Featured Speakers

Pre Conference Jan 18 | Main Conference Jan 19-20


Andrew Hallam

Andrew is a finance journalist, speaker, former international schoolteacher and the international best-selling author of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (2011,2017). In 2015, he wrote The Global Expatriate’s Guide To Investing. He has been a guest on numerous podcasts, radio shows and television networks, including CNBC. He writes a regular column for the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, and a weekly column for AssetBuilder, a U.S. based investment firm.

In 2014, after teaching H.S. English and Personal Finance for 12 years at Singapore American School, he and his wife, Pele, left their jobs for a nomadic existence. Since then, they have been traveling the globe speaking at international schools worldwide to promote financial literacy and educate teachers and administrators about the world of investing.

Andrew Hallam's featured conference sessions to include:

Why Personal Finance Should Be A K-12 Subject (keynote)

When I taught high school personal finance I told my students, “This is the the second most important subject at school.” They asked, “What’s the most important?” I asked them to guess. They called out various subjects. Each time, I shook my head.

“Health and fitness,” I said. Every single day, we choose what to eat and drink. We choose how much we’re going to move or how to interact with other people. These choices strengthen or wreck the only vessel that we have.

Personal finance is a bit like that. Unless we live in a cave, we use our knowledge of money every single day. But the subject is rarely (if ever) taught in schools. In this talk, I’ll share why it’s so important and what we can do, as educators, to help the next generation.

Integrating Money Lessons Into The Classroom

You can’t cram a square peg into a round hole. We all know that. But that doesn’t stop well-meaning educators from trying. We face that risk when we try to push financial education across the curriculum. So let’s not push anything. Let’s create lessons that dovetail well with common core subjects or standards. If we’re going to teach about money, our odds might be best when integrating such lessons into Advisory, Mathematics, English Language Arts and Social Studies. In this session, we examine further examples of lessons that bridge money skills with core skills required in each of these subject areas.

Personal Investing to Work Less and Live More

What if Warren Buffett were your neighbor? The two of you see each other as you leave for work each morning. After a while, you build the courage to ask, “Mr. Buffett, how should I invest money for my future?” He knows that you’re a teacher. He knows that you don’t want to spend a lot of time thinking about investing. He also knows a strategy that guarantees you’ll beat 90 percent of investment professionals. It takes less than 60 minutes a year.

It’s called “Index Fund Investing.” It’s supported by Warren Buffett and a league of Nobel Prize winning economists. They want you to give less to the financial services industry, so you can keep more for yourself. This session shows educators how to build a portfolio of index funds or how to hire the right kind of financial advisor (without a conflict of interest) who can do the same thing for you.

How To Retire In Style Without A Lot of Money

You might start to feel like the walls are closing in. You haven’t saved enough for your retirement. Perhaps you were late to the savings game. Perhaps a divorce, illness, or an exciting mid-life adventure cost more money than you thought.

Some of you might realize you could earn an 8 percent annual return on your money­–but you still won’t have enough to retire. If that’s you, let me offer an exciting hour of hope. After all, you might not need as much money as you think. Let me show you some of the world’s most desirable, low-cost retirement destinations. Even if you’re flush with cash, you’ll enjoy seeing some of these best-kept secrets.

Jean Kwok

Jean Kwok is the New York Times and international bestselling author of the award-winning novels Girl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown. Her work has been published in 18 countries and taught in universities, colleges and high schools across the world. She has been selected for numerous honors including the American Library Association Alex Award, the Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award international shortlist. Jean’s writing has been featured in Time, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek and Vogue, among others. She has spoken at many schools and venues including Harvard University, Columbia University and the Tucson Festival of Books.

Jean immigrated from Hong Kong to Brooklyn when she was five and worked in a Chinatown clothing factory for much of her childhood while living in an unheated, roach-infested apartment. In between her undergraduate degree at Harvard and MFA in fiction at Columbia, she worked for three years as a professional ballroom dancer. Jean lives in the Netherlands with her husband, two boys and four cats, and has just finished a new novel. A television documentary was filmed about Jean and her work.

