Meet Your Host, Alan November


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.

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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.


Michael Fullan

Professor emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Michael Fullan, OC is recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform. He advises policymakers and local leaders around the world in helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children learning. He is the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. From 2004-2013 Michael Fullan served as Special Adviser in Education to the Premier of Ontario. He received the Order of Canada in December 2012 and holds honorary doctorates from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; University of Edinburgh, Scotland; Newman University College, University of Leicester; and Nipissing University in Canada.Fullan is a prolific, award-winning author whose books have been published in many languages. His book Leading in a Culture of Change was awarded the 2002 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council), Breakthrough (with Peter Hill and Carmel Crévola) won the 2006 Book of the Year Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Turnaround Leadership in Higher Education (with Geoff Scott) won the Bellwether Book Award in 2009, and Change Wars (with Andy Hargreaves) was awarded the 2009 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward. His latest books are The Principal: Maximizing Impact (in press), Motion Leadership in Action (2013), Stratosphere: Integrating Technology, Pedagogy, and Change Knowledge (2013), and Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School (with Andy Hargreaves) (2012).


Dr. Alec Couros

Professor of Educational Technology and Media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Dr. Alec Couros is an Associate Professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. He has given hundreds of workshops and presentations, nationally and internationally, on topics such as openness in education, networked learning, social media in education, digital citizenship, and critical media literacy. His graduate and undergraduate courses help current and future educators understand how to use and take advantage of the educational potential offered by the tools of connectivity.

Keynote Panel

Shannon McClintock Miller

District Teacher Librarian at Van Meter Community School, Van Meter, IA

Shannon McClintock Miller is the district teacher librarian and technology integrationist at Van Meter Community School in Van Meter, Iowa. She encourages her students to have a voice while learning, creating, collaborating and connecting to others within their school and around the world. Shannon is the author of the award winning Van Meter Library voice blog and enjoys writing for ISTE’s Leading & Learning journal, School Library Month, Teacher Librarian, various blogs and in other forums. She has had the opportunity to speak in Iowa and around the country about advocacy, technology, social media and making a difference in education and lives of others. She is a member of ISTE, SIGMS, ALA, AASL and ILA (Iowa Library Association). Shannon serves as the advocacy chair on the Iowa Association of School Librarians and on the Iowa Center for the Book Advisory Council as the public school students and libraries representative. Shannon also serves on the School Library Month advisory board. In 2010, she was also chosen to be part of the Cengage Learning/School Library Journal New Leaders Program. In March 2011, Shannon was awarded the Connecting People Shorty Award for being connected on Twitter. Shannon can be found at @shannonmmiller on Twitter and online at


Shilpa Yarlagadda

Student – Founder of Club Academia, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto, California

Shilpa is a senior at Gunn High School and is founder of Club Academia, a non-profit Ed-Tech company. Club Academia is built on the platform “of the student, by the students and for the students” as it hopes to provide a world-class education for all students through its concise video-tutorials. Shilpa has recently won the $20,000 Westly Prize for her organization and Club Academia has presented at the Florida Ed-Tech Conference, TEDx events, and also at the Computer User Educator’s conference.


Sara Wilkie

Learner, Teacher, Learning Design Mentor, November Learning, Beverly Hills, MI

Sara was a Math, Science and Engage teacher at Birmingham Covington School for 13 years before adding the roles of Learning Mentor and Process Development Coach to her repertoire. Sara is a consultant for November Learning and a member of the EdLeader21 Advisory Team. In each capacity, Sara strives to connect the experiences of students, teachers and administrators to foster a critical understanding around the meaningful integration of technology, pedagogy and content. Sara has facilitated workshops at schools, educational conferences and professional development seminars, nationally and internationally, and truly appreciates the pervasive and undeniable message threaded throughout BLC that it is not about the tools and technology, but about relationships and learning.  Sara holds a B.A. from Eastern Michigan University and an Educational Technology from Michigan State University.


Darren Kuropatwa

Curriculum Coordinator for Digital Learning, James-Assiniboia School Division, James-Assiniboia School Division Winnipeg, Canada

Darren was an early user of blogs as part of his senior Math classes. Darren has gained notoriety for his innovative use of visuals and exploration in using technology to enable students to do things they could not have otherwise done. Darren is a regular presenter at conferences both nationally and internationally. You’ll find Darren’s digital footprints at Lately he has also been video blogging #WhileWalking

Additional Presenters

The following presenters have been invited to speak at BLC14. This list will be updated as we invite and confirm more presenters.

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