February 8 - 11, 2021

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Program

Throughout Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, you have the opportunity to attend concurrent sessions, which offer a variety of topics in the world of technology. These hour-long sessions are jam-packed with information to take back to your LEA. 


Keynote Speakers:

Monday, February 8, 2021 - 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
NOE ORTEGA, PA Secretary of Education

As part of our opening general session, you’ll hear from PDE Acting Secretary Noe Ortega
 
Noe Ortega was nominated to serve as Secretary of Education in October 2020. Prior to his nomination, he served as the Deputy Secretary and Commissioner for the Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education. Additionally, Mr. Ortega facilitated the efforts of the department to improve the diversity of Pennsylvania's educator workforce and to ensure that every student of the Commonwealth has access to educators who have been trained in culturally responsive and culturally relevant approaches to teaching and learning in the classroom.  
   
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
INKY JOHNSON
Perspective Drives Performance

September 9, 2006. It started as a normal college football game in Neyland Stadium. If anything, the event was an afterthought, dropped into the schedule at the last minute.
 
For Inky Johnson, though, the game changed everything. A routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury, and nothing has been normal for Inky ever since. Not with a paralyzed right arm. Not with daily pain. Not with constant physical challenges. His dream had always been to play professional sports. You might think his injury would have destroyed his motivation and crushed his spirit. But that’s only because you don’t know Inky.
 
Ink’s injury didn’t turn him into an inspiration. It just showed the world the inspirational life he has been living all along. Executives, professional sports teams, church members and young people all benefit from his raw energy of his charismatic speaking. Whether the topic is leadership, team work or perseverance, Inky inspires his audience. Inky continues to travel the world, bringing inspiration and transforming lives.
   
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
PETER & PAUL REYNOLDS
Calling All Creatives: Time to Make Your Mark!

In a world that is facing increasing challenges, there is one human superpower that the Reynolds brothers are confident will come to the rescue: creativity. 

Peter and Paul proudly proclaim their mission - to create and share positive media, storytelling and technology to move the world to a better place. Peter and Paul will share how some very special teachers helped the brothers not only develop the courage to navigate their own unique creative work, but led them to make it their own life’s mission to encourage others to do the same with a host of digital tools they have developed that support creativity and self-expression, as well as STEAM/maker education. 
   
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
MICHAEL COHEN
Educated By Design: Designing The Space To Cultivate Creative Capacity

In today’s world, we have an incredible opportunity to provide students with resources and experiences that will help them develop strong creative and critical thinking skills to solve interesting problems in the world.

Opportunities to leverage academic skills and knowledge to practice entrepreneurship in order to create meaningful experiences that can positively impact those around them. In this session, Michael will share what that innovative practice looks like and how it can advance forward to new frontiers that can better prepare our students for a future that is unscripted and unknown.
   
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