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HELPING STUDENTS REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL

"Hide not your talents, They for use were made"
- Boston Native Benjamin Franklin

Researchers in cognitive and psychological sciences are exploring the “Science of Human Greatness.” By studying child prodigies, savants, and great innovators like Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, scientists are trying to answer the complex questions of human potential: What makes a person a “creative genius”? Is “greatness” the result of innate talents or practice? Research has found that passion, interest, genes, abilities, practice, persistence, and parent/teacher support all contribute to reaching full potential, and that everyone's inborn creativity and talents can be cultivated. Yet, many children's talents and passions are ignored in schools. Explore the science behind child potential, prodigies, gifted, and genius. Discover how you can unleash and nurture your own and your students' passions, interests, expertise, and creative talents, and find out how schools can help children and youth reach their full potential.

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

You will gain knowledge about:
  • The science of human greatness, talents, and abilities
  • Ways schools can help students reach their full potential
  • The importance of promoting personal passions and interests
  • Ways to teach for wisdom, intelligence, creativity, and innovation
  • How the mistakes of great minds can motivate student learning
  • The link between learning disorders, autism, and creative genius
  • Using art, STEAM, and technology to engage children's interests
  • The human brain, abilities, genes, intelligence, and environment
  • Developing the talents of the gifted children, prodigies, and savants
  • Innate talents vs. deliberate practice in expert performance
  • Personalizing learning, reading, and writing

Featured Speakers

You, Your Child, and School: Teaching to Their Talents, Passions, and Potential

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD

Internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation, and human potential; Professor Emeritus and Former Professor of Education at the University of Warwick in the UK; Author of You, Your Child, and School: Navigate Your Way to the Best Education (2018), Out of Our Minds (2017, 3rd Edition), Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education (2016), and Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions, and Transform Your Life (2014)

Finding Your Personal Greatness

Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD

Author, researcher, speaker, and podcaster who is interested in using psychological science to help all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. Kaufman teaches The Science of Living Well at Barnard College, Columbia University, and is author and/or editor of 8 books, including Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined and Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (with Carolyn Gregoire). He also writes a weekly column in Scientific American called "Beautiful Minds", and is host of The Psychology Podcast, which was named by Business Insider a podcast that “will change how you think about human behavior.”

The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorders, Creativity, and Genius

Gail Saltz, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill-Cornell School of Medicine, Cornell University; Psychoanalyst, New York Psychoanalytic Institute; Columnist, Psychology Today; Contributor, The Today Show; Host of “The Power of Different” podcast and Former Host of the series, “Strength of Mind”; Author, The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius (2018)

Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All Children

Yong Zhao, PhD

Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of Kansas; Professorial Fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University; Global Chair, University of Bath; Founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Technology; Executive Director of the Confucius Institute and the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence, Michigan State University; Author, Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All Children (2018), Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes (2016), Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon?: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World (2014), Catching Up or Leading the Way (2009), and World Class Learners (2012)

Teaching for Wisdom, Intelligence, Creativity, and Success

Robert J. Sternberg, PhD

Professor, Department of Human Development, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University; Honorary Professor of Psychology, University of Heidelberg; Former Dean of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University; Former IBM Professor of Psychology and Education, Yale University; Co-Author, Teaching for Successful Intelligence (2016) and Teaching for Wisdom, Intelligence, Creativity, and Success (2015); Co-Editor, The Nature of Human Creativity (2018), The Nature of Human Intelligence (2018), Creative Intelligence in the 21st Century (2016), and Creativity: From Potential to Realization (2004)

Your Pursuit of Greatness

Ransom W. Stephens, PhD

Ransom Stephens, Ph.D., has pursued greatness since he was ten years old and has gotten close a few times. As a physics professor, he discovered a new type of matter and was on the team that discovered the top quark; as a technologist, he led an engineering commando team at a Fortune 500 company whose innovations enabled technologies that are still emerging a decade later. He’s the author of three novels and the most amusing and complete book ever written on neuroscience: The Left Brain Speaks The Right Brain Laughs: a look at the neuroscience of innovation & creativity in art, science & life. Ransom’s unique take on life, the universe, and everything has convinced thousands to pursue their greatest ambitions—and some of these people will still talk to him.

