Meet Your Host, Alan November
Founder, November Learning, Marblehead, MA
An international leader in education technology, Alan November began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at a reform school for boys. Today, he thrives on challenging educators' thoughts about what is possible in teaching and learning. Recognized as one of the nation's most influential thinkers, Alan has delivered keynotes and workshops in all 50 states, across Canada and throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Central America.
Meet Our Esteemed Keynote Presenters
Alan November selects each keynote speaker and featured presenter based on a personal connection with the ground-breaking qualities of his or her work. There is no request for proposals to find these innovative minds. Varied and valuable, the topics covered by our esteemed guests draw an array of participants for a truly global experience. Get to know more about these powerful practitioners of transformative education – including Alan November himself, BLC’s host.
Chief Technology Officer, Des Plaines School District 62
Jennie Magiera is the Chief Technology Officer for Des Plaines School District 62, previously the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership and a Chicago Public Schools math teacher. A White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and TEDx Speaker, Jennie has been working to redefine teaching and learning through innovative new practices. Jennie is also passionate about transforming professional learning, serving on the Technical Working Group for the US Department of Education’s National Educational Technology Plan and co-founding PLAYDATE and other new conference concepts. Aside from her students, Jennie’s great loves in life are sci-fi, mashed potatoes, Tabasco sauce, her dog and her husband. You can follow Jennie on Twitter at @MsMagiera or through her blog Teaching Like It’s 2999.
Dr. Dylan Wiliam
Dylan Wiliam, PhD, is a consultant who works with educators all over the world to develop effective, research-based teaching. He is former deputy director (Provost) of the Institute of Education at the University of London. From teaching in urban public schools to directing a large-scale testing program to serving in university administration, his professional path has led to a variety of positions at the forefront of education.He has written over 300 books, chapters and articles including a major review of research on formative assessment coauthored with Paul Black. He left the University of London in 2010 to focus on working more directly with teachers, and now spends his time working with teachers all over the world on improving teaching and learning.
Education Consultant, Huntington Beach, CA
IB TOK Teacher, Le Jardin Academy, Kailua, Hawaii and History for Music Lovers, YouTube Oahu, HI
Head of Mathematics Department,Robert College, Istanbul
Recognized globally for her pioneering work in innovation and educational technology, Özgür Akas has 20 years of experience in education as a Mathematics teacher, core staff member, MUN (Model United Nations)-EYP (European Youth Parliament) advisor, and Head of Mathematics. She has been an Apple Professional Development Authorized Trainer for two years. She is also a co-author of a geometry book called ’ Take Time to Think About Geometry’.
As an advocate of professional development, she is on the steering committee of the annual ATC (Autumn Teacher Conference) in Istanbul, Turkey, which is designed around the concept of Teachers Teaching Teachers.
Ozgur is a pioneer is tapping students’ creativity through assigning purposeful work within traditional curricula. She is the designer of an award winning project where her students have been teaching mathematics and geometry to blind children. Through their direct experience and research, her students have developed a hands-on mathematics curriculum for visually impaired kids. This work will be globally published in 2015.
Ozgur has also designed and presents a highly acclaimed training to parents to help them to understand 21st century learning skills and necessity of technology in education.
Student and iOS Developer, Waco, TX
As student who wouldn’t accept no for an answer when the school system wouldn’t (or couldn’t) teach him something, Blake took learning into his own hands. After writing an iPhone app at the age of 14, Blake decided that wasn’t enough and built two more the following year. Both apps centered around helping students succeed in and out of the classroom. Today, Blake has started over four tech companies, built corporate apps, and designed programming curriculum for students all while attending Baylor University. He’s assisted in the last 5 BLC conferences, presented at both BLC and Ignite, and co-keynoted with Alan at TexasASCD.
The following presenters have been invited to speak at BLC15. This list will be updated as we invite and confirm more presenters.