Featured Speakers

Pre-Conference January 24 | Main Conference January 25-26, 2019


Elizabeth Schroeder

Elizabeth Schroeder, EdD, MSW, is an award-winning educator, facilitator, and author who has provided consultation to and direct education and training for schools, parent groups and youth-serving organizations in countries around the world for 25 years. Dr. Schroeder specializes in sexuality education pedagogy, working effectively with adolescent and teen boys, and best practices for creating LGBTQ+ inclusive and affirming schools and organizations. As the former executive director of Answer, a national sexuality education organization, she worked to ensure sexual orientation and gender inclusion throughout the organization’s mission, vision and work, including the creation of the organization’s first online training workshop on LGBTQ issues in schools. She is the previous associate vice president of education and training at Planned Parenthood of New York City, where she established the agency’s training institute for teachers and other youth-serving professionals, and, before that, served as manager of education and special projects at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, where she oversaw the production of the parent-child communication kit, “Talking about Sex: A Guide for Families.” The co-founding editor of the American Journal of Sexuality Education, Dr. Schroeder has authored or edited numerous publications, including Rights, Respect, Responsibility, the first-ever K-12 sexuality education curriculum for grades K-12 that is inclusive of all genders and sexual orientations and mapped to the National Sexuality Education Standards, for which she also served as a lead author. In 2016, she developed the first online teacher training on sexuality education for teachers in east and southern Africa for UNFPA and UNESCO. Dr. Schroeder has presented extensively on the topics of sexual orientation and gender identity inclusion at conferences throughout the US and overseas, including for the Association for Middle Level Education, the European League for Middle Level Education and the European Council on International Schools. She holds a Doctorate of Education in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University and a Master of Social Work from NYU. Learn more about Dr. Schroeder at www.drschroe.com.

Jon Nordmeyer of WIDA

Jon Nordmeyer is the International Programs Director at WIDA, a research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jon believes that an asset-based approach to professional collaboration can both ignite student learning and fuel teacher growth. He has been an international educator and consultant for 25 years, teaching at international schools in Quito, The Hague, Taipei, Istanbul, Shanghai and Bangkok. Jon has taught graduate seminars at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Tibet University, and has been a regular presenter at regional international conferences.

Jon has written articles for International Schools Journal and Journal of Staff Development, contributed chapters to Co-teaching and Other Collaborative Practices in the EFL/ESL Classroom and Breaking the Mold: Classroom Management, and, co-edited the book Integrating Language and Content (TESOL 2010). He serves on the editorial review board of Globally Informed, a peer-reviewed journal for international educators. He holds a BA in Classical Archaeology from Dartmouth College and MA in TESOL from School for International Training. He is pursuing his PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jon lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife Cynthia, a school counselor and mindfulness trainer, and their two sons, Gus and Atticus.

Kevin Hawkins and Amy Burke of Mindwell

Kevin Hawkins has worked with adolescents and young people in various contexts for over 30 years - as teacher, school head, and social worker in the UK, Africa, and Europe. For 10 years, he was Middle School Principal at the International School of Prague in the Czech Republic. He is a Senior Trainer for the Mindfulness in Schools Project (UK) and has taught mindfulness to children, teenagers, teachers and parents since 2008. In 2012 he co-founded MindWell, which supports educational communities in developing wellbeing through mindfulness and social-emotional learning (SEL). Kevin has been a lead consultant to the International Baccalaureate Organisation on SEL and mindfulness and he is a facilitator for the evidence-based CARE program (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Educators). Kevin is a regular speaker, writer and presenter on the topics of mindfulness, wellbeing and social-emotional learning in education. His book on mindfulness in education, Mindful Teacher, Mindful School, Improving Wellbeing in teaching and learning, was published by SAGE in July 2017.

Amy Burke is an educational consultant who spent 15 years as a high school teacher and guidance counsellor in Canada and The Netherlands. She holds a Masters Degree in Contemplative Education from Naropa University and in 2012 she co-founded MindWell with Kevin. She is a lead teacher trainer for the Mindfulness in Schools Project (UK) and has completed curriculum training with Gina Biegel (MBSR-T) and Dr. Amy Saltzman (Still Quiet Place). She is also a facilitator for the CARE program (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Educators). Amy works internationally as a teacher trainer and provides workshops and retreats for educators, students and parents with a focus on self-care and stress management.

Yolanda Murphy-Barrena of WeRLeaders International

Yolanda Murphy-Barrena brings 30 years of experience in teaching, coaching, leading, mentoring and presenting in schools and professional development associations in both the United States and internationally. Yolanda is currently the Executive Director/ CEO of WeRLeaders International, a new organization founded to support the development and diversification of the next generation of international school leaders. Formerly, she was the Executive Director/ CEO of the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE), a global educational leadership association that hosts the largest annual gathering of international school heads and provides a full menu of leadership development and networking services globally. Yolanda presents widely on Emerging Leadership and Women in Leadership topics and is a founding member of the Global Diversity Collaborative, a new partnership between several international organizations and educational leaders committed to increasing the quality and diversity of international school leadership. Yolanda also served on the International Task Force on Child Protection and now coordinates and provides training to school leaders and staff around creating safer learning environments within international schools and communities in partnership with the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ECMEC). Her recent international presentations and trainings were at AAIE (New York), AASSA (Ecuador), CEESA (Czech Republic), TAISI (India), Tri-Association (Costa Rica), the QSI Heads Training (Malta) and other leadership events. Yolanda is passionate about expanding and developing international leadership capacity by connecting emerging, current and experienced leaders in online and in-person professional communities fostering mentorship, and the sharing of ideas and resources that promote excellence within the international school community.

Prior to leading AAIE, Yolanda served as a successful elementary, middle and high school administrator, most recently as the Middle School Administrator at Frankfurt International School (FIS) where she founded ELMLE's Leadership Group, providing an ELMLE Fall Leadership Retreat and supporting ELMLE’s leaders at the January conferences.

Johanna Cena and Jenny Killion of the American School of Barcelona

Johanna Cena is currently the Director of Teaching and Learning at the American School of Barcelona. She is dedicated to supporting educators in developing their craft as teachers, learners, leaders, and collaborators. She has experience as a middle school language arts teacher, ELL teacher, instructional coach, Elementary principal, and Director of ELL programs in Barcelona and in Portland, Oregon. She has been a presenter on the topics of reading and writing workshop, teacher leadership, content literacy, English language development, and multi tiered systems of student support and Positive Behavior Support. Ultimately her passion comes down to providing a learning environment where students and teachers thrive.

Jenny Killion is currently the Middle School Instructional Coach and a Grade 9 World Literature teacher at The American School of Barcelona. She is passionate about developing independent learners, as well as building capacity in teachers. In her eight years at ASB, Jenny has also been a 5th and 6th grade teacher, as well as the K-8 Literacy Coordinator and Coach. Before moving to Barcelona, Jenny was an upper-elementary teacher and K-5 Literacy Coach in Denver, Colorado. Jenny has worked with teachers from a variety of international schools on implementing reading and writing workshop, small group instruction, developing integrated curriculum, connecting instruction across languages, and literacy coaching. Jenny loves the balance of supporting teachers in a coaching role, working to develop curriculum and instruction, and having the opportunity to refine her own teaching in the classroom with students of all ages.