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Matt Miller has been infusing technology and innovative teaching methods into his classroom for more than 10 years. After trying to do the traditional “teach by the textbook” for a few years, he launched into a textbook-less path where learning activities were often custom-produced for his students as well as infused with technology. He likes the results a lot, and his students do, too.

He has been recognized for excellence in teaching and technology integration. He is a Google Certified Teacher (one of less than 2,000 worldwide) and a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. He was awarded the Golden Apple Award by WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, Ind., and was nominated for a Bammy Award for Secondary School Teacher of the Year in 2014. 

Matt is the author of Ditch That Textbook, a book that encourages teachers to free their teaching and revolutionize their classrooms with mindsets, techniques and curriculum to serve today’s learners. He also created the Ditch That Textbook blog (DitchThatTextbook.com) and regularly writes about educational technology and creative teaching. Thousands of educators subscribe to his blog, which has visitors from more than 200 countries. 

Matt hasn’t always been in education, though. Before becoming a teacher, he was a newspaper reporter and wrote for several Indiana daily newspapers, including the Indianapolis Star. He made the switch when he realized that his true passion was helping other writers with their writing, not doing the reporting himself. He returned to school and had a teaching job in eight months. The rest is history.

He is a proud graduate of Indiana State University (go Sycamores!) and is living the dream — a wife, three kids, a mortgage and two dogs.

Connect with him … he lives for it!
E-mail: matt@DitchThatTextbook.com

MATT MILLER

Wednesday Keynote

MATT MILLER

Wednesday Keynote

Matt Miller has been infusing technology and innovative teaching methods into his classroom for more than 10 years. After trying to do the traditional “teach by the textbook” for a few years, he launched into a textbook-less path where learning activities were often custom-produced for his students as well as infused with technology. He likes the results a lot, and his students do, too.

He has been recognized for excellence in teaching and technology integration. He is a Google Certified Teacher (one of less than 2,000 worldwide) and a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. He was awarded the Golden Apple Award by WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, Ind., and was nominated for a Bammy Award for Secondary School Teacher of the Year in 2014. 

Matt is the author of Ditch That Textbook, a book that encourages teachers to free their teaching and revolutionize their classrooms with mindsets, techniques and curriculum to serve today’s learners. He also created the Ditch That Textbook blog (DitchThatTextbook.com) and regularly writes about educational technology and creative teaching. Thousands of educators subscribe to his blog, which has visitors from more than 200 countries. 

Matt hasn’t always been in education, though. Before becoming a teacher, he was a newspaper reporter and wrote for several Indiana daily newspapers, including the Indianapolis Star. He made the switch when he realized that his true passion was helping other writers with their writing, not doing the reporting himself. He returned to school and had a teaching job in eight months. The rest is history.

He is a proud graduate of Indiana State University (go Sycamores!) and is living the dream — a wife, three kids, a mortgage and two dogs.

Connect with him … he lives for it!
E-mail: matt@DitchThatTextbook.com

Meredith Walker

Thursday Keynote

Meredith Walker is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. Walker began her television career under the mentorship of legendary journalist Linda Ellerbee at Nick News. As a producer of that show, Walker traveled the U.S. interviewing kids for the Peabody and Emmy award-winning series. This experience became the foundation of Walker’s deepening interest in the lives of young people.

Walker went on to serve as the head of the Talent Department for Saturday Night Live, where she met her best friend, Amy Poehler. The pair decided to combine talents to create their shared vision of an organization encouraging and celebrating everyday girls experiencing adolescence.

Now living in Austin, Texas, Meredith is leading the charge of what that shared vision became: Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. What started as an online “clubhouse” primarily for girls has evolved to become an inclusive, positive online community for anyone who identifies with its mission of positive self-identification and advocacy.

Walker travels near and far to promote the mission of Smart Girls. She served as the journalism envoy for the U.S. State Department Bureau of Culture and Education’s mission to the Al Za’atari and Emirates Refugee Camps and visited remote primary-care clinics on delegations to Haiti and Malawi.  

In 2015 Meredith was named a “Profile In Power” finalist by the Austin Business Journal and Austin Way designated her “The Confidence Builder.” Tribeza Magazine called her  “unapologetically, brilliantly herself” in naming her one of their 30 “Persons of the Year.” She was the September 2016 cover woman for Austin Woman magazine.

