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ISTE Ignite Sessions--Round 2

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Listen and learn : Multi-presentation

Monday, June 24, 10:30–11:30 am
Location: Terrace Ballroom I, Level 4 (near Posters)

Karen Alexander   Dr. Dennis Best   Josh Bound   Todd Flory   Manuel Herrera   Kammas Kersch   Brandon Lutz   Dr. Katie Martin   Jenna Mercury   Bill Selak   Dr. Micah Shippee   Emily Silverman  
Attend the second round in the series of ISTE Ignite sessions. Presenters will have just five minutes and 20 slides each to share their passions in a continuous rapid-fire presentation. 1. "Creativity: There’s Not an App for That," Manuel S. Herrera. 2. "The Design-Thinking Challenge for Global Good," Todd Flory. 3. "Art of Math Challenge," Emily Silverman. 4. "Priming Brains to Learn: Neuroscience-Based Programs to Strengthen Students' Executive Function Skills," Karen Alexander. 5. "Shift Your Thinking: Close the Science Achievement Gap in Early Ed," Jenna Mercury. 6. "How the Philadelphia Eagles Changed My Classroom Culture," Kammas Kersch. 7. "The Partnership Playbook — Providing Authentic Learning Experiences to Prepare Students for Success," Dennis Best. 8. "WanderlustEDU: An Educator’s Guide to Innovation, Change, and Adventure," Micah Shippee. 9. "Video Game Clubs and Social Philanthropy," Josh Bound. 10. "Shifting From Teacher-Centered to Learner-Centered: Examples From Over 500 Classrooms," Katie Martin. 11. "Invisible Habits: How Might We Change the 'Rules' of School?," Bill Selak.

Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand


Karen Alexander, BrainFutures

As Program Director for BrainFutures, Karen Alexander works with a national advisory board of neuroscientists, educators, and mental health professionals to make evidence-based brain health interventions widely available and accessible to people of all ages. This year, BrainFutures developed consensus standards to guide utilization of brain-focused programming in schools and identified scientifically-validated interventions that meet those standards. Previously, Karen led local and statewide education policy initiatives and consulted with nonprofits around strategic planning, program management, and communications. She received her BA in Sociology from Brown University and Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Government.

Dr. Dennis Best, William Tennent HS - Centennial SD

Dennis is the Principal of William Tennent High School in the Centennial School District. He contends the true meaning of educational leadership is bolstering teachers’ feelings of efficacy to believe in their ability to provide authentic learning experiences for their students. Dennis has also served as a 5th-grade teacher, a middle school assistant principal, and as a middle school principal. He holds degrees from West Chester University (BS, Elementary Education), Temple University (M.Ed., Curriculum, Instruction and Technology in Education), Gwynedd-Mercy University (M.Ed., Educational Leadership) and Arcadia University (Ed.D., Educational Leadership).

Josh Bound, Video Game Clubs of America

Video Games have the power to make the socially awkward, socially active and to empower the youth of today to build relationships and have a positive impact on the world of tomorrow. Students of all abilities can come together and see each other for more than the stereotypes we are all defined by, thereby creating a positive educational experience. Josh Bound is the founder of the Video Games Clubs of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing video game clubs in every secondary school in the country. In a VGC USA world no one should ever eat alone.

Todd Flory, Wheatland Elementary School

Todd Flory is a 4th grade teacher at Wheatland Elementary School in Andover, Kansas. Todd is a Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Buncee Ambassador, Google Certified Educator level 2, a PBS Digital Innovator, and a 2018 Kansas Master Teacher. Todd focuses on providing global collaboration and real-life, passion-based learning experiences for his students. Todd has a Masters degree in Instructional Technology and is the current Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics (KATM) President. Todd believes that teachers need to create global citizens in a global classroom to empower students to shape their future and the world’s.

Manuel Herrera, Affton School District

Manuel is an educator, international speaker, & doodler. He currently serves as the Innovation Coordinator for the Affton School District located in St. Louis. He is an adjunct professor for Webster University, teaching Digital Video for Educators and Designing Ed Tech Facilities. In addition to these roles, Manuel is the Communications & Design Lead for Connected Learning, an educational non-profit located in St. Louis. Manuel has keynoted, presented, and led workshops at educational conferences like SXSWEdu, ISTE, TCEA, MassCUE, FETC & .EDU. He specializes in sketchnoting, visual thinking, design thinking, & 3D printing & design. In 2018 Manuel became a Google Innovator.

Kammas Kersch, Chester County Intermediate Unit
Brandon Lutz, Abington School District
Dr. Katie Martin, Altitude Learning

Katie is the VP of Professional Learning at AltSchool worked in diverse contexts to learn, research, and support deeper learning for all students. She has also served as middle school English language arts teacher, instructional coach, and led the district new teacher mentoring program. Katie has a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in middle school education and her Ph.D and in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on the support that impacts teacher efficacy and retention. Katie aspires to create experiences that empower all learners to develop knowledge, skills, and mindsets to thrive in a changing world.

Jenna Mercury, ExploreLearning

Jenna received her M.S.S.Ed. (K-8) from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She's dedicated over 20 years of teaching science in the classroom and training and providing professional development to educators. Currently she develops curriculum, maps out standard alignments, designs and implements PD experiences for educators, presents at conferences and loves learning on social media. #K2CanToo #ScienceEVERYday

Bill Selak, Hillbrook School
ISTE Certified

Bill Selak is the Director of Technology at Hillbrook School, Adjunct Faculty at Concordia University Irvine, and Chair of CUE’s Communications Committee. He believes that mobile devices compel you to individualize, and is curious how teaching and learning shapes a classroom. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, ISTE Certified Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and ISTE Kay L. Bitter Vision Award recipient. Bill is currently obsessed with sharing his professional learning on Instagram Stories.

Dr. Micah Shippee, Ready Learner One

“Be a practical dreamer, backed by action.” - Bruce Lee Dr. Micah Shippee is a middle school social studies teacher, edtech trainer, and academic researcher. He works to bridge the gap between research and practice in the educational sector. Micah explores ways to improve motivation in the classroom and seeks to leverage emergent technology to achieve educational goals. As an innovative "ideas" person, Micah likes to think and act, outside the box. As an Educational Consultant and Keynote Speaker, he focuses on the adoption of emergent technology through the development of an innovative learning culture. Micah believes that innovativeness is the pedagogy of the future.

Emily Silverman, Learning Facilitator

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