OUR 2015 SPEAKERS
Our Summit Host:
ALEX KAJITANI is the 2009 California Teacher of the Year and a Top-Four Finalist for National Teacher of the Year. He is the author of two acclaimed books: The Teacher of the Year Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Making The Most of Your Teacher-Leader Role and Owning It: Proven Strategies for Success in ALL of Your Roles as a Teacher Today. He is a leading authority on teacher leadership.
Alex delivers powerful keynote speeches and workshops across the United States to support and motivate teachers. His TED Talk has topped 18,000 views, and his work has been praised by education leader Dr. Harry K. Wong (The First Days of School) as “some of the most creative work I’ve ever seen a teacher do.”
Also known around the country as “The Rappin’ Mathematician,” Alex's CDs and activity books are being used in homes and classroom around the world. He has been featured in many education books and media outlets, including The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.
Our Keynote Speakers:
SANDRA McBRAYER is the Chief Executive Officer of the Children's Initiative and an internationally known advocate for children, youth and families. The Children's Initiative is a San Diego based child advocacy agency. The Initiative, through collaboration and partnerships with community leaders, schools, businesses, community-based organizations and government agencies develops, enhances and strengthens policy, programs and projects which serve children and youth.
President Clinton named Ms. McBrayer the 1994 United States Teacher of the Year, and she was also the 1993 California and San Diego County Teacher of the Year. In 1987, Ms. McBrayer founded and developed the first successful school in the United States for homeless and unattended youth, serving as head teacher for the Homeless Outreach School (now known as Monarch High School) in San Diego until 1996. Ms McBrayer started her teaching career working at Juvenile Hall and with court involved youth.
Ms. McBrayer has been appointed by California Governors Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger to chair the State Advisory Committee for Before and After School Programs and the California State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention. Ms. McBrayer is actively involved in numerous local, state and national boards and projects. A knowledgeable and inspirational advocate for education, juvenile justice, equity and individual involvement in bettering the lives of children and youth, Ms. McBrayer has been spotlighted on many national television and radio programs, and in national magazines and newspapers.
STEVE FARBER is an internationally renowned leadership speaker and best-selling author of three books, who was recently named one of Inc. Magazine's Top 50 Leadership Experts worldwide. He is the president of Extreme Leadership, Incorporated, and the founder of The Extreme Leadership Institute, organizations devoted to the cultivation and development of Extreme Leaders in the business community, non-profits and education.
In 1989, after having run his own financial services company, Steve devoted his professional life to the field of leadership development and has been at it ever since. He was director of service programs at TMI, an international training consultancy, and then worked for 6 years as Vice President and Official Mouthpiece (that’s what it said on his business card) of The Tom Peters Company where he met several of his mentors including author/gurus Tom Peters, Jim Kouzes, and Terry Pearce. In 2000, Farber established his own company, Extreme Leadership, Inc, where he is president and CEO.
Steve is also the co-founder of The Center for Social Profit Leadership, a non-profit organization formed to serve the leadership development needs of social entrepreneurs, and served as Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors of the world-renowned Up With People, a global leadership program for students 18 to 29 years old.
Our "Skills Spotlight" Presenters
GENEIN LETFORD is an elementary music teacher and speaker from Canoga Park, CA and believes that every child, despite socioeconomic status, deserves a high quality education that includes the arts. Mrs. Letford began her teaching career as a third grade teacher working with low-income English language learners. It was there she discovered the power of using music to help teach vocabulary and academic concepts to her students.
Mrs. Letford is now the music director at the same elementary school and has created a dynamic award-winning music curriculum that not only teaches music standards but also incorporates corresponding math, science, language arts, geography and social studies concepts for whole student learning.
In 2009, Letford began the Music For All: Instrument Scholarship Fund, which awarded low-income students with instruments for their ongoing music education. In May 2014, The Valley Economic Alliance presented her with the prestigious ‘Innovation in Education’ Award. Mrs. Letford was a recipient for the 2012 Bravo Arts Educator Award and was named the Great American Teacher of the Year in 2010. She has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships that continue to propel her students toward success.
