Tuesday August 4th Keynote: Stories from the Classroom of our Time

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Meenoo Rami (@meenoorami), author of Thrive, is a national board certified teacher who taught students English in Philadelphia for ten years, at the Science Leadership Academy and in other public schools in the city. She has shared her classroom practice at various conferences such as NCTE, ISTE, ASCD, EduCon, the National Writing Project’s Urban Sites Conference, and #140edu. The founder of #engchat, an international Twitter chat for English teachers, Meenoo has also been a teacher-consultant for the Philadelphia Writing Project and an educational consultant with The Educator Collaborative. Meenoo is currently on a two-year assignment as a teaching fellow with the Gates Foundation, where she is working to help teachers refine their practice through collaboration.

Wednesday August 5th Keynote
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Scott Kinney

An acknowledged thought leader and powerful voice in support of educational technology, Scott Kinney has more than 20 years of experience in the education industry. As senior vice president for Discovery Education, Kinney cultivates partnerships with school districts across the country, working with educators and administrators to develop customized solutions that support their strategic goals and empower them to make the transition from print to digital. Under his leadership, Discovery Education services are transforming teaching and learning in more than half of U.S. schools and 35 countries worldwide.

Kinney also consults with high-level education officials, US governors, and foreign ministries of education. He also oversees the Discovery Educator Network (DEN), one of the largest, most active international learning communities dedicated to supporting educators from around the world as they embed technology into their daily classroom instruction.

Kinney has testified before Congress on the Future of Learning, spoken at countless education conferences, keynoted numerous administrator events and contributed to various national education publications.

Prior to joining Discovery Education, Kinney spent 15 years in public education serving at both a school district and regional service center. In addition to his K-12 work, Kinney has taught undergraduate and graduate classes for Kent State University and Penn State University. Kinney also launched a partnership with Wilkes University, through which in-service educators have the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Instructional Media through an online, accredited program.