Keynote Speakers

Dr. Pedro Noguera | Keynote Speaker

A dynamic speaker, Pedro A. Noguera is one of our most important voices for improving public education.  Dr. Noguera’s work focuses on how schools are affected by social and economic conditions in local, regional and global contexts.  He is an expert on school reform, diversity, and the achievement gap—and he translates social theory into concise, direct language with emotional impact and intellectual rigor.  Dr. Noguera is known for delivering riveting, inspiring and profound lectures that address the major challenges of our time. Click here to read more about Pedro Noguera.

Dr. Margarita Calderón | Keynote Speaker

Dr. Margarita Calderón is a Professor Emerita at Johns Hopkins University and serves on advisory boards and national preschool-12th literacy panels. She is a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice and Office of Civil Rights. Her research focuses on effective schools and language, literacy development of English language learners, and teacher preparation. Dr. Calderón was principal investigator in a 5-year study in middle and high schools called ExC-ELL that facilitates teachers’ development of skills, confidence, and efficacy in teaching knowledge and skills to ELLs and all students. She has been a middle and high school teacher and has taught bilingual and educational leadership courses at multiple universities. Click here to lean more about Dr. Margarita Calderón.

Drs. Virginia Collier & Wayne Thomas | Keynote & Pre-Conference Speakers

Professors Wayne Thomas and Virginia Collier are internationally known for their research on long-term school effectiveness for linguistically and culturally diverse students. Dr. Virginia Collier is Professor Emerita of Bilingual/Multicultural/ESL Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, located in the metropolitan area of Washington, D.C. She is best known for her work with senior researcher, Dr. Wayne Thomas, on school effectiveness for linguistically and culturally diverse students, working with many school districts in all regions of the U.S. over the past 34 years. Spotlighted by the national and international media, their award-winning national research studies have had a substantial impact on school policies throughout the world. Dr. Wayne Thomas is Professor Emeritus of Evaluation & Research Methodology in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC. He has extensive experience in designing large-scale databases and developing computer software for purposes of student testing, program evaluation, and educational data management. His research and publications focus on the evaluation of school effectiveness for linguistically and culturally diverse students and Title I students and the evaluation of educational technology applications. Click here to lean more about Drs. Virginia Collier and Wayne Thomas.