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Peter Grey, Ph.D.: Developmental Psychologist and author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life
Peter Gray, Ph.D., is a TED Talks speaker, research professor at Boston College, is the author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life and Psychology, a college textbook now in its 7th edition. He has conducted and published research in comparative, evolutionary, developmental, and educational psychology. He did his undergraduate study at Columbia University and earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences at Rockefeller University. His current research and writing focus primarily on children's natural ways of learning and the life-long value of play. His own play includes not only his research and writing, but also long distance bicycling, kayaking, back-woods skiing, and vegetable gardening.
Peter Hill: Educator and a Lakota Language Revitalizer , discusses revolutionizing Native American education through language immersion.
Peter Hill is a TED Talks speaker and has been living and working on the Pine Ridge Reservation for over 15 years, and over time became part of the movement to preserve and revitalize the language, having become fluent as an adult. In 2012, he started the Lakota Immersion Childcare program, which started as simple in-home daycare with five children and only one staff member. He continues to work for the program - now the Lakota Language Initiative of Thunder Valley Community Development Corp. - as its Language Coordinator, and spends most of his working hours making translations, recording audio material, creating curriculum, and working with the adult second-language learners on staff.
Shelly Lefkoe: Author of Parenting the Lefkoe Waydiscusses the power of limited beliefs held by parents and teachers that can shapes a child’s view of themselves and impacts their learning.
Shelly Lefkoe is co-founder and President of the Lefkoe Institute, and the founder of Parenting the Lefkoeway. She has personally worked with thousands of individuals from around the world. Using The Lefkoe Method she has helped people eliminate issues as serious as eating disorders, phobias and depression as well as everyday problems like procrastination, shyness, fear of public speaking and the inability to form healthy relationships. Currently Shelly is a speaker, workshop leader, and author of Parenting the Lefkoe Way.
John Hunter Educator and author of World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements discuss his innovate multisensory learning ‘game’ to empower children.
Mr. John Hunter is an award-winning and gifted public school teacher and educational consultant. He is a TED Talks speaker who has spoken at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Pentagon, and at the United Nations to share the lessons of the World Peace Game. His book World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements is a must read and has even been made into a documentary film. Mr. Hunter explains that, "The World Peace Game is about learning to live and work comfortably in the unknown."
Alizah Brozgold, Ph. D.: Neuropsychologist discusses the uses and abuses of testing in education.
Dr. Alizah Brozgold has a PhD in clinical neuropsychology from City College and over 30 years of experience working diagnostically and therapeutically with children and adults who have dyslexia and other learning disabilities. She was Chair of Professional Training at the NY Branch of the Orton Dyslexia Association (now the IDA). She speaks about the assessment of dyslexia at numerous conferences and schools. Dr. Brozgold is currently in private practice in New York City.
Reid Lyon, Ph.D.: Neuroscientist and former Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch within National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the Nation Institute of Health, author and educator.
Over the past 30 years, Dr. Lyon has had a wide range of professional responsibilities including his contributions as a research scientist, professor, classroom teacher, special education teacher, neuropsychologist, school psychologist, and leader in the development of evidence-based education policy at federal and state levels. From 1992 until 2005, Dr. Lyon served as a research psychologist and the Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch within the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he was responsible for the direction, development and management of research programs in developmental and cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, behavioral pediatrics, reading development and disabilities, learning disabilities, early childhood development and school readiness.
Dana Blackhurst: Administrator, Educator and Founder of the Chandler School in Greenville, SC designed for dyslexic students.
Dana Blackhurst is a nationally recognized educator and authority on students with dyslexia. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the field of special education.
Since becoming a teacher in 1983, Dana has received numerous educational honors, including the Educator Award, Carolina Branch of the IDA (2002), South Carolina Middle School Teacher of the Year (1990-91), P. Buckley Moss Teacher Award for National Outstanding Educator in Learning Disabilities (runner-up), and Congressional proclamation as “Outstanding Educator” in South Carolina.
Jane Elliott: Educator and author of A Collar in My Pocket who created the Brown -eyed/Blue-eyed exercise in discrimination.
Jane Elliott is a gifted educator and author of A Collar in My Pocket whose lesson in discrimination is featured in the documentary film, The Eye of the Storm. In response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, Jane Elliott devised the controversial and startling,‘Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes’ Exercise in Discrimination. This, now famous, exercise labels participants as inferior or superior based solely upon the color of their eyes and exposes them to the experience of being a minority. Everyone who is exposed to Jane Elliott’s work, be it through a lecture, workshop, or video,is dramatically impacted and learns a valuable lesson in discrimination.
Jan Jones Blackhurst: Motivational speaker and the first woman Mayor of Las Vegas speaks on gender issues in education.
Jan Jones Blackhurst first woman mayor in Las Vegas history and now working for Caesars Entertainment and developing the industry’s first responsible gaming practices, advancing environmental stewardship, increasing employee diversity in management positions by 41% and developing an employee volunteer program resulting in 160,000 donated hours to company and local causes. Jan is someone who is use to setting the bar high for improving the standards both in politics and business. Jan is a passionate advocate for many social issues focusing around women, gender equality and education.
