two children and committed educators who believe in academic success for all. She is the founder of Building Blocks of Brilliance Education Consulting Firm, established in 2018.