Master Class

Change leaders in education share how innovative approaches and unique leadership styles can improve student achievement.

Azure AntoinetteAzure Antoinette

CEO, Commissioned Poet & Author, Millennial Advocate
Sunday, March 22 7:00am Inspirational Session
Sunday, March 22 1:30pm – 2:45pm

Called "the Maya Angelou of the Millennial generation,” Azure Antoinette is a poet, spoken word artist and millennial and arts education advocate whose performance poetry explores the ways social media is reshaping humanity. Antoinette is the founder and CEO of The Aalchemik Collective, a creative talent incubator which houses Aalchemik Apparel, a free-trade clothing line centered around positive messaging and the human ability to be both passionate and indecisive; Aalchemik Press, an independent publishing house for poetry and narrative literary work; and EGAMI Collective, a visual art incubator curated to support urban photography, graffiti, muralist and street art.

Willard DaggettWillard Daggett

Founder & Chairman, International Center for Leadership in Education
Saturday, March 21 10:30 am – 11:45am

Willard R. Daggett, Ed.D., Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education, is recognized worldwide for his proven ability to move pre-K-12 education systems towards more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. He has assisted a number of states and hundreds of school districts with their school improvement initiatives. Dr. Daggett has also collaborated with education ministries in several countries and with the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Governors Association, and many other national organizations. He serves on several advisory boards, including the NASA Education Advisory Board (2008 to present) and the USA Today Education Advisory Board.

Daniel DomenechDaniel A. Domenech

Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators
Saturday, March 21 3:45- 5:00pm

Daniel A. Domenech has served as executive director of the American Association of School Administrators since July 2008. Domenech has more than 40 years of experience in public education, twenty-seven of those years served as a school superintendent. Prior to joining AASA, Domenech served as senior vice president for National Urban Markets with McGraw-Hill Education. In this role, he was responsible for building strong relationships with large school districts nationwide. Prior to his position at McGraw-Hill, Domenech served for seven years as superintendent of the Fairfax County, Va., Public Schools, the 12th largest school system in the nation with 170,000 students. Domenech began his teaching career in New York City, where he taught sixth grade in a predominantly black and Hispanic community in South Jamaica, Queens. He then became program director for the Nassau Board of Cooperative Educational Services, which is the largest intermediate school district in the State of New York. Following this, he was first named superintendent of schools for Long Island’s Deer Park Schools and then became superintendent of schools for the ethnically diverse South Huntington School District, also on Long Island -- a position he held for 13 years. From 1994 to 1997, he was district superintendent of the Second Supervisory District of Suffolk County and chief executive officer of the Western Suffolk BOCES.

Tom GentzelThomas J. Gentzel

Executive Director, National School Boards Association
Saturday, March 21 3:45- 5:00pm

Tom Gentzel is the Executive Director of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), which represents state associations of school boards and their more than 13,000 member school districts across the United States. Prior to NSBA, Mr. Gentzel was the executive director of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. His career at PSBA started in 1980 as a lobbyist and, five years later, he took the helm of the organization’s Office of Governmental and Member Relations – a position he held for more than 16 years. He became the organization’s executive director in 2001 and directed a staff of more than 150 persons. PSBA’s services include publications, conferences and seminars, as well as insurance programs, management and legal assistance, and advocacy services for local school officials.

Angela MaiersAngela Maiers

Inspirational Speaker
Saturday, March 21, 1:30 – 2:45PM
Sunday, March 22, 8:30 – 9:45 AM

Angela Maiers is a pioneer in digital literacy and education technologies. As a social media evangelist and consultant, she helps learners and leaders understand the transformative power of technology. Angela has also authored six books, including Classroom Habitudes and The Passion-Driven Classroom. Her "You Matter" talk at TEDxDesMoines has been viewed several hundred thousand times and was the impetus for Choose2Matter, a global movement that challenges and inspires students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems. Angela spent 14 years teaching elementary school in Des Moines, IA, and 10 years as a literacy coach, special programs facilitator, and university professor.

Douglas ReevesDouglas Reeves

Founder, Creative Leadership Solutions
Sunday, March 22, 3:45 – 5:00pm

Dr. Reeves is the founder of Creative Leadership Solutions in Boston. The author of more than 30 books and 80 articles on leadership and organizational effectiveness, he was named the Brock International Laureate for his contributions to education. His latest book is "The Seven Virtues of Creativity" and he provides research for improving creativity among students, teachers, administrators, and board members.

Jim SpellosJim Spellos

President, Meeting U
Saturday March 21, 10:30 – 11:45AM
Saturday March 21, 1:30 – 2:45PM

Jim Spellos is the President of Meeting U., a company specializing in helping people become more productive and comfortable with technology including social media and mobile apps. Jim is a recognized expert in the field of technology with over twenty years of experience, delivering over 150 seminars annually on how to become more productive & efficient using technology applications, including social media. He is a faculty member at New York University, has taught in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies since 1990, joined undergraduate faculty in 2002, and won an award for teaching excellence in 2004.

Salome Thomas-ELSalome Thomas-EL

Inspirational Teacher
Saturday, March 21, 3:45 – 5:00PM
Sunday, March 22, 8:30 – 9:45AM

“Every child needs someone to be crazy about them.” These are the words of Salome Thomas-EL, award-winning teacher, principal, and nationally recognized educator. They shape his lifelong commitment to answering the question, “How do we ensure that every child achieves their greatest potential?” This question lies at the heart of the national dialogue on education policy, the day in and day out work of school personnel, and the hopes of every parent. Central to this challenge is how we succeed with children who are facing the most serious barriers to success: poverty, violence, neglect, and low expectations. For over 20 years, Principal EL has taken on this challenge with the absolute belief that every child can and will learn as long as adults in their world care enough to not give up. Starting as a teacher and chess coach at Vaux Middle School and through his years as principal at several traditional public and charter schools, Thomas-EL has transformed the attitudes and strategies of school staff, parents, and members of the community to help hundreds of troubled children not only graduate from high school but go on to earn higher degrees from major colleges and universities. He brings to the process a powerful combination of passion, caring, and leadership to craft a refreshing, commonsense roadmap to help kids achieve their dreams, no matter the odds.

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