List of Previous Speakers by Year
2013 Georgette Yakman, advocate for STEAM education. Ms. Yakman holds a master's degree from Virginia Tech in Intergrated Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics Education. Her work has been recognized by educational groups both nationally and internationally.
2012 Dr. Jim Popham, Professor Emeritus UCLA. Dr. Popham has spent the bulk of his education career as a teacher. First as a high school English and Social Studies teacher and then at UCLA where, for more than 30 years, he taught courses in instructional methods for prospective teachers as well as courses in evaluation and measurement for graduate students. At UCLA he won several distinguished teaching awards and in 2000, he was recognized by UCLA Today as one of UCLA’s top 20 professors of the 20th century. He has authored 30 books as well as journal articles, research reports and presented 175 papers before research societies. Popham's most recent books are Transformative Assessment in Action (2011), ASCD; Mastering Assessment (2011), Pearson; and Everything School Leaders Need to Know about Assessment (2010), Corwin.
2011 Dr. Kyle Rhodes, superintendent of Bland County Public Schools. Dr. Rhodes has done extensive work with the scientifically based instructional intervention program Response to Intervention (RTI). He has created a model that has allowed him to create an evaluative instrument: the Response to Intervention Innovation Configuation Map.
2010 Dr. Billy K. Cannaday, Jr., Dean of the School of Continuing & Professional Studies. As Dean, Dr. Cannaday leads one of the University’s 10 schools, with the mission of providing undergraduate and graduate degrees, professional development certification, personal enrichment courses and travel programs, serving the surrounding communities and more than 15,000 adult students annually at seven regional academic centers around the commonwealth, in Richmond, Roanoke, Abingdon, Falls Church, Hampton Roads, Charlottesville and at the FBI National Academy in Quantico.
2009 Dr. Eric Gaze, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Education at Alfred University and mathematics coordinator for the Master of Science program in Numeracy, the first of its kind in the country, for which he developed the curriculum. He is a member of the Mathematical Association of America's Special Interest Group on Quantitative Literacy (SIGMAA QL). He is a charter member and serves on the Board of the National Numeracy Network (NNN). Current research projects include a textbook, Numeracy, A Quantitative Literacy: Communicating with Numbers, and writing a monthly column for the NNN's website, Ratiocination.
2008 Dr. Dolores Perin, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education and Senior Research Associate at Teachers College, Columbia University.
2007 Dr. Beth A. Ferri, Associate Professor in Teaching and Leadership and Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University. Dr. Ferri's presentation, Doing a (dis)Service: Reimagining Special Education from a Disability Studies Perspective, focused on the challenges of special Education. Her book, co-written with David J. Connor, Reading Resistance: Discourses of Exclusion in Desegregation and Inclusion Debates, chronicles through newspaper sources how problematic rhetorics of race and disability were used to maintain and justify segregation after the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision.
2006 Dr. Mary Abouzeid, Professor of Reading Education at UVA, and Director of the McGuffey/TEMPO Reading Outreach. When the Virginia Department of Education asked Dr. Abouzeid to write the section of our state’s grant on professional development, she became involved in assuring quality for teachers. She became the Principal Investigator of Reading First’s professional development when Virginia received its grant in January of 2003. Websites: http://www.readingfirst.virginia.edu and http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/tempo
2005 Dr. Grant P. Wiggins, President of Grant Wiggins & Associates t/a Authentic Education.
2004 Gerald L. Baliles, Sixty-fifth Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia,1986-1990. Governor Baliles spoke on the topic of education and economic development.
2003 Elliot W. Eisner, Lee Jacks Professor of Education and Professor of Art at Stanford University, presented a paper, "What Can Education Learn From the Arts about the Practice of Education?"
2002 Dr. John I. Goodlad, Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Washington and President of the Institute for Educational Inquiry in Seattle spoke on the topic "Striving for Excellence: The Drive for Quality and What really Counts in Education."
2001 Dr. William L. Sanders, Manager, Value-Added Assessment and Research, SAS in School. Dr. Sanders' address was titled "Teachers Make a Difference: Real Progress For All Students."
2000 Dr. E.D. Hirsch, Jr., Professor of Education and Humanities, University of Virginia, Founder and President, Core Knowledge Foundation. The topic this year was "Schools for the New Millennium."
1999 Dr. Patricia A. Edwards, Professor of Language and Literacy, National Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement, Michigan State University
1998 Dr. Samuel H. Houston Jr., International Center for Leadership in Education, Executive Director, North Carolina Standards and Accountability Commission; Dr. Mary V. Bicouvaris, Associate Professor of Education, Christopher Newport University; Member of National and Virginia Commissions on Standards
1997 Dr. Mary H. Futrell, Dean, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The George Washington University; Dr. Mary Ellen Bafumo, Director of Basic School Network Associated/Carnegie Foundation
1996 Dr. David C. Berliner, author and lecturer, "The Manufactured Crisis in Education," Professor, Arizona State University; Dr. Wayne M. Worner, holder of Chair of Excellence, College of Education, East Tennessee State University
1995 Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, Executive Director, National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, Teachers College, Columbia University; Dr. William C. Bosher, Jr., Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction; Honorable James Jones, President, Virginia Board of Education
1994 Mr. Harry K. Wong, author and lecturer on effective teaching
1993 Dr. Robert E. Slavin, Jr., Center for Research on Effective Schooling for Disadvantaged Students; Honorable James W. Dyke, Jr., Virginia Secretary of Education
1992 Dr. Chester E. Finn, Jr., Director, Educational Excellence Network; Dr. Joseph A. Spagnolo, Jr., Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction
1991 Dr. Willard R. Daggett, author and lecturer on school reform
1990 Dr. Ernest Boyer, President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
1989 Dr. Phillip C. Schlechty, President, The Center for Leadership in School Reform; Dr. Edward B. Fisk, Education Editor, New York Times