2019 Keynote Speakers
Sunday, December 15
Alan C. Page was born August 7, 1945, in Canton, Ohio. He graduated from Canton Central Catholic High School in 1963, and received his B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 1967 and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978.
After graduating from law school, Alan Page worked as an attorney for a law firm in Minneapolis, then served seven years as an attorney in the office of the Minnesota Attorney General.
He sought election to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1992 and won, becoming the first African American on the court and one of the few associate justices ever to join the court initially through election, rather than appointment by the governor. When Justice Page was reelected in 1998, he became the biggest vote-getter in Minnesota history. He was reelected in 2004 and 2010 and served until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 in 2015. In 2018, Alan Page was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Law was Alan Page’s second career; he was first known for his skills in football both in college and in the NFL. At Notre Dame, Alan Page led the school’s storied football program to the 1966 national championship, and in 1993 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Alan Page was a first-round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings in 1967 and he played for the Vikings until 1978. The last three years of his football career were with the Chicago Bears, 1978–1981. During his career, Alan Page played in 218 consecutive games, earning All-Pro honors six times, and was voted to nine consecutive Pro Bowls. In 1971 he was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, becoming only the second defensive player in history to be named MVP. In 1988 Alan Page was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Also in 1988, Justice Page and his wife Diane founded the Page Education Foundation, which assists Minnesota students of color in their pursuit of post-secondary education. To date, the foundation has awarded $15 million in grants to 7,000 students.
Justice Page and his daughter, Kamie Page, have written two children’s picture books, Grandpa Alan’s Sugar Shack (2017), The Invisible You (2014) and Alan and His Perfectly Pointy Impossibly Perpendicular Pinky (2013).
In November 2018, Justice Page received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Monday, December 16
Leader. Visionary. Entrepreneur. Disruptor. Change Maker. Angela embodies each of these descriptors with passion, commitment and fierce determination. She has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 31 years, teaching every level of school from grade school to graduate school and consulting with companies around the world.
Angela founded Choose2Matter to bring the world hope by helping every individual embrace their value and potential contribution. Initially launched to challenge and inspire students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems, Choose2Matter has evolved into a movement that support parents, educators, and employees around the world. Her work in 60,000 classrooms across 100 countries has rallied more than a million children who have banded together to launch 170 social enterprises and pass 17 laws. And organizations across all industries are finding new ways to ignite the genius of their employees, successfully addressing a $15 trillion employee engagement problem
Angela earned a BS in Education with a minor in Neuroscience and Master Degrees in Literacy and Ed Leadership.
She is the author of eight books, including Liberating Genius,The Habitudes and The Passion Driven Classroom. Angela is widely recognized as one of most influential voices on social media today, consistently ranking in the top 1% and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post
Tuesday, December 17
Jimmy Casas served twenty-two years as a school leader, including fourteen years as Principal at Bettendorf High School. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the Best High Schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report.
Jimmy was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for NASSP 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year. In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge. Jimmy is also the author of four books, “What Connected Educators Do Differently,” “Start. Right. Now. – Teach and Lead for Excellence,” the best-selling book “Culturize – Every Student. Every Day. Whatever it Takes,” and his latest release, “Stop. Right. Now. – The 39 Stops to Making Schools Better.”
Jimmy currently serves as an adjunct professor for Drake University, teaching courses in educational leadership. Finally, he is the owner and CEO of J Casas & Associates, an educational leadership company aimed at organizing and providing world class professional learning services for educators across the country.
2019 Featured Speakers
Dr. Monica Burns is a Curriculum and EdTech Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of ClassTechTips.com. Monica was part of her school’s leadership team and was a vocal advocate for bringing one-to-one technology into her classroom. As a classroom teacher, Monica used iPads to create an engaging, differentiated learning experience to meet the unique needs of her students. Realizing the power of digital tools in the classroom, Monica started ClassTechTips.com to provide a resource for educators.
Since starting ClassTechTips.com, Monica has presented to teachers, administrators and tech-enthusiasts at numerous national and international conferences including SXSWedu, ISTE, FETC and EduTECH. She is a webinar host for SimpleK12 and a regular contributor to Edutopia. Monica is the author of Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom (ASCD), #FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scannable Formative Assessment with Technology (Corwin), Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality (Corwin), and co-author of 40 Ways to Inject Creativity into Your Classroom with Adobe Spark (EdTechTeam Press).