In 2016, Meredith was a WIlliam J. Clinton Distinguished Lecturer at the Clinton School for Public Service. She was a guest of the White House both to host the Champions of Change for Computer Science Education summit and to serve as an expert panelist for The White House Summit: Breaking Down Gender Stereotypes in Media. She returned to Washington, D.C. for the first summit of The United State of Women , where she and Amy Poehler served as co-panelists on the subject of “Revolutionizing Gender Norms.”

Meredith’s appointments include the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders Advisory Council ,Common Sense Advisory Board for Gender Equality, The UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC)  and the ONE Girls and Women Advisory Board. She teamed up with the Austin-American Statesman for her outdoor series POCKET ADVENTURES and has been published by POETRY and MOTTO for TIME.  

Peter H. Reynolds

Creativity champion Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times best-selling author/illustrator and co-founder of FableVision, an award-winning educational multimedia company co-located at the Boston Children’s Museum.

Published in more than 25 languages, Peter’s books, including The Dot, Rose’s Garden, The North Star, and Sky Color, inspire both children and “grown-up children” with his messages about authentic learning, creativity, empathy, and courageous self-expression.  Peter also illustrated a number of books, including the best-selling Someday by Alison McGhee, Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, I Am Yoga by Susan Verde, and the Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald.

Peter’s latest book, Happy Dreamer, was just released by Scholastic Books. In Peter’s signature voice and style, this empowering picture book reminds children of how much their dreams matter, and while life will have ups and downs, Peter enlists readers to stay true to who they are, to tap into their most creative inner selves, and to never, ever forget to dream big!  

Dedicated to giving back to the community, Peter, along with twin brother Paul, launched the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, and Creativity. The center is a not-for-profit organization that encourages creativity and innovation in teaching and learning. It is dedicated to ensuring that all learners develop the vision, confidence, knowledge, and skills needed to move their own lives forward and to use their talents, strengths, and energy to move their communities and the world to a better place.

Peter lives in Dedham, Massachusetts, where he founded The Blue Bunny, a family-owned and -operated children’s book, toy, and creativity store that includes a wonderful cafe as well.

Paul A. Reynolds

Paul is CEO and co-founder of Boston-based FableVision, which creates and distributes original educational media, mobile games, and apps designed to move the world to a better place. Paul has helped build the multimillion-dollar firm into an internationally recognized multimedia developer and publisher by collaborating with a wide range of media, museum, research, and broadcast partners seeking to inspire lifelong learning, including PBS KIDS, National Academy of Sciences, The Jim Henson Company, MIT Education Arcade, New York Hall of Science, Columbia University School of Social Work, Girl Scouts of the USA, Houghton Mifflin, and Carnegie Hall.

As CEO, Paul also oversees the company’s K12 educational technology publishing group, FableVision Learning, as well as the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, and Creativity. A 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Reynolds Center is an R&D group that partners with leading researchers and educational groups looking to prototype and produce ed-tech tools and media that support all learners in more creative ways.

Under the Reynolds TLC banner, Paul has been instrumental in the development of a new web-based digital design and fabrication STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) software platform, which is designed to lower the on-ramp to a meaningful FabLab experience in elementary and middle schools.

Going Places, a picture book about creativity and engineering, was Paul’s first collaboration with twin brother Peter. They followed that up with a STEM-meets-Arts (STEAM) early chapter book series called Sydney & Simon, which includes Full STEAM Ahead!, Go Green!, and the soon-to-be-released To The Moon! (Charlesbridge Publishing).

Peter & Paul Reynolds

Friday Keynotes

Photo credit: Grete Ferguson

Peter & Paul Reynolds

Friday Keynotes

Photo credit: Grete Ferguson

Peter H. Reynolds

Creativity champion Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times best-selling author/illustrator and co-founder of FableVision, an award-winning educational multimedia company co-located at the Boston Children’s Museum.

Published in more than 25 languages, Peter’s books, including The Dot, Rose’s Garden, The North Star, and Sky Color, inspire both children and “grown-up children” with his messages about authentic learning, creativity, empathy, and courageous self-expression.  Peter also illustrated a number of books, including the best-selling Someday by Alison McGhee, Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, I Am Yoga by Susan Verde, and the Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald.

Peter’s latest book, Happy Dreamer, was just released by Scholastic Books. In Peter’s signature voice and style, this empowering picture book reminds children of how much their dreams matter, and while life will have ups and downs, Peter enlists readers to stay true to who they are, to tap into their most creative inner selves, and to never, ever forget to dream big!  

