LEC 2017 will feature several high-profile speakers.
Julie Smith has been a media literacy evangelist since 1997 and has taught at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri for fifteen years. She's the author of "Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save our Plugged-In World" and currently travels all over preaching critical thinking and online verification skills. Her current research interests are fake news, identity tourism in social media and what's missing in digital citizenship education. She's was recently featured in the Washington Post and is working on a new book on classroom engagement. Julie is addicted to Twitter and Diet Coke. She has three teenage sons, a patient husband and a dog who doesn't know she is a dog.
Lynn Kachmarik - True Brand Sports
Lynn Kachmarik is the founder and director of TRUE BRAND SPORTS LLC, which provides workshops around the world to improve the sport culture at the youth, high school, and collegiate level. Lynn has developed workshops on exceptional leadership, teamwork, and other topics that resonate with coaches, parents, teachers, students, student-athletes, and corporate executives. She has served as a keynote speaker and presenter at state, national, and international conferences on the need for character-based leadership from administrators, coaches, teachers, parents, and student-athletes. Lynn was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Association of Athletic Administrators and Coaches (IAAAC).
Lynn has 45 years of experience at all sport levels. Lynn was an All-American water polo player and swimmer at Slippery Rock University where she earned her BS and MS Degrees in Physiology and Education.. She resides in Mishawaka, IN where she and her husband Scott are the proud parents of 3 college-aged children.
Larry Gilbert - Follett
Terri Howard - NWEA / MAP
In her more than 25 years of experience in education, Terri Howard has filled the roles of classroom teacher, site-based special education coordinator, state-level program director, and regional program coordinator.
While teaching in K-12 settings, Terri used formal assessment data and formative assessment practices to inform instructional decisions and support differentiated delivery. As a site-based special education coordinator, she planned and supported provision of intervention programs in the regular classroom.
In federal programs, Terri worked extensively on Title I and migrant education programs. The focus of her work was data collection, analysis, school improvement planning, and accreditation. Many of the schools she worked with used MAP® as part of their data collection. During this time, Terri designed and/or delivered professional development on topics that included school improvement and accreditation, regulatory requirements for special programs, differentiated instruction, sheltered English strategies for ELL, and parent involvement.
Terri has presented at multiple international, national, state, and regional education conferences on topics such as Lexile measures to support reading, growth data for increased student learning, student goal-setting, and differentiated instruction. As a member of the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators, she wrote position papers and presented to US Department of Education representatives and state and national legislative representatives on education issues for rural states. She has worked with the Council of Chief State School Officers and has been a member of the National Title I State Directors.
Terri has been an NWEATM consultant since 2005. She provides professional development on using assessment data to inform instructional planning, formative assessment, differentiation to support student learning, assessment literacy, and coaching services.
Terri has a BA in social work and early childhood development and an M.Ed.in special education from Auburn University. She has a training and development certification from Colorado State University and has started her doctoral program in education leadership.
Margo Gottlieb - WIDA
Margo Gottlieb is cofounder and lead developer for WIDA at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and former director, assessment and evaluation, at the Illinois Resource Center.
Gottlieb, who began her career as an ESL and bilingual teacher, has worked with schools, school districts, states, governments, and universities. Over the last decade, she has focused on creating English-language proficiency/development standards for multiple entities, designing student-centered assessment systems, and crafting comprehensive curricular frameworks around academic language use.
Gottlieb has presented in 19 countries and 44 states. Her publications include more than 80 articles, monographs, handbooks, and book chapters. She has authored and coauthored several books on language proficiency standards, academic language in diverse classrooms, assessment and accountability, common language assessment, and assessment of English language learners.
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). Born in Germany, raised in Argentina, having lived shortly in Brazil, is now planted in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness and global competencies. Silvia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with a Minor in International Studies and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has worked as a World Language teacher, Technology Integration Facilitator, 21st Century Learning Specialist, Social Media Coordinator, Professional Development and Educational Consultant.
Her passions include globally connected learning, technology integration, contemporary upgrades and amplification of the curriculum, documenting for learning (from digital portfolios, digital storytelling, new forms of teacher observations, to building institutional memory), blogging as pedagogy, visualize learning and developing & maintaining a Personal Learning Network.
Silvia is known in the international bloggersphere under the name of "Langwitches".
To learn about her work, subscribe to the Langwitches Blog and follow her on Twitter. She is a Curriculum21 faculty member, author of the book "Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators" and one of the co-authors of Mastering Digital Literacy and Mastering Global Literacy. She is currently co-writing a book with Janet Hale, due to be published by Corwin Press in early 2018 with a working title: Documenting Learning : Making Thinking Visible, Meaningful, Shareable and Amplified.