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Opening Keynote with David Eagleman, Ph.D.

Location: W375/Skyline

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Listen and learn : Keynote

Sunday, June 24, 5:45–7:00 pm
Location: W375/Skyline

Ian Brock   Richard Culatta   David Eagleman   Jennie Magiera   Kiara Reed   Rose Rezac   Marley Rosario   Dr. Mila Thomas Fuller  
Help us kick off ISTE 2018 with a keynote session filled to the brim with educational inspiration.

Our opening keynote speaker, neuroscientist David Eagleman, Ph.D., is a bestselling author, professor, speaker and inventor. Eagleman 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.

Sunday's keynote lineup also includes appearances by:
ISTE CEO Richard Culatta
ISTE Board President Mila Thomas Fuller
ISTE Digital Equity Network Leader Patricia Brown
Author, speaker and educator Jennie Magiera
Students Kiara Reed, Marley Rosario, Ian Brock and Rose Rezac

Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand, Session will be simulcast live


Ian Brock, home-schooled

Ian Brock is a 13 year old Chicago native, Co-Founder of Beyond The Cookie® and Dream Hustle Code, rookie coder, and “soon to be” author. His mission is to inspire kids to want to dream and achieve something bigger for themselves. His non profit Dream Hustle Code is on a mission to level the playing field for under-represented individuals in the tech industry (African Americans, Latinos and Girls) by empowering schools, organizations, and communities with tools to reinvent themselves in the 21st Century by creating and inspiring future computer scientists, coders, and founders. For his upcoming book Dream Hustle Code, he has already interviewed forty amazing individuals from entrepreneurs, to best-selling authors, to Hollywood figures, to tech billionaires. He has been featured in Forbes, Ed Week, and Black Enterprise. He has spoken twice at Google (Los Angeles and Mountain View), Startup Grind Global 2018 (Silicon Valley), and WE Day Chicago 2018. VisionScape Silicon Valley is Ian’s most exciting fundraising campaign to take kids from Chicago’s under-served and under-represented communities to Silicon Valley this Summer 2018.

Richard Culatta, ISTE

Richard Culatta, chief executive officer, brings vast experience in education policy, teacher preparation, educational technology and innovation to his role with ISTE. Culatta is a longtime ISTE member and a past recipient of the ISTE Making IT Happen Award. Prior to joining ISTE, Culatta served as the chief innovation officer for the state of Rhode Island. In this role, he focused on developing partnerships to improve opportunities for students, including launching a program to make Rhode Island the first state to offer computer science in every K-12 school and creating a state vision for personalized learning. As the director of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology, Culatta was at the helm of numerous efforts to expand connectivity to schools across the country, promote personalized learning and develop the National Education Technology Plan. He also pioneered new ways for the department to engage with educators and tech developers. Prior to his role with the Department of Education, Culatta served as an education policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. He was also the learning technologies adviser for the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University where he redesigned the technology component of the teacher prep program. He also served as the director of operations for the Rose Education Foundation, which brought the first internet connections to schools in rural Guatemala. Culatta began his career in the classroom as a high school teacher and, across his career, has coached educators and national leaders around the world on using technology as a tool to reimagine learning. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish teaching and a master's in educational psychology and technology, both from Brigham Young University.

David Eagleman, David Eagleman

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 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.

Jennie Magiera, Google

Jennie Magiera, author of Courageous Edventures, is the Chief Program Officer for EdTechTeam focusing on diversity and equity in education. A White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and TEDx Speaker, Jennie works to redefine teaching and learning through innovative new practices. Jennie is also passionate about redefining professional learning, having served on the Technical Working Group for the US Department of Education’s National Educational Technology Plan and co-founding PLAYDATE and other conference concepts. You can follow Jennie at @MsMagiera and learn more about her at bit.ly/edventuresbook.

Kiara Reed, Eastern Illinois University

Kiara is a nineteen year old Chicago native who attends Eastern Illinois University studying political science and sociology. Throughout elementary and high school social sciences were Kiara’s favorite subjects. With that came a growing passion to learn more about her African American history and how she could help build a stronger black community in America. She started with two organizations in her high school called S.O.S.I. and Sista Circle which both acted as a space for teens to have their conversations on social issues and things that affected their communities and them as individuals. Now that she is in college she chooses to focus more on her degrees but she also plans on working closely with different organizations on campus to create a home away from home for the black students on her campus. She also acts as a voice for the black community on her campus who speaks up when certain things happen regarding racism and inequality. Kiara is on a knowledge based mission which will lead to her working closely with black communities all over the world uplifting and educating one by one.

