Julie Adams, founder of Adams Educational Consulting (AEC), is an international
keynote speaker and educational consultant providing engaging and effective training
and coaching to both public and private K-12 schools in the following areas: critical
thinking, SEL, neuroscience, digital literacy, instructional leadership, content area
literacy and writing.
Mrs. Adams, a Nationally Board Certified Teacher and Educator of the Year who has
taught primary through graduate school, equips educators with strategies that empower
students with the skills necessary for academic success.
In addition, Mrs. Adams advises universities and state departments of education on educational policy and curriculum and instruction. Her expertise and humor make her a keynote speaker at leadership and educational conferences around the world.
**Her five published books are:
Teaching Academic Vocabulary Effectively, Parts I-III
Game Changers-7 Instructional Practices that Catapult Student Achievement
PDP Cornell Notes- A Systematic Strategy to Aid Comprehension
Jim Detwiler is the Assistant Superintendent for Learning Support Services in the Boone County Schools, Kentucky. He is a former elementary school principal and music teacher, and frequent Magic Bean Buyer. Jim promotes developing students' 21st century skills through engaging project based learning and innovative teaching & learning. He is often heard telling students, #GoMakeStuff! He holds an EdD in Education Leadership with interests in parent engagement and effective teacher dispositions. Jim is most happy when he is with his beautiful wife and two children lost in Orte, Italy. He is a 2014 Bammy Award Nominee and a 2014 Kentucky PTA Outstanding Educator. Follow Jim's school district on Twitter using #Boone2020. Two fun facts about Jim: He walked a tightrope in his High School production of "Barnum", and he enjoyed 15 minutes of Andy Warhol fame when he and friend Chad made the viral YouTube video "Snowhemian Rhapsody" Nutty School Closing. Contact Jim on Twitter @JimDetwiler1 and on Voxer at jdetwi691.
Carina Hilbert is a middle school English/Spanish teacher currently on medical leave from Kalamazoo Public Schools in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Carina has 10 years of teaching experience in urban, suburban, and rural schools; public, private, and charter schools; and grades 6-12. Last year, she also earned her Master's in the Art of Teaching from the University of Southern California through the Rossier Online program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with her capstone research being on rural English language learners in Michigan. Carina's main teaching interests are blended learning, alternative education, project-based learning, and working with language learners across the curriculum. She lives in Kalamazoo with her two amazing children, her fiance and his son, as well as their two cats and her rather sizeable book and yarn collection.