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Tuesday, August 3

9:00am EDT

Keynote 1 - Assessment is the Engine
In this keynote, Tom will highlight why developing one’s assessment literacy is the most efficient and effective professional investment any teacher can make. As well, this session will focus on some fundamental practices that make learning, whether remote or face-to-face, easier to navigate and why teachers must always keep the emotional side of assessment at the forefront.

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Tom Schimmer

Education Consultant, Schimmer Education Consulting
Tom Schimmer is an independent education author, speaker, and consultant from Vancouver, BC. Over the course of his career, he has been a classroom teacher, school administrator, and district level leader. Tom is an internationally recognized leader and expert in the areas of assessment... Read More →

Tuesday August 3, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT

12:30pm EDT

Keynote 2 - Actualizing Equity Consciousness: Manifesting the Innate Potential of ALL Students for Excellence
What would happen to the efficacy and determination of each and every student if the primary, required imperative of schools was to “gift” ALL students with practices that pushed them to the “frontier of their intelligence”, engaged their strengths and optimized their innate potential for high intellectual performances, self-determination and personal contribution? Their propensity for excellence would be manifested!  Such an imperative is what actualizes “equity consciousness”.
In this keynote, Yvette Jackson presents the cognitive and neuroscience presented in her book, Pedagogy of Confidence: Inspiring High Intellectual Performance in Urban Schools that substantiates the theory behind “equity consciousness” that explains that when ALL students (especially students of color) are in Communities of Belonging in which they feel they can affiliate; are “gift-ed” with High Operational Practices™ that reflect belief and value in their potential, elicit their strengths, mediate their intelligence, engage their cultural frames of reference and provide the conduit for authentic voice in their learning, they are inspired for self-directed learning, investment in high achievement, personal agency and self-actualization.  

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Yvette Jackson, Ed.D

Teachers College, Columbia University
Yvette Jackson is driven to provide and promote pedagogy that supports educators in fulfilling their potential as committed, “gifted” teachers and administrators who elicit the innate potential for high intellectual performances and personal contributions from ALL their students... Read More →

Tuesday August 3, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Wednesday, August 4

9:00am EDT

Keynote 3: Never a Better Time to Be an Educator! How Leveraging Neuroscience is Great News For Teachers
There is a series of new studies emerging over the past decade that show direct benefits of knowledge about how the brain learns that improve the likelihood of achieving desired educational outcomes in the classroom. Fifteen years ago, it was thought going from the “lab to the classroom” using neuroscientific insight was a pipe dream. Now, the new and emerging fields within the learning sciences, including Mind, Brain, and Education science, have laid out a speedy track for research, application and evaluation which provides enough evidence to share “best practice” concepts with educators. This talk will lay out the new “normal” of teacher preparation based on the additional roles of neuroscience and technology, which are particularly important in times of COVID-19.

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Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa

Harvard University Extension School
Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa is an educational researcher from Berkeley, California. She has lived and worked professionally in Tokyo, Geneva, Lima, and Boston, and is currently in New York. She works with schools, governments and NGOs in 40 different countries and has authored nine books... Read More →

Wednesday August 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT

12:30pm EDT

Keynote 4 - Fulfilling the Promise of a Profile of a Learner: Crafting Authentic Assessments
Evidence of learning occurs at fundamentally three levels: drill and practice, rehearsal and scrimmage, and then there is the authentic demonstration of learning.  In a sport like soccer we see it clearly; individual drill of the field, running plays, followed by the game.  If we don't see the student as an actual player in an authentic situation, we really don't know how they will fare.   What is more, learners are not motivated by being held back my drill and rehearsal.  The game motivates them.    But, what about mathematics, history, science, world language, literature?  How can we design periodic authentic assessments that motivate learners and provide them feedback on how they are growing?  Dr. Jacobs will guide through a lively and productive design workshop on how to take any subject at any age and craft periodic quality authentic assessment demonstrations.    

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Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Speaker at Conference, Curriculum Designers, Inc.
Heidi Hayes Jacobs, EdD, helps educators make the transition from antiquated classroom practices to engaging innovative learning environments, and her model for curriculum mapping is used throughout the world. Dr. Jacobs is the author of thirteen books, journal articles, online media... Read More →

Wednesday August 4, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
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