Speakers and Sessions

Some education leaders, such as Yong Zhao and Sir Ken Robinson, say it is time for schools to move beyond test scores and standards and towards student-centered classrooms that develop the potential for greatness that lies within each child. Current cognitive and psychological sciences have discovered that the “science of greatness” is complex, involving talents, practice, passion, interest, and hard work. But it is also finding that greatness and extraordinary abilities are within the reach of all of us. Discover what research on prodigies, savants, and geniuses teaches us about child potential and the links between learning disorders, great talents, and genius. Learn strategies to unlock your students’ potential, passions and interests, talents, creativity, expertise, and extraordinary performance.

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), Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions, and Transform Your Life (2014), and The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (2009, which has been translated into twenty-three languages)

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 of The Future Project, a non-profit dedicated to working with schools to unlock the limitless potential of every young person in this country; Writer of a regular column at Scientific American called Beautiful Minds; Author, Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined (2015); Co-Author, Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (2016); Editor, 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 at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell School of Medicine; Psychoanalyst with the 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 at the University of Kansas; Professorial Fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University in Australia; Global Chair at the University of Bath, UK; Founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Technology; Executive Director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence; 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: American Education in the Age of Globalization (2009) and World Class Learners (2012)

Teaching for Wisdom, Intelligence, Creativity, and Potential

Robert J. Sternberg, PhD

Professor, Department of Human Development, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University; Honorary Professor of Psychology at the University of Heidelberg; Former Provost and Professor at Oklahoma State University, President at University of Wyoming, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University, and IBM Professor of Psychology and Education at 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), Creative Intelligence in the 21st Century (2016) and Creativity: From Potential to Realization (2004)