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General Sessions Speakers | Invited Sessions Speakers
The following speakers are scheduled to appear at ASCD Empower18.
Dr. Jill Biden has been an educator for more than three decades. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., she taught English at a community college in Delaware, at a public high school, and at a psychiatric hospital for adolescents.
As Second Lady, Dr. Biden worked to bring attention to the sacrifices made by military families, to highlight the importance of community colleges to America's future, and to raise awareness around areas of particular importance to women, including breast cancer prevention, all while continuing to teach as a full-time English professor at a community college in Northern Virginia.
Dr. Biden earned her doctorate in education from the University of Delaware in January 2007. Her dissertation focused on maximizing student retention in community colleges. She also has two master's degrees—both of which she earned while working and raising a family.
Saturday General Session
Saturday, March 24, 2018
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An original Freedom Writer whose story is told in part in the 2007 hit movie Freedom Writers, Manny Scott has energized more than two million leaders, educators, volunteers, and students worldwide with his authentic, inspiring messages of hope. Speaking to more than 125 groups a year for the past decade, he is the speaker of choice for conferences, conventions, schools, fundraisers, and banquets.
Manny is the founder of Ink International, Inc, an education consulting firm that has empowered millions of people to improve the quality of not only their own lives, but also the lives of those around them. Ink has helped hundreds of organizations raise student achievement and leader effectiveness in 48 states and four continents and has helped prevent thousands of dropouts and suicides. He is helping people begin new chapters in their personal and professional lives.
He is the author of the new ASCD book, Even on Your Worst Day, You Can Be a Student's Best Hope.
Sunday General Session
Sunday, March 25, 2018
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For more than 50 years, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), has devoted his life to public service. Powell served in the United States Army for 35 years, rising to the rank of four-star-general. He served as National Security Advisor for President Ronald Reagan (1987–89), as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for both President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton (1989–1993), and as secretary of state for President George W. Bush (2001–05). He has earned numerous U.S. Military awards and decorations, as well as awards from more than two dozen countries.
Powell is the chair of the board of visitors of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at his alma mater, the City College of New York; the founder and chairman emeritus of the America’s Promise Alliance; a strategic adviser at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a board member of Bloom Energy, Salesforce.com, and the Smithsonian Institution's African American Museum of History and Culture. Powell is also the author of two books: My American Journey and It Worked for Me.
Monday General Session
Monday, March 26, 2018
Additional speakers will be listed as they become available.
A young teacher from North Carolina hailed as a visionary leader who strives to create a positive mindset among his students.
A 4th grade teacher whose goal is to inspire educators to be engaging and passionate and to never lose their love of teaching.
A U.S. cultural diplomat who creates programs worldwide that foster cultural exchange and mutual understanding.
An elementary school teacher and founder of Kleinspiration, LLC., who is passionate about the power of student voice and the impact classroom design has on today's learner.
The Principal/Lead Learner at a PreK–5 school in Texas and co-author of Kids Deserve It! and Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Class.
A 3rd grade teacher who created the simple yet powerful lesson #IWishMyTeacherKnew that turned into a national movement.
The author of The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can and an internationally recognized voice for high-quality education and women's empowerment.
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