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Maureen O’Shaughnessy, EdD, is a career school innovator with over 30 years of transforming learning in schools to better serve all students and author of Creating Micro-Schools for Colorful Mismatched Kids.

She is the founding director of Leadership Preparatory Academy (2013), a nonprofit , innovative, human-centered micro-school in Washington State; and Micro-School Coalition (2019), a cooperative of micro-schools across the globe.


Maureen offers consulting and the “Build Your Own Micro-School” class and Small School Leaders Mastermind, guiding schools to open across the US. She has been interviewed by Good Morning America and many other media sources. And now as founder of the Education Evolution podcast (May, 2020), she aims to disrupt the education climate as we know it to help ensure each child is seen, heard and valued and met where they are academically, socially and emotionally.

Her EdActive leadership team includes Trace Pickering of Iowa BIG, Meg Ormiston of Tech Teachers, and Pam Gordon of Big Picture Learning.

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Alin Bennett Vice President of Practice and Field Advancement

Alin Bennett is the Vice President of Practice and Field Advancement at Education Reimagined. Over the past twenty years he has served as an educator, school leader, and learner who is a staunch advocate for national school transformation and creating an equitable education system. Alin began his journey in education by supporting the curriculum work at the Skerton Community School in Lancaster, United Kingdom. It was during this time that Alin was first exposed to an open-walled, socially embedded learning environment. After returning home to Rhode Island, Alin began his work with The Met School and Big Picture Learning. Through his work with these two organizations, Alin was able to continuously grow practices that reflect and grow a learner-centered, equity-based environment. Alin currently collaborates with several organizations that push the traditional paradigm of education including; the Learning Community Charter School, the Center for Leadership and Educational Equity, and the Rhode Island Coalition for Educators of Color. Alin is based in Providence, Rhode Island where he lives with his wife and two young children.


Catherine Saldutti President & Founder

Catherine Saldutti earned degrees from Stanford University and The Harvard Graduate School of Education and has over 28 years of experience in secondary education. She has served as a teacher, administrator, professional development provider, program evaluator, and learning systems designer.

Catherine founded EduChange in 2000 to fundamentally reimagine and redesign the systems and structures that deliver formal education. Her team of senior designers, STEM experts, master educators, and researchers have spent over two decades building Open Learning Architecture, which changes the way content, assessment, instruction, and learner agency combine so that “the system” supports diverse stakeholders and removes anxiety-laden barriers to growth.

EduChange works with leaders, schools, networks, and districts who can launch the change process with science students & teachers in Grades 8-12. Catherine also holds a patent for Concept Construxions, a pattern-recognition system that helps learners construct concepts and acquire academic or technical language in social, collaborative ways.


Daniel Bauer Chief Ruckus Maker

Daniel Bauer is an unorthodox Ruckus Maker who has mentored thousands of school leaders through his Better Leaders Better Schools blog, books, podcasts, and powerful coaching experiences. 

Mastermind: Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader is a book that reimagines what professional development for school administrators looks like in order to meet the needs of all school leaders who currently feel isolated and overwhelmed.

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Deborah Reber Parenting Activist

Debbie Reber, MA, is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and speaker who moved her career in a more personal direction in 2016 when she founded TiLT Parenting, a resource for raising differently wired children. The TiLT Parenting Podcast has 4 million downloads and a slate of guests that includes high-profile thought leaders across the parenting and education space. A certified Positive Discipline trainer and a regular contributor to Psychology Today and ADDitude Magazine, Debbie’s newest book is Differently Wired: Parenting an Atypical Child with Confidence and Hope. In November 2018, she spoke at TEDxAmsterdam, delivering a talk entitled Why the Future Will Be Differently Wired.


Emily Anne Gullickson Founder and CEO, A for Arizona

Emily Anne brings to A for Arizona a unique background of executive, advocacy, legal, and teaching experience as a Teach For America – Phoenix alumna. She is the founder and CEO of A For Arizona and also leads sister organization Great Leaders Strong Schools. Emily Anne was recognized by the Arizona Capitol Times and state Capitol community as Leader of the Year in Education and Best Activist in the State of Arizona, and was recently recognized in Arizona as Best Political Rising Star, Women Achievers of Arizona – Nonprofit Leader, and Breakdown Breakout for being one of the sharpest political minds in Arizona under 40. Nationally, Emily Anne serves on the PIE Network Leadership Council and was recently recognized amongst her peers as a finalist for Breakout Advocate of the Year and Gamechanger Policy of the Year.