Jean Kwok's featured conference sessions to include:

The Secrets Students Keep (keynote)

We all know the type: the kid who sits at the back and has no friends, avoids eye contact, and fails test after test without a valid excuse. Why? How can we connect? What could be going on in that person’s life? Even students who appear to be functioning smoothly may be hiding secrets that could completely change an educator’s approach. Jean offers a personal view from having been that student herself, from her own years as a teacher and from her talks with similar children across the world. She provides possible explanations, dispels common assumptions and talks about potential solutions for a meaningful connection.

Bridging the Gap: Workshop on Race, Culture and Language

How can we manage different races, cultures and native languages in the classroom in a competent, caring way? How can we best help students who come from vastly different backgrounds than our own? It is so easy to misunderstand and mishandle sensitive situations. Jean will first speak about her own background, then conduct a workshop on recognizing your own cultural lens, better understanding the cultural backgrounds of students, building a broader knowledge base and possible cultural management strategies. Please bring paper and a pen or pencil to this workshop. A laptop would also be fine. You will be asked to answer a few questions in writing and invited to share your thoughts as time permits. The purpose of this session is to develop each person’s individual cultural awareness for themselves, so the answers will not be collected.

Rosalind Wiseman

Rosalind has had only one job since graduating from college—to help communities shift the way we think about children and teens’ emotional and physical wellbeing. As a teacher, thought leader, author, and media spokesperson on bullying, ethical leadership, the use of social media, and media literacy, she is in constant dialogue and collaboration with educators, parents, children, and teens.

She is the author of the New York Times’ bestseller Queen Bees & Wannabes which was turned into the movie Mean Girls and Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, which addresses the social lives of boys and was awarded Best Parenting Book by Books for a Better Life in 2014. Her most recent publication is the Owning Up Curriculum, a comprehensive social emotional learning curriculum that she wrote in collaboration with middle and high school students and the Association of Middle Level Educators.

Rosalind Wiseman's conference sessions to include:

Creating A Culture of Dignity (keynote)

Rosalind Wiseman’s presentation is a call to action to transform the way we understand youth culture. She exposes the complex challenges young people face with group dynamics, social media, interactions with adults, and adolescent identity development. She'll share how young people’s social dynamics influence their individual decision making interactions and offer step-by-step advice on how to teach young people to treat each other with dignity. Her classroom experience and collaboration with communities is the basis for her work and Rosalind recognizes that creating a culture of dignity in a school is challenging and ongoing work. With this in mind, Rosalind will illustrate how the social landscape of young people, cliques, bullying, and social hierarchies among children and adults can be placed into a larger context of social justice. All participants walk away from the presentation with positive ways to impact their community.

Selfies, Tardies, and Parties

What does a student’s selfie pose tell you about them? How can we enable students to manage the inevitable conflicts that go back and forth between their real lives and their lives on social media? Based on focus groups and interviews with young people around the country, Rosalind reveals critical insights on how they use social media. She tracks the new cultural landscape for both boy and girl worlds and its impact on their self-esteem, identity and decision making. In addition, she will highlight why adults efforts to communicate with young people about social media can be so challenging and provide participants with effective alternatives so young people don’t so easily shut down and disengage.

Emanuele Pesoli and Sarah Phillips from IBO

Emanuele Pesoli is MYP Curriculum manager for Interdisciplinary learning and for Individuals and Societies with the International Baccalaureate. Before joining the IB in 2015, he worked as social studies teacher (mainly teaching politics and psychology) for over ten years in several countries: Scotland, Tanzania, China, and Japan. He has taught the Scottish, British, and the IB curricula.

Sarah Phillips is a curriculum manager in the MYP Development team at the International Baccalaureate Organisation. Before moving to the Netherlands, she was a teacher and MYP coordinator at an independent IB continuum school in Canada. Sarah was also active in the IBEN community as a workshop leader, site visitor, moderator and examiner.

Unfortunately due to an urgent family matter, originally planned presenter, Margareth Harris, will not be presenting at ELMLE. Thank you to Emanuele and Sarah for stepping in to present!

