Ron Clark

Known to many as "America's Educator," Ron Clark is the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, a two-time New York Times Bestselling author, the subject of a television movie and the founder of The Ron Clark Academy. Ron is regularly featured on network and cable television (The Today Show, CNN and Oprah,) and was dubbed by Ms. Winfrey as her first "Phenomenal Man."

Ron Clark brings charisma, energy and devotion to the education profession. Ron pioneered innovative projects in rural North Carolina working with minority students in a low wealth area. His highly effective programs garnered national attention and led to a White House invitation to be honored by the President of the United States.

Ron Clark's personality is marked by a sense of challenge and adventure. Upon watching a television piece chronicling low test scores and the lack of teachers in inner-city New York, Ron packed his car and moved to Harlem. After being warned by the principal that his class was the least disciplined group she had seen in years, Ron prepared himself by visiting the home of each student before the first day of school. Ron Clark involved his students in projects in the city and state, and his "low achievers" soon began to excel; and by the end of the year, their scores were higher than the “gifted” classes in his district. 

In 2003, Ron Clark released the New York Times Bestselling book "The Essential 55" which includes his 55 expectations of students - as well as all individuals - young and old. Ron's second book, "The Excellent 11," was released in August 2004 and further captured the attention of parents, educators and students alike.

Obviously Ron Clark did not stop there. In 2006, Ron Clark founded The Ron Clark Academy, an inner-city school serving students from across metro Atlanta. The privately-funded institution is unique for its innovative teaching methods and curriculum based on worldwide travel. Each year the students, grades 5 through 8, apply their in-class lessons to international adventures. And, by the time of graduation, each child will have visited six of the seven continents. Teachers from around the world visit the Academy to observe the innovative and "out-of-the-box" methods for achieving student success.

Ron's most anticipated book came in 2011, "The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck--101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers." This New York Times Best Seller brought to light 101 innovative and classroom-tested ways for improving America’s schools and leading our children to greatness. A must read for every teacher and parent. 

In addition to his many duties as an educator, Ron Clark is a much sought after keynote speaker. He shares the uncanny adventures he has had in the classroom and speaks of his experiences teaching in Harlem. Within his humorous and heartwarming stories, he delivers a message relevant to each of us. It is a message of hope, dedication and the never-say-never attitude required to achieve goals and dreams. 

Gwynne Ellen Ash

Gwynne Ellen Ash is a professor at Texas State University who teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary and middle school literacy methods, literacy assessment and Instruction for students who struggle with school based literacies, children's and young adult literature, and creating and evaluating professional development for literacy educators. A former middle school literacy teacher in San Antonio, TX, Gwynne's research is related to teaching literacy in the middle and high school, creating frameworks for literacy Instruction in the middle and high school, and critiquing and analyzing children;s and young adult literature.. In 2017 she has accepted publications in The Handbook of Research on Reading Comprehension (2nd ED.), the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Children's Literature in Education, and the Middle School Journal. She was elected to the ILA Board of Directors in 2015.

Juli Dixon - sponsored by Harcourt Houghton Mifflin 

Dr. Juli Dixon is a professor of mathematics education at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. She coordinates the award winning Lockheed Martin/UCF Academy M.Ed. in K-8 Mathematics and Science and the PhD in Mathematics Education.  She is one of the authors of Go Math.  She has presented at many NCTM/NCSM conferences. She is presenting with her daughters who she co-write A Stroke of Luck.


Crissy Lauterbach

A veteran teacher with a penchant for handwriting and social emotional needs. Her journey with the written word started when she found out her brother was charged with murder when she was a senior in high school. Seeing words handwritten on page creates a visceral reaction in humans. Crissy will explore how the power of writing a letter can be used to up;lift, to heal, and to gin self-awareness through the lens of a teacher, scared teenager, grieving daughter, and hopeful women. She shows how social emotional learning can be taught through all content.

Jenifer Lampp

An experienced elementary teacher who is nationally board certified in mathematics, a math coach, author, and is currently serving as an elementary mathematics resource teacher. She creates and facilitates professional development for resource teachers, instructional coaches, and classroom teachers and has presented on mathematics instructions at the national, state, and local level. She will present on her latest book Math Workshop: Guided Math and Beyond.

Catherine Ousselin

Kim Catherine Ousselin is a graduate of the University of Kansas with an M.A. in French Language and Literature. She is a member of ACTFL, NNELL, IALLT, WAFLT, and the AATF of which she is the current Region IX representative. Catherine is the AATF Social Media manager and curator, the chair of the Technology Commission, an avid blogger on World Language and technology integration, and a frequent participant on #langchat and other Twitter Ed-chats. She teaches French at Mount Vernon High School on Washington State and serves as a Digital Literacy coach for the school district. Catherine is the 2016 WALFT Teacher of the Year and the 2017 PNCEL Teacher of the Year.  

Kim Stillwell - Sponsored by NSTA Press

Kim Stilwell joins us from the National Science Teachers Association, where she facilitates professional development and conducts workshops across the nation sharing strategies to integrate science and literacy standards in the classroom. The past eighteen years she has spent planning and conducting professional development workshops impacting teachers and administrators in suburban, urban, and rural school districts throughout the nation.  She will be presenting for Picture-Perfect Science authors Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan.  She will also be offering workshops on Argument Driven Inquiry. 


Catlin Tucker - Sponsored By McGraw Hill

Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Teacher, bestselling author, international trainer, and frequent Edtech speaker, who currently teaches in Sonoma County where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. Catlin’s first book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 is a bestseller and her second book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology was published in June 2015. Her newest book Blended Learning In Action was published in September 2016. Catlin writes the “Techy Teacher” column for ASCD’s Educational Leadership

Kristin Ziemke

Kristin Ziemke has spent her career teaching and learning form children in both urban and suburban school districts. As a teacher or primary age learners in Chicago, Kristen engages students in authentic learning experiences where reading, thinking, collaboration and inquiry are at the heart of the curriculum. Author of Amplify : Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom and co-author of Connecting Comprehension and Technology, Kristen pairs best practice instruction with digital tools to transform learning int he classroom and beyond. An Apple Distinguished Educator, National Board Certified Teacher and Chicago's 2013 tech Innovator of the Year, Kristen seeks opportunities to transform education through technology innovation. She collaborates with educators around the globe as a staff developer, speaker and writer. You can follow her on Twitter @KristenZiemke.