Keynote Speakers


Tuesday Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Rena F. Subotnik
“Improving Performance Through Psychological Strength Training:   Lessons from the Worlds of Music and Sport”

Rena F. Subotnik is Director of the Center for Psychology in Schools and Education at the American Psychological Association. One mission of the Center is to generate public awareness, advocacy, clinical applications, and cutting-edge research ideas that enhance the achievement and performance of children and adolescents with gifts and talents in all domains. Her recent publications reflect her scholarship on applications of psychological science to gifted education, talent development in specific domains, and psychological strength training for academically gifted children and youth. She has also been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the American Psychological Foundation, the Association for Psychological Science, the McDonnell Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education Javits program, and the Spencer Foundation for research on and services for gifted adolescents.

Dr. Subotnik has also been awarded grants from the Institute for Education Sciences and the McDonnell Foundation for work on promoting the application of psychological sciences to teaching and learning in schools.


Thursday Keynote Speaker:  Leigh M. Manasevit
“Recent Developments in the Federal Education World”

Leigh M. Manasevit has practiced in the field of education law since 1974 beginning as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. During his government service, As one of the two founding partners of Brustein & Manasevit, Mr. Manasevit established a law practice that addresses the legal issues involving educational institutions public, private, elementary and secondary, or postsecondary on the Federal level. He has appeared extensively before all tribunals of the U.S. Department of Education and regularly pursues Federal court review of unfavorable agency decisions.

On the elementary and secondary level, Mr. Manasevit has worked extensively with the requirements of the Education Department General administrative regulations. He has advised states and school districts on their responsibilities under these regulations. He has also worked extensively on No Child Left Behind (NCLB). He has advised and trained schools, districts, states, and private providers throughout the nation on implementation of NCLB. He has frequently served as a keynote speaker at national and statewide organizations of Title I professionals. He regularly advises recipients of Title I on implementation issues. Mr. Manasevit co-authored a comprehensive manual on No Child Left Behind, and its predecessor, the Improving America’s Schools Act, and has provided editorial consultation on several revised editions. He has also written several articles on NCLB.

Recently, Mr. Manasevit successfully represented the State of New Mexico in Zuni Public School District 89 v. Department of Education, before the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Manasevit is an honors graduate from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in New York City. He is a member of the California Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, and several Bars of the United States Court of Appeals.