Pink is “extremely skilled at articulating the factors behind motivation and engagement, essential elements for everyone in the education field to understand and consider,” says Robert Avossa, former superintendent of the School District of Palm Beach County, now senior vice president and publisher of educational products for LRP Publications, in an announcement about the keynote.
Co-presenter Alberto Carvalho is superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, one of the nation’s largest school districts. Miami-Dade has a one-to-one computing program, enrolls more than 345,000 students and employs about 40,000 people.
Focusing on Underrepresented Students in STEM
Justin Shaifer, executive director of the nonprofit educational organization Fascinate, will give the closing keynote address, “Bring STEM to Class: A Practical Guide to Education.” The 24-year-old Shaifer’s work centers around boosting under-represented students’ interest in STEM.
Another keynote, “Tech Share Live,” is slated to feature:
- Adam Bellow, co-founder of Breakout EDU
- Hall Davidson, senior director of Global Learning Initiatives for Discovery Education
- Leslie Fisher, educational technologist and director of lesliefisher.com
- Kathy Schrock, CEO of kackl! tech training and support
New Arena and Sessions Offer Deep Dive into Esports
Esports will get significant attention at the conference, which will feature a new Esports Gaming Arena, powered by CDW, where attendees can play games and witness competitions. FETC has also partnered with the National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors to offer sessions about esports targeted to administrators.
Those sessions, as well as others scheduled throughout the event, will address topics such as how to start an esports program, building esports arenas, and lessons learned from administrators and other educators who already have experience with school-based esports programs.