Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers

Meet our Featured Speakers!

Keynote Speaker: Marcia L. Tate, Ed.D. will present Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites – 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain on Monday, November 19th.  In a follow up session, she will present Characteristics of a Brain-Compatible Classroom Environment.

Dr. Tate is the former Executive Director of Professional Development for the DeKalb County School System in Decatur, Georgia.  During her 30-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director.  She received the 2001 Distinguished Staff Developer Award for the State of Georgia, and her department was chosen to receive the Exemplary Program Award for the state.  She is currently an educational consultant and has taught over 500,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the world.  She is the author of eight best-selling books.  Participants in her workshops refer to them as the best ones they have ever experienced since she uses the 20 strategies outlined in her books to actively engage her audiences.

Dr. Larry Maheady

Featured Speaker: Dr. Lawrence Maheady
will present sessions on Sunday, November 18th on High Leverage Practices: What Every Special Education Teacher Should Know. In partnership with the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR), the Council for Exceptional Children has developed and published a set of High Leverage Practices (HLPs) for special educators and teacher candidates. The HLPs are organized around four aspects of practice: Collaboration, Assessment, Social/emotional/behavioral, and Instruction.

Dr. Maheady is a Professor and Horace Mann Endowed Chair in the Exceptional Education Department at SUNY Buffalo State. He prepares pre-service and in-service teachers, conducts classroom-based research, and collaborates with school districts locally and nationally. Dr. Maheady has authored or co-authored over 90 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 12 book chapters, and two books; presented his work at over 200 international, national, and state-level conferences; and conducted more than 300 staff development sessions in 29 different states. 

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