Asheville 2015 Speakers
Your What If...? Presenters
What if we focused on building entrepreneurial spirit in every high school and college student?
Jeremy Boeh directs the Launch program at The Space in the Mungo Center at Wofford College (Spartanburg, South Carolina). Launch focuses on cultivating entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship in college students by providing the resources, networking and education to take them from idea generation to the profitable execution of their business.
A passionate advocate of entrepreneurship education for children and adults, Boeh serves as an adviser, teacher and consultant for several organizations, including Happy Joe, an Oklahoma-based non-profit business that recruits, trains, mentors and deploys veterans in the web media and technology industry; and Noble Impact, a non-profit organization located in Arkansas that is committed to engaging K12 students through the intersection of public service and entrepreneurship.
Jeremy is an Iraq War Veteran and Wofford College Graduate.
What if teachers connected with all students?
Michael Gilbert, Ed. D.
Michael Gilbert has been an educator and school leader at all levels, from elementary school through graduate education programs. He is currently CEO and principal consultant at ATOIRE Communications, LLC, in Hendersonville, NC.
The main focus of his recent work has been researching and training with regard to how teachers and school leaders can connect with students, staff and other stakeholders for positive educational outcomes. His book, Communicating Effectively: Tools for Educational Leaders (R & L Education, 2012), is in its second edition.
What if we dropped the concept of adolescence?
Liam Nilsen is a lifelong Unschooler with enthusiasm for self-directed learning networks. Liam founded the Endor Initiative and is an advisor at Not Back To School Camp.
What if you could learn like a Jedi?
For more than twenty years, Thomas Riddle has served in education as a teacher, coach, school administrator, college professor and educational consultant for school districts, textbook publishers and the South Carolina Department of Education. He enjoys facilitating conversations with fellow educators around educational design, curriculum development, and instructional methodology at the local, state and national levels. He currently serves as Director of Curriculum and Vice President of Shannon Forest Christian School and as an Adjunct Professor of Education at Furman University. As an active proponent of design thinking in education, he enjoys creating and implementing curriculum within this space and serves as a co-moderator of #dtk12chat.
Thomas regularly promotes the use of pop culture in education through his work with Adventures in Learning with Indiana Jones and Star Wars in the Classroom, two global education initiatives which tap into the popularity of these iconic sagas as means of engaging students in authentic interdisciplinary learning experiences.
What if we made it real?
Dr. George Saltsman is an Associate Research Professor in the Center for Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership at Lamar University. George is an Apple Distinguished Educator, mobile learning policy advisor to UNESCO, and winner of multiple awards, including the Campus Technology Innovator of the Year, Blackboard Catalyst award, and The New Media Consortium’s Center of Excellence award.
As a frequent presenter and consultant, Dr. Saltsman has delivered over 250 presentations on technology integration in a dozen countries throughout the world and has worked as a higher education consultant to numerous technology corporations and over 50 educational institutions worldwide. As a researcher, Dr. Saltsman also led 42 empirical investigations into digital learning, working with partners that include AT&T, Cambridge University and Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. George co-authored the book An Administrators Guide to Online Education and has written multiple other works focused on the integration of technology in education.
What if contracts replaced grades?
Jan Stallard is a professor of composition and has been teaching literature and writing for fifteen years. She began her career at Appalachian State University after receiving her M.A. there in 2000. In addition to teaching at Kaplan University, she has worked on curriculum design and revision. Her publishing credits include creative work and criticism on Sylvia Plath, most recently published in The Humanities Review.
What if contracts replaced grades?
Josef Vice has been a Composition professor for Kaplan University for the past 10 years and has been a teacher for 30 years total. His experience includes teaching everything from 9th grade English to Shakespeare, Business Communication, and Literary Criticism. He earned an MA in English from Jacksonville State University and completed PhD course work and examinations in Rhetoric and Composition, 20th Century literature, and the poetry of W.H. Auden. He also completed a summer program in Stratford of Avon, studying Shakespeare on Stage through the University of Birmingham. He has published articles on W.H. Auden and has written book chapters for composition textbooks. His research interests include gender theory, composition pedagogy, and southern literature and culture.
What if every child could find joy in learning?
Susan Wells is an educator, innovator and pioneer in the field of mobile learning. For 29 years, she has served as a Principal, Administrator, Teacher, Technology Coordinator, Public Speaker and Educational Consultant. Susan planned and carried out the first school-wide 1:1 deployment of iPod touches in the United States. Most recently she wrote and won North Carolina’s Code.org $10,000 grant celebrating Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code. She serves as an Advisory Board Member for Shodor, the National Resource for Computational Science Education and LitWorld, an International Non-Profit Advocating for and Working Towards Global Literacy. She serves as ISTE MLN Past-President and Professional Development Chair. Susan is the founder of Camp TechTerra http://camptechterra.com a unique learning experience combining mobile technologies, coding, robotics, MakersEd, science and the great outdoors.