1) EDUCATING POTENTIAL: PROMOTING PERSONAL PASSIONS & INTERESTS

You, Your Child, and School: Teaching to Their Talents, Passions, and Potential

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD

Internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation, and human potential; Professor Emeritus and Former Professor of Education at the University of Warwick in the UK; Author of You, Your Child, and School: Navigate Your Way to the Best Education (2018), Out of Our Minds (2017, 3rd Edition), Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education (2016), and Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions, and Transform Your Life (2014)

Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity Through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play

Mitchel Resnick, PhD

Professor of Learning Research; Director, Lifelong Kindergarten Group, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Co-Founder, Computer Clubhouse Project, an international network of 100 after-school learning centers, where youth from low-income communities learn to express themselves creatively with new technologies; Author, Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity Through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play (2017), which won the 2018 PROSE award for Education Practice; Co-Author, The Official ScratchJr Book: Help Your Kids Learn to Code (2015)

Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All Children

Yong Zhao, PhD

Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of Kansas; Professorial Fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University; Global Chair, University of Bath; Founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Technology; Executive Director of the Confucius Institute and the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence, Michigan State University; Author, Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All Children (2018), Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes (2016), Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon?: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World (2014), Catching Up or Leading the Way (2009), and World Class Learners (2012)

Interest Matters: The Importance of Promoting Interest in Education

Judith M. Harackiewicz, PhD

Paul Pintrich Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Co-Author, “Interest Matters: The Importance of Promoting Interest in Education” (2017, Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences); Co-Author, “Making Learning Personally Meaningful: A New Framework for Relevance Research” (2017, Journal of Experimental Education); Co-Editor, The Science of Interest (2017) and Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation: The Search for Optimal Motivation and Performance (2000)

Moving Childhood Potential to Adult Creative Achievement

Rena F. Subotnik, PhD

Director, Center for Psychology in the Schools and Education, American Psychological Association, whose missions is to generate public awareness, advocacy, clinical applications, and cutting-edge research ideas that enhance the achievement and performance of children and adolescents with gifts and talents in all domains; Former Professor of Education, Hunter College; Winner of the 2013 “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Mensa Education and Research Foundation; Co-Author, Talent Development as a Framework for Gifted Education: Implications for Best Practices and Applications in Schools (2018), “The Talent Gap: The U.S. Is Neglecting Its Most Promising Science Students” (2014, Scientific American), “Nurturing the Young Genius: Renewing our Commitment to Gifted Education is Key to a More Innovative, Productive and Culturally Rich Society” (2012, Scientific American Mind), and “Rethinking Giftedness and Gifted Education: A Proposed Direction Forward Based on Psychological Science” (2011, Psychological Science in the Public Interest), Co-Editor, The Psychology of High Performance: Developing Human Potential Into Domain-Specific Talent (Forthcoming), Malleable Minds: Translating Insights From Psychology and Neuroscience To Gifted Education (2012), and Developing Giftedness and Talent Across the Life Span (2009)

Learner Centered Innovation: Experiences That Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion, and Unleash Genius

Katie Martin, PhD

Head of Partnerships-West, AltSchool; Former Director of District Leadership, Buck Institute for Education; Former Director of Professional Learning, University of San Diego; Author, Learner-Centered Innovation: Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion, and Unleash Genius (2018)

Redefining Student Success: Personalized Learning to Help Students Pursue Their Interests and Passions

Allison Zmuda, MA

Founder/Curator, Learning Personalized; President, The Competent Classroom; Co-Author, Students at the Center: Personalized Learning With Habits of Mind (2017), Learning Personalized: The Evolution of the Contemporary Classroom (2015), and Transforming Schools, and Breaking Free from Myths About Teaching and Learning (2010)

Bena Kallick, PhD

Co-Director of the Institute for Habits of Mind; Program Director for Eduplanet21, a company dedicated to online professional learning and curriculum development based on the Understanding by Design framework; Co-Author, Students at the Center: Personalized Learning With Habits of Mind (2017) and Dispositions: Reframing Teaching and Learning (2013)

Peers, Partnerships, Passion, and Potential: Empowering Student Voice, Agency, and Learning

