Rick Wormeli

Rick Wormeli

One of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America, Rick brings innovation, energy, validity, and high standards to his presentations and his instructional practice, which includes 30 years teaching math, science, English, physical education, health, and history, and coaching teachers. Rick's work has been reported in numerous media, including ABC's Good Morning America, Hardball with Chris Matthews, National Geographic, and Good Housekeeping magazines, What Matters Most: Teaching for the 21st Century, and The Washington Post.

With his substantive presentations, sense of humor, and unconventional approaches, he's been asked to present to teachers and administrators in all 50 states, Canada, China, Europe, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, Australia, the Middle East, and at the White House. He is a seasoned veteran of many webcasts, and he is Disney's American Teacher Awards 1996 Outstanding English Teacher of the Nation. He won the 2008 James P. Garvin award from the New England League of Middle Schools for Teaching Excellence, Service, and Leadership, and he has been a consultant for National Public Radio, USA Today, Court TV, and the Smithsonian Institution's Natural Partners Program and their search for the Giant Squid.

He lives in Herndon, Virginia with his wife and two children, one in high school, one in college, where he is currently working on his first young adult fiction novel.

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Erik Francis

Erik Francis

Erik M. Francis, M.Ed., M.S. is an author, educator, and speaker who specializes in teaching and learning that promotes cognitive rigor and postsecondary (college and career) readiness. He is the author of Now THAT'S a Good Question! How to Promote Cognitive Rigor Through Classroom Questioning (ASCD). He is also the owner of Maverik Education LLC, providing academic professional development and consultation to K-12 schools, colleges, and universities on how to develop rigorous teaching learning environments and deliver inquiry-driven educational experiences that engage and encourage students to demonstrate higher order thinking and communicate depth of knowledge.

Erik has been an educator for more than 20 years, working as a middle and high school teacher, a site administrator, and an education program specialist in the Title I Unit and Office of English Language Acquisition Service in the Arizona Department of Education. He received his Master in Education Leadership degree from Northern Arizona University and his Master of Science degree in Film and Television Production and Management from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric and Communication and English from the University at Albany. Erik lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife and two daughters.

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Dedra Stafford

Dedra Stafford

Dedra Stafford is a dedicated consultant and a proud member of the Association for Middle Level Education On-Site Professional Development Cadre. She is an educational speaker and has presented at international, national, state, and local conferences across the nation sharing inspirational ideas from technology to school climate. Dedra is passionate about providing quality staff development for educators.

Dedra creates entertaining workshops that get crowds energized, motivated, and inspired to be their best for the students they serve. As a former classroom teacher, she understands the need for professional development where practical ideas can be implemented immediately in the classroom. She creates fun-filled workshops designed to be hands-on and interactive. Dedra has a unique ability to put teachers at ease as she teaches concepts and beliefs and incorporates humor in a user-friendly way.

You will laugh, learn, and have a new enthusiasm about technology, climate, curriculum, and classroom techniques in any of Dedra's sessions.

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Debbie Silver

Debbie Silver

Debbie Silver is truly a "teacher's teacher"! She is an award-winning educator with 30 years experience as a classroom teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor. Her numerous recognitions include being named the 1990 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year and the 2007 Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University.

Debbie is one of the most popular keynoters and in-service presenters in the United States. Audiences everywhere respond to Debbie's use of humor and sensitivity to remind them how important teachers are in the lives of children. Her insights into student and teacher behavior are extraordinary. Through research-based theory, poignant stories, and hilarious characterizations she connects with the souls of all who are involved in education.

Dr. Silver has been an invited author for several educational journals and has given keynotes at state, national, and international conferences in 49 states, throughout Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Mexico, and Asia. She has been a featured teacher for the PBS OnLine Teacher Chat and several online teacher courses.

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Allen Seed

Allen Seed

Allen Seed teaches middle level education and curriculum courses at the University of Memphis. Prior to his work in higher education, he taught grades 4-8 for more than 18 years. He enjoys working with middle schools and is currently involved in implementing a new middle school licensure program that includes a year-long residency. He has presented and written extensively about middle school improvement including flexible block scheduling, collaboration, and experiential education. One of his lifelong goals is to make learning fun for middle school students and workshop participants.

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Ed Brazee

Ed Brazee

Dr. Brazee is professor emeritus of education at the University of Maine where he taught for 25 years and directed the Middle Level Education Institute. With John Lounsbury, he served as book editor for the Association for Middle Level Education/National Middle School Association for 12 years and was a member of the writing team for This We Believe in 2003 and 2010. Prior to his 25-year career as the "middle level expert" at the University of Maine, he taught for two years as a high school English teacher in upstate New York and for 11 years as a Colorado middle school teacher. He has been an evaluator on school assessment projects, author, editor for AMLE/NMSA, director of the Middle Level Education Institute (for 24 years at UMaine), and more. He was also awarded the John H. Lounsbury Award from the Association for Middle Level Education on November 2010—the highest award given by AMLE for service, integrity, and leadership in middle level education.

Dr. Brazee is a consultant to schools, working with teachers, parents, and most happily, with students. He is especially interested in digital citizenship and helping schools develop student technology teams. As more and more schools use technology for learning, issues such as cyberbullying, appropriate use, sexting, and the like become more prevalent. Even now the focus is moving from the device (laptop, smart phone, tablet) to safe, responsible, respectful, and ethical use of any technology.

Similarly, schools have a great opportunity to take advantage of students’ expertise and interest in many aspects of technology by involving students in student technology teams.

He has a broad knowledge of schools, students, teachers, and parents. As an early adopter of technology and an advocate for Maine's Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI), the first state-wide one-to-one laptop program in the country, he is proud to say that he has been part of that transformation in K-12 schools as well as in his own university teaching. He communicates well with parents about educational issues, and has an especially strong commitment to working with students, teachers, and parents on issues related to our digital world. His presentations are enthusiastic, energetic, and filled with humor.

Dr. Brazee has been a frequent presenter at the AMLE/NMSA annual conference, has keynoted several state middle level conferences (MI, KS, VT), presented at summer institutes, presented at New England League of Middle Schools and Maine Association for Middle Level Education conferences, and consulted with schools across the country. Since 1994, he has also served as principal evaluator or co-evaluator for 45 middle level school or school district assessment projects.

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