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Soledad O’Brien

Opening keynote
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.

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Jack Gallagher

Tuesday keynote
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.

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Josh Stumpenhorst

Closing keynote
Wednesday, July 1
2:45-4 p.m.
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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.

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