Helen Beattie, EdD

School Psychologist; Educational Consultant; Executive Director, UP for Learning (Unleashing the Power of Partnership for Learning), an organization that provides training, resource development, and on-going coaching for a wide variety of initiatives that create opportunities for young people to realize their full potential as learners and active citizens in their schools and communities

Kathleen M. Kryza, MA

Master Teacher; CIO, Infinite Horizons; Co-Author, Transformative Teaching: Changing Today's Classrooms Culturally, Academically, and Emotionally (2015), Developing Growth Mindsets in the Inspiring Classroom (2011), Inspiring Elementary Learners (2008), Inspiring Middle and Secondary Learners (2007), and Differentiation for Real Classrooms (2009)

2) THE SCIENCE OF GENIUS: INSIGHTS IN INTELLIGENCE, CHILD PRODIGIES, & GIFTED

Teaching for Wisdom, Intelligence, Creativity, and Success

Robert J. Sternberg, PhD

Professor, Department of Human Development, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University; Honorary Professor of Psychology, University of Heidelberg; Former Dean of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University; Former IBM Professor of Psychology and Education, Yale University; Co-Author, Teaching for Successful Intelligence (2016) and Teaching for Wisdom, Intelligence, Creativity, and Success (2015); Co-Editor, The Nature of Human Creativity (2018), The Nature of Human Intelligence (2018), Creative Intelligence in the 21st Century (2016), and Creativity: From Potential to Realization (2004)

The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorders, Creativity, and Genius

Gail Saltz, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill-Cornell School of Medicine, Cornell University; Psychoanalyst, New York Psychoanalytic Institute; Columnist, Psychology Today; Contributor, The Today Show; Host of “The Power of Different” podcast and Former Host of the series, “Strength of Mind”; Author, The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius (2018)

The Science and Paradox of Intelligence: Environment, Enhancement, and Education

Louis D. Matzel, PhD

Professor of Psychology, Program in Behavioral Neuroscience and Biopsychology, Rutgers University; Co-Author, “The Paradox of Intelligence: High Heritability and Malleability Coexist in Hidden Gene-Environment Interactions” (2018, Psychological Bulletin), “Evolution, Brain Size, and Variations in Intelligence” (2017, Behavioral and Brains Sciences), and “The Architecture of Intelligence: Converging Evidence From Studies of Humans and Animals” (2013, Current Directions in Psychological Science)

Superhuman Minds: How the Science of Savants Shows Us How to Free the Genius in Children

Berit O. Brogaard, PhD, DMSci

Neuroscientist; Professor and Director, Brogaard Lab for Multisensory Research, University of Miami; Professor, University of Oslo; Researcher on multisensory research, perceptual learning, synesthesia, and savantism; Author, Seeing and Saying. The Language of Perception and the Representational View of Experience (2018), Does Perception Have Content (2014), and Transient Truths (2012); Co-Author, The Superhuman Mind: Free the Genius in Your Brain (2015)

Hidden Disabilities, Hidden Talents: Tapping Creativity to Teach to Their Abilities

LeDerick R. Horne, BA

Artist; Poet; Writer, Performer and Executive Producer for performance poetry and songs; Advocate for Youth Leadership, IDEA Partnership, National Association of State Directors of Special Education; Founding Board Chair, Eye to Eye; Winner of the 2017 Harrison Sylvester Award by the Learning Disabilities Association; Co-Author, Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success (2016)

Using Neuroscience to Understand and Teach All Gifted Students

Jack A. Naglieri, PhD

Research Professor, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia; Senior Research Scientist, Devereux Center for Resilient Children; Author, Helping Children Learn (2011, 2nd Edition); Co-Author, Helping All Gifted Children Learn (2018), "Increasing Minority Children's Participation in Gifted Classes Using NNAT (Naglieri's Nonverbal Ability Test)" (2005, The Gifted Child Quarterly)

