From aspiring rock star to history-making Ph.D. rocket scientist, Adam Steltzner is recognized as one of NASA’s leading – and most unique – innovators. For nearly a decade, Adam led and inspired the breakthrough team that invented the ingenious “sky crane” landing system that so spectacularly landed the Mars rover, Curiosity on the Martian surface in 2012. Next, Adam will lead NASA’s Mars 2020 Project that will gather core samples of Mars for scientific discovery.
The author of “The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership and High Stakes Innovation,” acclaimed by The Washington Post as “the best leadership book of the year,” Adam is here to bring to life unique strategies and perspectives on collaborative leadership, breaking through the seemingly impossible, and harnessing the power of curiosity to spark innovation.
Artists transform an empty canvas into a work of art through their skill, experience, inspiration and senses. David Garibaldi’s life and transition into a world-renowned performance painter is no different. His show Rhythm and Hue is a music and color experience. Large pop portraits explode together on stage in minutes to music. Paint, sound, and entertainment collide for an entertaining show that has brought people around the world to their feet.
“Your dream is not waiting for you to find it. It’s waiting for you to create it.” -DG
Dr Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, and the faculty director of youcubed. She is the author of the first MOOC on mathematics teaching and learning. Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education in England, a mathematics teacher in London comprehensive schools and a lecturer and researcher at King’s College, London. Her PhD won the national award for educational research in the UK and her book: Experiencing School Mathematics won the ‘Outstanding Book of the Year’ award for education in Britain. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain), and a former president of the International Organization for Women and Mathematics Education (IOWME). She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation ‘Early Career Award’, the NCSM Kay Gilliland Equity Award (2014) and the CMC Walter Denham Mathematics Leadership award (2015). She is the author of nine books and numerous research articles.
Her latest book is Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching (2016), and is published by Wiley. She also has an online course called: Mathematical Mindsets that shares over 30 classroom videos. She serves as an advisor to several Silicon Valley companies. She was an Aspen ideas speaker and a White House presenter on girls and STEM. She recently formed www.youcubed.org to give teachers, parents and students the resources and ideas they need to inspire and excite students about mathematics. Her work has been published in the New York Times, TIME magazine, The Telegraph, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal and many other news outlets. She was recently named one of the 8 educators “changing the face of education” by the BBC.
Abigail Hawk is a New York-based actor, singer, writer, humanitarian, and mom. She began performing theatrically at the age of six and landed her first television role at twelve. Hawk earned a Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship to the University of Maryland, from which she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in theatre performance. Abigail moved to New York City in 2004 and began cultivating an eclectic resume peppered with dynamic female characters.
Abigail has guest-starred on television shows Law and Order: SVU, Body of Proof, The Jim Gaffigan Show, and Are We There Yet? She is most recognizable as Detective Abigail Baker, the unflappable right hand of NYPD Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) on CBS’ Blue Bloods. Her work as LGBT icon Dr. Louise Pearce in the television pilot Distemper earned her rave reviews at the 2019 North Fork TV Festival.
Hawk’s film work includes her award-winning performance in film festival favorite Almost Paris and her starring role opposite Chevy Chase in ION Network’s feature A Christmas in Vermont. Abigail recently returned to the stage in Emmy winner Dorothy Lyman’s haunting new play, In the Bleak Midwinter, off-Broadway in NYC. She was the recipient of the Long Island International Film Expo’s 2019 Creative Achievement Award. Catch her next in Brother’s Keeper with Laurence Fishburne and as femme fatale Bonnie in The Wrong Path.
Hawk has sung and played piano at NYC mainstays The Bitter End, CBGB’s, and The Duplex. She co-authored The Unofficial Guide to Surviving Pregnancy Without Losing Your Mind, and her poetry is currently featured in online women’s magazine Good Little Girls. She is a Tupelo Press 30/30 Project participant, for which she penned a poem a day. Abigail enjoys working with Habitat for Humanity, Covenant House, ADAPT Community Network, and HeartShare Human Services of New York, who honored her with The Linda Dano Heart Award.
Hawk is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity Association. She resides on Long Island with her busy, beautiful family: husband, two sons, dog, two cats, four fish, and one snail. She is honored to be here as a keynote speaker for CISC.
As the Center for Prevention & Early Intervention’s Director of System Transformation services with WestEd, Matthew Navo helps districts and schools develop strategies, structures, policies, and practices that assist in closing the achievement gap for all students. He was the Governor’s appointee for the Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) from 2014–2016, and the Governor’s appointee to the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, 2016–2017. Navo has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences on system improvement across the state, and was a contributor to ONE SYSTEM: Reforming Education to Serve All Students, Report of California’s Statewide Task Force on Special Education published in 2015. As Superintendent, Navo’s school district was highlighted for various achievements such as Process and Protest – California: How are Districts Engaging Stakeholders in LCAP Development? and as a California District of Distinction in 2018.
R. Keeth Matheny is a national award-winning teacher, author and speaker. He was a 2015 winner of the Crystal Star Award for Excellence in supporting student success from the National Dropout Prevention Center. In addition, he is a member of the Aspen Institute’s SEAD Council of Distinguished Educators. A passionate and dedicated former classroom teacher with over 25yrs experience. He created and taught an innovative course, MAPS (Methods for Academic and Personal Success), which helped reduce freshman failures by 41% and discipline referrals by 71% at Austin High School over a four-year period. Keeth is a co-author of School-Connect a research and evidence based social and emotional learning curriculum now in over two thousand secondary schools. He is a frequent public speaker and keynote on SEL, school safety, and multi-tiered systems of student supports. His work and the schools he worked with have been frequently featured in national webinars, magazine articles, and journals of best practices. Since 2014, he has helped launch over three hundred SEL programs in secondary schools, has led over two hundred teacher trainings, and has presented at two congressional briefings on Social and Emotional Learning, in Washington DC.