Laurent Valosek: Educational consultant that developed a meditation program called ‘Quiet Time’ for the San Francisco Unified Public School District to reduce student stress and enhance readiness to learn.
Laurent Valosek is the Managing Director of Peak Leadership LLC, a leadership and strategy development firm. The Peak model, derived from decades of research, integrates neuro-psychological, emotional, cognitive,interpersonal, and systems drivers of optimal performance.
Mr. Valosek is also the Executive Director and co-founder of the Center for Wellness and Achievement in Education (CWAE), a San Francisco based non-profit that develops and implements high impact stress management and performance improvement programs for schools and public health agencies, like the ‘Quiet Time’ program.
Diane Lyon: Advocate for those who struggle to learn to read, shares her personal journey with dyslexia and her son’s.
Diane Lyon is an effective advocate for children, adolescents, and adults who struggle to learn to read. In 1995 Diane founded the Parent Coalition for Literacy in Indiana where she designed and implemented a state wide advocacy initiative that brought together parents and leaders from the education, legislative, business, and the medical community.
Diane’s passion for education compelled her to take her advocacy and management expertise to the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., where she directed programs for a national network of Federal Parent Training Information Centers.
Thomas West: Author of In the Mind’s Eye: Creative Visual Thinkers, gifted Dyslexics, and the Rise of Visual TechnologiesandThinking Like Einstein address the topic of creativity in education.
Thomas G. West is the author of In the Mind’s Eye (1991 and 1997) and Thinking Like Einstein (2004). A second edition of In the Mind’s Eye was published in September 2009 with a new Foreword from Oliver Sacks, MD -- who says that "In the Mind's Eye . . . stands alongside Howard Gardner's Frames of Mind as a testament to the range of human talent and possibility." The book has had 18 printings, been selected as one of the “best of the best” for the year by the American Library Association and has been translated into Japanese (1994) and Chinese (2004). A Korean translation became available in late 2011.
Ani Kalayjian, Ph.D.: Psychologist, educator and author of Forgiveness and Reconciliation; Psychological Pathways to Conflict Transformation and Peace Building and Mass Trauma and Emotional Healing Around the World: Rituals and Practices for Resiliencefocuses on the impact of trauma on the learning process.
Dr. Kalayjian, Founder & President of the Association for Trauma Outreach & Prevention, Meaningful world, and is a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University with Masters and Doctoral Degrees, and Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Long Island University. She has been consulting at the UN since 1988, currently representing ATOP Meaningful world.
Debra Poneman: Motivational speaker and founder of Yes to Successfocuses on giving people the tools they need to live lives of happiness, success and fulfillment. She discusses the topic of education and the tools for parent and teacher self-care.
Debra Poneman is the founder and President of Yes to Success, Inc, an international seminar company dedicated to giving people the tools they need to live lives of profound happiness, unlimited success, prosperity, and deep and lasting fulfillment.
Since founding her company in the early 80's, Debra has been the catalyst for hundreds of thousands of people to wake up and recognize who they really are and why they were put here on earth – and how to fearlessly turn their dreams and visions into exciting and lasting realities.
Kay Howell: Educator and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators discusses the tools teachers need to help students ‘crack’ the alphabetic code.
Kay Howell graduated from Pennsylvania State University and completed a Master's Degree in Sociology and Political Science at Duke University. She has experience in social work, and has taught in the public schools. She developed the Michigan Dyslexia Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides diagnostic testing and instruction for children and adults with dyslexia, trains teachers, offers free information to the public, and conducts projects with schools and other organizations. Today the Institute maintains five centers in Michigan. It has served as a model for the development of similar Institutes in other states. Kay volunteers time to teach students, train teachers and assists the Institute with special projects.
Marcia Mann: Speech Pathologist and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators discusses the basics of teaching language to students. She further shares a few personal stories about Margaret Byrd Rawson.
Marcia Mann received a B.S. degree from New York University in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She spent a year at Hood College in an intensive program of study with Margaret Rawson, in the field of Language Based Learning Disabilities, (Dyslexia) and then went on to Stanford University School of Medicine, where she was awarded an M.A. in Speech Pathology.
Evelyn Reiss: Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and founder of the Claremont School for dyslexic children in Canada discusses the tools teachers need to help students ‘crack’ the alphabetic code.
Evelyn Reiss is a writer, teacher, lecturer and editor. She has held several leadership positions, including founding executive member of the IDA (Ontario), lead teacher in public elementary school, teacher-trainer and principal of The Claremont School. Evelyn founded Claremont for students with dyslexia. The school began with 6 students and now 7 years later has 60 students and a Reading Clinic. Claremont has an assessment center which carries out psycho-educational testing and dyslexia screening.
Elenn Steinberg: Parent advocate and educator for dyslexic students.
Elenn Steinberg is the founder and educational director for Every Child Reading. It is her long held commitment to serve students, parents and educator with education, information and support.