The Prodigy's Cousin: The Link Between Autism and Extraordinary Talents

Joanne Ruthsatz, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology, The Ohio State University, Mansfield, researcher on human cognitive ability and the extraordinary talents displayed by child prodigies; Recipient of the 2002 Mensa “Excellence in Research” Award by the Mensa International Foundation; Co-Author, The Prodigy's Cousin: The Family Link Between Autism and Extraordinary Talent (2016), “Child Prodigy: A Novel Cognitive Profile Places Elevated General Intelligence, Exceptional Working Memory, and Attention to Detail at the Root of Prodigiousness” (2012, Intelligence) and “Expanding the Autistic Spectrum to Include Exceptional Achievements” (2007, Behavior Genetics)

Kimberly Ruthsatz Stephens, JD

Freelance Writer; Founder of Red Jellies, a company that strives to enhance play by helping parents discover high quality, engaging children's products; Co-Author, The Prodigy's Cousin: The Family Link Between Autism and Extraordinary Talent (2016)

3) THE SCIENCE OF GREATNESS: UNLEASHING TALENTS & EXPERTISE

Finding Your Personal Greatness

Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD

Author, researcher, speaker, and podcaster who is interested in using psychological science to help all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. Kaufman teaches The Science of Living Well at Barnard College, Columbia University, and is author and/or editor of 8 books, including Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined and Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (with Carolyn Gregoire). He also writes a weekly column in Scientific American called "Beautiful Minds", and is host of The Psychology Podcast, which was named by Business Insider a podcast that “will change how you think about human behavior.”

10,000-Hour Myth: Lessons From Child Prodigies

Ellen Winner, PhD

Professor and Chair of Psychology, Boston College; Senior Research Associate, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Director, Arts and Mind Lab, which focuses on cognition in the arts in typical and gifted children as well as adults; Author, How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration (2018), Gifted Children: Myths and Realities (1996), and Invented Worlds: The Psychology of the Arts (1982); Co-Author, “Why Deliberate Practice Is Not Enough: Evidence from Drawing Talent” (2017, The Science of Expertise), “Predicting Artistic Brilliance” (2012, Scientific American Mind), Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education (2007), Studio Thinking 2 (2013) and Studio Thinking from the Start: The K-8 Art Educator's Handbook (2018)

Beyond the Born vs. Made Debate: A New Model of Expertise and Talent

David Z. Hambrick, PhD

Director, Expertise Lab; Professor, Michigan State University; Co-Founder, Journal of Expertise; Author, “What Makes a Prodigy?: Insights from Psychology into the Origins of Extreme Ability” (2015, Mind); Co-Author, “Beyond Born Versus Made: A New Look at Expertise” (2016, The Psychology of Learning and Motivation) and “Deliberate Practice: Is That All It Takes To Become An Expert?” (2014, Intelligence): Lead Editor, The Science of Expertise: Behavioral, Neural, and Genetic Approaches to Complex Skill (2017)

Finding and Nurturing Exceptional Intellectual Talent

David Lubinski, PhD

Professor of Psychology; Co-Director, Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY), Vanderbilt University; Past President, International Society for Intelligence Research; Winner of the 2006 “Distinguished Scholar Award” from the National Association for Gifted Children; the 2015 MENSA Research Foundation’s “Lifetime Achievement Award”; and the 2018 “Lifetime Achievement Award: For Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Intelligence,” from the International Society for Intelligence Research, their highest honor; Co-Author, “When Lightning Strikes Twice: Profoundly Gifted, Profoundly Accomplished” (2016, Psychological Science), “From Terman to Today: A Century of Findings on Intellectual Precocity” (2016, Review of Educational Research) and “Creativity and Technical Innovation: Spatial Ability’s Unique Role” (2013, Psychological Science)

Fantastic Failures: How Learning From Great Minds Can Help Students Reach Their Potential

Luke Reynolds, PhD

Children's Author; Middle School Teacher; Assistant Professor of Education, Endicott College; Author, Fantastic Failures: True Stories of People Who Changed the World by Falling Down (2018), Surviving Middle School: Navigating the Halls, Riding the Social Roller Coaster, and Unmasking the Real You (2016), and A Call to Creativity: Writing, Reading, and Inspiring Students in an Age of Standardization (2012); Co-Editor, Imagine It Better: Visions of What School Might Be (2014), Break These Rules (2013), and Burned In: Fueling the Fire to Teach (2011); Co-Author of the Children's books, If My Love Were a Fire Truck (2017), Bedtime Blast-Off! (2016), The Looney Experiment (2015), and The Gumazing Gum Girl Series