Rose Rezac, Lane Tech College Prep

Rose Rezac is a recently graduated eighth grader from Chicago's Alexander Graham Bell School. She is the co-founder of the youth organization, P.I.F.A., dedicated to creating welcoming and inclusive spaces that support student voice and activism. Taking action is not new to Rose, who in 3rd grade, started a neighborhood kids' organization dedicated to environmental cleanup. Heavily involved in the arts, Rose also plays piano, has sung with the Voices Rising choir at the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, and also practices circus arts, having recently appeared in The Actor's Gymnasium production of The Odyssey. She will be entering the Omega program at Chicago's Lane Tech College Prep in the Fall.

Marley Rosario, University of Chicago

Marley Rosario is a student at the University of Chicago, an alumni of Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, and a lifelong Chicagoan. He has been a community organizer of the South and West side of Chicago for a year now, helping to ensure students in the Bronzeville Oakwood Shores neighborhood have access to collegiate training programs, good homes, and stable households. He has also been a political organizer for the majority of his teenage years, working with organizations like Vote16, Chicago Students Union, and most notably March for Our Lives Chicago. His role as one of the Lead Organizers helped deliver over 100,000 individuals to fight for an end to systemic gun violence in the cities Union Park, West Loop neighborhoods. He did this work through his role as Director of Outreach at Gather Activism. Gather is a technology startup dedicated to assisting organizers mobilizie activists to enact meaningful change. When he is not working to organize and build community engagement, assisting political movements, and hounding his lawmakers, Marley enjoys watching the Cubs and performing Crossfit in his spare time.

Dr. Mila Thomas Fuller, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mila Fuller, Ed.D., is an innovative edtech leader with expertise in instructional technology from strategy through to implementation. She has nearly two decades of experience in learning and teaching with technology through her work with associations, districts, schools and universities. In her current role as assistant director of online learning for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Education, Mila works to develop strategy, and promote and coordinate the delivery of online, distance and blended education offerings. Additionally, she collaborates with the college’s online learning stakeholders and service providers. Mila is also an adjunct professor in the University of Maryland at University College instructional technology master’s degree program. Her higher education work also includes developing and teaching an education technology specialization course titled “Digital Age Technology and Instruction” for Johns Hopkins University’s education doctoral degree program. She previously worked as an independent education consultant, specializing in course development and implementation, technology planning and program development. Mila also has expertise in the strategic and operational aspects of leadership in edtech and affiliate governance. As an association executive, Mila served as the deputy executive director of a content association, for eight years, where she assisted with the oversight and implementation of organizational goals and supervised senior-level teams. For five years, Mila also served as director of strategic initiatives for ISTE and was responsible for establishing and maintaining strategic alliances. She also assisted with identifying and exploring partnerships with institutions, agencies and other organizations to further the ISTE mission and to address technology in teacher quality. During her tenure at ISTE, Mila was a frequent national and international presenter on digital age learning and teaching and digital equity. She began her career in education as a fourth grade teacher in Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS) and later served as an education associate for the district’s Office of Technology, Library & Media Services. Mila went on to become the coordinator of technology leadership for the Learning Technologies Support Group at BCPSS. Mila holds a doctoral degree in instructional technology from Towson University; a master’s in leadership in teaching, with a specialty in administration and supervision, from Notre Dame University of Maryland; and a bachelor's degree in advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the impact of digital and paper-based graphic organizers on students’ persuasive writing process. She’s also done research into the impact of school administrator support on the integration of technology into schools, relationships between community and student success in online learning, and addressing digital equity. Mila is a current governing board member for the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), past president of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation Board, serves on the District Technology Planning Committee for Champaign Unit Four School District, is the technology task for chair for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Champaign-Urbana Alumnae Chapter, and is a member of the EdNET Advisory Board. She is also a past president of ISTE affiliate Maryland Society of Educational Technology (MSET). In 2008, she received ISTE’s Making IT Happen Award. Long active in the association community and association leadership, Mila is a member of the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE), is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), and has been recognized as a Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) scholar.

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