Opening Sessions

Opening Session Speakers


Ken Williams, Monday

Ken Williams has provided enthusiastic leadership in a variety of ways.  Skilled in developing productive, student-focused learning environments, Ken is a distinguished teacher, mentor, public speaker, and school leader.  Ken is a former principal of The Learning Academy in Jonesboro, Georgia, and was the hands-down selection for principal of Damascus Elementary School in Damascus, Maryland.  His leadership was crucial to creating a successful professional learning community (PLC) at Damascus, a challenged school that needed a new direction.  The results of his efforts could be seen across all grade levels. Over a two-year period, the school’s state standardized test scores revealed a significant increase in the percentage of students performing at proficient and advanced levels.  He is currently the chief visionary officer of a company dedicated to inspiring individuals and teams to perform at the highest level.

Dr. Juli Dixon, Tuesday

Dr. Juli Dixon is a professor of mathematics education at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. She coordinates the award winning Lockheed Martin/UCF Academy M.Ed. in K-8 Mathematics and Science and the PhD in Mathematics Education. Dr. Dixon is an active researcher with a history of over $9M in external funding focused on professional development. She has a multitude of publications including books; textbooks; book chapters; and articles and international, national, and state invited keynotes and presentations. She was the chair of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Student Explorations in Mathematics Editorial Panel and on the Board of Directors for the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. She provides extensive professional development with teachers (including model teaching) and for school and district administrators.

Sandra Herbst, Wednesday

Sandra Herbst is a noted system leader, author, speaker, coach, consultant, and educator with extensive experience in assessment, leadership, and adult learning. Her expertise, informed by wide-ranging practice and research, is enhanced by her compassion and humor. Sandra is a former elementary and secondary classroom and specialty teacher, school administrator, and program consultant. She is also former assistant superintendent of the second-largest school district in Manitoba and a past president of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents and the Manitoba ASCD affiliate.

As a facilitator of workshops, web conferences, and events across North America and internationally, Sandra engages her audiences by connecting people to practical strategies and approaches and by building on the expertise and passion that lies within each of us. She provides teachers and leaders with strategies and methods to help meet the diverse needs of learners. Sandra engages in long-term projects with school systems including co-teaching and co-planning with teachers.