2020 CISC Symposium

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Adam Steltzner

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.

David Garibaldi

David Garibaldi

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

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Jo Boaler

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.

Matthew Navo

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.

Romain Bertrand

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

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.

Kristin MacBury

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.

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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.

Katie Novak

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.