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Don’t miss these bold presenters who speak to the future of learning, the importance of creativity and the heart of resilience. Featured voices are presenting on the main stage and in other session formats.

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Danielle Feinberg
Danielle Feinberg
Pixar Director of Photography for Lighting
Sunday Mainstage Session

Danielle Feinberg, Pixar director of photography for lighting, has worked on 13 of Pixar`s films, directing the lighting for the Academy Award®-winning films “Wall-E,” “Brave” and “Coco.”
Mike Walsh
Mike Walsh
CEO, futurist, author
Sunday Mainstage Session

Mike Walsh, CEO of Tomorrow and author of The Algorithmic Leader, Futuretainment and The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas, advises leaders on how to thrive in the current era of disruptive technological change.
Michael Bonner
Michael Bonner
Educator, speaker, author
Wednesday Mainstage Session

Michael Bonner is a second grade teacher who appeared on "The Ellen Degeneres Show" and is the author of Get Up or Give Up.
Mandy Manning
Mandy Manning
2018 National Teacher of the Year
Wednesday Mainstage Session

Mandy Manning, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, teaches at the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington.
Sady Paulson
Sady Paulson
Film director, editor, presenter
Wednesday Mainstage Session

Sady Paulson is a film director, editor and presenter with cerebral palsy who uses assistive technology to access the world.
Mark Coppin
Mark Coppin
Assistive technology professional
Wednesday Mainstage Session

Mark Coppin is the owner of Prairie Assistive Technology who presents on special education and assistive technology.
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Sharif El-Mekki
Sharif El-Mekki
Principal at Mastery Charter Schools
Tuesday Mainstage Session

Sharif El-Mekki is the founder of The Fellowship – Black Male Educators for Social Justice and the director of The Center for Black Educator Development.
Pedro A. Rivera
Pedro A. Rivera
Pennsylvania Secretary of Education
Sunday Mainstage Session

Pedro Rivera, a White House Champion of Change, has served as Pennsylvania Secretary of Education since 2015.
Manoush Zomorodi
Manoush Zomorodi
Author, media company co-founder
Monday, June 24
Manoush Zomorodi is the author of Bored and Brilliant and co-founder of Stable Genius Productions, a woman-led media company.
Cheyenne E. Batista
Cheyenne E. Batista
Founder and CEO of Firefly Worldwide Inc.
Sunday Mainstage Session

Cheyenne E. Batista is the founder and CEO of Firefly Worldwide Inc., a global education consulting firm that supports leaders in the education, nonprofit, government and corporate sectors.
Phil Hansen
Phil Hansen
Artist, speaker, author
Tuesday Mainstage Session

Phil Hansen is an internationally recognized multimedia artist, speaker, author and innovator who works at the intersection of traditional art, electronic media, offbeat materials and interactive experiences.
Sarah Jagels
Sarah Jagels
High school student
Sarah Jagels is a 2019 high school graduate who, after being diagnosed with anxiety disorder at 13, decided to teach others about the stress-reducing techniques that helped her succeed.
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Richard Culatta
Richard Culatta
ISTE CEO
Mainstage Session

Richard Culatta is the CEO of ISTE and previously held roles as chief innovation officer for the state of Rhode Island, director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology and classroom teacher.
Michael Hernandez
Michael Hernandez
Media arts teacher, consultant
Monday, June 24
Michael Hernandez is an award-winning media arts teacher and consultant in Los Angeles whose work focuses on media literacy, digital storytelling and social justice.
Alicia Duell
Alicia Duell
Director of technology and information services
Tuesday Mainstage Session

Alicia Duell is the director of technology and information services at Wheeling CCSD21.
Kasey Bell
Kasey Bell
Learning coach, speaker, author
Monday, June 24
Kasey Bell is an award-winning digital learning coach at Shake Up Learning, a speaker, blogger, podcaster and author of Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning From Static to Dynamic.
Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen
Designer, educator, creativity instigator
Monday, June 24
Michael Cohen is the director of innovation for Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys School and author of Educated by Design.
Ken Shelton
Ken Shelton
Global keynoter, edtech strategist
Sunday, June 23
Ken Shelton is a keynote speaker, educational strategist and equity and inclusion consultant.
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Rebecca Hare
Rebecca Hare
Teacher, learning space designer
Sunday, June 23
Rebecca Hare is an art and design teacher with Clayton Public Schools in St. Louis, a learning space designer and co-author of the book The Space: A Guide for Educators.
Amal Giknis
Amal Giknis
Teacher, Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia
Tuesday Mainstage Session

