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Listen and learn : Multi-presentation

Wednesday, December 2, 5:00–5:45 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Cheyenne Batista  
JoyAnn Boudreau  
Jorge Valenzuela  

These inspirational talks about innovation in education focus on knowledge, learning and evidence-based practices that work. Presenters will share stories, concepts and ideas on important issues that impact teaching and learning.

1. How to be a Disruptive, Co-Conspiring, Advocate from the Library, JoyAnn Boudreau, HSE Intermediate/Junior High; Nancy Jo Lambert, Reedy High School Frisco ISD
2. Speaking Up About Racial Microaggressions In Schools, Cheyenne Batista, Firefly Worldwide, Inc.
3. Strategies for Activating Equity and SEL into Lessons, Jorge Valenzuela, Lifelong Learning Defined, Inc


Cheyenne Batista, Firefly Worldwide, Inc.

Cheyenne E. Batista is Founder & CEO of Firefly Worldwide Inc., a global education consulting practice supporting school and non-profit leaders with leadership, management, and equity-centered practices. She previously served as a founding principal and superintendent of K-12 schools in New York City after teaching in K-8 classrooms there and in São Paulo, Brazil and leading programs within the nonprofit and corporate sectors. Cheyenne is pursuing an Ed.D in Education Policy & Leadership at American University, has a B.A. in Communication Studies from UNC Chapel Hill, and an Ed.M in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

JoyAnn Boudreau, HSE Intermediate/Junior High

JoyAnn is a middle school librarian, a co-founder of EduPride Alliance, a member of the ISTE Librarian PLN, and the recipient of the Outstanding New School Librarian in 2019 from the Indiana Library Federation.

Jorge Valenzuela, Lifelong Learning Defined, Inc

Jorge Valenzuela is an education coach, author, and advocate. He has years of experience as a classroom and online teacher, a curriculum specialist, and a consultant. His work focuses on improving teacher preparation in project-based learning, computational thinking and computer science integration, STEM education, and equity and SEL integration. Jorge is an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University and the lead coach at Lifelong Learning Defined. His book Rev Up Robotics: Real-World Computational Thinking in the K–8 Classroom is available from ISTE.

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