Monica visits schools across the country to work with PreK-20 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible. In addition to being named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013, Monica is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Hunter College, and completed a Doctorate in Global Education Leadership at Lamar University in 2016.
Dr. Jennifer Clifden is the creator of Present Teacher TrainingTM and founder of Present Well-Being LLC. She received her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan and her MA in Socio-Cultural Foundations and Educational Thought from Western Michigan University. Jennifer also holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development with a focus on educator professional development, mindfulness in the school setting, and the origins of teacher well-being.
She currently teaches at the U of MN in the College of Education and Human Development and researches stress-resilience and the process of “burning in” to heart-centered healing professions.
Jennifer’s 23 years of collective experience as a public school teacher, university teacher educator, well-being researcher, mindfulness and yoga teacher, and mother of a 6th grader and twin 5th graders serve to help human service professionals improve their mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.
Ryan Cloutier is a seasoned IT security professional with over 15 years of experience. Ryan has held a variety of IT roles during his career, including multiple architect and security roles, and has worked on cloud security, Dev-Ops/Sec-Ops methodology, policy, process, audit and compliance, network and application security architecture for several Fortune 500 companies in the health care, financial, and agriculture sectors.
Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi, is a designer, educator and creativity instigator. His mission is to help educators around the world reveal their own creative abilities so they can empower students to solve interesting problems and become positive contributors to our global society. He is the author of the book Educated By Design, which outlines his principles for revealing and nurturing our innate creative courage and capacity. He is a national
keynote speaker, advisor, and trainer. When he isn’t traveling the world sharing his message, he serves as the director of innovation for Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys School (YULA) where he manages and teaches at the Schlesinger STEAM and Entrepreneurship Center.
Carl Hooker has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration since becoming an educator. During his 21 years in education he has had a wide range of roles, from teacher to Virtualization Coordinator to Director of Innovation, he’s always had one common belief – the kids need to drive their own learning. He realizes the challenges in our current educational institutions and meets them head on. As Director of Innovation and Digital Learning at Eanes ISD, he has helped spearhead the launch the LEAP program (Learning & Engaging through Access and Personalization), which put one-to-one iPads in the hands of all K-12 students in his 8000-student district. His unique blend of educational background, technical expertise, and humor make him a successful driving force for this change.
Carl has recently authored a 6-part book series titled Mobile Learning Mindset. These books focus on a different stake-holder and the role they play in a successful mobile learning initiative. Aside from his work as an author and district leader, Carl also works as a keynote speaker and consultant through his company HookerTech, LLC as well as an advisor with multiple ed tech start-up companies. He’s been named Tech & Learning Magazine’s Leader of the Year and is a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2013.
Follow him on twitter @mrhooker and his blog: http://hookedoninnovation.com
Tom Rademacher is an 8th grade English teacher in the Minneapolis area. His book, It Won’t Be Easy, An Exceedingly Honest (and slightly unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching was released in April of 2017 and was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. His writing has also appeared in Education Post, City Pages, MinnPost, and Huffington Post. In 2014 he was honored as Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year.
Jordan Shapiro, PhD, is an author, educator, and researcher. He’s currently Senior Fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, and Nonresident Fellow in the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. He teaches in Temple University’s Intellectual Heritage Program, and he wrote The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World(Little Brown Spark, 2018). He lives in Philadelphia with his two sons.
Abdul Wright is an eighth grade Language Arts teacher in North Minneapolis. He also holds the title of being an Instructional Coach and Data Team leader. He has taught Language Arts for the past six years. Mr. Wright strives to make a positive difference in impoverished communities, while also striving to be the best version of himself.
He completed an African American Leadership program in the Spring of 2016. Also graduated from Hamline University in the Spring of 2016, with a degree in Education. Mr. Wright earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and Literature in 2011. He received the Minneapolis PeaceMaker award from the city of Minneapolis I 2015, received “ the You’ve Made a Difference” award from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in 2015 and 2016, and is the recipient 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award and was recognized as The first black male to receive the award, the youngest, and the first from a Charter school. In 2018, Mr. Wright was identified as a Minnesota African American Heritage Award Honoree.
Mr. Wright also serves as the Chair of the Mastery School, a charter school in North Minneapolis.