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2015 Conference

WEMTA Conference 2015

Printable WEMTA 2015 Conference Flyer

Dr. Kristen Swanson - Monday Keynote

An educational leader, Kristen is a renowned teacher, professional developer, writer, speaker, and consultant on impactful learning designs. She has worked directly under the tutelage of Dr. Grant Wiggins and authored both Professional Learning in the Digital Age (2013) and Unleashing Student Superpowers (2014). A founder of the Edcamp movement, Kristen is also passionate about effective teacher education. Kristen has a doctorate from Widener University in Educational Leadership. You can follow Kristen on Twitter @kristenswanson

Chris Crutcher — Tuesday Author Keynote

Crutcher’s years as teacher, then director, of a K-12 alternative school in Oakland, California through the 1970’s, and his subsequent 20+ years as a therapist specializing in child abuse and neglect, inform his 13 novels and 2 collections of short stories. Chris has received a number of coveted awards, including the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award.  His favorites are his two Intellectual Freedom awards, one from the National Council for Teachers of English and the other from the National Coalition Against Censorship. Five of Crutcher’s books appeared on an American Library Association list of the 100 Best Books for Teens of the Twentieth Century. You can follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisCrutcher

Kasey Bell — Spotlight

Kasey Bell is an digital learning consultant with a Master’s degree in educational technology. As a skillful facilitator, authorized Google Education Trainer and Google Certified Teacher, Kasey has led a variety of instructional technology trainings, including presentations at FETC, TCEA, Google Summits, and iPadpalooza. Kasey is co-leader of the North Texas Google Educator Group. Kasey’s blog, ShakeUpLearning.com, was recognized as a Must Read EdTech Blog for 2014, and go-to resource for Google tips and tricks. As a blogger, Kasey uses her blog to create and share original technology integration ideas, resources, cheat sheets, and more. You can follow Kasey on Twitter @ShakeUpLearning

Mike Slowinski — Spotlight

Mike Slowinski is in his fourth year as the K-12 Library Media & Technology Coordinator for the School District of West De Pere. Mike has presented locally, regionally, and nationally on topics including innovative library design, emerging technologies and makerspaces in schools, and using social media and video games to teach literacy skills. Some of his other professional interests include immersive virtual environments, literacy development, and technology integration models. Through his work, Mike is a passionate advocate for the role of libraries in developing student creativity and innovation. You can follow Mike on Twitter @mikeslowinski

Jessica Johnson — Spotlight

Jessica Johnson is an Elementary School Principal and District Assessment Coordinator in Wisconsin. She is the 2014 Wisconsin Elementary School Principal of the Year. She has previously taught in Minnesota and Arizona. She is passionate about reading, writing, Daily 5/CAFE, principal productivity, social media, technology integration, and the concept of leading with a “coaching hat” as an administrator. She has a self-published childrens’ novel, Adventures in Blockworld: A Novel for the Young Minecraft Fans. She co-moderates the #educoach chat on Twitter each Wednesday night at 9pm CST and also co-hosts the PrincipalPLN Podcast. You can follow Jessica on Twitter @PrincipalJ