Keynote and featured speakers for the 2010 Connections conference

Garrison Wynn
March 10, 2010
  • Opening Keynote Speaker - Megacenter - 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Generations Working Better Together
  • Theater - 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - The Real Truth about Success - What the Top 1% do
  • Theater - 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Making the Most of Difficult Situations

Garrison helps people learn how to make the jump from being great at what they do to understanding and developing the qualities it takes to be chosen for the job. He gets them to understand why their products, services, or leadership styles - or those of their competitors - are selected. As he says, "If the world agreed on what's best, everybody would choose the best and nothing else would be considered. Decision making doesn't work that way."

As a speaker, advisor, and entertainer, Garrison has worked with some of the world's most effective corporate leaders and salespeople, from multibillion-dollar manufacturers to top New York Stock Exchange wire houses. He has a background in manufacturing, entertainment, telecommunications, and financial services. Garrison started as a sales and marketing person in a branch office of a Fortune 500 company at age 24 and was chosen to be department head at corporate headquarters three years later. He researched and designed processes for 38 company locations nationwide and developed and marketed products still being sold in 30 countries. An experienced actor in films and a former professional stand-up comedian, he has hosted PBS television specials and national radio programs.

Wavelength, Inc.
March 11, 2010
  • Closing Keynote Speaker - St. Charles Ballroom - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - The Seven Habits Of Highly Ineffective Educators

Wavelength is an award-winning, acting ensemble from Chicago that uses humor, laughter and improvisation to train, motivate and inspire educational professionals.

The group has been featured on CBS and ABC TV in Chicago, and in newspaper articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune and USA Today.

Teacher Magazine said a Wavelength show is "like an edition of 'Saturday Night Live' written especially for educators."

And the Journal of Staff Development has declared that "Wavelength has mastered the art of teaching teachers through the use of humor."

Steve Barkley
March 10, 2010
  • Preservation Hall A - 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - The Magic of Excellent Teaching
  • Preservation Hall A - 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Raising Student Expectations/Tapping Student Effort
  • Preservation Hall A - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - The Magic of Excellent Teaching
  • Preservation Hall A - 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. - Raising Student Expectations/Tapping Student Effort

Steve Barkley, Executive Vice-President of Performance Learning Systems, Inc., began his career in education 30 years ago as an elementary school teacher. For the past 20 years he has served as a consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education and colleges throughout the United States and Canada. He has designed and conducted short and long term inservice training for teachers and administrators of all levels. He has extensive experience guiding districts through the process of school restructuring and site based management, as well as working with both teachers and students to develop School-to-Work programs. He has been a keynote speaker and presenter at National Staff Development Council Conferences, the High Schools that Work Summer Conferences, and has also presented for the European Council of International Schools, the Mediterranean Association of International Schools, Aruba Institute of Pedagogy and Enka Schools of Istanbul, Turkey. Recently, Steve has been concentrating on working with several districts in leadership training, coaching skills, and teacher growth. With the publication of his recent books Quality Teaching in a Culture of Coaching and WOW: Adding Pizzazz to Teaching and Learning, Steve stands out as an authority on developing and sustaining quality school mentoring and coaching programs. His newest book, Tapping Student Effort: Increasing Student Achievement, further captures Steve's energy as he shares the formula for creating exciting and useful classroom practices where students exert effort to learn. Steve is a highly motivational and riveting speaker who is extraordinarily knowledgeable about life in the classroom. A catalyst for growth - he is a true role model who practices what he teaches.

Lois Barnes
March 10, 2010
  • Broadway A - 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - Six Strategies for Increasing Student Motivation
  • Broadway A - 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Six Strategies for Increasing Student Motivation
  • Broadway A - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Assessing FOR Learning: Classroom Strategies That Check Students' Understanding
  • Broadway A - 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. - Assessing FOR Learning: Classroom Strategies That Check Students' Understanding

Lois J. Barnes is Director, State Services for School Improvement with the Southern Regional Education Board's High Schools That Work, where she has also worked as a school improvement consultant in several school districts through the Urban Initiative of HSTW. Prior to SREB, Lois had over twenty-five years in public education as a middle and high school social studies teacher, assistant principal, director of secondary schools, and assistant superintendent for K-12 curriculum and instruction. She also worked for the Kentucky Department of Education implementing aspects of Kentucky's Education Reform Act and as an adjunct professor at The University of Kentucky. She has had articles published in educational journals and has critically read textbooks for three publishing companies. Lois was the National Endowment for the Humanities Teacher-Scholar from the state of Kentucky, and she has received numerous awards for teaching and international study, including a Fulbright-Hays fellowship. Lois has presented at national and state conferences, including national workshops for High Schools That Work.

