Tuesday Mainstage Session
Listen and learn : Mainstage
Tuesday, June 25, 8:15–9:45 am
Location: Mainstage: Level 2, Hall A
Richard Culatta Alicia Duell Sharif El-Mekki Amal Giknis Phil Hansen Brian Sanders JUNK
Join us for an exciting session featuring:
Phil Hansen, an internationally recognized multimedia artist, speaker, author and innovator who works at the intersection of traditional art, electronic media, offbeat materials and interactive experiences.
Sharif El-Mekki, the principal at Philadelphia’s Mastery Charter School-Shoemaker Campus, founder of The Fellowship – Black Male Educators for Social Justice and the director of The Center for Black Educator Development.
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.
Alicia Duell is the director of technology and information services at Wheeling CCSD21, a K-8 school district in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
Amal Giknis, a teacher at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, will be leading a student panel. The student panelists include:
Claire McGlinchey Undergraduate, Temple University
Ariana Flores Incoming freshman, Arcadia University
Joziah Matos Incoming senior, Science Leadership Academy
Meredith Czyz Incoming 7th grader, St. Ignatius of Antioch School
Come early to enjoy an amazing show from Philly-born performance group JUNK, known for its mind-blowing, off-the-wall, immersive performances. Here today, they present a small taste of what that’s about. You can find out more online at briansandersjunk.com.
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.
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Alicia Duell is the director of technology and information services at Wheeling CCSD21, a K-8 school district in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Prior to her role in technology administration, Duell was a school librarian, living and working both in the U.S. and in international schools overseas. She credits these experiences with giving her the freedom to explore, take risks and develop leadership skills.
As a leader, Duell is passionate about taking risks, failing forward and encouraging others to do the same. Her favorite failure quotation comes from J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement address: “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”
Duell’s adventurous and diverse career trajectory and life experiences exemplify this philosophy. She has worked at international schools in Australia, Honduras, Indonesia and, most recently, in the Philippines. She is passionate about sharing stories of failure with others, connecting students with authentic audiences and experiences, designing creative staff professional development and empowering women in leadership.
Duell has presented at state, national and international conferences, including the ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence; American Association for School Librarians Conference; Learning 2.0 Technology Conference in Bangkok, Thailand; Google Summit in Manila, Philippines; Illinois Education and Technology Conference; Illinois Computing Educators Conference and Illinois School Library Media Association Conference.
Sharif El-Mekki is the principal at Philadelphia’s Mastery Charter School-Shoemaker Campus, a neighborhood public charter that serves almost 800 students in grades 7-12. His team has been recognized by President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey, and earned the prestigious EPIC award from New Leaders for three consecutive years as one of the top three schools in the country for accelerating student achievement levels. El-Mekki founded The Fellowship – Black Male Educators for Social Justice and is the director of The Center for Black Educator Development, which focuses on supporting current and aspiring Black male educators in the Philadelphia area and beyond. He also serves on the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males and completed two years as one of former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s three Principal Ambassadors.
Amal Giknis began her teaching career in New York City’s public schools and is happy to have landed at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, where she helps students see the value and power of words and literature. Giknis finds joy in other learning spaces, too, from supporting rising educators at Penn Graduate School of Education to connecting with the ISTE audience through the "Your EdTech Questions" podcast. In her non-teaching time, Giknis can be found filling the pages of notebooks, exploring Philadelphia on her bicycle or taking arts and crafts pretty seriously.
Referred to by his fans as “the artist for the people,” Phil Hansen is an internationally recognized multimedia artist, speaker, author and innovator at the forefront of bringing art to a wider audience. Crashing through conventional boundaries, Hansen works at the intersection of traditional art, electronic media, offbeat materials and interactive experiences. He’s widely known for his meta art, videos that document the creation process (sometimes even through destruction), showing millions that art is action, not just result. Hansen's work also extends deeply into traditional media with features on the Discovery Channel, “Good Morning America,” “The Rachael Ray Show,” “Last Call with Carson Daly” and in Glamour magazine. His work is sought out by influential clients, including the Grammy Awards, Disney, Skype, Mazda and the Rockefeller Foundation. For those who’ve seen Hansen’s art on TV and online, it's hard to imagine that his artistic journey nearly came to an end when he developed a tremor in his drawing hand. In exploring new ways to create art, Hansen discovered that by embracing his shake, limitations could become the passageway to creativity. His inspirational story was first shared on the TED stage and then made its way around the world, including on PBS, BBC and CCTV. Now, Hansen’s ability to draw parallels to business and education have won him followers among industry leaders and education organizations. In addition to speaking and creating art, Hansen is an advocate for advancing art education. He's the author of Tattoo a Banana, a guide to exploring creativity through art with everyday materials, and the founder of Goodbye-Art Academy, providing free high-quality art education videos to teachers and students everywhere.
JUNK is known for its mindblowing, off the wall, immersive performance experiences. Here today, they present a small taste of what that’s about. You can fine out more online at briansandersjunk.com