Feel free to review the presentations, attached, provided by our Keynote Speakers.
Monday, August 3rd
"We already know we have a learning gap, just tell us how to close it!"
Brenda Marler, Instructional Reading Specialist, Bethel School District
For the last ten years Brenda has worked outside the classroom as a literacy coach for Toppenish, Tumwater, and Bethel school districts. She also worked for the ESD 105 and the HU105 (Heritage University) teacher candidate program. Brenda received the Toppenish School District Educator of the Year award in 2005, the Toppenish Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year award in 2006, and the ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year award in 2007. When she’s not speaking, training educators, teaching students, reviewing research, or playing with data, she is likely with her family rooting for the Seahawks or Mariners, or doing 5-year-old things with her two granddaughters.
Tuesday, August 4th
"Understanding a Comprehensive School Wide Assessment System in an Era of Accountability. Preventing Assessment Malpractice through Assessment Literacy."
Ted Feller, Executive Director of the SW Washington STEM Learning Network
Prior to taking the helm of the STEM Network, Ted Feller was the Executive Director of Secondary Education for the Evergreen School District from 2010 through 2014 and the Associate Director of Assessment and School Improvement in the Centennial School District in Portland, Oregon from 2007-2010. His vast experience includes 3 years as principal of Fowler Middle School and 3 years as principal of Mary Woodward Elementary School, both in the Tigard-Tualatin School District in Oregon. Previous to that, he was with the Portland Public Schools as a Principal, Associate Principal, Alternative Education Program Coordinator, Student Management Specialist, and Teacher.
Ted earned his Bachelor of Science from Willamette University, his Master of Arts and Doctor of Education from Portland State University. He has an Initial Superintendent Certificate in Washington and Continuing Administrative License in Oregon.
Wednesday, August 5th
"Measure for Measure: Art Thou Transforming Learning Relationships?"
Matt King, K-12 Instructional Technology Coordinator, Snohomish School District
Matt King has been a Snohomish School District English (especially Science Fiction) teacher for a long, long time and the district Assessment Specialist for a bit, and is currently a pup as the district’s Instructional Technology Coordinator. That’s why you’re likely to get a dose of Shakespeare, Latin and Futurama in any keynote he gives.
Thursday, August 6th
"Let's talk...how we manage to create successful students without sacrificing our soul."
Tony Allen, Assistant Principal, Yakima Elementary School
Tony is currently an Assistant Principal at Yakima Elementary School, but has been with the Yakima School District in various roles since 2003. He has been a principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, gaining broad experience overcoming the challenges each provide. Tony recently took on a new role by providing Washington teachers and administrators with professional development in data-driven decision-making. Tony is an avid singer and musician and takes a vested interest in his community through various service groups and organizations. Tony graduated with a MEd from Heritage University, and a BS in both Music and Elementary Education from Central Washington University.
Friday, August 7th
Travis Hanson, Superintendent, Deer Park School District