Nurturing Children’s Talents: A Guide for Parents and Teachers

Kenneth A. Kiewra, PhD

Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Former Director, University of Nebraska’s Academic Success Center; Former Editor, Educational Psychology Review; Expert on Talent Development; Co-Investigator and Co-Producer of the Project and Documentary: Prodigies of the Prairie; Author, "Seven Ways Parent's Help Children Unleash Their Talents" (2014, Parenting for High Potential) and Learn How to Study and SOAR to Success (2004); Co-Author, Nurturing Children’s Talents: A Guide for Parents (Forthcoming), "Prodigies of the Prairie: The Talent Development Stories of Four Elite Nebraska Youth Performers" (2018, Roeper Review), and Teaching How to Learn: The Teacher's Guide to Student Success (2016, Reprint Edition)

Unleashing the Talents Within You, Students, and Teachers

Kara Knollmeyer, MA

Assistant Principal, Rockwood School District, St. Louis, MO; Award-Winning Educator who received the 2017 Midwest Spotlight Educator (METC) Award and the 2013 Missouri Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award (Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education); Author, Unleash Talent: Bringing Out the Best in Yourself and the Learners You Serve (2018)

Unlocking Student Talent: The New Science of Developing Expertise

Brian M. Pete, MA

President and Co-Founder, Robin Fogarty & Associates; Co-Author, Thinking About Thinking in IB Schools (2018), Metacognition (2018, Revised Edition), Everyday Problem-Based Learning: Quick Projects to Build Problem-Solving Fluency (2017), Unlocking Student Talent: The New Science of Developing Expertise (2017), The Right to be Literate (2015), Supporting Differentiated Instruction (2010), and Brain-Compatible Classroom (2009)

Robin J. Fogarty, PhD

President, Robin Fogarty & Associates; Former Teacher; Co-Author, Thinking About Thinking in IB Schools (2018), Metacognition (2018, Revised Edition), Everyday Problem-Based Learning: Quick Projects to Build Problem-Solving Fluency (2017), Unlocking Student Talent: The New Science of Developing Expertise (2017), The Right to be Literate (2015), Supporting Differentiated Instruction (2010), and Brain-Compatible Classroom (2009)

4) THE SCIENCE OF INNOVATION: TEACHING TO CREATE & COLLABORATE

Participatory Creativity: Expanding Our Understanding of Invention and Innovation

Edward P. Clapp, EdD

Senior Research Manager, Agency by Design Research Initiative, Project Zero; Research Associate and Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Visiting Adjunct Professor, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Co-Author, Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape Their Worlds (2016); Author, Participatory Creativity: Introducing Access and Equity to the Creative Classroom (2016)

The Neuroscience of Creativity: Mapping Creative Cognition and Abilities in the Brain

Roger E. Beaty, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University; Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, Harvard University; Co-Author, “Driving the Brain Towards Creativity and Intelligence: A Network Control Theory Analysis” (2018, Neuropsychologia); “Brain Networks of the Imaginative Mind: Dynamic Functional Connectivity of Default and Cognitive Control Networks Relates to Openness to Experience” (2018, Human Brain Mapping) and “Creative Cognition and Brain Network Dynamics” (2016, Trends in Cognitive Sciences)

The Potential of Creativity: Providing Purpose, Meaning, and Equity for a Better World

James C. Kaufman, PhD

Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut; Author, Creativity and Mental Illness (2017); Co-Author, The Nature of Human Creativity (2018), Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom (2016), and “Examining the Relationship Between Creativity and Equitable Thinking in Schools” (2017, Psychology in the Schools)

The Creative Spark: Imagination, Creativity, and Cooperation in Human Evolution

Agustin Fuentes, PhD

Zoologist; Anthropologist; The Edmund P. Joyce C.S.C. Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame; Author, The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional (2017); Co-Author, Anthropology: Asking Questions about Human Origins, Diversity, and Culture (2016) and Conversations on Human Nature (2015); Co-Editor, Verbs, Bones, and Brains: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Nature (2017) and The Evolution of Human Wisdom (2017)

