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August Merz III

August "Sandy" Merz III, NBCT has taught design and algebra and other STEM subjects at Safford K8 IB World School in Tucson, Arizona since 1987. In 2010 he earned his National Board Certificate in Career and Technical Education. Shortly after that he became active in the teacher leader movement, particularly with the Arizona K12 Center and the Center for Teaching Quality. He writes the Digressive Discourse blog (http://ow.ly/Kpd0O) for CTQ and contributes to Stories from School Arizona (http://ow.ly/KpmOu). His articles have appeared in ED Week, Kappan, Ed Horizons, and Go Teach. Follow Sandy on twitter @amerziii

Cindy Eckard │@screensandkids

Cindy Eckard is a Maryland mom who is advocating for state legislation to regulate classroom screen safety. More information is available at www.screensandkids.us. and https://twitter.com/screensandkids.  Her email address is [email protected]

Julie Adams @adamsteaching

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