ISTE 2019Creative
Constructor Lab
Digital
Leadership Summit

Keynote Speakers

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David Eagleman
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David Eagleman, Ph.D.
Bestselling author, professor, speaker, inventor and adviser
Sunday, June 24, 5:45-7 p.m.

Neuroscientist David Eagleman, Ph.D., a bestselling author, professor, speaker, inventor and adviser, uses his knowledge of the brain to not only break down how it works but to show how you can change your own thinking and find more creativity in your daily life. Reviewers of his book The Brain: The Story of You promise that “on every page there is a revelation so fantastic as to make one gasp.” Eagleman’s TED Talk audiences agree.

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Nadia Lopez
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David Eagleman, Ph.D.
Bestselling author, professor, speaker, inventor and adviser
Sunday, June 24, 5:45-7 p.m.

Neuroscientist David Eagleman, Ph.D., a bestselling author, professor, speaker, inventor and adviser, uses his knowledge of the brain to not only break down how it works but to show how you can change your own thinking and find more creativity in your daily life. Reviewers of his book The Brain: The Story of You promise that “on every page there is a revelation so fantastic as to make one gasp.” Eagleman’s TED Talk audiences agree.

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Nadia Lopez, Ph.D.
Education leader and school founder
Wednesday, June 27, 2:45-4 p.m.

Nadia Lopez, Ph.D., was launched from a Brooklyn public middle school principal to an educational celebrity overnight when one of her students credited her as the greatest influence in his life on the Humans of New York blog. Today, this education leader and school founder uses her platform to encourage and assist underprivileged communities in creating their own positive impacts.

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Andy Weir
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Andy Weir
Author, former software engineer
Tuesday, June 26, 8:15-9:45 a.m.

Andy Weir, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Martian (also a major motion picture starring Matt Damon) and the bestselling novel, Artemis, knows the power of STEM subjects. The Martian, which The Wall Street Journal called “the best pure sci-fi novel in years,” delves into orbital mechanics, botany and conditions on Mars. A software engineer for more than two decades, Weir encourages students to be more creative and envision a colorful future through the power of science.

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Katie Martin
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Katie Martin, Ph.D.
Education leader, teacher and author
Tuesday, June 26, 8:15-9:45 a.m.

Katie Martin, Ph.D., is an education leader, teacher and author whose experience guides her belief that if we want to change how students learn, we must first change how educators learn. The former director of district leadership for the Buck Institute for Education, Martin holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in middle school education, and her doctoral studies focused on new teacher induction.

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Michael Cohen
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Andy Weir
Author, former software engineer
Tuesday, June 26, 8:15-9:45 a.m.

Andy Weir, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Martian (also a major motion picture starring Matt Damon) and the bestselling novel, Artemis, knows the power of STEM subjects. The Martian, which The Wall Street Journal called “the best pure sci-fi novel in years,” delves into orbital mechanics, botany and conditions on Mars. A software engineer for more than two decades, Weir encourages students to be more creative and envision a colorful future through the power of science.

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Katie Martin, Ph.D.
Education leader, teacher and author
Tuesday, June 26, 8:15-9:45 a.m.

Katie Martin, Ph.D., is an education leader, teacher and author whose experience guides her belief that if we want to change how students learn, we must first change how educators learn. The former director of district leadership for the Buck Institute for Education, Martin holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in middle school education, and her doctoral studies focused on new teacher induction.

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Michael Cohen
Designer, educator and creativity instigator
Tuesday, June 26, 8:15-9:45 a.m.

Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi, is a designer, educator and creativity instigator. His mission is to help educators around the world reveal their own creative abilities so they can empower students to solve interesting problems and become positive contributors to our global society. When he isn’t traveling the world sharing his message, he serves as the director of innovation for Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys School (YULA).

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