What if learners of all ages were allowed and encouraged to discover and follow their passion in life, and then supported in developing the skills to work and live those passions?
Armed with a BA in Economics and French from the University of Michigan, and inactivated Common Sense, Joy Harmon’s first REAL JOB after college was as Investment Analyst at Detroit Bank and Trust. She was charged with making decisions about spending the bank’s money with insufficient information provided. Joy realized that money was spent without the ability to KNOW the future, and subsequently, realized that people planned and performed their daily tasks, also without being able to KNOW THEIR FUTURE. As a teacher a few years later, Joy assigned herself the duty of gathering information in order to be able to answer this question: “What do I need to KNOW to transform this human into an expert learner?” Answer: “Their learning style and their passion(s) in life”.
Finally, as an educator of the “slow and stupid kids” Joy understood the magic of supportive language and action. Her, heretofore, non-productive students flourished and learned (to read, write, and be kind to everyone, including themselves). “Educators are the models for behavior…needing to model compassion and cooperation---the most important Life Learning of all”, in Joy’s opinion. In that state, all is possible!
At Bethany Bible College where Joy received her second master’s degree, the head of the Education Department--- Dr. West---taught the prospective teachers how to ask questions. “It has been the most valuable thing I have learned in life…to ask a clear question---and then---TO LISTEN, so that I know how to help each individual in a very personal to them manner!”….and that includes my own SELF!
What if we gave students the ability to guide their own education through personal experience and interest?
Rebecca Heiss earned her Masters degree at Binghamton University and completed her PhD at the University of Memphis in the biological sciences. She is published in several leading journals in her field and has enjoyed working in a variety of roles throughout her career as a researcher and educator. An avid adventurer and lifelong learner, Rebecca is always seeking new ways to live curiously and help her students do the same. This past summer she spent a month hiking 530 miles across Spain. She is currently a professor at the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville, SC.
What if our students designed through impossibleness for multiple futures?
Ken Morrill is the Media, Visual Arts, and Design facilitator at Riverside Middle School in Greer, SC. He has developed a student-centered approach to learning that is largely based on the Design Thinking method from Stanford's d School and a non-Disciplinary, laboratory environment based on MIT's Media Lab and John Dewey's constructivist philosophy. He holds a Bachelors degree in Studio Art from Winthrop University and a K12 teaching certificate in the state of South Carolina. His pride and joy in the profession is watching his students pitch their brilliantly innovative designs to investors at their annual trade shows. His interest is in helping students become confident in developing possible futures through impossibleness.d
What if two heads were better than one?
David V. Loertscher has degrees from the University of Utah, the University of Washington and a Ph.D. from Indiana University. He has been a school library media specialist in Nevada and Idaho at both the elementary and secondary school levels. He has taught at Purdue University, The University of Arkansas, The University of Oklahoma, and is presently a professor at the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. He served as head of the editorial department at Libraries Unlimited for ten years and is President of Hi Willow Research & Publishing (distributed by LMC Source at www.lmcsource.com). He has been a president of the American Association of School Librarians.
What if we REALLY knocked down the walls of the classroom?
Carol Teitelman is the Coordinator for Distance Learning at Education Service Center Region 13 in Austin, TX. The ESC serves 60 school districts as well as many private and charter schools in Central Texas. Carol oversees the program that provides a bridge for multiple daily video conference classes, field trips and professional development sessions usually bridging forty conference a day. The program also supports web-based video conferences and other distance learning delivery of courses and programs. She is an advocate for using today’s technology to bring people into the classroom and take the students to places they can only imagine. As an active member of the statewide Distance Learning Work Group in Texas , Carol has worked on several projects for student collaboration across the state of Texas and beyond. She is on the program committee for Megaconference Jr, is a reviewer and trainer for ISTE, and is a member of TCEA. Prior to working in Central Texas, Carol was with an Intermediate Unit in Pennsylvania and was one of the co-developers of the Keystones: Technology Integrators , a statewide program in Pennsylvania to recognize teachers using technology in education effectively and build their leadership capacity. She was instrumental in fostering a statewide network of exceptional Pennsylvania educators to promote appropriate and effective technology practices in teaching and learning across the Commonwealth. Carol has presented at many national conferences including AESA, ISTE, NSBA and NSDC.