Romain Bertrand is known for his work as an innovative personalized learning leader, blogger, consultant, coach and practitioner. During his 20 years in education he lead numerous education innovations including coding and robotics courses as well as Blended and Personalized Learning programs. He currently serves as the Senior Manager of Innovative Learning Experiences for BetterLesson.
Dr. Paul Bloomberg is the founder and Chief Learning Officer for The Core Collaborative, a learning network that specializes in student-centered approaches to learning. Paul is the co-author of the best-selling book, Leading Impact Teams: Building a Culture of Efficacy, published by Corwin Press. He is also a national Author Consultant for Corwin Professional Learning and is a North American Visible Learning consultant for John Hattie. In addition, Paul serves on the advisory board for Spiire, a network made up of individuals, coaches and thought leaders committed to growing the potential of LGBTQI community.
Dr. Douglas Clements is widely regarded as a major scholar in the field of early childhood mathematics education, one with equal relevance to the academy, to the classroom, and to the educational policy arena. At the national, level his contributions have led to the development of new mathematics curricula, teaching approaches, teacher training initiatives, and models of “scaling up” interventions, as well as having a tremendous impact on educational planning and policy, particularly in the area of mathematical literacy and access. He has published over 160 refereed research studies, 27 books, 100 chapters, and 300 additional works. He has served on President’s National Mathematics Advisory Panel, the Common Core State Standards committee of the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Research Council’s Committee on Early Mathematics, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics national curriculum and Principles and Standards committees, and is and co-author each of their reports. A prolific and widely cited scholar, he has earned external grant support totaling over $25 million, including major grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education.
Trisha DiFazio is a professor in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC) and an education consultant for Teacher Created Materials (TCM). She is renowned for providing inspiring and dynamic professional development to educators throughout the country. Trisha was also a contributing author for TCM’s Language Power: Building Language Proficiency series. She is passionate about empowering teachers and students around Social Emotional Learning and Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching. Ms. DiFazio holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lake Forest College with a double concentration in English and Spanish, a Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University, an ESL Endorsement from Dominican University, and International TEFL Certification from the International Teaching Center in Madrid, Spain.
Dr. Sharroky Hollie is the Executive Director of the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing stellar professional development for educators desiring to become culturally responsive. He is a cofounder of the nationally acclaimed laboratory school, Culture and Language Academy of Success (CLAS) in Los Angeles. Dr. Hollie is also the author of numerous publications and professional resources including one of Teacher Created Materials’ best sellers Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning: Classroom Practices for Student Success.
Kristina MacBury is known for her work as a bold innovator and implementer of School Happiness Agency. She is the best-selling author of, The Principal Pro, and is the recipient of 2018 NASSP’s National Digital Principal of the Year, CDE Top 30 Innovative Technology Trailblazer as well as the National Alliance of Mental Health. During her nearly 25 years as a transformational educational leader, Kris has led her schools in achieving academic and climate success with the outcomes to prove it.
Brad Weinstein is the Chief Innovation Officer and a co-founder of BehaviorFlip, the first software that utilizes restorative practices. He is a co-author of the Washington Post Bestseller Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice and has been featured in numerous high-profile publications and podcasts. Brad also created TeacherGoals on social media, which is one of the most popular educational accounts in the world.
Nathan Maynard is a youth advocate and passionate about stopping the school-to-prison pipeline. He is a co-author of Washington Post Best-Seller Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice. Nathan also is the Co-Founder and acting CEO of BehaviorFlip and is a seasoned behavior expert that utilizes his vast experience to help make best practices accessible to a global educational landscape. Nathan studied Behavioral Neuroscience at Purdue University and has been in the field for over ten years working with at-risk youth populations.
Dr. Katie Novak is the author of the best-selling book, Revised and Expanded Edition: UDL Now! A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms. Her newest book, Let Them Thrive: A Playbook for Helping Your Child Succeed in School and in Life, was endorsed by the PACER Foundation. Novak’s work in UDL has impacted educators worldwide as her contributions and collaborations have built upon the foundation for an educational framework that is critical for student success.
Ricky Robertson has had the privilege to work with students from pre-K to 12th grade who have persevered in the face of adversity and trauma. Ricky is the co-author of the bestselling book, “Building Resilience in Students Impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Whole-Staff Approach.” Ricky works on both state-level and national initiatives to address childhood trauma through partnerships between schools, social services, healthcare and mental health providers. As a consultant and coach, Ricky assists schools and districts around the country in developing trauma-informed systems of support that foster resilience and success for educators and their students.
Ivannia Soto is Professor of Education at Whittier College, where she serves as executive director of the Institute for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching (ICLRT) and specializes in second language acquisition, systemic reform for English learners, and urban education. As a consultant, Dr. Soto has worked with Stanford University’s School Redesign Network (SRN), WestEd, and CABE, as well as a variety of districts and county offices in California, providing technical assistance for systemic reform for ELs and Title III.