Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson's career as an educator includes 21 years as a public school teacher, 12 years as a program administrator of special services for struggling and advanced learners. She was Virginia's Teacher of the Year in 1974. More recently, she has been a faculty member at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, where she is currently William Clay Parrish Jr. Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy. Also at UVa., she is Co-Director of the University's Institutes on Academic Diversity. She was named Outstanding Professor at Curry School of Education in 2004 and received an All University Teaching Award in 2008. Special interests throughout her career have included curriculum and instruction for struggling and advanced learners, effective instruction in heterogeneous settings, and encouraging creative and critical thinking in the classroom.
Carol is a reviewer for eight journals and is author of over 200 articles, book chapters, books, and other professional development materials. For ASCD, she has authored several books including How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-ability Classrooms and The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of all Learners and professional inquiry kit on differentiation. Recently, she co-authored a book with Jay McTighe titled Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design: Connecting Content and Kids and with Kay Brimijoin and Lane Narvaez co-authoredThe Differentiated School: Making Revolutionary Change for Teaching and Learning. For Corwin Press, she is co-author of The Parallel Curriculum Model: A Design to Develop High Potential and Challenge High Ability Learners. Carol's books on differentiation have been translated into 12 languages. She works throughout the U. S. and abroad with teachers whose goal is to develop more responsive heterogeneous classrooms.
Mark Church works with educators throughout the world striving to create cultures of thinking in their classrooms and schools. Mark challenges teachers to foster thinking dispositions in students in service of deep understanding, invites teachers to develop and use a language of thinking that communicates value for student sense-making, and encourages teachers to make their classroom environment rich with the documents of thinking processes.
Mark is currently a consultant with Harvard Project Zero’s Making Thinking Visible and Cultures of Thinking initiatives worldwide, drawing upon his own classroom teaching experience and from the perspectives he has gained working with educators throughout North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe. Mark enjoys helping teachers examine opportunities for student thoughtfulness, use thinking routines as supports and scaffolds, interact with students in ways that demonstrate interest in and respect for students’ thinking, and send clear expectations about the importance and value of thinking in learning. Together with Ron Ritchhart and Karin Morrison, Mark is co-author of the book Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners (Jossey-Bass, 2011).
Elizabeth Schroeder, Ed.D., M.S.W., is an internationally recognized educator, trainer, and consultant specializing in sexuality education pedagogy, LGBTQ issues and working with adolescent boys. She has provided consultation to and direct education and training for schools, parent groups and youth-serving organizations in countries around the world for more than 20 years. The former executive director of Answer, a national sexuality education organization serving young people and the adults who teach them, Dr. Schroeder played a leadership role in the development of the National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, Grades K-12 and the National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education. She was a co-founding editor of the American Journal of Sexuality Education, and has authored or edited numerous publications. She is a frequently sought-out spokesperson and guest blogger in the news media on issues relating to sexual health education and youth development and provides national and international conference keynotes on sexuality and adolescent development. Dr. Schroeder has received numerous honors throughout her career, including the Healthy Teen Network Carol Mendez Cassell Award for excellence in leadership in sexuality education, the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists’ Schiller Prize for her approaches to teaching internet safety to youth, Widener University’s William R. Stayton Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of human sexuality, and the Planned Parenthood Mary Lee Tatum Award. She has an MSW from New York University and a doctorate in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University. Her website is www.drschroe.com.
Annelies Hoogland and Bern Nicholls are co-founders and directors of EDUCAA, an international educational consultancy. Our core business at EDUCAA is to support schools across Australia, South-East Asia and Europe in the improvement of learning. We collaborate with the best educators in the world and our processes and programs are informed by current research and thinking. We are senior associates with Fieldwork Education UK and for the last three years have partnered with United World College, Singapore, and Fieldwork to bring the International Leadership and Management Program (ILMP) for senior leaders to Australia and South-East Asia.
MEd has worked worldwide for twenty years and has served as Principal for international schools in The Netherlands, Egypt and Thailand. She is an experienced leader and consultant committed to helping educators strategically improve learning outcomes through leadership development, analysis of key data, the use of professional protocols, and the development of collaborative learning teams that build capacity.
Annelies’ professional life has been driven by the transformative process of becoming a leader for learning, specifically tapping into processes that facilitate quality improvement in learning and develop thinking dispositions. With two Masters degrees in Education, Annelies is a committed lifelong learner.
Bern Nicholls PhD is a passionate and committed learner with twenty-seven years of experience teaching and leading in secondary schools (Middle and High School) across Australia. She has also worked on long term projects within international schools to audit learning and develop meaningful curriculum. As a facilitator, Bern incorporates an understanding of how the brain most effectively engages, remains motivated, and importantly, learns.
Bern is driven by a deep curiosity about the learning process, which is evident in her commitment to ongoing research. She synthesizes current educational research into processes that are meaningful and empowering for educators. Engagement, collaboration and enjoyment are key ingredients that support effective learning and are hallmarks of Bern’s approach.
In 2011 Bern completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Education with Distinction and was awarded the Education Faculty’s University Medal.
International School of Amsterdam. She holds a Masters of Science in Education in K-12 Technology Integration. She is a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer and Teacher and a core member of the Google for Education Community, leading Google sessions with teachers across Europe and Asia since 2012. She is on the ECIS technology committee, which strives to support and grow technology and design learning in international schools. Sarah took her message on change and compassion in education to the TEDxAmsterdam Education stage in March of 2015.Sarah has a unique presentation style and her sessions reflect her passion for student-directed learning. Expect to get your laptop out and try new things - her hero is Miss Frizzle, "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!"
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