Barbara Blackburn
March 10, 2010
  • New Orleans Ballroom - 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - Engaging Instructional Strategies That Increase Student Achievement
  • New Orleans Ballroom - 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Rigor is NOT a Four-Letter Word
  • New Orleans Ballroom - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Engaging Instructional Strategies That Increase Student Achievement
  • New Orleans Ballroom - 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. - Rigor is NOT a Four-Letter Word

Barbara R. Blackburn has taught early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students and has served as an educational consultant for three publishing companies. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Now an Associate Professor, she received the 2006 award for Outstanding Junior Professor at Winthrop University, where she coordinates a graduate program for teachers, teaches graduate classes, supervises student teachers, and collaborates with area schools on special projects. Dr. Blackburn is the author of seven books, including Classroom Motivation from A to Z, Classroom Instruction from A to Z, and Literacy from A to Z. Her newest book, Rigor is NOT a Four Letter Word shows teachers how they can raise the level of rigor in their classrooms and provide challenging learning experiences for their students. Eye on Education also just released The Principalship from A to Z, which she wrote with Dr. Ron Williamson of Eastern Michigan University.

Gwendolyn Bryant
March 11, 2010
  • New Orleans Ballroom - 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - What is Culturally Responsive Teaching? What Does it Look Like? (3 1/2 hour session)
  • New Orleans Ballroom - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - What is Culturally Responsive Teaching? What Does it Look Like? (3 1/2 hour session)
  • New Orleans Ballroom - 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - What is Culturally Responsive Teaching? What Does it Look Like? (3 1/2 hour session)

Gwendolyn L. Bryant began her career as an educator 31 years ago. She holds a Master of Education from Kent State University. She has experience in early childhood education, elementary, middle, and adult education levels. She has taught learning disability and college students over the course of her career. Ms. Bryant facilitated and supported building leadership teams through the continuous planning process, to create site based improvement plans. Gwendolyn is currently an adjunct professor at Ashland University and The University of Akron and a school improvement coach for Perkins Middle School in Akron, Ohio. As a coach she supports educators with implementing content standards, instructional practices, and strategies which impact instructional delivery. In addition, Ms. Bryant plans and facilitates high quality professional development in literacy, differentiated instruction, technology, and cultural responsive teaching. She has been a presenter at National Staff Development Conference, National High School That Work Conferences, Ohio's Association of Black School Educators Conference and Kent State University's Early Childhood and SOAR Conferences. Aside from being featured at state and local conferences, television spots and urban and rural professional development, she has recently been certified as an Ohio Master Teacher. She enjoys working in urban schools. Gwendolyn's professional goal is to commit her scholarship, experience and role as an educator to be a vehicle for change in order to enhance others in becoming lifelong learners, thus making their lives better by obtaining an education with distinction.

Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick
March 10, 2010
  • Salon II - 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Creating a World-class Career Technical Center
  • Salon II - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - 21st Century Curriculum Considerations
  • Salon II - 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - Creating a World-class Career Technical Center
  • Salon II - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - 21st Century Curriculum Considerations

Michael Fitzpatrick is a nationally recognized expert in Career and Technical Education whose school improvement efforts have led to numerous accolades, including an AASA President's Technology Award for vision and leadership in educational technology, the AASA Leadership for Learning Award for fueling student achievement and learning through innovative integration partnerships, and designation of his school system as a Massachusetts Green School, High Schools That Work Pacesetter School, Commonwealth Compass School, and Vanguard Model School. Under his leadership, Valley Tech was one of six school systems nationwide to receive the 2004 National School Change Award for significant and meaningful change, and has been featured in a Chronicle television news magazine segment and in District Administration magazine as the new face of Career and Technical Education. Dr. Fitzpatrick serves as an elected Massachusetts delegate to the AASA Governing Board, President-Elect of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, and was named the MASS 2008 Christos Daoulas Award recipient for his contribution to education and that organization.

Susan Goodale
March 11, 2010
  • Preservation Hall A - 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - Mood Disorders: When They Are Not in the Mood to Learn
  • Preservation Hall A - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Understanding the 6 Subtypes of ADD/ADHD
  • Preservation Hall A - 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Ways to Make 21st Century Skills Part of Every Classroom

Susan Goodale is a dynamic and versatile educator and trainer with more than 30 years experience in education and human behavior. With masters degrees in both educational administration and mental health counseling, she has been a teacher of high school, community college, and university graduate students, a school administrator, feature writer, marriage and family therapist, and a business and educational consultant who presents to audiences across the nation. She is a highly requested and often featured speaker at state and national conferences and holds membership in a national speakers' bureau and the International Platform Association. In addition, Susan is a certified school counselor and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has received state and national recognition for her work with families and young people. She is also approved to do both Administrator Academies and Counselor Academies, and is an approved Professional Development Provider for teacher recertification in the State of Illinois.

