Key Note Speakers

Amsterdam January 20-22, 2011

Elizabeth SchroederElizabeth Schroeder, Ed.D., M.S.W

Elizabeth Schroeder, Ed.D., M.S.W., is the executive director for Answer, a national sexuality education organization housed at Rutgers University. An award-winning, internationally recognized trainer, consultant and author in the areas of sexuality education, youth development, curriculum and counseling, Dr. Schroeder has an extensive knowledge of sexuality education programs, policies and politics, with a specialization in educational pedagogy, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues, and sexuality and the media.

Dr. Schroeder has trained thousands of youth-serving professionals, adolescents and parents in the United States and overseas. She has presented at national conferences and written extensively about sexuality and relationship issues. She is a co-founding editor of the American Journal of Sexuality Education, and most recently edited a four-volume book series titled, Sexuality Education: Past, Present and Future. She is co-author of Making SMART Choices: A Curriculum for Young People and Being Out, Staying Safe: An STD Prevention Curriculum for LGBQ Youth, and has authored chapters in Health Counseling: Applications and Theory and The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality and contributed a lesson to the curriculum New Expectations: Sexuality Education for Mid- and Later Life. She is editor of Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Controversial Issues in Family and Personal Relationships, 5th, 6th and 7th editions.

Prior to joining Answer, Dr. Schroeder was a sexuality education consultant to schools and organizations around the world. She served as an assistant professor at Montclair State University, as the associate vice president of education and training at Planned Parenthood of New York City, and, before that, as manager of education and special projects at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Dr. Schroeder has received numerous honors throughout her career, including the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists’ Schiller Prize for her approaches to teaching Internet safety to youth, the national Mary Lee Tatum Award, which is given annually to “the person who most exemplifies the qualities of an ideal sexuality educator,” and the William R. Stayton Award “in recognition for outstanding leadership in the field of human sexuality.” She is the former Chairperson of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) Board of Directors and has served on numerous local and state task forces and committees.
Dr. Schroeder holds a Doctorate of Education in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University and a Master’s in Social Work from New York University.



Richard BurnettRichard Burnett

Richard Burnett, teacher and Housemaster at Tonbridge School, is co-founder of the Mindfulness in Schools Project, a non-profit organisation aiming to encourage, support and research the teaching of secular mindfulness in schools. MISP has written an 8 week course for teaching mindfulness to year 10s in the classroom and Tonbridge was the first school in the UK to put this on the curriculum, an event covered by press, TV and radio in early 2010. He has been teaching mindfulness at Tonbridge for several years and recently wrote his MA dissertation on the subject: Mindfulness in Schools: Learning Lessons from the Adults, Secular and Buddhist.


Gavin ClowesGavin Clowes

Gavin Clowes has worked in education for twenty years. During that time he has been an outstanding teacher, mentor and staff trainer with Cheshire County Council in the North West of England. For the past eleven years Gavin has been training and facilitating staff development in Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures both as a ‘Certified International Kagan Trainer’ and as Co-Director of ‘Teacher To Teacher (UK) Limited’ and Kagan-UK.

Whilst working as a Kagan trainer Gavin has had the privilege to work with educators on both sides of the Atlantic from Early Years and Foundation Stage to University. Gavin is also a Kagan Win-Win Discipline trainer and as such enjoys the challenge of supporting colleagues who have the daily task of working with ‘difficult clients’. Having ‘lived’ Kagan Structures for eleven years Gavin is well aware of the enormous difference Kagan Cooperative Structures make to learning for Teachers and Students. Gavin is also a Facilitator for the Pacific Institute®:Investors In Excellence and a founding member of Learning Brain Europe.


Scott McLeodScott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D


Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Educational Administration program at Iowa State University. He also is the Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation's only center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video, Did You Know? (Shift Happens).

He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at dangerouslyirrelevant.org.



Michael DiSpezioMichael DiSpezio

For the past seven years, Michael has worked with the National Geographic JASON Project as writer, online curriculum architect, content specialist, and broadcast talent for sixty live satellite broadcasts. Michael spent his graduate years in Woods Hole and worked as a research assistant to the Nobel laureate Albert Szent-Gyorgyi. After leaving the marine science laboratory and his post as a night school instructor at the Boston University School of Nursing, Michael spent eight years teaching a variety of elementary, middle, and high school science subjects. Moving from the classroom, he focused his attention on the development of educational materials which to date has included co-authorship on over 40 K-12 textbooks, consultant on numerous publications and authorship on over 25 trade books. 

Michael's work goes beyond the boarders of the standard classroom. He trained Arab educators in the Middle East as part of the Peace Accord. He also attended the Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on Emmy nominated show, The Science of HIV. He has written and developed curriculum for an assortment of organizations including PBS series Scientific American Frontiers, Discover Magazine, The Weather Channel, Discovery Channel, and Children's Television Workshop. He developed the Discovery Channel Camp in Atlantis and co-designed the exhibit hall of the Cape Cod Children’s Museum.

Michael has hosted (and cohosted) 60 live broadcasts of the JASON Project that has reached millions of students worldwide. In addition, his national and international speaking engagements keep him busy, continually presenting to diverse audiences on topics that range from motivation to brain science. In December 2005, he had the honor of presenting live to 20,000 students at Detroit's Ford Field in a motivational presentation designed to keep kids in school and consider careers in technology. During the spring and summer of 2007, Michael created and performed an interactive stage experience entitled GeoMania! to crowds at the National Geographic Auditorium in Washington, DC.



jlJulia Leong

Julia Leong from November learning is a technology integration specialist who fosters teacher professional development programs. She inspires technology infused learning that engages teachers to examine their practice and to encourage students to demonstrate knowledge in multimodal ways. Julia’s sessions are highly creative and designed to make you question and reflect how your role as a teacher changes with technology, and leave inspired to teach and learn in new ways.