Featured Speakers

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.

Featured conference sessions to include:

  • Why Personal Finance Should Be A K-12 Subject
  • Integrating Money Lessons Into The Classroom
  • How To Retire In Style Without A Lot of Money


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.

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.

Featured conference sessions to include:

  • Creating A Culture of Dignity
  • Selfies, Tardies, and Parties


Margareth Harris

Margareth currently works as a member of the IB World Schools team of the International Baccalaureate Organisation, supporting schools across the globe with their programme implementation and development, and whole school improvement. Before joining this department, she worked in the academic division of the organization as curriculum and assessment manager for languages and led components of the review and development of the 2014 Middle Years Programme (known as the MYP Next Chapter Project) from its first conversations to its’ final publications and implementation in schools. As an educator, Margareth has worked in a wide range of school contexts over a period of more than 20 years, in Australia, Hong Kong, France and Indonesia, and with groups of schools and educational bodies as an examiner, community service coordinator and workshop leader.

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.

Featured conference sessions to include:

  • Essential MAP Reports for Administrators and Investigating Growth

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

Featured conference sessions to include:

  • Assessment made easy - Classroom, Doctopus and Goobric
  • Work your Forms!
  • Getting to know Google photos as a learning tool + Top Tips for GSuite Success