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Dr. Christopher Emdin

Professor of Science Education, Author of For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood

Dr. Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Columbia University, where he also serves as Director of the Science Education Program and Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. He is an alumni fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard and has served as STEAM Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State and Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. A much sought-after speaker, he is the creator of the #HipHopEd movement, and an advisor to numerous international organizations and school districts. He is the author of Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation and The New York Times bestseller For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll Too.

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Dr. John Almarode

Teacher Educator, Author, Expert on the Science of Learning

John Almarode has worked with schools, classrooms and teachers all over the world. He has presented locally, nationally and internationally on the application of the science of learning and has worked with hundreds of school districts and thousands of teachers. Dr. Almarode is an Associate Professor at James Madison and Director of the Content Teaching Academy. In 2015, John was awarded the inaugural Sarah Mill Luck Endowed Professorship. He continues to work with pre‑service teachers and actively pursues his research interests including the science of learning, the design and measurement of classroom environments that promote student engagement and learning. The work of John and his colleagues has been presented to the U.S. Congress, the Virginia Senate, the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.Dr. Almarode began his career teaching mathematics and science to a wide range of students. He has authored or co-authored nine books including Captivate, Activate and Invigorate the Student Brain in Science and Math, From Snorkelers to Scuba Dives, Visible Learning for Science, Clarity for Learning, Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom and Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom. He is also the past co-editor of the Teacher Educator’s Journal. Most recently, John and his colleagues have developed a new framework for developing, implementing and sustaining professional learning communities: PLC+. The PLC+ framework builds capacity within teacher-led teams to maximize student learning.

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Dr. Michael Gurian

Bestselling Author of 32 books including Boys & Girls Learn Differently

Michael Gurian is a marriage and family counselor in private practice and the New York Times bestselling author of 32 books published in 22 languages – including Boys and Girls Learn Differently, The Minds of Boys, The Wonder of Girls and Saving Our Sons. As a social philosopher, he has pioneered efforts to bring neuro-biology and brain research into homes, schools, corporations and public policy. The Gurian Institute, which he co-founded, conducts research, launches pilot programs, and trains professionals throughout the world. One of the world’s foremost gender experts, Michael travels extensively to provide keynotes and consulting. His engaging and presentation style, along with the use of case studies, visual aids such as PET and SPECT scans, and interactive demonstrations help audiences better understand the needs of both sexes and all genders, and most effectively work with children and adults from birth through adulthood. Michael has spoken for the United Nations on violence against women; provided information on boys’ and girls’ educational needs to the White House; and briefed members of Congress on the boy crisis in America.
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Dr. J Stuart Ablon

Award-Winning Author, Publisher, International Speaker

J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., is the Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also Associate Professor and the Thomas G. Stemberg Endowed Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ablon is author of the books Changeable: The Surprising Science Behind Helping Anyone Change, Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach and The School Discipline Fix.

Dr. Ablon received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and completed his training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. , Dr. Ablon was ranked #5 on the list of the world’s top rated keynote speakers in the academic arena. Dr. Ablon trains parents, educators, and clinicians, and helps organizations throughout the world implement the Collaborative Problem Solving approach.

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Dr. Marquita Blades

Award-Winning STEM Educator & Teacher Support Specialist

Dr. Marquita S. Blades is an award-winning educator, international speaker and author. As a high school science teacher, she led nationally recognized STEM programs for high-achieving students. Through her consulting practice, she now offers professional development programs, curriculum & assessment writing, conference planning and teacher coaching in the areas of STEM instruction and teacher burnout. Dr. Blades created The Mediocre Teacher Project to help teachers avoid burnout by helping them incorporate their unique talents into their daily practice. She is also the host of The Dr. Marquita Blades Show: Candid Conversations that Create Change, an internet-based broadcast dedicated to discussing current trends and issues in education. Dr. Blades is the author of POWARRful Teaching Strategies for Increasing Engagement & Collaboration While Maintaining Rigor in Science Courses.

