Speakers and Sessions

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”? Which is more important, innate talents or deliberate practice? What they are discovering is that passion and personal interest are essential to reaching potential. They have found that many of these extraordinary creative abilities and talents can be nurtured and taught in every child, yet they are often ignored in schools. Explore the science behind child potential, prodigies, talents, and genius. Discover how you can unleash and nurture your students’ potential, passions, interests, expertise, and creative talents, and find out how schools can help students 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
  • How to teach for wisdom, intelligence, creativity, and success
  • How the struggles of Ben Franklin and Albert Einstein can motivate
  • The link between learning disorders, autism, and creative genius
  • Using art, technology, projects, and STEM to motivate learning
  • The superhuman brain, genes, intelligence, and environment
  • The extraordinary talents of gifted, prodigies, and savants
  • 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

Cognitive Psychologist; Co-Founder, The Creativity Post; Former Scientific Director, Imagination Institute, University of Pennsylvania; Advisory Board Member, “The Future Project,” a non-profit dedicated to working with schools to unlock the limitless potential of every young person; Columnist, “Beautiful Minds,” Scientific American; Author, Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students With Learning Difficulties (2018) and Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined (2015); Co-Author, Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (2016); Editor, The Philosophy of Creativity (2017) and The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice (2013)

The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorders, Great Talent, 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: Personalizing 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)

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: The Psychology of High Performance

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: Helping 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, Passions & Voice: Empowering Youth Learning, Partnerships, and Potential

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)

Hidden Disabilities, Hidden Potential: Tapping Creativity to Teach to Students' Talents

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)

Finding and Nurturing Exceptional Intellectual Talent: Its Long-Term Impact Over 45 Years

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)

The Science and Paradox of Intelligence: Heritability, 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)

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 CREATIVITY: TEACHING TO CREATE, COOPERATE, & INNOVATE

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)

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 Education/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 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)

Raising the Next Great Innovator: What The Quirky Lives of Ben Franklin, Albert 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)

4) THE SCIENCE OF GREATNESS: UNLEASHING TALENTS, PRACTICE, & EXPERTISE

Finding Your Personal Greatness

Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD

Cognitive Psychologist; Co-Founder, The Creativity Post; Former Scientific Director, Imagination Institute, University of Pennsylvania; Advisory Board Member, “The Future Project,” a non-profit dedicated to working with schools to unlock the limitless potential of every young person; Columnist, “Beautiful Minds,” Scientific American; Author, Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students With Learning Difficulties (2018) and Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined (2015); Co-Author, Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (2016); Editor, The Philosophy of Creativity (2017) and The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice (2013)

The 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)

Self-Improvement and Expert Performance: The Power of Purposeful, Deliberate Practice

K. Anders Ericsson, PhD

Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Florida State University; Co-Author, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise (2017) and Expert Performance in Sports (2003); Editor, The Road to Excellence (1996); Co-Editor, Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance (2018, 2nd Edition) and Development of Professional Expertise (2009)

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)

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)

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)

5) INDIVIDUAL MINDS: USING BRAIN DIFFERENCES FOR LEARNING & LITERACY

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, "The Evolutionary Roots of Human Decision-Making" (2015, Annual Review of Psychology) and "Comparative Developmental Psychology: How is Human Cognitive Development Unique?" (2014, Evolutionary Psychology)

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)

Unleash the Power of Greatness Through Your Writing Instruction

Heidi Zollman, MEd

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

Leslie E. Laud, EdD

Founding Director, thinkSRSD; Instructor, Bank Street College of Education; Former Learning Specialist, United Nations International School; Co-Author, Releasing Writers: Evidence-Based Strategies for Developing Self-Regulated Writers (Forthcoming) and Using Formative Assessment to Differentiate Middle School Literacy Instruction: Seven Practices to Maximize Learning (2012)

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

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)

The Brain, Education, and The Arts: Educating Every Child in the Spirit of Inquiry and 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)

The Research Scientist's Polymathic Paradigm: Merging Science and Art to Understand and Foster Creativity

Mónica López-González, 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)

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

Kylie 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)

Using Passion Projects to Ignite Student Innovation and Inquiry/Technology Tools of the Trade: Engaging Talents and Potential in Gifted Learners

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)

Even Einstein Struggled: How the Mistakes of Great Minds Motivates 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) and “Motivating Student's STEM Learning Using Biographical Information” (2016, International Journal of Designs for Learning)

What Da Vinci, Einstein, and Steve Jobs Already Knew: The Importance of the Arts in STEM

Océane Boulais, BS

Research Assistant, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Former Hardware Engineer Intern, Facebook; 2014 Winner of the IEEE Power and Energy Society Plus Initiative Scholar; Active advocate for getting the younger generation involved in STEAM (Science, Technology, Art, and Math)

Preparing Educators for Art 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)

Engaging Learners Through Arts Education: The Power of Artmaking and Choice for Creative Thinking and Child Potential

Diane B. Jaquith, BA

Co-Founder, Teaching for Artistic Behavior, Inc., a choice-based art education advocacy organization; Retired K-8 Arts Teacher; Member, Cross-Division Research Committee, the National Art Education Association; instructor, Department of Art Education, Massachusetts College of Art; Co-Author, Studio Thinking From the Start: The K-8 Educator's Handbook (2018) and Engaging Learners Through Artmaking: Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom (2018, 2nd Edition); Co-Editor, The Learner-Directed Classroom: Developing Creative Thinking Skills through Art (2012)

Katherine M. Douglas, MEd

President, Director and Co-Founder, Teaching for Artistic Behavior, Inc., a choice-based art education advocacy organization; K-8 Arts Teacher; Faculty, Massachusetts College of Art; Former Visiting Lecturer, Stonehill College; Winner of the 2005 Massachusetts Distinguished Art Teacher Award; Co-Author, Engaging Learners Through Artmaking: Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom (2018, 2nd Edition); Contributing Writer, The Learner-Directed Classroom: Developing Creative Thinking Skills through Art (2012)