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Emily Berglund Program Coordinator

Emily is the youth program coordinator at the non-profit Heirs To Our Oceans where she helps to enrich the long-term health and wellbeing of Earth and all its inhabitants by supporting youth-empowered and leading conservation movements worldwide.

Emily graduated from UCSB with a multi-disciplinary background in economics and environmental science in 2017. Thereafter she moved to Australia to pursue environmental activism where she worked as a volunteer for the Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales, representing the council’s interests in stopping the degradation of Kosciusko National Park's water resources, leading hands-on immersive educational trips for youth, and advocating for further marine protections in Sydney Harbor. Emily then went on to serve with AmeriCorps, Montana Conservation Corps, and the United States Forest Service as a leader in conserving Custer Gallatin National Forest which borders the northern end of Yellowstone National Park.

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Erioluwa Adeyinka Global Community Organizer

Erioluwa is an educator and community organizer and his work focuses on the intersection of education, youth activism and development for collective liberation.

He is currently the Global Community Organizer at YouthxYouth where he leads youth activists' engagement strategy globally (across 70+ countries in 5 continents) and locally in Nigeria.


Jon Bergmann Teacher - Author - Flipped Learning Pioneer

Jon Bergmann is one of the pioneers of the Flipped Classroom Movement and is leading the worldwide adoption of Flipped Learning. He has worked with governments, schools, corporations, and education non-profits. Jon has coordinated and guided Flipped Learning projects around the globe. Locations include: China, Taiwan, Mexico, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, India, South America, and the United States. Jon is the author of ten books, including the bestselling book: Flip Your Classroom which has been translated into 13 languages.

Jon has been an educator for 34 years, with 26 years as a classroom teacher. In 2002, Jon received the Presidential Award for Excellence for Math and Science Teaching; and in 2010, he was named Semi-Finalist for Colorado Teacher of the Year. He serves on the advisory board for TED-Education.

Besides writing and speaking about Flipped and Mastery Learning, Jon teaches full time science and leads staff development at Houston Christian High School. You can learn more about him at

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Julia Bamba Principal

Julia Bamba leads an innovative, real world learning, public high school in Issaquah, Washington, just east of Seattle. As a Big Picture Learning school, Gibson Ek High School leads students to live lives of their own design to become activists in the world. As principal of Gibson Ek High School since its opening in 2016, Julia guides students and staff as they navigate cutting-edge educational practices that center on personalized real-world experiences.

When not reimagining school for her students, Julia focuses on fitness, healthy eating, and hanging out with her husband and two boys. You can find the Bamba family on the ski slopes, soccer and baseball fields, or trails in the PNW. As an educator for more than 20 years, Julia also served as an assistant principal, an activities director, a language arts teacher, and a soccer coach in the Issaquah and Federal Way School Districts.

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Kristen Miller, Ed.D. CEO/Founder

Following a three-year engineering career, Kristen Miller spent 13 years in education teaching predominantly high school mathematics, AVID, and Career Technical Education, and serving as a middle school Vice Principal in Northern California. Seeing a huge need for high quality social and emotional interventions, systems, and supports, Miller created a youth empowerment organization, With Heart Project (WHP), to work alongside schools and districts promoting Social-Emotional Wellness (SEL), Restorative Practices (RP), Trauma-Informed Practices, (TIP), and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).

In her inaugural year, Kristen partnered with a high-poverty middle school in Northern California to create and implement practices, processes, and procedures to decrease student suspension rates and increase academic achievement. The results were remarkable. Her efforts yielded a 79% growth in Common Core Mathematics achievement, as well as a reduction in discipline and attendance infractions, increase in GPA, and increase in math and reading grade levels among at-risk students.

