2016 Edufest Presenters and Staff Members          


 We look forward to seeing you at future Edufests in lovely Boise, Idaho! 


Edufest 2016 Keynotes

                       Monday and Tuesday Keynote July 25th and 26th

               Carol Ann Tomlinson Ed. D.

     William Clay Parrish Jr. Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy
Co-Director of the University’s Institutes on Academic Diversity

Monday, July 25th  8:30 AM - 12:00 Noon

Curriculum that Fuels Learning: An Exploration

As teachers, we sometimes feel we have little or no voice when it comes to curriculum. In reality, we can do many things to make curriculum compelling. If we give up that voice, we give up much of our professional opportunity. In this session, we'll explore the attributes of quality curriculum by examining examples from varied grades and subject areas, crafting a list of attributes of dynamic curriculum as we go. Included in the exploration will be an examination of curriculum that "teaches up" to maximize engagement and challenge for the largest possible array of students. 

                                                          Tuesday, July 26th  8:30 AM - 10:15 AM

                    Differentiation: What Does it Take to Get it Right?

While most teachers address learner's varied needs in some way, we have little evidence of quality differentiation in many, if not most, classrooms. In this session, we'll take a brief look at what it means to differentiate with fidelity to a model that is based on our best knowledge of effective teaching and learning. A goal of the session is to help participants identify both their strengths and possible next steps for growth in responsive teaching.

Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson's career as an educator includes 21 years as a public school teacher, 12 years as a program administrator of special services for struggling and advanced learners. She was Virginia's Teacher of the Year in 1974. More recently, she has been a faculty member at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, where she is currently William Clay Parrish Jr. Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy. Also at the University of Virginia, she is Co-Director of the University's Institutes on Academic Diversity. She was named Outstanding Professor at Curry School of Education in 2004 and received an All University Teaching Award in 2008. Special interests throughout her career have included curriculum and instruction for struggling and advanced learners, effective instruction in heterogeneous settings, and encouraging creative and critical thinking in the classroom.

Carol is a reviewer for eight journals and is author of over 200 articles, book chapters, books, and other professional development materials. For ASCD, she has authored several books including How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-ability Classrooms and The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of all Learners and professional inquiry kit on differentiation. Recently, she co-authored a book with Jay McTighe titled Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design: Connecting Content and Kids and with Kay Brimijoin and Lane Narvaez co-authored The Differentiated School: Making Revolutionary Change for Teaching and Learning. For Corwin Press, she is co-author of The Parallel Curriculum Model: A Design to Develop High Potential and Challenge High Ability Learners. Carol's books on differentiation have been translated into 12 languages. She works throughout the U. S. and abroad with teachers whose goal is to develop more responsive heterogeneous classrooms.

                                                         Friday, July 29th  8:30 AM - 12:00 Noon

                                   Dr. Ron Beghetto

                                             Professor of Educational Psychology Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut

What If? Unleashing the Power of Creative Thinking in teaching , Learning, and Everyday Life

A common goal of K-12 schooling is to prepare students for the future. The challenge, of course, is that the future is uncertain.  How might educators and parents better prepare students for uncertain futures?  One way is to develop the habit of approaching complex and ill-defined problems with a spirit of possibility. The purpose of this talk will highlight how developing an unshakable sense of possibility thinking in young people will not only prepare them for uncertain futures, but also help ensure that they have a more creative and meaningful experience of everyday learning and life. 

Dr. Beghetto is an international expert on creativity in educational settings.  He serves as Professor of Educational Psychology in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Beghetto speaks around the world on issues related to helping teachers, instructional leaders, and policy makers develop new and transformative possibilities for teaching, learning, and leadership in K-12 and Higher Education settings.   A central theme of his work is helping students, teachers and instructional leaders reclaim creativity in schools and classrooms. His work also highlights how making slight changes to existing teaching, learning, and leadership practices can result in new ways of thinking and acting. Dr. Beghetto has published numerous books, scholarly articles, and book chapters on creativity in educational settings.  He is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Creative Behavior and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts (Div. 10, APA).  He has also received numerous awards for his research and teaching.  More information on Dr. Beghetto can be found at www.ronaldbeghetto.com