Keynote Speakers


Steven Anderson
(Leadership Keynote) 

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Steven W. Anderson is a learner, blogger, speaker, educational evangelist, author and Dad.  As a former teacher and Director of Instructional Technology he is highly sought after for his expertise in educational technology integration and using social media for learning. As @web20classroom he regularly travels the country talking to schools and districts about the use of Social Media in the classroom and how they can better serve students through technology. Steven has been a presenter and keynoter at several educational technology conferences, including ISTE, ASCD, TCEA, FETC, and VSTE as well as numerous state and local conferences. He is the author of 3 books, The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning, The Tech-Savvy Administrator and Content Curation: How To Avoid Information Overload. He is also responsible in helping create #edchat, a weekly education discussion on Twitter that boasts over 500 weekly participants. Steven has been recognized with the the 2009 and 2011 Edublogs, Twitterer of The Year Award, a Microsoft Heros of Education award, along with a 2013 Bammy Award, recognized worldwide as the Educational Emmy, for his work with #edchat.



Vicki Davis

(Friday Closing Keynote)

Vicki Davis is  a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director at a small school in Georgia, USA. She teaches Keyboarding to grade 8, Computer Fundamentals to grade 9, and Introduction to Computer Science to grade 10. She also coaches  teachers from grades kindergarten through 12th grade on how to effectively use technology to reach every child in their classroom.

Vicki hosts the podcast Every Classroom Matters on the BAM Radio Network which consistently trends in the top 10 in the K12 iTunes store podcasts and has more than 110,000 downloads a month (and growing). In 2014, Vicki won the BAMMY Award for Best Education Talk Show Host.

Vicki is well known for her creation of more than twenty global collaborative projects including the Flat Classroom Project which won ISTE’s Online Learning Award in 2006 and the MAD About Mattering Project in 2016.

Vicki’s books  Reinventing Writing andFlattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds, empower teachers to connect their students to technology and the world. Anyone who signs up for her email list can download her free ebook 10 Habits of Bloggers that Win.



Josh Stumpenhorst

(Wednesday Keynote)

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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.