Keynote Speakers

Co-Lab Keynote on 4/27/2015


Knowing differently through embracing the hyphenated self and reclaiming the power of the word in the immersion classroom.

Laura Adelman-Cannon
  Laura Adelman-Cannon has been a school teacher and administrator for 19 years in traditional and charter schools in Illinois and Louisiana. She joined the team at International School of Louisiana, a k-8 language immersion school focusing on French and Spanish, in 2006 and has served as both a Middle School teacher and administrator.  Currently, she works for the organization in the capacity of Curriculum Specialist.  In this capacity, Ms. Adelman-Cannon oversees the implementation of the curriculum at all three of ISL’s campuses.


Ms. Adelman-Cannon spent the 2010-2011 school year in Sénégal where she had the opportunity to consult with the US Embassy Public Affairs Section Regional Language Office, leading workshops for Sénégalese teachers on technology, accommodating student learning differences, and effective teacher evaluation and management.


Ms. Adelman-Cannon is also PhD Candidate at University of New Orleans in Curriculum and Instruction. She has published articles in Rethinking Schools, The Times Picayune, and Within our Reach.  Her most recent publication, "International education in state funded schools settings," can be found in Internationalizing Education (2011).  She has presented at conferences throughout the U.S. France, and Scotland. Ms. Adelman-Cannon lives with her husband, children, chickens, and cat in the Faubourg Marigny, New Orleans, where she has lived since 1999.

Dinner Keynote on 4/26/2015

Unuhia te pō, te pō whiri mārama

Tomokia te ao, te ao whatu tāngata

Tātai ki runga, tātai ki raro, tātai aho rau!

Nichole Gully
  Nichole is a trained secondary school Māori teacher and has 12 years experience lecturing Te Reo Māori and Māori medium education specializing in language learning methodologies and language revitalisation. Nichole has a Masters of Teaching and Learning and is a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o te Reo. She has been a project leader for the last 4 years in Māori Medium Professional Learning and Development working with immersion and dual medium schools to raise student achievement.

Tahu Paki

 Tahu Paki is a primary trained teacher and has a background teaching in a range of Māori medium settings. Tahu uses his passion for performing arts in his professional practice as a strategy to acquire te reo Māori and learn about and through the Māori world. Tahu completed his Postgraduate Diploma of Māori Bilingual and Immersion Teaching in 2011. Tahu is a team leader in Māori Medium Professional Learning and Development working with immersion and dual medium schools to raise student achievement.

Tātai Aho Rau - CORE Education Ltd (CORE) is a New Zealand based, world-class professional learning and development, and consultancy organisation. CORE has a strong desire to transform education, and strives to push the boundaries of educational possibility by providing future-focused professional learning and development, ICT innovation, events, consultancy, thought leadership, and scholarship programmes that stimulate educators and learners across all sectors. We offer a suite of innovative, empowering, and creative e-learning services that place CORE at the leading edge of educational thinking, research, and practice.

Nichole Gully and Tahu Paki are both Project Leaders at CORE leading professional learning and development provisions in Māori Immersion Language settings across New Zealand.

During the keynote Nichole and Tahu will share what CORE is, what CORE does and how CORE does it - The CORE way. Nichole and Tahu will share successes and challenges of leading professional learning and development provisions in Māori Language Immersion settings and strategies that engage and accelerate Māori student achievement.


Proposals Due: 
February 20

By April 1

Late Registration:
After April 1

Session Announcement:
March 23

Co-Lab Workshops:
Mon., April 27

Co-Lab School Visits:
Tue., April 28

For questions contact Jason Davis 314-533-0975 x3116 or