John Quiñones | ABC News Veteran, Creator & Host, What Would You Do?
Combining a moving life story, an exceptional career, incomparable insights, and a powerful presence, John Quiñones has emerged as one of the most inspiring keynotes in the speaking world today. His moving presentations focus on his odds-defying journey, celebrate the life-changing power of education, champion the Latino American Dream, and provide thought-provoking insights into human nature and ethical behavior.
A lifetime of “never taking no for an answer” took Quiñones from migrant farm work and poverty to more than 30 years at ABC News and the anchor desk at 20/20 and Primetime. Along the way, he broke through barriers, won the highest accolades, and became a role model for many.
Known for truly connecting with audiences and leaving them uplifted and inspired, Quiñones delivers a powerful message of believing in one’s self, never giving up, and always, always doing the right thing. As host and creator of What Would You Do?, the highly-rated, hidden camera ethical dilemma newsmagazine now in its 14th season, Quiñones has literally become “the face of doing the right thing” to millions of fans. It’s a role that he has enthusiastically embraced off camera, with a popular book and keynote presentations that challenge both business and general audiences to examine the What Would You Do? moments we face every day. This work and his many achievements were recently recognized with honorary Doctorate degrees from Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia and Utah Valley University.
Juliana Urtubey | 2021 National Teacher of the Year
A passionate educator and advocate, Juliana Urtubey is the 2020-2021 Nevada State Teacher of the Year. She is the first Latinx Nevada State Teacher of the Year since at least 1992. Ms. Urtubey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bilingual Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in special bilingual education from the University of Arizona. Ms. Urtubey is a National Board-Certified Teacher (Exceptional Needs Specialist, Early Childhood and Young Adults).
Currently, she is a hybrid educator at Booker Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada where she serves as a co-teacher in pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade special education settings and as an instructional strategist developing school-wide Multi-Tiered System of Supports for academic, social-emotional, and behavioral interventions. Previously, she taught special education in the resource setting at Crestwood Elementary School. She is warmly known as “Ms. Earth” for her work in beautifying the school and advocating for and unifying the school community with gardens and murals. Ms. Urtubey is a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Teacher Fellow, a Nevada Teach Plus Senior Policy Fellow, an Understood Teacher Fellow and mentor, a Nevada Department of Education Superintendent Teacher Advisory Cabinet member, a National Board Network of Accomplished Minoritized Educators founding Board member, and a learning facilitator with the Nevada National Board Professional Learning Institute. She is a recipient of the 2019 Chicanos por La Causa Esperanza Latina Teaching Award, a recipient of the 2019 Hispanic Education Association of Nevada Teacher of the Year, and a 2018 Roger’s Foundation Heart of Education Winner.
Joanne Billingsley is a national presenter, author, consultant and award-winning teacher. Joanne inspires and motivates educators to explore NEW techniques and strategies for reaching and teaching all students, particularly ELLs, special populations and those that struggle to succeed in school. Joanne’s work combines current neuroscience research with best practices in teaching. She is passionate about supporting educators and sharing creative strategies for building brain-friendly, language-rich, interactive classrooms. Joanne is the President/Founder of Billingsley Education and the creator of Vocabulary Magic, a research based 6-step process for accelerating the acquisition of academic language.
Her guiding principle is, "Words have power. Knowing, owning, and choosing the right words can impact the very direction of our lives. We must teach...students must learn... the words they need to succeed in school and life."
She is the author of multiple books including:
Aim to Grow Your Brain - The Secret Mindset of Underachieving Students (Dogear 2009)
Making Words REAL - Proven Strategies for Building Academic Vocabulary FAST (Routledge 2016)
Dr. Monica Burns is a Curriculum and EdTech Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of ClassTechTips.com. As a classroom teacher in New York City, Monica used digital tools to create an engaging, differentiated learning experience to meet the unique needs of her students. Monica started her blog ClassTechTips.com in 2012 to help make EdTech easier for fellow educators, and launched the Easy EdTech Podcast and her membership site the Easy EdTech Club to support educators who want to simplify and streamline technology integration.
Since starting ClassTechTips.com, Monica has led workshops and webinars, and provided keynote presentations to teachers, instructional coaches, administrators and tech-enthusiasts at numerous national and international conferences including SXSWedu, ISTE, FETC and EduTECH. Monica is the author of Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom (ASCD), two quick reference guides for ASCD on Distance Learning Essentials and Classroom Technology Tips, as well as several other publications.
