Game Changer Sessions


Tuesday, June 20, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Ernest Morrell

An award-winning author, teacher, and researcher, Ernest Morrell is the Macy Professor of English Education and Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education  at Teachers College, Columbia University. Ernest is also Past-President of the National Council of Teachers of English, a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and an appointed member of International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel. In 2016, Ernest was ranked among the top 100 university- based education scholars in the RHSU Edu-Scholar Public In?uence Rankings. Ernest was an award-winning English teacher and coach in Northern California who now works with schools and after-school programs across the country to infuse social and emotional learning, digital technologies, project based learning, and multicultural literature into empowering literacy practices in K-12 classrooms.  Ernest is the author of more than 75 articles and book chapters, and eight books including Every Child a Super Reader: 7 Strengths to Open a World of Possible, New Directions in Teaching English, Linking Literacy and Popular Culture and Critical Media Pedagogy: Teaching for Achievement in City Schools, which was awarded Outstanding Academic Title for 2014 by Choice Magazine of the American Library Association.  Ernest has earned numerous commendations for his secondary and university  teaching, including being nominated ?ve times for Who’s Who Among America’s High School teachers and receiving UCLA’s Department of Education’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Morrell earned his Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of California at Berkeley where he received the Outstanding Dissertation Award. Ernest also proudly sits on the Executive Boards of LitWorld and the Education for Democracy Institute.

Tuesday, June 20, 2016
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Matt Beaudreau

Matt Beaudreau is a Certified Speaker at The Center for Generational Kinetics. The Center’s team of Millennials experts has been featured on 60 Minutes, 20/20, The Today Show and many more.  Matt is a Millennial who has a reputation as a leader in his own generation.  Matt's personal experiences employing multiple generations, serving as a school administrator, and being an entrepreneur make him a powerful and action-driving speaker on solving generational challenges with employees and customers.


Tuesday, June 20, 2016
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Mike Rutherford

Mike Rutherford provides high-value training and development experiences for educators through his work as a teacher, speaker, author, and consultant. Mike’s work focuses on high-performance teaching and learning, leadership development, creating and leading team-based organizations, and results-based organizational improvement.   He has created and developed numerous award-winning educational programs for students, teachers, and education leaders including The Artisan Teacher™, Developing the Artisan Teacher™, The Artisan Teacher:  A Field Guide to Skillful Teaching™, Creating the Learning Centered School™, Skillful Observation and Coaching Laboratory™, LeaderNext™, and Requisites of a Leader™.   Formerly a high school chemistry teacher, coach, and middle school principal, Mike received his BA in Education from Indiana State University, his MA in Educational Administration from Fayetteville State University, and his Doctor of Education degree from Morehead State University.