The Science of Innovation: Overcoming Obstacles to Creativity in Your Classroom

Anthony J. McCaffrey, PhD

Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Innovation Accelerator; Director of Entrepreneurial Studies and Math Teacher, Eagle Hill School; Author, Overcome Any Obstacle to Creativity (2018)

What the Quirky Lives of Franklin, Einstein, and Marie Curie Teach Us About Creative Genius

Melissa A. Schilling, PhD

John Herzog Family Professor of Management, Stern School of Business, New York University; Author, Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World (2018) and Strategic Management of Technological Innovation (2016, 5th Edition)

Imagineering Success in Today's Hyper-Competitive, Prescriptive Education Landscape

Kristen Lee, EdD, LICSW

Behavioral Health Clinician and Educator; Lead Faculty for Behavioral Science; Associate Teaching Professor of Psychology, Northeastern University; Author, Mentalligence: A New Psychology of Thinking (2018) and RESET: Make the Most of Your Stress: Your 24-7 Plan for Well-Being (2014)

Inspiration and Meaning Making: What Great Teachers Do to Promote Creative Potential

Kathleen M. Kryza, MA

Master Teacher; CIO, Infinite Horizons; Co-Author, Transformative Teaching: Changing Today's Classrooms Culturally, Academically, and Emotionally (2015), Developing Growth Mindsets in the Inspiring Classroom (2011), Inspiring Elementary Learners (2008), Inspiring Middle and Secondary Learners (2007), and Differentiation for Real Classrooms (2009)

5) ENGAGED MINDS: MOTIVATING WITH THE ARTS, TECHNOLOGY, & STEM

The Brain, Education, and the Arts: Educating Every Child in Creative Thinking

Mariale M. Hardiman, EdD

Co-Founder and Director, Neuro-Education Initiative (NEI); Professor of Clinical Education and Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University; Co-Author, “The Effects of Arts Integration on Long-Term Retention of Content” (2014, Mind, Brain, and Education) and “Building Creative Thinking in the Classroom: From Research to Practice” (2013, International Journal of Educational Research)

Promoting Interest-Driven Learning Through Technology, the Arts, STEM, and Making

Kylie A. Peppler, PhD

Artist; Associate Professor of Learning Sciences; Director, The Creativity Labs, Indiana University; Chief Learning Officer at Collective Shift/LRNG; Leader of the MacArthur Foundation’s Make-to-Learn initiative; Advisor to the Connected Learning Research Network, Member of the 2016 and 2017 National Educational Technology Plan Committee, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education; Author, “Advancing Arts Education in a Digital Age” (2017, Arts in Education Quarterly Newsletter) and New Creativity Paradigms: Arts Learning in the Digital Age (2014); Co-Author, The Computer Clubhouse: Constructionism and Creativity in Youth Communities (2009); Co-Editor, Makeology: Makers as Learners (2016)

Digital Minds: Personalized Learning for Interests, Inquiry, and Inspiration

Kristina J. Doubet, PhD

Consultant; Professor, Department of Middle, Secondary, and Mathematics Education, James Madison University; Co-Author, Differentiation in Elementary School (2017), The Differentiated Flipped Classroom (2016), Differentiation in Middle and High Schools (2015) and Smart in the Middle Grades (2006)

Even Einstein Struggled: How the Mistakes of Great Minds Can Motivate STEM Learning

Xiaodong Lin-Siegler, PhD

Director, Education for Persistence and Innovation Center (EPIC); Professor of Cognitive Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University; Co-Author, “Even Einstein Struggled: Effects of Learning About Great Scientists’ Struggles on High School Students’ Motivation to Learn Science” (2016, Journal of Educational Psychology); Her work was press released by the American Psychological Association and since then over 25 news media publicized her work, including NPR Morning News Edition, CBS News, PBS Kids, PBS SciTech program, Science, Atlantic Quartz, BBC News, News India, China’s People Daily, etc. Recently, Professor Lin was elected to serve as chief education expert advisory board of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). As a Chinese American, Professor Xiaodong Lin had also been deeply involved in China's education reform and development.

the reseARch scienTIST polymathic paradigm: Merging Science and Art to Understand and Foster Creativity