Bob Greenleaf
March 11, 2010
  • Salon V - 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - Brain Based Teaching: Making Connections for Long-Term Memory & Recall
  • Salon V - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Memory, Recall, the Brain & Learning: The Nonlinguistic and Visual Attributes of Memory & Recall
  • Theater - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Creating and Changing Mindsets ~ Movies of the Mind: Strategies for Long-Term Impact Upon Change and the Acts of Achievement, Motivation, and Relationship Building
  • Theater - 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. - Creating and Changing Mindsets ~ Movies of the Mind: Strategies for Long-Term Impact Upon Change and the Acts of Achievement, Motivation, and Relationship Building

Robert Greenleaf was formerly a professional development specialist at the Education Alliance at Brown University. Having taught in all grades K-12, he has 20 years experience in public education ranging from superintendent of schools to assistant superintendent of schools, elementary school principal, teaching principal, teacher, and special education assistant. He served as adjunct professor at Thomas College in Maine. President of Greenleaf Learning, a human resource development company he founded in 1987, Bob specializes in educational strategies for understanding behaviors, building esteem and achievement, and brain-based learning. Bob is the author of 8 instructional books, the creator of two double-sided albums and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter. He is the 1991 recipient of the "Outstanding Educator Award" from the Waterville Public Schools in the state of Maine. Bob holds a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University, a masters in educational administration from Southern Maine and a bachelor's degree from Nasson College in psychology. A past member of the National Speakers Association and Toastmasters International, he won several area and district speech events in the 1980's.

Yona Lunken
March 10, 2010
  • Salon IV - 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Dealing with Interpersonal Conflict at Work
  • Salon IV - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Eight Ways to Think and Work Smarter

Yona Lunken is the founder of Thinking Skills Seminars, and has been presenting, training, and facilitating seminars for the past 20 years both in the United States and overseas. He started the company to bring his expertise in these skills to audiences in the Midwest and around the country.

Thinking Skills Seminars was founded with a mission "to help you reach beyond your grasp." Our clients include large corporations, small businesses, professional offices, educational institutions and non-profits.

Prior to starting Thinking Skills, Yona was a System Training Specialist helping directors and administrative staffs improve their job performance at Career Education Corporation, one of the nation's leading providers of job skill training. He was also a faculty member in the Masters of Information Technology program at American Intercontinental University, where, in addition to his teaching schedule, he created and presented faculty orientation workshops and train-the-trainer seminars.

Yona's academic credentials include a Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering from Rutgers University and a Master's degree in Cognitive Psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology. Yona is certified in FourSight Assessment, a tool used to explore team problem-solving preferences and certified in the DiSC Profile, which helps people understand and improve their communication style in the workplace.

Yona makes seminars engaging and practical, so that participants bring back new skills to their workplace.

Dave Shepard
March 11, 2010
  • Broadway A - 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Instructional Strategies for All Students in the Inclusive Classroom
  • Salon VI - 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - Instructional Strategies for All Students in the Inclusive Classroom
  • Salon VI - 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Don't Blame Me !!! The Teacher Started It !!
  • Salon VI - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Avoiding Classroom Comas
  • Salon VI - 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - Don't Blame Me !!! The Teacher Started It !!
  • Salon VI - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Avoiding Classroom Comas

A native of rural North Carolina and a product of public education in four states, Dave Shepard brings experience, common sense, and practicality to any educational gathering. Having dealt with middle and high school students for over thirty years, his experience includes teaching, coaching, curriculum writing, program design, and administration. Since his retirement in 1999, he has devoted his time and energy to helping schools become safer, more efficient, and more successful for all students. Dave currently manages his own educational consulting firm, "The Middle Matters and More," in Lexington, Kentucky. He works actively with SREB, NMSA and ION Educational Publishers. Since the passage of the Kentucky Educational Reform Act in 1990, Dave has also worked with the Kentucky Department of Education, the University of Kentucky and over thirty Kentucky school districts to help implement this reform. Known primarily as a practitioner, he has presented at over forty state and national conferences. He has also assisted school districts in over twenty states develop and refine their educational programs by providing quality professional development. Dave has been published in several educational journals and co-authored a book titled, Teach My Kid, I Dare You! An Educators Essential Guide to Parent Involvement.

Wayne Zako
March 10, 2010
  • Salon II - 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - Ensuring Student Success: The Whole Enchilada - Natural Learning and Assessment Techniques
  • Theater - 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - Ensuring Student Success: The Whole Enchilada - Natural Learning and Assessment Techniques

Wayne Zako travels throughout the U.S. and Canada training teachers and administrators in how to make the classroom experience more rewarding for the students and teachers alike. Wayne provides extensive training in how people learn and what teachers can do to create a more 'natural' learning environment. Wayne has his Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from South Dakota State University. Wayne is a member of the part-time staff at Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City, South Dakota and is President of Human Options, an educational consulting company committed to individual success. Human Options is built on the premise that "Everyone deserves to be successful at school, work, and in relationships. Miracles happen when people feel successful and worthy."