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Lindsay Recknell President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

Lindsay Recknesll is the founder of Mental Health in Minutes, a podcast and monthly digital download of done-for-you presentations designed to increase mental wellness in the workplace. She is also the host of the Hope Motivates Action podcast, which features interviews of inspiring people who have used the power of hope to motivate action in their lives.

Lindsay is passionate about prioritizing learning and development for employees, the most important part of any business, and increasing the wellbeing of those employees without spending countless hours planning, prepping, and delivering trainings.

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Monique Sayers and Jen Zash A New Paradigm of Education

Monique Sayers is the visionary for A New Paradigm of Education which is a culmination of her life’s work as a passionate educator, mother, author and awakened meditation healer. She has taught over 20,000 students across the globe, both internationally and online.

Jen Zash has over 20 years experience as a school psychologist and the creator of the Mindful Mama Mastermind Program. She is an Educational Reform Activist who fiercely challenges traditional models of parenting and education, and is on a lifelong mission to “let children be children.”

In 2021, Jen, Monique and six other educators and parents from around the world created a vision for A New Paradigm of Education which is an international best-selling book in seven countries and a mission to create a new way of education that empowers students.

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Paul Lloyd Hemphill Chairman, American Education Defenders, Inc

Paul Hemphill is the bestselling author of a 2021 book for teens and two books on college planning. He has produced over 50 videos of stories from American history, over 200 videos on college admission and financing, and narrated three of his own audiobooks. Paul has also appeared in over 30 TV interviews from Boston to Washington, DC.

Paul holds a degree in philosophy and received the Bronze Star Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry while in the US Army. He's married with two sons who were once firmly committed and overly-dedicated teenagers!

The purpose of Paul's video program is to use true stories from American history to prove that your child can be independent, generous, truthful, courageous, responsible, and motivated. It's designed to activate these values in order to develop a healthy self-image. The larger result is subtle: your child will be dedicated to protecting those values while becoming an unexpected patriot.


Stanley Litgow Professor, Columbia and Duke University

Stanley S. Litow is a Professor at both Columbia and Duke University. At Duke University, he also serves as Innovator in Residence. Stan is the author of The Challenge for Business and Society: From Risk to Reward and co-author of Breaking Barriers: How P-Tech Schools Create a Pathway from High School to College to Career.

He previously served as President of the IBM International Foundation and as Deputy Chancellor of Schools for the City of New York. Before his service at IBM and the NYC public schools, he served as President and Founder of Interface and as Executive Director of the NYC Urban Corps, operated out of the Mayor’s Office.

He has served on a multiple of Presidential and Gubernatorial Commissions and in addition to his service on the SUNY Board of Trustees; he also serves on the board of Roosevelt House and the Citizens Budget Commission.

Stan helped devise the innovative school to college to career program called, PTECH as well as the IBM Corporate Service Corps, often referenced as the corporate version of the Peace Corps.

He has received multiple awards for his community service, from organizations such as the Ann Frank Commission, the Marin Luther King Commission, and the Center for an Urban Future as well as the Corning Award from the New York State Business Council.


Steven Cleveland Professor

Steven was born into poverty in Birmingham, Alabama. His family eventually settled in the Bay Area, specifically Richmond, CA, which at the time had more murders per capita than anywhere else in the country. From these humble beginnings, Steven graduated from UCLA & USC in Los Angeles, the first of his family to go to college. College transformed Steven’s worldview by opening him up to the many possibilities that are available but when he returned home to his “ghetto”, he noticed a different message of hopelessness. He wanted to change that message by using film and education. After cutting his teeth in production on music videos for such artists as Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur, and Mandy Moore, he was fortunate enough to executive produce commercials & music videos for the likes of the Old Lahaina Luau Company and Grammy Award Nominee Ledisi. He then began to develop a media-based service-learning curriculum aimed at producing high-quality media by pairing professionals with youth. The marriage of cultural exploration via the arts served him well in both of his roles, i.e. filmmaker & educator. At Cal State University, East Bay, Steven is a Black Studies Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies, a Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Professor in the Department of History, and an African American (AFAM) Faculty Fellow at the Diversity and Inclusion Student Center (DISC). Currently, Steven resides in Los Angeles where he wakes up every day working to infuse Black Humanity into a variety of media projects.

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