Monica Lopez-Gonzalez, PhD

Cognitive Scientist; Multidisciplinary Artist; Musician; Adjunct Faculty in STEAM courses, Johns Hopkins University; Entrepreneur; Co-Founder; Executive Scientific & Artistic Director, La Petite Noiseuse Productions; Author, “STEAM is Hotter than STEM: The Why and What of My Teaching Paradigm in Higher Education” (2017, SciArt Magazine); Co-Author, “Colorful Insights Supporting the Modeling of Creative Processes Across Language, Music and Emotion” (2018, IS&T International Symposium on Electronic Imaging)

Genius Hour: Using Passion Projects to Ignite Student Innovation and Inquiry

Andi McNair, BS

Educational Consultant; Gifted Education Specialist; Digital Innovation Specialist, Education Service Center (ESC) Region 12; Named one of the “Top People in Education to Watch” in 2016 by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences; Blogger for A Meaningful Mess; Author, Genius Hour: Passion Projects that Ignite Innovation and Student Inquiry (2018)

Implementing STEAM in Maker-Centered Learning

Edward P. Clapp, EdD

Senior Research Manager, Agency by Design Research Initiative, Project Zero; Research Associate and Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Visiting Adjunct Professor, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Co-Author, Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape Their Worlds (2016); Author, Participatory Creativity: Introducing Access and Equity to the Creative Classroom (2016)

Engaging the Brain: Reaching All Learners in Science Classrooms

Allison Posey, EdM

Certificate in Fine Arts from Maryland Institute of Art; Curriculum Design Specialist, Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), who provides curricular design, online course instruction, and leads professional development training and implementation of Universal Design for Learning in K-12 and higher education settings; Coordinator, CAST free webinar series; Former Science Teacher; Former Teaching Fellow, Mind, Brain, and Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Author, Engage the Brain: How to Design for Learning that Taps into the Power of Emotions (Forthcoming, 2018)

Amplifying Awareness in Youth:Amplifying Awareness in Youth: Rethinking Classrooms as Playgrounds of Creativity, Empowerment, and Wellbeing

Alisha Collins, MS

Designer; Educator; STEM TeacherPreneur; Founder of SEEDS StudioLab at Acera, The Massachusetts School of Science, Creativity, and Leadership; Former Research Assistant, Lifelong Kindergarten Group, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Co-Founder, Duct Tape Network; Co-Founder, Creative Learning Company; Co-Author, Start Making!: A Guide to Engaging Young People in Maker Activities (2016)

Preparing Educators for Arts Integration: Placing Creativity at the Center of Learning

Gene Diaz, PhD

Education Consultant; Adjunct Faculty, Creative Arts in Learning, Lesley University; Co-Author, Preparing Educators for Arts Integration: Placing Creativity at the Center of Learning (2017) and Teaching for Aesthetic Experience: The Art of Learning (2004)

Martha McKenna, EdD

Director, Creativity Commons; Professor, Lesley University; Co-Author, Preparing Educators for Arts Integration: Placing Creativity at the Center of Learning (2017) and The Footbook: Steps to Developing Number Sense in Young Children (2015)

School Models for Creativity: Successful Structures for Embedded Choice, the Arts, Personalized Learning, and Self-Direction

Diane B. Jaquith, MEd

Education Consultant; Co-Founder, Teaching for Artistic Behavior, Inc., a choice-based arts advocacy organization; Co-Director, Teaching for Artistic Behavior Institute, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Faculty, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Retired K-8 Arts Teacher; Co-Author, Engaging Learners through Artmaking: Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom (2018); Co-Author, Studio Thinking from the Start: The K-8 Art Educator’s Handbook (2018); Co-Editor, The Learner-Directed Classroom: Developing Creative Thinking Skills Through Art (2012); Co-Author, “Where’s the Revolution” (2014, Phi Delta Kappan); and “When is Creativity? Intrinsic Motivation and Autonomy in Children’s Artmaking” (2011, Art Education)