Claude Goldenberg is the Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Education, emeritus, at Stanford University. A native of Argentina, his areas of research center on promoting academic achievement among language minority students. He received his A.B. in history from Princeton University and M.A. and Ph.D. from Graduate School of Education, UCLA. He has taught junior high school in San Antonio, TX, and first grade in a bilingual elementary school in Los Angeles.
Goldenberg received the 1993 Albert J. Harris Award from the International Reading Association (now International Literacy Association) for an article describing improvements in early Spanish reading achievement at an elementary school where he taught first grade. His 2004 book Successful School Change: Creating Settings to Improve Teaching & Learning was the basis for the 2010 Best Research Award from Learning Forward. Goldenberg is also co-author of Promoting Academic Achievement among English Learners: A Guide to the Research (Corwin) and co-editor of Language and Literacy Development in Bilingual Settings (Guilford). He has directed studies of literacy development among English learners, school reform in largely language-minority schools, identifying elements of effective classroom instruction for English learners, and evaluation of an early literacy intervention in Rwanda.
Goldenberg was on the National Research Council's Committee for the Prevention of Early Reading Difficulties in Young Children and on the National Literacy Panel, which synthesized research on literacy development among language-minority children and youth. More recently he chaired two international committees advising the Council for Higher Education in Israel on improvements in English education, and he currently chairs a national research advisory panel on early childhood education for Arizona’s First Things First. He is an expert witness for the US Department of Justice on English Learner issues and has served on several boards related to children and education in Africa and the U.S..
Dr. Kate Kinsella is an emeritus teacher educator from San Francisco State University’s Center for Teacher Efficacy where she addressed English as a Second Language research and instruction. As a teacher educator, Dr. Kinsella taught for a decade in the university’s Step to College program for first generation high school bilingual students. Her experiences and curriculum creation to support English learners for a successful first year in college greatly informed her development of English 3D, the first targeted ELD program specifically designed for long-term English learners. She is currently the CEO of Dr. Kate Kinsella & Associates, an educational research, professional development, and consultancy firm dedicated to multilingual learner achievement. Her 30-year career focus has been equipping students from diverse economic and linguistic backgrounds with the advanced language and literacy skills to be truly high school and college ready.
Dr. Kinsella is the author of many professional publications and research-validated programs to support multilingual learners and striving readers, including READ 180 Universal, English 3D, Language Launch, and Academic Vocabulary Toolkit. She has served as the lead scholar and pedagogy guide on three recent U.S. Department of Education funded research initiatives to improve educational outcomes for K-12 English language learners. In Spring 2022, she will launch the first professional book in a series published by Corwin entitled Scholarly Interactions: Tools and Techniques to Engage Academic English Learners.
Heidi Koski is a leading national expert on grammar-based English Language Development instruction as well as ELD literacy for all grades. As a highly skilled education consultant for over two decades, Heidi currently runs her own consulting agency, where she develops professional training modules focusing on the integration of literacy in content area instruction related to reading comprehension, as well as designs district-wide programs for English Language Learners. Her focus is on designing instruction that integrates language and literacy development with content learning. Heidi has a demonstrative track record of success with ELD programs and integrated literacy-language strategies, working with thousands of teachers and administrators across the country to develop a sense of agency, confidence, and determination in all EL students.
In addition to developing a 30-hour video-based training curriculum on ELD methods for the state of Arizona, Heidi provides training on Arizona’s Language Development Approach, focusing on student agency, integrated ELD and targeted ELD. Additionally, Heidi has a legion of ELD coaches across the country with whom she has worked to prepare them for leadership roles in their respective schools, districts, county offices and state-level education agencies.
Dominique Smith, Ed.D. is Chief of Educational Services and Teacher Support at Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego, CA. He is passionate about creating school cultures that honor students and build their confidence and competence. Smith's major area of research and instruction focuses on restorative practices, classroom management, growth mindset, and the culture of achievement. In addition to his school leadership responsibilities, Smith provides professional learning to K–12 teachers in groups large and small, on many topics that address classroom and school climate and organization. He is a regular presenter at many conferences, including Empower (ASCD's annual conference). Smith holds his doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University with a focus on equity and a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California. He also holds credentials from San Diego State University in administrative services, child welfare, PPS, and attendance. He is the winner of the National School Safety Award from the School Safety Advocacy Council.
His publications include All Learning Is Social and Emotional: Helping Students Develop Essential Skills for the Classroom and Beyond (ASCD, 2018), Building Equity: Policies and Practices to Empower All Learners (ASCD, 2017), and Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management (ASCD, 2014). In addition, he has contributed numerous articles for ASCD's Educational Leadership® magazine, including "Tear Down Your Behavior Chart!" He delivered a TED Talk in 2018 about building relationships between students and teachers