|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.
|Professor Hobbs is a leading authority on digital and media literacy education. Through community and global service and as a researcher, teacher, advocate and media professional, Hobbs has worked to advance the quality of digital and media literacy education in the United States and around the world. She is Founder and Director of the Media Education Lab, whose mission is to improve the quality of media literacy education through research and community service.
Kevin Hawkins and
|Kevin Hawkins has worked with
adolescents in various contexts for over 30 years. Until recently, and for the past 10 years he was
Middle School Principal at the International School of Prague. Prior to this he was Head of the Arusha
Campus of the International School of Moshi in Tanzania. Before becoming a teacher in the UK, Kevin
was a social worker in London for young homeless people and a counselor for
drug users at a crisis intervention centre. Kevin has trained in mindfulness in Europe and the USA with Mark
Williams (Oxford Mindfulness Centre), Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli and
Florence Meleo-Meyer (UMass Medical School, Centre for Mindfulness), and Dr.
Amy Saltzman (Still Quiet Place) - and through retreats at Plum Village,
France, Gaia House, England and Dhanakosa, Scotland. In 2012 he co-founded the MindWell Foundation which supports educational communities in
developing mindfulness and social-emotional learning. Kevin also manages international
programs for the Mindfulness in Schools
Project (UK), introducing the “.b” (Stop and Breathe) curriculum for
teaching mindfulness to teenagers. Kevin
is a regular speaker, writer and presenter on the topics of mindfulness and
social-emotional learning in education.
Amy Burke spent
15 years in high schools as a classroom teacher and guidance counselor in
Canada and The Netherlands. She holds a Masters Degree in Contemplative
Education from Naropa University and is passionate about helping young adults,
and those who teach them, create lives of meaning and purpose. Amy
has completed mindfulness curriculum training with the Mindfulness in Schools
Project (“.b” for teenagers) and
Dr. Saltzman (Still Quiet Place). She
is currently based in Prague supporting the international
development of the Mindfulness in Schools Project as a workshop presenter and
retreat organizer. Amy is a co-founder of The MindWell Foundation whose aim is to
support school communities in integrating mind, body and heart through
mindfulness training and social and emotional learning.
|TEEN TRUTH co-creator Erahm Christopher is an award-winning filmmaker, published author and speaker who has created content and live experiences for audiences of all ages throughout the world. His productions contain thought-provoking messages that inspire critical thinking and change from individuals of all ages. Intent on making a difference in the world, Christopher has traveled with TEEN TRUTH LIVE and spoken to schools, government agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations across North America including Special Olympics International, the Department of Justice, Lifetouch, Skills USA, the Boys and Girls Club of America and Carnival Cruise Lines. His films have been screened on television and in festivals and his work has been featured on several news programs, magazines, various websites, radio shows, and received front-page coverage on multiple newspapers in the US and Canada. In less than six years, he has reached over 425,000 lives with TTL’s message of empowerment and making a difference.
|John Hunt is having a "blast" teaching science at all levels. He has made STEM presentations at the state, national and international levels. He was a UNESCO science expert to Liberia. While teaching science to middle school students, he was the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. Today, he is having FUN teaching teacher candidates and graduate students at Mississippi College and conducts numerous STEM fun days for students and STEM staff development workshops through the Mississippi College STEM institute|