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Sunday Mainstage Session

Listen and learn

Listen and learn : Mainstage

Sunday, June 23, 5:45–7:15 pm
Location: Mainstage: Level 2, Hall A

DJ Amira and Kayla   Aqua String Band   Cheyenne Batista   Danielle Feinberg   Pedro Rivera   Mike Walsh  
Help us kick off ISTE19 with an exciting session filled to the brim with educational inspiration. 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, CEO of Tomorrow and author of "Futuretainment" and "The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas," advises leaders on how to thrive in the current era of disruptive technological change. 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. Sunday's mainstage session will also include a welcome from Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera. There will be a book signing with Mike Walsh immediately following his keynote in ISTE Central. More details about this mainstage session will be announced soon! Be sure to join us 45 minutes before the session begins for some pre-show entertainment! The Sunday Mainstage Session will feature DJ Amira and Kayla. These 13-year-old twins will be entering the eighth grade this fall and have performed on "The Tonight Show" and at the Macy's Thankgiving Day Parade. English-to-Spanish translation is now available at all Mainstage sessions. Pick up a headset at the entrance to Hall A. Quantities are limited and headsets are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additional detail: Session will be simulcast live


DJ Amira and Kayla, DJs Amira and Kayla

While most 12 year old kids are playing the latest video games on their smart-phone, twin sister, Amira & Kayla are making a name for themselves around the world as famous DJs. When behind the turntables, this duo gets the party started, kicks the crowd in gear and makes sure the momentum never ceases. Amira & Kayla's love for music and their devotion to the DJ craft is rooted firmly in family. Their father taught them how to DJ at an early age. This unique sister act have quickly gone from playing children's dance partings to DJ'ing major corporate events, lighting up social media with viral videos and making high-profile appearances on major television, online, and radio programs. Some of Amira and Kayla's recent TV appearances include The Tonight Show, Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams, Harry, The Real, ESPN, Revolt, Cake Boss, Showtime at the Apollo, and Telemundo. The girls also appeared in three national target commercials, Reebok campaign, Mi Gente Remix video featuring Beyonce, and have been featured online in media outlets such as Buzzfeed, UPROXX, Now This, Yahoo, Elle USA, and Harper's Bazaar. When Amira and Kayla are not appearing on TV or online, they can be found DJ'ing exclusive events for celebrities and corporate clients like Reebok, New York Knicks, FAO Schwartz, NEw Yold Fashion Week, Foot Locker, B.E.T, Silicon Valley tech companies, Dream Force, Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Grammy Weekend to name a few, Praise for the twins has come from their growing fan base and today's hottest DJs, music producers and entertainers. Amira and Kayla have quickly gained a large social media following including super stars like Rihanna. Everyone seems to agree, Amira and Kayla and two amazing kids with awesome musical talent who prove you're never too young to follow your dreams!

Aqua String Band, Aqua String Band
Cheyenne Batista, Firefly Worldwide, Inc.

Cheyenne E. Batista is Founder & CEO of Firefly Worldwide Inc., a global education consulting firm supporting visionary leaders to achieve their missions brilliantly. She most recently served as Founding Superintendent, Managing Director of East Harlem Scholars Academies, a PK-12 community-based school network serving 1,000+ students, where she was originally Founding Principal. Cheyenne previously taught in NYC public schools and at the American School of Campinas (EAC) in Brazil. She also led in roles at Teach For America and Grow Network/McGraw-Hill. Cheyenne graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A., Communications) and Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M, Education Policy & Management).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. She has over 18 years of experience, most recently having served as founding superintendent, managing director of a PK-12 community school network called East Harlem Scholars Academies in New York City.

She first served as founding school principal and then as superintendent, overseeing replication of the first school into the expansion of the network of more than 1,000 students and 150 staff members achieving excellence daily. She previously taught in the New York City public school system and at the American School of Campinas in São Paulo, Brazil. She has also worked as a program manager at Teach For America, and later managed complex product deliveries at Grow Network/McGraw-Hill, an assessment data reporting company.

Batista is a die-hard New Yorker who graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, and from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a master’s in education policy and management, focusing on serving historically marginalized students.

Danielle Feinberg, Pixar Animation Studios

Danielle Feinberg began her career at Pixar Animation Studios in February 1997. As she worked her way from an entry-level technical job to one of the top creative positions, she crewed many of Pixar’s feature films, including “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo” and “The Incredibles.”

Feinberg rose to be the director of photography for lighting on Disney•Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning films “WALL•E,” “Brave” and “Coco.”

Feinberg’s love of combining computers and art began she was 8 years old and first programmed a Logo turtle to create images. This eventually led her to a degree in computer science from Harvard University.

In addition to her Pixar work, she works with teenage girls, encouraging them to pursue coding, math and science by demonstrating to them this same magic found by combining art and technology.

In 2016, she was able to bring that message to a broader audience with her TED Talk that was part of the PBS Science and Wonder presentation for TED Talks Live. It was named one of the top TED Talks of 2016.

Pedro Rivera, Pennsylvania Department of Education

Pedro A. Rivera was appointed as the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education by Gov. Tom Wolf and unanimously confirmed by the state Senate in 2015. Rivera also serves as the president of the board of directors for the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), a nonpartisan organization of public officials who head state departments of education. As president, he focuses on promoting equity in education and elevating the ways states can improve learning conditions to ensure all students have access to the supports they need to be successful.

Prior to his appointment to Gov. Wolf’s cabinet, he served as superintendent of the School District of Lancaster. He has also worked as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal and executive director for the School District of Philadelphia, and a staff member with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. In September 2014, he was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his efforts to transform urban education with his holistic approach to student success.

As education secretary, he’s traveled the commonwealth meeting with educators, administrators and students, discussing their priorities and needs, and taking those insights back to Harrisburg. Under his leadership, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has engaged educators, parents, policymakers, business and industry leaders, higher education officials and advocates to inform the department’s work on issues like reforming graduation requirements and improving school accountability measures.

Rivera is a first-generation college graduate and earned a bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in education administration from Cheyney University.

Mike Walsh, Tomorrow

Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in the current era of disruptive technological change. Walsh’s bestselling books include The Algorithmic Leader, Futuretainment and The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas. He interviews provocative thinkers, innovators and troublemakers on his weekly podcast, “Between Worlds.”

A true nomad, Walsh travels worldwide over 300 days a year, researching trends, collecting innovation case studies and presenting on the future of business.

Rather than focusing on the distant future, Walsh takes an anthropological approach – scanning the near horizon for emerging technologies and disruptive shifts in human behavior and translating these into pragmatic plans for business transformation.

A prolific writer and commentator, his views have appeared in a wide range of international publications including BusinessWeek, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.

Walsh has been a pioneer in the digital space since the 1990s, running both successful startup ventures and holding senior leadership positions in established media organizations. With a background in corporate law and management consulting, he began his career at XT3, a spin off of McKinsey and one of the first digital consulting firms created to help major companies embrace the embryonic web.

During the first dot-com boom, Walsh launched the technology publishing group in Australia. He also founded and ran Jupiter Research in the Asia Pacific, one of the first research agencies to track the early adoption of e-commerce and digital business models by online consumers. Inspired by the dramatic changes taking place in China and India, Walsh founded his latest venture, Tomorrow, an innovation research lab focused on emerging technology and disruptive consumer behavior.

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