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Dr. Christopher Emdin

Professor of Science Education, Author of For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood

Dr. Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Columbia University, where he also serves as Director of the Science Education Program and Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. He is an alumni fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard and has served as STEAM Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State and Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. A much sought-after speaker, he is the creator of the #HipHopEd movement, and an advisor to numerous international organizations and school districts. He is the author of Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation and The New York Times bestseller For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll Too.
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Dr. Ruby Payne

Author of A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Creator of aha! Process

Dr. Ruby Payne is the founder of aha! Process and an author, speaker, publisher and career educator. Recognized internationally for A Framework for Understanding Poverty, her foundational book and workshop, Dr. Payne has helped students and adults of all economic backgrounds achieve academic, professional and personal success. As an expert on the mindsets of economic classes and overcoming the hurdles of poverty, she has trained hundreds of thousands of professionals – from educators to community, church and business leaders. Her other books include Under-Resourced Learners: 8 Strategies to Boost Student Achievement and the award-winning Boys in Poverty: A Framework for Understanding Dropout. Over her distinguished career, Ruby has worked as a teacher and principal, written K-12 curriculum, and assisted in strategic planning and staff development programs for multiple organizations. She aims to equip everyone she meets with the tools to write a future story full of hope.

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Jessica Sinarski

Creator of BraveBrains, Expert on Attachment Issues, Author of Riley the Brave

Jessica Sinarski, LPCMH is a clinical supervisor, consultant, author and educator. She is a thought-leader in connecting neuroscience with practice in adult-child relationships. Jessica has trained thousands of parents and professionals across the country and maintains a private practice in Delaware, incorporating neurofeedback and attachment-based therapeutic models. Jessica founded BraveBrains to help others experience the hope and healing that is possible with a deeper understanding of the brain. She has created a framework based on the concepts introduced in her children’s book, Riley the Brave (available in English and Spanish), that is improving outcomes for those affected by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma. These principles and accompanying resources, rooted in the latest brain science, are empowering parents, teachers and community professionals all over the world.

Since 2005, Jessica has been consulting with schools, agencies and parent groups. She is also a therapist and clinical supervisor at A Better Chance for Our Children in Delaware and serves on the board of directors at Cardinal McCloskey Community Services in the New York. Jessica is currently partnering with school districts and child welfare agencies across the country to better incorporate trauma-sensitive practices into their work.

Compelled by her work with foster families in the South Bronx of New York, Jessica became a Certified Adoption Therapist in 2008 through Hunter College School of Social Work and began an adoption therapy program at her local agency. She earned a master’s degree from Boston College in Counseling Psychology following a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Taylor University.

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Baruti Kafele

School Turnaround Specialist, Author of Closing the Attitude Gap

Award-winning principal, internationally-renowned education speaker and best-selling author, Principal Kafele is on fire! He’s on a personal mission to close the ATTITUDE GAP, the world over.

A highly-regarded urban public school educator in New Jersey for over twenty years, Principal Kafele distinguished himself in the classroom and as a school leader. As a middle and high school principal, he led the transformation of four different schools, including “The Mighty” Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to national recognition by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education, and U.S. News and World Report Magazine recognizing it three times as one of America’s best high schools. Currently, Principal Kafele is one of the most sought-after education speakers for transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations in America. His newest book is titled, Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success

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Dr. Marquita Blades

Award-Winning STEM Educator & Teacher Support Specialist

Dr. Marquita S. Blades is an award-winning educator, international speaker and author. As a high school science teacher, she led nationally recognized STEM programs for high-achieving students. Through her consulting practice, she now offers professional development programs, curriculum & assessment writing, conference planning and teacher coaching in the areas of STEM instruction and teacher burnout. Dr. Blades created The Mediocre Teacher Project to help teachers avoid burnout by helping them incorporate their unique talents into their daily practice. She is also the host of The Dr. Marquita Blades Show: Candid Conversations that Create Change, an internet-based broadcast dedicated to discussing current trends and issues in education. Dr. Blades is the author of POWARRful Teaching Strategies for Increasing Engagement & Collaboration While Maintaining Rigor in Science Courses.

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