Roberta Michnick Golinkoff holds the H. Rodney Sharp Chair in the School of Education at the University of Delaware and is also a member of the Departments of Psychology and Linguistics. An author of twelve books and numerous professional articles, she founded and directs the Child's Play, Learning and Development Lab (formerly the Infant Language Project), whose goal it is to understand how children tackle the amazing feat of learning language. The recipient of a prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical award, she is frequently quoted in newspapers and magazines and has appeared on Good Morning America and many regional morning shows. Dr. Golinkoff also speaks at conferences and for organizations around the world about children’s development.
Aleta Margolis is the Founder and Executive Director of Center for Inspired Teaching, which has been building a better school experience since 1995 by shifting the role of the teacher from information provider to Instigator of Thought. An Instigator of Thought teaches students how to think, not just what to think; engages students in serious play; and designs classrooms so students are engaged intellectually, emotionally, and physically. Aleta is a former professor of education at American University, specializing in authentic assessment, science and math education, and curriculum reform. In her time as a public school teacher, Aleta taught both elementary and middle school and designed and ran alternative educational programs for court-referred high school students. In 2011, Aleta helped launch the Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School to serve as a demonstration site for Inspired Teaching’s instructional model. The Demonstration School also serves as a partner site for the Inspired Teacher Certification Program, a 24-month, state accredited residency program that selects, prepares, supports, and certifies exceptional individuals for long term teaching careers in the District of Columbia. Aleta and Inspired Teaching are shifting teacher practice through multi-year partnerships with DC Public Schools to train DC teachers to implement inquiry-based instruction and create new, standards-aligned curricula. In 2001, Aleta was awarded a Fellowship from Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, in recognition of Inspired Teaching’s innovative work. Aleta received her undergraduate degree at Brown University and her MS in Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.
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Teacher, coder, founder of The LIFE School (a progressive high school in Atlanta), lover of cupcakes
Raquel Ríos, PhD is an educator, learning designer and consultant. She is the author of the book Teacher Agency for Equity: A Framework for Conscientious Engagement (Routledge, 2017). She has worked nationally across the US and internationally in Spain, the United Arab Emirates and Puerto Rico. Prior to starting her own consultancy, Raquel worked with New Teacher Center, a national resource on mentoring and coaching for teacher effectiveness located in Santa Cruz, California where she was a key contributor to the design and development of the curriculum. Her forthcoming book, Mindful Practice for Social Justice: A Guide for Educators and Professional Learning Communities will be released in May by Routledge.