Thursday, April 18, 2013
I grew up in poverty and my family moved a lot, always staying a step ahead of the ramifications of my father's behavior. As I witnessed education across the country I collected powerful experiences that still influence my conversations and work with educators . I spent 13 years teaching art K-12 and my summers leading creative adventure camps for kids. For the past five years I have hosted a creative learning site called ArtSnacks (https://www.icloud.com/) where I share 150+ ten minute drawing videos that support standards curriculum. This social “learning” network is my Petri-dish for learning to mentor teachers and students in virtual environments.
Currently I am serving as a Technology Integration Specialist at ESSDACK, an educational service center In Kansas. At ESSDACK I research and develop programs to assist educators and learners in accessing today’s technology. As a school board memberin the town of InmanKansas, I feel that one of my most important roles is to help envision what the future holds for learners and to move my district in new directions. During my classroom tenure, I developed project-based approaches to learningthat infused technology and problem solving skills and created a film program for kidsand a fully functioning curriculum at the high school level.
Recently I created an online safety, anti-bullying and cyber-bullying curriculum which I share with parents, educators and students around the country. I continue to work with schools to develop innovative, engaging curriculum to better prepare learners for the world they will face when they graduate. Another of my passions is tied to meeting the needs of at-risk learners and work with kids in juvenile detention, developing approaches to re-engage the "lost" learner. As a conference speaker, I travel the country working with educators at the grassroots level and promote a "tradigital" approach to education.
I like to bring my personal life experience and a sense of humor to the mission of helping prepare 21st century learners!
Friday, April 19, 2013
Dr. Martin W. Bates, Superintendent Granite School District
Dr. Martin W. Bates became the superintendent of Granite School District September 1, 2010. Dr. Bates had served in various district capacities since 1997. He has held school administrative positions in the Granite, Provo and Salt Lake City School Districts. From the late 1980s through the mid 1990s, he worked as an instructional assistant and later as a teacher with children with disabilities, and taught math at an alternative high school. He was proud to serve in the National Guard, including a six-month deployment in 1991 during Desert Storm. His extensive educational background includes multiple degrees from Brigham Young University including a Bachelor of Science in Special Education, a Juris Doctor and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership. He was admitted to the Utah Bar in May of 1997.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Steve Saffron has been a national trainer and motivational speaker since 1989. Steve's educational skills along with his keynotes and workshops have earned him the "Phoenix Choice" award for community service. Steve also received the "Leadership Inspiration" award from the Arizona Future Business Leaders of America. Recently, the Salt River Pima/Maricopa Indian Community honored him with the "Devoted and Distinguished Service" award for over twenty years of educational service with the Indian community.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Jo Mascorro is an independent consultant who provides training throughout the nation in areas specific to behavior intervention practices, communication strategies, parenting skills, and programming for students who experience severe/profound disabilities (birth-adult).
With over 32 years of experience in the field of education, she received both her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Texas Tech University. A native Texan, Jo resides in San Antonio.