Amal Giknis is a teacher at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia where she helps students see the value and power of words.
Bill Bass
Bill Bass
Innovation coordinator and ISTE board president
Mainstage Session

Bill Bass is the innovation coordinator for instructional technology, information and library media for the Parkway School District in St. Louis, Missouri, and president of the ISTE Board of Directors.
Rafal Lew-Starowicz
Rafal Lew-Starowicz
Deputy director, Ministry of National Education, Poland
Monday, June 24
Rafal Lew-Starowicz is a deputy director for the Ministry of National Education in Poland.
Maria Cristina Escobar
Maria Cristina Escobar
Founder and director, AulaActiva
Monday, June 24
Maria Cristina Escobar is the founder and director of AulaActiva and an ISTE technology coach.
Leslie Fisher
Leslie Fisher
Director, Fisher Technologies, Inc.
Sunday, June 23
Leslie Fisher, director of Fisher Technologies, is an internationally recognized presenter specializing in current and emerging solutions, technologies and trends in K-12 education who has trained teachers for 22 years.
Lucio Padilla
Lucio Padilla
Director of instructional technology, Calexico Unified School District
Monday, June 24
Lucio Padilla the director of instructional technology for the Calexico Unified School District in California who has also served as an elementary and secondary teacher, and an elementary school principal.
Mariana Montaldo Zeballos
Mariana Montaldo Zeballos
Institutional liaison at Plan Ceibal
Monday, June 24
Mariana Montaldo is a bilingual teacher and the institutional liaison at Plan Ceibal, an innovation agency that partners with the public school system in Uruguay to foster the inclusion of technology for learning.
Steve Dembo
Steve Dembo
CEO, Teach42
Tuesday, June 25
Currently president of Skokie/Morton Grove District 69 Board of Education and CEO at Teach42, Steve Dembo is the co-author of Untangling the Web and a course designer and adjunct professor for Wilkes University.
Ming Shelby
Ming Shelby
Leadership consultant, instructional coach
Tuesday, June 25
Ming Shelby is an instructional coach, speaker and an education and leadership consultant.
Adam Bellow
Adam Bellow
Co-founder, Breakout EDU
Monday, June 24
Adam Bellow is an educational technologist, author, speaker and co-founder of Breakout EDU, an immersive gaming platform.
Jessica Herring Watson
Jessica Herring Watson
Clinical instructor, University of Central Arkansas
Tuesday, June 25
Jessica Herring Watson is a clinical instructor in the University of Central Arkansas College of Education and a former English teacher who works with K-20 teachers and students as a teacher and trainer.
Manuel Herrera
Manuel Herrera
Innovation coordinator, Affton School District
Monday, June 24
Manuel Herrera is the innovation coordinator for the Affton School District and an adjunct professor for Webster University.
Monica Burns
Monica Burns
Consultant, author
Tuesday, June 25
Monica Burns, Ed.D., is an edtech and curriculum consultant, author and former New York City public school teacher who supports PK-20 teachers in making technology integration meaningful and sustainable.
J Collins
J Collins
CEO, Liminal Esports
Monday, June 24
J Collins is an educator, game-based education evangelist, LGBTQIA+ advocate and the CEO of Liminal Esports.
Jasmin Yahne School of Dance
Jasmin Yahne School of Dance
Wednesday Mainstage Session

The Jasmin Yahne School of Dance is made up of students from Philadelphia Public Schools. Director Jasmin Yahne focuses on the relationships between math and dance -- including rhythm, balance, counting and angles -- and uses dance as a way to bring relevance and excitement to the teaching and learning of math.
Aqua String Band
Aqua String Band
Sunday Mainstage Session

The Aqua String Band is an all volunteer string band, best known for their participation in Philadelphia's annual Mummers Parade. Since its inception in 1920, the Aqua String Band has entertained millions of viewers, parade goers, and concert attendees.
DJs Kayla and Amira
DJs Kayla and Amira
Sunday Mainstage Session

At just 13 years old, DJs Amira and Kayla have already made a name for themselves, appearing on television, including “The Tonight Show,” and at events like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
JUNK
JUNK
Tuesday Mainstage Session

JUNK is a Philly-born dance troupe directed by Brian Sanders who says his mission is to create work that’s both artistic and accessible, while maintaining a ceaseless desire to try new things.