MARTIN REISERT is the California Teacher of the Year for 2012 and a sixth grade teacher at Oak Valley Middle School in Poway Unified School District. He feels one of his greatest contributions to education is inspiring at-risk children and leading each of them to discover and participate in something bigger than themselves.
He believes that by meeting students’ emotional needs first, we then unlock the door for students to achieve academic success. Leading by example, Reisert is open about his own journey of overcoming the adversity of a troubled childhood which he now views as a blessing allowing him to identify and reach students going through similar challenges.
Inspired by his fourth grade teacher, Reisert is also a firm believer that achievement is a joint proposition. Reisert often writes, “I believe in you” at the top of a less-than-stellar paper, and his students work even harder to not let him down. He creates a positive climate in his classroom that ensures that his students feel cared for and believed in. He is that giving educator who openly shares ideas and is always generous with encouragement, serving as a bright flame by which others can light their candles.
SCOTT BEDLEY comes from a family of award winning educators including his father (PTA National Educator of the Year, Milken Educator, Principal of the Year) and his brother (Riverside County Teacher of the Year). He is a 5th grade teacher in his 21st year, an author and trainer. Scott has taught grades 3, 4, 5, 6 and high school.
He was selected 2013 OC Tech Alliance/Project Tomorrow's Innovative STEM Teacher Award winner, 2014 OC CUE Outstanding Educator, 2014 Orange County Teacher of the Year, and 2014 California State Teacher of the Year Finalist. He created the Technology Applied Science Fair, a unique technology competition for K-12th grade students www.tasfair.com.
Scott co-hosts The BedleyBros podcast focused on interviewing the leading innovators in education globally. Scott's classroom was featured in Microsoft's Superbowl #Empowering ad focused on connected classrooms. Scott is one of three founding members of Skype Master Teachers. Connect with Scott on Twitter @scotteach @TASFair and @BedleyBros as well as www.scottbedley.com.
KIM TREDICK is a Milken Educator Award-Winner and a cutting-edge elementary school principal at Meadowlark School in Acton, CA, with an uncompromising perspective that all children deserve an opportunity to learn and to be appropriately challenged. As a teacher, her classroom was known throughout the district as a model for differentiated instruction. Now as a principal, she facilitates a school-wide collaborative model in which, working together as a team, all teachers tailor, plan and carry out effective content-rich ways to provide all students with learning experiences and challenges from the curriculum at a level that matches their needs, readiness and potential. The teachers feel empowered and respected as educational leaders.
As an author and consultant, Ms. Tredick travels nationally and internationally teaching teachers and administrators to differentiate instruction, and more importantly, to become professional leaders. She serves as the chairperson for the California Milken Educator Network and as the national Spokesperson for BrainQuest. She designed "Let's Play," a skills-based program of social interaction for students with special needs such as Asperger's syndrome and autism. She is a passionate educator who seeks to celebrate, elevate, and activate the teaching profession.
Plus, Our Summit Graphic Recorder & Facilitator for a Dynamic Interactive Session:
MICHELLE BOOS-STONE is an experienced Business Strategy and Culture Change consultant, speaker, facilitator and Graphic Recorder, and is Founder and Principal of Five Elements Consulting Group. Over the past 17 years, Michelle’s passion has been to develop leaders at every level, and she creates transformational experiences for leaders and teams through vision/strategy development and the implementation of culture-infused initiatives. She is highly professional, yet casually unorthodox in her methods. Simply said, she just DOES IT DIFFERENTLY.
Michelle has graphically recorded events for such leaders as Bill Clinton, Madeline Albright, Gloria Steinem, Bill Russell and Ariana Huffington. She was also a huge hit at the 2014 Teacher of the Year Leadership Summit, and we're thrilled to have her back to facilitate a session and graphically record the day again.
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