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George Couros - Keynote Speaker

George Couros

Author and Innovative Teaching, Learning & Leadership Consultant

George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school--from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator, school and district administrator, and is the author of the book “The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity.” He is a sought after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe. George is also the creator of ConnectedPrincipals.com, an initiative that brings educators and leaders together from around the world to create powerful learning opportunities for students. 

Although George is a leader in the area of innovation, his focus is always the development of leadership and people and what is best for learners. His belief that, meaningful change happens when you first connect to people’s hearts, is modeled in his writing and speaking. You can connect with George on his blog, “The Principal of Change” (located at georgecouros.ca) or through Twitter (@gcouros). 

Dr. Tommy Chang - Keynote Speaker

Dr. Tommy Chang

Former Superintendent
Boston Public Schools

Tommy Chang led Boston Public Schools, the nation’s first public school system, as its Superintendent from 2015-2018.  During his tenure, graduation rates increased and drop off rates decreased, and the school district had more high-performing schools than ever before.  He oversaw the implementation of the district’s five-year Strategic Implementation Plan, titled, “Stronger Schools, Stronger Boston: A Plan to Foster Equity, Coherence, and Innovation,” and placed the closing of opportunity and achievement gaps as the primary mission of the school district.  He focused on fostering safe, welcoming, and sustaining learning environments for all students and publicly stood up for the rights of students of all backgrounds, including immigrants, LGBTQ youth, court-involved students, and homeless youth.

Prior to joining the Boston Public Schools, Dr. Chang served as the local instructional superintendent of the Intensive Support & Innovation Center (ISIC) at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), where he oversaw 135 schools and approximately 95,000 students.

A former biology teacher at Compton High School and a founding principal of a charter school in Venice, Calif., Dr. Chang previously served as special assistant to the superintendent of LAUSD.

A native of Taiwan who immigrated with his family to the U.S. at age six, Dr. Chang grew up in Los Angeles and holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Loyola Marymount University, a M.Ed. from the Principals Leadership Institute at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), a M.Ed. from the Teachers Education Program at UCLA, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Chang is a Member of Chiefs for Change, a nonprofit, bipartisan network of diverse state and district education Chiefs.

Kevin Sherill - Keynote Speaker

Kevin Sherill

Chief Technology Officer
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Kevin began his career in business education, teaching in both the Iredell-Statesville and Mooresville districts in North Carolina. He also served as the Director of Information Technology for the Mooresville Graded School District before leaving to pursue interests in corporate industry. After spending 10 years working in various information technology roles at Elmer’s Products, Kevin returned to education joining the team in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools as the Director of Technical Services. In 2013, Kevin moved into the Chief Technology Officer position and began to develop plans to change the role of technology in schools.

By leveraging community partnerships and cultivating confidence through relationships, he has provided more technology resources to all schools and established a plan to personalize learning for teachers and students. Kevin’s performance and dedication to education ensure he will represent RTM well and will continue to raise the bar for growth and innovation.

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