Dedicated to giving back to the community, Peter, along with twin brother Paul, launched the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, and Creativity. The center is a not-for-profit organization that encourages creativity and innovation in teaching and learning. It is dedicated to ensuring that all learners develop the vision, confidence, knowledge, and skills needed to move their own lives forward and to use their talents, strengths, and energy to move their communities and the world to a better place.

Peter lives in Dedham, Massachusetts, where he founded The Blue Bunny, a family-owned and -operated children’s book, toy, and creativity store that includes a wonderful cafe as well.

Paul A. Reynolds

Paul is CEO and co-founder of Boston-based FableVision, which creates and distributes original educational media, mobile games, and apps designed to move the world to a better place. Paul has helped build the multimillion-dollar firm into an internationally recognized multimedia developer and publisher by collaborating with a wide range of media, museum, research, and broadcast partners seeking to inspire lifelong learning, including PBS KIDS, National Academy of Sciences, The Jim Henson Company, MIT Education Arcade, New York Hall of Science, Columbia University School of Social Work, Girl Scouts of the USA, Houghton Mifflin, and Carnegie Hall.

As CEO, Paul also oversees the company’s K12 educational technology publishing group, FableVision Learning, as well as the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, and Creativity. A 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Reynolds Center is an R&D group that partners with leading researchers and educational groups looking to prototype and produce ed-tech tools and media that support all learners in more creative ways.

Under the Reynolds TLC banner, Paul has been instrumental in the development of a new web-based digital design and fabrication STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) software platform, which is designed to lower the on-ramp to a meaningful FabLab experience in elementary and middle schools.

Going Places, a picture book about creativity and engineering, was Paul’s first collaboration with twin brother Peter. They followed that up with a STEM-meets-Arts (STEAM) early chapter book series called Sydney & Simon, which includes Full STEAM Ahead!, Go Green!, and the soon-to-be-released To The Moon! (Charlesbridge Publishing).

Erin Klein

Saturday Keynote

Erin Klein is an award winning educator, national keynote speaker, author, and mother who has been twice selected to serve on the Scholastic, Inc. Top Teaching Team based in New York.  Her recent publication, Amazing Grades, was a collaboration with experts from 13 countries around the world.  Klein’s other books include Redesigning Learning Spaces through Corwin and Assessing Students’ Digital Writing through Teachers College Press at Columbia University.  She travels the country speaking about the power of student voice, how meaningful technology integration can enhance learning experiences, and the impact classroom design has on today’s learner.

She is certified in Brain Gym, Educational Kinesiology, and has studied under consultants from The Center for Effective Learning to understand how design affects cognition and learning.  Klein served as a classroom design consultant and creative partner for the publishing company, Carson-Dellosa.  Some of her articles and interviews on design for education and technology tools for the classroom can be found on Smartblogs for Education, MindShift, Scholastic, Edudemic, Edutopia, EdSurge, and EdReach.

Klein served for the past three years as the state’s technology chairperson for the Michigan Reading Association and is the 2014 recipient of the MACUL Pre-K – 12 Teacher of the Year for Michigan.  In 2013, Klein was also awarded her district’s Teacher of the Year award.  She currently serves on the advisory board for Remind in San Francisco and is an organizer for the EdCamp Detroit Annual Educational unConference.  Among Klein’s accomplishments, she was also recognized as a SMART Technologies Exemplary Educator, ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) 2012 Social Media Influencer,  a National Association of Independent Schools Teacher of the Future, ASCD Emerging Leader, PBS Digital Innovator, and a member of The National Writing Project.  Klein was accepted into The Teacher’s College at Columbia University to advance her studies in reading and writing workshop.

Klein has also hosted webinars for the United States Department of Education to share her perspective on Future Ready Schools.  She was one of nine professionals selected to be a featured speaker on Future Ready Schools at the national Digital Learning Day in Washington, D.C.

For two consecutive years, Klein has been invited to Washington, D.C. to represent the BAM 100 Influential Voice in Education.

In 2014, Klein was selected to serve on the state of Michigan’s Voice Fellowship, through America Achieves.  Through this initiative, she was invited to be a part of the national Teach to Lead summits through The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the United States Department of Education where she continues to work on shaping teacher leadership across the country.

She has her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, currently teaches at the elementary level, and lives in Michigan with her family.

Her work can be found on her award-winning educational blog, Kleinspiration.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @KleinErin.

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