Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education, PAMLE
Bio: Dave Brown started his teaching career as a first through ninth grade certified teacher in Illinois. He taught in the public schools in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Virginia teaching from fourth through eighth grade for 13 years. He was a coach of both male and female athletic teams, at both the middle and high school levels. After receiving his doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee, Dave became a professor and researcher at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Most of Dave’s research has been with young adolescents and middle level teachers in rural, urban, and suburban schools across the United States. Dr. Brown continues to conduct research with young adolescents and middle level teachers specifically on curriculum integration, identity development, and the challenges of being a young adolescent. Dave’s research has been published in over 25 journals, including The Kappan, Educational Leadership, Middle School Journal, and Middle Grades Research Journal. Dave has authored/co-authored seven chapters on young adolescent development and appropriate middle school design in six books, including two chapters in the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Middle Grades Education published in May of 2016.
Senior Lecturer, College of Education, Armstrong State University
Bio: Lesley Roessing was a middle school teacher of ELA and Humanities for 20 years. She now serves as Founding Director of the Coastal Savannah Writing Project and Sr Lecturer at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia. She is the author of four books on literacy for teachers and 17 articles for professional journals and will be contributing as a columnist for AMLE Magazine.
Head of School, Colegio Maya
Bio: Mike Johnston is currently head of school at Colegio Maya in Guatemala. He has lead workshops and keynoted for teachers and administrators around the world on sustainability, global curriculum K-12 and how service learning should not just be what you do, but who you are as a school. As a member of the Compass Education team he is part of a growing community of passionate educators aiming to equip schools as learning communities to educate and act for a sustainable future. He has dedicated much of his time to not only ensuring students are properly prepared for the world’s most pressing issues but that they have the skills and desire to take action. In pursuing his Doctorate in Organizational Systems Mike helps to inspire and lead schools through times of change.
Director, International School of Helsinki
Bio: Peter Welch is currently the Director at the International School of Helsinki. Originally from England, he has spent most of his career in very different kinds of schools overseas, in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Previously, he was the Director at Istanbul International Community School and the American Pacific International School in Thailand. He started his career as a voluntary English teacher before working in international schools teaching history and politics. Peter’s particular passion in education is exploring the link between our culture and how we learn. He is part of a research team at ISH that is developing practical tools to help educators be more effective at cross-cultural communication. They have developed a new student questionnaire model and are partnering with the Council of International Schools (CIS) on a global pilot of this initiative. Peter regularly runs workshops and speaks at professional conferences on the topic of how we become more culturally intelligent as international educators. He is currently collaborating with his wife, who is an artist and illustrator, on a funny book about cultural differences.
Laurie Halse Anderson
Bio: Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous national and state awards, as well as international recognition. Laurie is probably best known for her Young Adult novels. Her debut novel, Speak, was a National Book Award Finalist, a New York Times bestseller, and a Printz Honor book. Even more thrilling, Speak was quickly placed into curriculum at hundreds of middle schools, high schools, and colleges around the country. American history has been a life-long passion for Laurie. If she were to become a teacher, it is what she’d teach. Like Speak, her first historical fiction novel, Fever 1793, published in 2000, is used in schools all over the country.On July 11, 2009, the Young Adult Library Services Association presented Laurie with the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award for Catalyst, Fever 1793, and Speak. In doing so, YALSA “recognizes an iconic and classic storyteller who in her character development has created for teens a body of work that continues to be widely read and cherished by a diverse audience.” In 2008, Laurie received the ALAN Award from the high school English teachers of America for her “outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent literature.”
Bio: Mark Overmeyer is a native of Colorado, and received his education at the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado College, and University of Colorado at Denver. He has over 30 years of teaching experience, most of it in Cherry Creek Schools in Denver, Colorado. He has worked as a classroom teacher in grades 2 through 8, a special education and Title I teacher, a coordinator for gifted programming, and as a literacy coordinator. Currently, Mark works full time supporting reading and writing workshops in schools around the US and internationally. Mark’s publications include When Writing Workshop Isn’t Working, What Student Writing Teaches Us, and his most recent title, Let’s Talk, which explores different methods for structuring talk in the writing workshop in order to increase student motivation and achievement. Mark believes that professional development must engage teachers as both learners and as practitioners. He presents on topics ranging from effective models of instruction, formative assessment, feedback, and intentional use of language in the classroom.
Middle School Principal, Casablanca American School
IT Coordinator & Head of Dept For Digital Teaching & Learning, ACS Cobham Int'l School
Tech Integration Coach, American School of Bombay
Social Studies Teacher, American Int'l School of Budapest
Professional Practice Coordinator , ACS International Schools
Middle School Technology Coordinator, The American School in London
Administrator, Frankfurt International School
6-7th Grade Social Studies Teacher, American School of Bombay
English Teacher, Int'l School of Monaco
Head of Educational Technology , Collège du Léman
Enrichment Teacher, Community Day School Association
K-8 Literacy Coordinator and Coach, American School of Barcelona
Teacher, Ewing Public Schools
Science Teacher, American Overseas School of Rome
English / Language Arts Teacher, Italy: American Overseas School of Rome
English / Social Studies Teacher, Frankfurt Int'l School
Math Teacher, Science Teacher, Latvia: International School of Latvia
MS Assistant Principal, American School in London
Middle School Learning Support Specialist, Int'l School of Amsterdam
Secondary Teacher Librarian, American School of Barcelona
Middle School Counselor, Int'l School of Stavanger
World Language Teacher (French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, etc.), Germany: International School of Dusseldorf
Lateral Entry Coordinator, UNC Asheville
Exhibitor, Responsive Classroom