Elenn began her journey into the world of education and literacy sixteen years ago when the school informed her that her son was at risk for reading failure. At that point she had no idea that that journey would result in her becoming a passionate voice for students, a highly skilled reading interventionist, an advocate for families, consultant and a nationally known speaker in the areas of dyslexia, literacy, student self-advocacy and literacy legislation.
Lori Leyden, Ph.D.: Psychotherapist and internationally known stress and trauma healing expert, author, andinspirational speaker. Inspired by the resilience of orphan genocide survivors she works with in Rwanda she founded the non-profit Create Global Healing and established Project Light. She also worked with students, parents and teachers to support those traumatized by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newton, Connecticut.
Lori Leyden, PhD, MBA: is an internationally known stress and trauma healing expert and uniquely qualified psychotherapist, author, workshop leader, inspirational speaker, and humanitarian. After a near death experience, Lori developed The Grace Process, a transformative spiritual practice for heart-centered living. She is the author of "The Grace Process Guidebook: A practical guide for transcending your ego and engaging the wisdom of your heart" and "The Stress Management Handbook: Strategies for Health and Inner Peace," available in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. Lori holds a doctorate in Health and Human Services with a concentration in psychoneuroimmunology, and a master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in management.
Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.: Brain and Cognitive Scientist and educator that specializes in food addiction and discusses the elements of a healthy diet for children which feeds the brain properly.
Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester, and an expert in the psychology of eating. She is the President of the Institute for Sustainable Weight Loss and CEO of Bright Line Eating Solutions, a company dedicated to helping people achieve long-term, sustainable weight loss. Her program utilizes cutting-edge research to explain how the brain blocks weight loss and everyday she teaches people how to undo the damage so they can live Happy, Thin, and Free.
Titanya Dahlin: Educator and dancer who is completing her book on EnergyMedicine for Children and the Parents and Teachers Who Love Them. She discusses the tools that can help children strengthen their self-esteem and balance their own unique energies.
The daughter of holistic health pioneer, Donna Eden, Titanya Dahlin has been immersed in Energy Medicine all her life. Since 1996, Titanya has taught and assisted in Donna’s world-wide workshops and is a teacher on the faculty of the Eden Energy Medicine Certification Program. She is the creator of Energy Medicine Dance! Energy Medicine Dance is a form of creative healing movement, set to world music that is based upon her mother’s acclaimed alternative medicine work. It is a fun and easy movement that balances your energy field for better health and joy. She has a world-wide following with this popular program and has sold thousands of her own professional DVDs on the subject. As an accomplished professional Middle Eastern dancer, storyteller, national award-winning speaker, stage actress, and certified Waldorf education teacher, Titanya has been sharing her natural connection and love of children while incorporating programs with kids since 1983. Her experience and interaction with children also includes more than seven years teaching and leading kids in world dance and theater with her acclaimed performing arts company in Boulder, Colorado.
Edward Hallowell, M.D.: Child and adult Psychiatrist, NY Times bestselling author, world-renowned speaker and a leading authority in the field of ADHDdiscusses the childhood roots of adult happiness.
Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D., is a child and adult psychiatrist, a NY Times bestselling author, a world-renowned speaker and a leading authority in the field of ADHD. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School, and is the founder of The Hallowell Centers in Boston Metro West, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle. He was a Harvard Medical School faculty member for 21 years and now devotes his full professional attention to his clinical practice, lectures, and the writing of books. He has authored 20 books on various psychological topics, including attention deficit disorder, the power of human connection, the childhood roots of happiness, how to help your people SHINE, forgiveness, managing worry and managing excessive busyness.
Here is What Others Are Saying About the Transforming Education World Summit:
Thank you for offering to take me on an inspired and fascinating journey into the basics of how children learn best and explaining creative strategies to help children become secure learners in a complex world. Having struggled as a dyslexic myself, I can only hope for these types of advanced teaching skills for my children.
The Transforming Education Telesummit offers a foundational and innovative professional development opportunity for both general and special education teachers from early childhood through the 12th grade.
I think all school systems will benefit from the insightful information that this telesummit presents. It is time for our educational systems to reevaluate how we teach our most precious resource – our children. I have been teaching for 35 years and it is time for a change.
This Telesummit is so exciting and will offer valuable insights for parents who are looking to help their children become successful learners. As a homeschooling mom this information will be so valuable.
In a changing environment where outdated educational methods are no longer meeting the needs of many, we have an opportunity to bring promising practices and current knowledge to the table to craft an effective educational system that honors our most precious resource for the future and equips our young learners to succeed as lifelong learners.
As mother who works from home with two young children, I try my best to cultivate strong language skills in both of my children. I am now faced with selecting a preschool school for my oldest son, the first of many decisions we will make regarding his educational journey. I have been reading about Montessori, Riggio Emmilia, HighScope, Waldorf, and other educational philosophies. I am excited to attend this program to hear the experts' thoughts on the connections between education, language and child development. I hope to gain the knowledge needed to clarify what I should be looking for in a curriculum. I also hope to strengthen my parenting skills to help guide my children successfully through their various stages of development.