Patricia Reeder

Pat is a career educator with experience as a special education teacher, school psychologist, elementary principal and director of curriculum and assessment in urban and suburban settings. She has an extensive background in curriculum and instruction, pedagogy, administrative coaching, data based decision making and school improvement planning. Pat has presented at state, national and international conferences on developing a strong culture of data use, using growth to support student achievement, as well as habits of minds and developing efficacy in students.

As a life long educator, Pat enjoys staying current in the literature and research on closing achievement gaps, developing student efficacy and supporting the growth of all learners. Prior to coming to NWEA, Patricia was a MAP user as a principal, and assisted with district level implementation and training.

Paticia Reeder's featured conference sessions to include:

Essential MAP Reports for Administrators and Investigating Growth (double session)

In this session for school leaders, participants will learn to access, interpret, and apply Measures of Academic Progress (MAP®) data at the school level, and to support the interpretation and application of data across the organization.

We will also deepen participants’ assessment literacy through dialogue, discussion and application of common language focused on growth, growth data, and tools. The use of MAP growth data will be fostered through a variety of data conversation tools; identifying both strengths and areas for growth, and looking at patterns at various levels including student, classroom, grade/content, school, or district. The data conversation activities in this workshop support learners in the interpretation and application of MAP data when talking about student growth over time.

For the greatest impact, we recommend that participants include school leadership teams, teacher leaders, instructional coaches, and school-level administrators.

Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson is an Account Executive with NWEA’s International Team, supporting partner schools in Western Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Canada. Eric lives in New York City and is a native of Virginia. Upon graduating from Pomona College with a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Eric was chosen by Teach for America to join its teacher corps. As an educator, he taught 6th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies at the Roberto Clemente Intermediate School in Harlem, New York City, and served on the school’s curriculum development team. He earned a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education from Pace University and is permanently certified to teach at the elementary level. After a family sabbatical in the Netherlands, Eric returned to New York to join Children’s Progress, Inc. and finally NWEA. Eric supports international schools in the use of NWEA’s assessment solutions and coordinates professional learning opportunities and regional events.

Eric Nelson' featured conference sessions to include:

Co-presenting with Pat Reeder for the NWEA MAP sessions

Using Data is Awesome. Stop feeling Awkward! co-presenting with Tami Canale

We know that data-driven instruction is key to helping our students succeed and for continuous improvement. We also know that getting teachers to review and use data can be a daunting task. Take a journey with us as we explore palatable ways to turn data into action. We will share some practical strategies to look at triangulated data for different levels and purposes: individual students, grade levels or subject areas, and wider curriculum decisions. Specific examples will be shared of school-made reports and NWEA’s MAP Growth reports.

Sarah Woods

Sarah is an MYP Design teacher at the International School of Amsterdam. Previously, she was the IT Director and high school technology integration coach at Pechersk School International in Kiev, Ukraine. Sarah is both a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer and holds a Masters of Science in Education in K-12 Technology Integration. She has presented at ECIS conferences, Appsevents Google Summits, ELMLE, and Learning2 Europe conferences. She is passionate about making a connection between tactile and digital learning experiences - bringing the best of the past forward and embracing the future! Twitter: @placeomanytrees

Sarah Woods' featured conference sessions to include:

Assessment made easy - Classroom, Doctopus and Goobric

The combination of Classroom, Doctopus and Goobric allow you to view your students' work and a rubric at the same time. Seamless assessment and easy to add comments, voice comments and more! (intermediate level)

Work your Forms!

Forms has been exploding with new features! Turn your forms into quizzes! Password-protect your forms! Eliminate choices on your forms! Learn to use add-ons in forms to improve your data! Fall in love with forms all over again (intermediate level)

Getting to know Google photos as a learning tool + Top Tips for GSuite Success

Learn how to use the advanced features in Google photos. We will also make an animation - using simple tools to create learning experiences! If we have extra time, we’ll also run through a whole bunch of fun tips for using various Google product. (all levels)