NAAC 2015 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
March 19, 2015 Opening Keynote
Mary Kay Morrison
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Mary Kay Morrison has taught at virtually every level of the educational spectrum, as well as facilitating keynote presentations and workshop sessions for the past 30 years. Her work includes integrating what we know about cognitive research on the emotions (particularly humor) and movement to classroom application. In addition to humor and stress management, Morrison frequently conducts seminars on mentoring, brain research, leadership, ADHD, group facilitation, and parenting and mentoring. She is the founder and director of Humor Quest and serves on the board of the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH). As a member of the Illinois NCLB implementation team, she conducted "Train the Trainer" sessions for the State Board of Education on school improvement and mentoring.
March 19, 2015 Luncheon Keynote
Dr. Stephen Peters
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Over his 33 years in education, Dr. Stephen Peters has been a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal and director of secondary education. Most of his experiences have been in schools that made significant growth in short periods of time thus resulting in both National and State Blue-Ribbon distinction. Peters is founder of the nationally recognized Gentlemen's & Ladies Club programs which provide options for thousands of at-risk and honor students throughout the United States. He is the CEO and President of The Peters Group, a national education consulting company. The Peters Group has a track record of creating and sustaining success in schools, and districts, by supporting educators through a 3-step process of teaching and learning. Peters' book, Choosing to Believe: Creating a Framework for School Success (Peters Group Foundation), is an award winning finalist for the 2010 International Book Awards. This educational tool provides a comprehensive framework for school improvement. He is also author of the best-selling books, Do You Know Enough about Me to Teach Me (Peters Group Foundation) and Teaching to Capture and Inspire all Learners (Corwin Press). Both books are used throughout the U.S. as effective tools for changing and sustaining school culture. Peters is a contributing author for the Educational Leadership series Engaging Every Learner (Corwin Press). In his book Inspired to Learn: Why We Must Give Children Hope (Rising Sun Publishing), Peters not only outlines his vision for the children in our schools, he goes on to share how he and his staff turned their vision into operational strategies. His latest book, The Reality of Now: A New Generation of Learners (Peters Group Foundation), will be available in Fall 2014.
March 20, 2015 Opening Keynote
Dr. Joseph Murphy
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Joseph Murphy is the Frank W. Mayborn Chair of Education and Associate Dean at Peabody College of Education of Vanderbilt University. He has also been a faculty member at the University of Illinois and The Ohio State University, where he was the William Ray Flesher Professor of Education.
In the public schools, he has served as an administrator at the school, district, and state levels. His most recent appointment was as the founding President of the Ohio Principals Leadership Academy. At the university level, he has served as Department Chair and Associate Dean.
He is a past Vice President of AERA and an AERA Fellow. He was the founding Chair of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). He co-chaired the work that produced the revisions to the ISLLC Standards in 2008 and 2015.
His work is in the area of school improvement, with special emphasis on leadership and policy.
Murphy is the co-editor of the AERA Handbook of Research on Education Administration (1999), editor of the National Society for the Study of Education (NSSE) yearbook The Educational Leadership Challenge (2002), and co-editor of the UCEA Handbook of Research on the Education of School Leaders (2009).
He has also published 22 books on school improvement and leadership and edited another 12 books. His most recent authored volumes include: The Educator's Handbook for Understanding and Closing Achievement Gaps (2010), Homelessness Comes to School (2011), Essential Lessons for Leaders (2011), ,i>Staying Home: Homeschooling in America (2012), and The Architecture of School Improvement (2013).
March 21, 2015 Closing Keynote Speaker
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Chelonnda Seroyer is a dynamic speaker and educator who began her career as a high school English teacher in Madison, Alabama. She used Dr. Harry Wong's book, The First Days of School
, as an "instruction manual" to set up her classroom. At the end of her first year of teaching she was awarded the "Bob Jones First Year Patriot Award." At the end of her second year of teaching she was awarded the "Patriot Award," given to a faculty member in recognition of valuable contributions, dedication, and service to the educational community. At the end of her fourth year of teaching, she received the "Teacher of the Year" award. Seroyer was also an executive member of the Madison City School's New Teacher Induction Team where she, along with central staff personnel, coordinated the induction program for new teachers coming into the school system.
In 2007 Seroyer received the Toyota International Teacher Award. This award was presented to 40 teachers from around the country, who traveled to Japan for an educational study tour of the country and its educational system. Seroyer has presented with Dr. Harry Wong for organizations such as the New Jersey Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the Texas Teachers Alternative Certification Program, the North Carolina Model Teacher Education Consortium, and has done keynote presentations for Dr. Bill Daggett's International Center for Leadership in Education's Model Schools Conferences. In addition to their domestic appearances, she also travels with Harry and Rosemary Wong around the world. She is one of the featured teachers in Dr. Wong's online classroom management course and her complete story was featured in a February 2005, www.teachers.net
column. Seroyer is also featured on a DVD in the new 4th edition of The First Days of School
She has done solo presentations both nationally and internationally for various school districts including Puerto Rico, Hawaii, St. Thomas, St. Croix , and Canada. She has also worked with new teacher programs such as the National Aeronautics Space Administration's (NASA) Pre-Service Teacher Institute and the Miami-Dade County School District's Summer Inservice program.