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Listen and learn : Mainstage

Wednesday, June 26, 2:45–4:00 pm
Location: Mainstage: Level 2, Hall A

Michael Bonner   Mark Coppin   Mandy Manning   Sady Paulson   Jasmin Yahne School of Dance  
Help us wrap up ISTE19 during our Wednesday mainstage session featuring Mandy Manning, Michael Bonner, Sady Paulson and high school student Sarah Jagels! Mandy Manning, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, teaches English to newly arrived refugee and immigrant students in the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. Michael Bonner is a teacher who appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and is the author of "Get Up or Give Up" and "Embrace It." There will be a book signing with Bonner preceding his keynote in ISTE Central. Sady Paulson is a film director, editor and presenter who has cerebral palsy. Fifteen years ago, she met educator Mark Coppin who introduced her to assistive technology. Coppin, owner of Prairie Assistive Technology, is a former assistive tech director for students with special needs and a frequent keynoter. Opening up the session and featuring students from Philadelphia public schools will be the Jasmin Yahne School of Dance. Jasmin recognizes the connection between dance and math. She uses dance as a way to bring relevance and excitement to the teaching and learning of math. 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


Michael Bonner, The Ron Clark Academy

Michael Bonner was a teacher at North Carolina's South Greenville Elementary, where many students face food insecurity, challenging family dynamics and even homelessness. This fall, he will start as a fourth grade teacher at The Ron Clark Academy.

In 2017, Bonner was recognized by Ellen DeGeneres for his positive and innovative educational approaches. DeGeneres presented Bonner and his school with equipment to assist in the creation of educational music videos, and Walmart chipped in $25,000. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” also created a GoFundMe page for South Greenville Elementary that has raised over $88,000 for the Title I school.

Shortly after appearing on the show, DeGeneres brought Bonner and 20 students from his class to Los Angeles to make a professional music video with Big Sean, Ice Cube, Migos, Ty Dolla Sign and Lin Manuel Miranda. Walmart then awarded Bonner’s class another $20,000 to help improve the students’ learning environment.

Bonner’s efforts to change the learning culture at his school have also captured the attention of “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” Flocabulary, the Ashton Kutcher Foundation and Remind, which featured Bonner’s innovative strategies for countering negative stereotypes within education.

With only six years in K-12 education, Bonner has been called a visionary leader who strives help all students create a positive mindset. He understands that his students come to class each day with diverse backgrounds, strengths, needs and challenges, and seeks to identify strategies to ensure the growth of their social, emotional, academic and psychological needs.

Since June 2017, Bonner has conducted almost 100 keynotes and breakout sessions for educators worldwide.

Mark Coppin, Prairie Assistive Technology

Mark Coppin is the owner of Prairie Assistive Technology. For 32 years, he was the director of assistive technology at a nonprofit center for students with special needs where he coordinated the provision of assistive technology services. He also provided technology evaluations and consultation services throughout North Dakota.

Coppin has presented at state, regional, national and international conferences on such topics as technology and teaching, special education, assistive technology, mobile devices in education and autism. He has presented twice at the United Nations on the importance of accessibility.

Coppin holds a bachelor's degree in speech communications and special education, and a master’s degree in educational media design and technology. In 2009, Coppin was named an Apple Distinguished Educator and served on their advisory board from 2009-2012. His leadership was instrumental in the Anne Carlsen Center’s selection as an Apple Distinguished School from 2012 to present. In 2013, Coppin was one of 10 educators recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House. Coppin also serves on the SXSW EDU advisory board.

Mandy Manning, Joel E. Ferris High School - Newcomer Ce

Mandy Manning teaches English to newly arrived refugee and immigrant students in the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. In her classroom, Manning uses experiential projects like mapmaking to help students process trauma, celebrate their home countries and culture, and learn about their new community. As the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, Manning encourages educators to teach their students to overcome their fears and seek out new experiences.

“Let’s teach our students to be fearless,” she says. “Let’s teach them to be brave when confronted with uncertainty. Brave when they fail. Brave in meeting new people. Brave in seeking opportunities to experience things outside of their understanding.”

Manning strives to create connections between her students and the community inside and outside of school. Her students work in the student store, and she encourages other students to visit and volunteer in the Newcomer Center. She also invites district leaders, campus resource officers, community members of color and professional writers to visit her classroom. The visits help her students learn cultural expectations and how to express themselves effectively. In return, her students teach these leaders where they come from, who they are and the beauty they add to the school district.

Manning has been a teacher for 19 years, seven in her current role. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University, a master’s from West Texas A&M University and a master’s of fine arts from Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. She’s also a National Board Certified Teacher.

Sady Paulson, Film director, editor, presenter

Sady Paulson is a film director, editor and presenter who graduated from Full Sail University with a bachelor’s degree in digital cinematography. Paulson also has cerebral palsy. Growing up, Paulson wondered if she’d ever have a job she loved.

That changed 15 years ago when she met Mark Coppin, an Apple Distinguished Educator and owner of Prairie Assistive in Fargo, North Dakota, who introduced Paulson to the technology that has helped her access the world.

Now a self-described “nerd” and “tech junkie,” this is how she describes her relationship with technology: “Technology has been very helpful to me throughout my education and now I’m following my dreams. I love to make films about real life and the world. I enjoy being able to use my skills in the real world. I have cerebral palsy and it creates a lot of obstacles and challenges in my life, but I do not let this hold me back. My love for technology is more than just a passion; it gives me access to my world. I need help in some areas, but assistive technology enables me to communicate with my loved ones and pursue my career.”

Jasmin Yahne School of Dance, Jasmin Yahne School of Dance

Featuring students from Philadelphia Public Schools, this dance group actually focuses on the relationship between math and dance - rythm, balance, counting, angles. Jasmin believes that dance is strongly related to mathematics and uses it as a way to bring relevance and excitement to the teaching and learning of math.

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