The 2018 Featured Speakers lineup includes:
Robert Corbin is a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Science Urban Education and a National Board Certified Science Teacher serving as Director of Global STEM initiatives for Discovery Education.
He is a North Carolina Science Leadership Fellow, North Carolina LASER (Leadership Assistance for Science Education Reform) faculty member, NSRC (National Science Resource Center) faculty member, a founding member of the Bank of America Teaching Fellows and Affiliates program and science facilitator for the National Board Teacher Support Program for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Robert also serves as a Facilitator for the NSF funded eMSS (E-mentoring for Student Success) science and math teacher support program.
Robert has taught a variety of technology and science courses in a variety of public high school, middle school and university settings for about 20 years. He currently serves as associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and adjunct professor at Wingate University.
He is an Arts and Science Council Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Christa McAuliffe Fellow, North Carolina Science Leadership Fellow, Duke University Sawyer Fellow, Time Warner Cable All Star Teacher, Ben Craig Award recipient, Omnicron Psi Outstanding Science Teacher, Whitehead Educator of Distinction, and NAGT Outstanding Earth Science Teacher of the Southeastern United States.
He has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Michigan State University and an I.M.A. in Natural Science Education from the University of South Carolina and a Ph. D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Connect with him on Twitter at @STEMancipate.
Eric is an Authorized Google Education Trainer and a Google Certified Innovator who has provided training and consulting for schools and organizations all across Ohio and around the country for more than twenty years. He also works as a Technology Integration Specialist for SPARCC in Canton, Ohio.
He provides a wide range of services including training, presentations, and consulting with a focus on all things related to Google Apps.
Margo Day is vice president of U.S. Education for Microsoft Corp. She is responsible for the U.S. Education strategy and sales to K–12 and higher education customers across the U.S.
Margo leads a national team that focuses on working with institutions, faculty, students and other key stakeholders.
Connect with her on Twitter at @margo_day.
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 exciting technology solutions to educators all over the world.
Jennifer Gonzalez has over 10 years of classroom experience teaching middle school language arts and college-level teaching methodology.
In 2013, she created Cult of Pedagogy, where she works full-time to help teachers of all subjects and grade levels practice and perfect the art of teaching.
Rushton Hurley is the founder and executive director of Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at NextVista.org.
Rushton has spent decades exploring innovative possibilities for bringing together proven approaches with cutting-edge technologies, from his graduate research at Stanford University (using speech recognition technology with beginning students of Japanese in computer-based role-playing scenarios for developing language skills) to his work with teenagers as both a high school teacher of Japanese and a principal of an online school, to speaking at conferences and trainings around the world, to last fall’s 5-Day Teacher Challenge which over 2000 teachers in 40 countries signed up to try.
A.J. Juliani is the Director of Technology and Innovation for Centennial School District.
As a former English teacher, coach, and K-12 Technology Staff Developer, A.J. has worked towards innovative learning experiences for students in various roles.
A.J. is also an award-winning blogger, speaker, and author of multiple books including the best-selling EMPOWER and LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring out the Maker in Every Student.
Liz Kolb, Ph.D.
Liz is a clinical associate professor at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Author of Learning First, Technology Second (published by ISTE, 2017), Toys to Tools: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education (published by ISTE in 2008), Cell Phones in the Classroom: A Practical Guide for the K-12 Educator (published by ISTE in 2011), and Help Your Child Learn with Cell Phones and Web 2.0 (published by ISTE, 2013). In addition, she has published numerous articles and book chapters on new technologies and education in prominent publications such as Education Leadership, Scholastic.com, and Learning and Leading with Technology. She is a member of COSN’s advisory committees on mobile learning and emerging technologies.
She is the inventor and coordinator of the 4T Virtual Conference, which is a free conference for practitioners that occurs every May. She is also the creator of the Triple E Framework for effective teaching with digital technologies.
Tom serves at the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and works alongside that body, the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered, personalized learning while helping to lead Future Ready Schools and Digital Learning Day.
His new book, Learning Transformed, co-authored with Eric Sheninger and published by ASCD, was released in June 2017.
Murray was named one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA, one of the top 20 thought leaders in education, and the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. Murray co-authored and released Leading Professional Learning; Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers (Corwin, 2015).
A former school principal and teacher, Murray is passionate about proper digital learning implementation and personalized professional learning. He is also the cofounder of #edtechchat, a weekly educational technology Twitter forum where hundreds of educators from around the world discuss digital learning.
Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership and Learning with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement.
His new book, Learning Transformed, co-authored with Tom Murray and published by ASCD, was released in June 2017.
His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures. As a result Eric has emerged as an innovative leader, best selling author, and sought after speaker. His main focus is purposeful integration of technology to facilitate student learning, improve communications with stakeholders, enhance public relations, create a positive brand presence, discover opportunity, transform learning spaces, and help educators grow professionally.