Sharing their Perspectives - ELMLE Speakers 2017

Dave F. Brown

Dave Brown started his teaching career as a first through ninth grade certified teacher in Illinois. He taught in the public schools in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Virginia teaching from fourth though eighth grade for 13 years. He was a coach of both male and female athletic teams, at both the middle and high school levels. After receiving his doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee, Dave became a professor and researcher at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Most of Dave’s research has been with young adolescents and middle level teachers in rural, urban, and suburban schools across the United States.

Dr. Brown continues to conduct research with young adolescents and middle level teachers specifically on curriculum integration, identity development, and the challenges of being a young adolescent. Dave’s research has been published in over 25 journals, including The Kappan, Educational Leadership, Middle School Journal, and Middle Grades Research Journal. Dave has authored/co-authored seven chapters on young adolescent development and appropriate middle school design in six books, including two chapters in the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Middle Grades Education published in May of 2016.
Tom Daccord

Tom Daccord is Director and Co-Founder of EdTechTeacher. An educational technology speaker, instructor, and author, Tom has worked with schools, districts, colleges and educational organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has presented on educational technology topics at national and international conferences, including ISTE (U.S.), FETC (U.S.), ELMLE (Europe), EARCOS (Asia), and NESA (Asia), as well as organized the international EdTechTeacher Innovation Summits in the United States.

A former social studies teacher who instructed in a 1:1 laptop classroom for seven years, Tom has been featured in the Boston Globe for his contributions to teaching with technology and invited to Singapore by the Ministry of Education as an “Outstanding Educator in Residence” in support of efforts to further 21st century learning in schools. Tom is co-author of Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers by Teachers and iPads in the Classroom: From Consumption and Curation to Creation. He is also co-author of the upcoming Collect-Relate-Create-Donate: Chromebooks in the Classroom. His articles on educational technology have appeared in various educational publications such as eSchool News, Daily Genius, and Edudemic. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Montreal, Tom has taught in Canada, France, Switzerland, and the United States. He resides in Boston, Massachusetts
Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous national and state awards, as well as international recognition.
Laurie is probably best known for her Young Adult novels. Her debut novel, Speak, was a National Book Award Finalist, a New York Times bestseller, and a Printz Honor book. Even more thrilling, Speak was quickly placed into curriculum at hundreds of middle schools, high schools, and colleges around the country.

Mike Johnston

Mike Johnston is currently head of school at Colegio Maya in Guatemala. He has lead workshops and keynoted for teachers and administrators around the world on sustainability, global curriculum K-12 and how service learning should not just be what you do, but who you are as a school. As a member of the Compass Education team he is part of a growing community of passionate educators aiming to equip schools as learning communities to educate and act for a sustainable future. He has dedicated much of his time to not only ensuring students are properly prepared for the world’s most pressing issues but that they have the skills and desire to take action. In pursuing his Doctorate in Organizational Systems Mike helps to inspire and lead schools through times of change.
Mark Overmeyer

Mark Overmeyer is a native of Colorado, and received his education at the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado College, and University of Colorado at Denver. He has over 30 years of teaching experience, most of it in Cherry Creek Schools in Denver, Colorado. He has worked as a classroom teacher in grades 2 through 8, a special education and Title I teacher, a coordinator for gifted programming, and as a literacy coordinator. Currently, Mark works full time supporting reading and writing workshops in schools around the US and internationally.

Mark’s publications include When Writing Workshop Isn’t Working, What Student Writing Teaches Us, and his most recent title, Let’s Talk, which explores different methods for structuring talk in the writing workshop in order to increase student motivation and achievement.

Mark believes that professional development must engage teachers as both learners and as practitioners. He presents on topics ranging from effective models of instruction, formative assessment, feedback, and intentional use of language in the classroom.
 Peter Welch

Peter Welch is currently the Director at the International School of Helsinki. Originally from England, he has spent most of his career in very different kinds of schools overseas, in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Previously, he was the Director at Istanbul International Community School and the American Pacific International School in Thailand. He started his career as a voluntary English teacher before working in international schools teaching history and politics. Peter’s particular passion in education is exploring the link between our culture and how we learn. He is part of a research team at ISH that is developing practical tools to help educators be more effective at cross-cultural communication. They have developed a new student questionnaire model and are partnering with the Council of International Schools (CIS) on a global pilot of this initiative. Peter regularly runs workshops and speaks at professional conferences on the topic of how we become more culturally intelligent as international educators. He is currently collaborating with his wife, who is an artist and illustrator, on a funny book about cultural differences.