Sunday, June 28
5:45-7 p.m. ET
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Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor, producer and television personality. In June 2013, she launched Starfish Media Group (SMG), a multiplatform media production and distribution company dedicated to uncovering and producing stories that delve into the often-divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity through personal stories.
O’Brien was the originator of CNN’s documentary series “Black in America” and “Latino in America.” Through SMG, she continues to contribute programming to CNN as well as short-form segments for Al Jazeera America. Later this year, she’ll take the reins as executive producer and moderator of the National Geographic Bee.
In June 2013, O’Brien joined HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” as a correspondent. The same year, she was a visiting fellow at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard, her alma mater.
In 2010, she wrote the critically acclaimed memoir The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities, which chronicled her biggest reporting moments and how her upbringing and background influenced those experiences.
Earlier in her career, O’Brien co-anchored “Weekend Today” and contributed to segments on the “Today Show” and “Nightly News.” In 2003, O’Brien transitioned to CNN where she was the face of morning news shows for many years. She won an Emmy for “Crisis in Haiti Report,” which focused on Haitian orphanages in the wake of the massive 2010 earthquake.
Before working for CNN, O’Brien anchored the NBC’s “Weekend Today.” She lives with her husband and four children in Manhattan.
Tuesday, June 30
9-10:15 a.m. ET
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Jack Gallagher is a comedian and former elementary educator whose son, Liam, is a 19-year-old with autism.
In his keynote, “Insight into Autism: A Father’s Perspective,” Gallagher will present a moving portrayal of a parent struggling to understand a child who he comes to realize is truly amazing. Drawn from his personal experience and training as an educator, his story illustrates that sometimes when pushed to the limit, we learn new lessons and discover new ways of approaching complex situations. His inspiring story will underscore how parents and educators, when working in unison, can build understanding, perspective and celebration.
In the early 1980s, Gallagher moved from the K-12 classroom to the comedy clubs of Boston and Los Angeles, where he developed his trademark style of combining humor with an important message. A three-time Emmy Award winner for his work on PBS, Gallagher is the author of six plays, including “A Different Kind of Cool,” exploring the differences between his two sons and coming to terms with the fact that “coolness” is a matter of perspective.
Wednesday, July 1
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Josh Stumpenhorst, the 2011-12 Illinois Teacher of the Year and ISTE Emerging Leader, is author of the book The New Teacher Revolution by Corwin Press.
A junior high history and English teacher, Stumpenhorst is an influential blogger whose innovative ideas have challenged the status quo and produced outstanding student outcomes. In his book, which was released in February, and on his blog, Stump the Teacher, Stumpenhorst discusses his often unorthodox educational philosophies, such as his belief that homework and grades actually harm student learning and his emphasis on building relationships with students based on trust and respect rather than fear and punishment.
Stumpenhorst’s blog has been nominated for numerous EduBlog awards and he has appeared on Bam Radio, the largest education radio network in the world. He’s also contributed to SmartBrief Education, the EdReach Community and Huffington Post Live. As a connected member of the social media community, Stumpenhorst regularly consults at education conferences and professional development activities.
In addition to being Illinois Teacher of the Year, Stumpenhorst is a member of and has also been named 2012 Educator of the Year by the Illinois Computer Educators, won a California Casualty Teaching Excellence Award by the National Education Association, and earned the Illinois Education Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
In addition to teaching, he is an athletic director, team leader, computer club adviser, track and basketball coach, and serves on numerous curriculum and technology committees at the school and district level. He holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction as well as a National Boards Certification in early adolescence social science. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons.