Recognized internationally for A Framework for Understanding Poverty, her foundational book and workshop, Dr. Ruby Payne has helped students and adults of all economic backgrounds achieve academic, professional, and personal success. In the eld of education, her career-long goal of offering strategies for successfully raising student achievement and overcoming economic class barriers has become the cornerstone of her work.
Mike Schmoker is a former school administrator, English teacher and football coach. He has written ve books and dozens of articles for educational journals and newspapers, TIME magazine and was a regular columnist for Phi Delta Kappan. Dr. Schmoker is the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) for his publications and presentations. He has consulted and keynoted for hundreds of organizations throughout the US, Canada, Australia and the kingdom of Jordan.
Michael Fullan is the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. 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.
Heather Staker, one of the world’s foremost experts on K-12 blended learning, is the founder and president of Ready to Blend, a research initiative focused on helping educators and families use blended learning to improve the achievement and well-being of K-12 children. In the fall of 2014, Heather published Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools (John Wiley & Sons) with co-author Michael B. Horn, a groundbreaking book that will serve as a eld guide and eye-opener for the builders and in uencers of the next generation of K-12 learning environments.