Katherine M. Douglas, MEd

Education Consultant; Co-Founder, Teaching for Artistic Behavior, Inc., a choice-based arts advocacy organization; Co-Director, Teaching for Artistic Behavior Institute, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Retired K-5 Arts Teacher; Winner of the 2016 Massachusetts Art Educator of the Year Award; Co-Author, Engaging Learners through Artmaking: Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom (2018); Contributing Writer, The Learner-Directed Classroom: Developing Creative Thinking Skills Through Art (2012); Co-Author, “The Choice Studio” (2015, School Arts Magazine), “What About Demos” (2018, Arts and Activities Magazine), “When the Cupboard is Bare” (2015, Arts and Activities Magazine), and “Visit to a Choice-Based Art Classroom” (2012, Arts and Activities Magazine)

Nan Hathaway, MEd

Middle School Teacher; Faculty, Teaching for Artistic Behavior Institute, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Past Chair, National Association for Gifted Children Creativity Network; Co-Editor, The Learner-Directed Classroom: Developing Creative Thinking Skills Through Art (2012); Contributing Editor, Arts and Activities Magazine; Editor, “Choice-Based Art” (Column, Arts and Activities Magazine); Co-Author, “Where’s the Revolution” (2014, Phi Delta Kappan); “Smoke and Mirrors: Art Teachers as Magicians” (2013, Art Education); and “Art History from the Inside Out” (2013, Arts and Activities Magazine); and Blogger, Studio Learning: Art at Crossett Brook Middle School

6) INDIVIDUAL BRAINS: PERSONALIZING LEARNING, READING, & WRITING

The Reading Brain: Personalized Learning and Interventions for Literacy

John D.E. Gabrieli, PhD

Grover Hermann Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Cognitive Neuroscience; Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences; Co-Director, Clinical Research Center; Associate Director, Athinoula A. Martinos Imaging Center, McGovern Institute for Brain Research; Director, MIT’s Integrated Learning Initiative (which has started a new collaboration with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative called “Reach Every Reader” for a scientific approach to personalize learning for literacy and develop diagnostic tools), Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Author, “Beyond the 30-Million-Word Gap: Children’s Conversational Exposure Is Associated With Language-Related Brain Function” (2018, Psychological Science)

What Makes the Human Mind Special?: Insights from Non-Human Animals

Laurie R. Santos, PhD

Director, Comparative Cognition Laboratory; Director, Canine and Primate Laboratory (aka CapLab), which explores the evolutionary origins of the human mind by comparing the cognitive abilities of humans and non-human animals, including primates and canines; Director of Psychology; Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Yale University; Head of Silliman College; Her course titled "Psychology and the Good Life" became the most popular course in Yale's history in 2018, Co-Author, "Developmental Shifts in Social Cognition: Socio-Emotional Across the Life Span in Rhesus Monkeys" (2018, Behavioral Ecology), "The Evolutionary Roots of Human Decision-Making" (2015, Annual Review of Psychology), "Comparative Developmental Psychology: How is Human Cognitive Development Unique?" (2014, Evolutionary Psychology) and “Sociobiology Young Children Are More Generous When Others Are Aware of Their Actions” (2013, PloS ONE)

Being Human: Genes, Skills, Values, and Settings

Jerome Kagan, PhD

Daniel and Amy Starch Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Harvard University; Former Co-Director/Founding Faculty, Mind/Brain Behavior Interfaculty Initiative, New England Complex Systems Institute; Author, Five Constraints on Predicting Behavior (2017), On Being Human: Why Mind Matters (2016) and The Human Spark: The Science of Human Development (2013)

Personalized Reading: Using Tools and Strategies to Maximize Learning and Potential

Michele Haiken, EdD

Adjunct Professor, Literacy Department, Manhattanville College; Middle School English Teacher, Rye Middle School; Blog Author, The Teaching Factor; Author, Gamify Literacy (2017); Co-Author, Personalized Reading: Digital Strategies and Tools to Support All Learners (2018)

Putting Children in the Center of Education: Promoting the Intellectual, Academic, and Social Capacities of Children

Fay E. Brown, PhD

Associate Research Scientist; Director, Child and Adolescent Development, Comer School Development Program, Yale University School of Medicine; Co-Author, “Child development: The Foundation of Education” (2004, Six Pathways to Healthy Development and Academic Success)

Unleash the Power of Greatness Through Your Writing Instruction

Heidi Zollman, MEd

Faculty Member, Granite State College; Curriculum Director, Rochester School Department, Rochester, NH