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October 20, 2014

Baltimore Convention Center
8:00 am to 3:00 pm

The AIMS Annual Conference provides teachers, administrators, and trustees in Maryland and DC with outstanding and affordable professional development in a day-long format that is both intensive and efficient. The event also brings educators together as a community to promote networking among peers and ongoing conversations about teaching and learning. The Annual Conference includes a full complement of educational exhibitors.

Annual Conference Keynote

This year’s Keynote speaker will be Sarah Lewis. You can read about Sarah here:

Sarah Lewis is the best-selling author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery. She is also a curator and historian based in New York City.

Sarah currently sits on the faculty of the Yale School of Art as a critic in both the Photography and Painting/Printmaking Departments. She recently completed her first book, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery (Simon & Schuster, March 2014). Drawing on her work in the arts, The Rise offers the biography of an idea which no single current term yet captures: how the experience of what we often mistakenly call failure—negative reviews, abortive experiments, and bungled first attempts—can furnish the ground for improbable, often iconic transformations.

She has served on President Barack Obama's Arts Policy Committee and was selected for Oprah's 2010 "Power List." She is also an active curator, having held positions at both the Tate Modern and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2010, she co-curated the SITE Santa Fe Biennial with Daniel Belasco. That same year, in Vogue's Great American Women issue, she was profiled by Dodie Kazanjian. The piece, entitled "Brainiac Rising", was paired with a photograph by Annie Leibovitz. Her writing on contemporary art has been published widely in journals such as Callaloo, Artforum, and Art in America and has been featured in publications by Rizzoli, the Smithsonian, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

She sits on a variety of boards including The Andy Warhol for the Visual Arts, the CUNY Graduate Center, and The Brearley School.

Conference Themes

  • Blended Learning
  • Design Thinking 
  • Diversity, Inclusivity, Equity, and Justice 
  • Experiential Learning
  • Global Awareness/Global Education 
  • Health and Wellness


Featured Speakers

Cynthia Barry, Jeffrey Blossom, Kim Carson, Liz Dawes Duraisingh, Mark Schulte, Julia Payne, Laura Philips

Cynthia Barry is the Librarian and Communications Director at St. Martin's in-the-Field Episcopal School and has an M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College and a B.A. in English from University of Massachusetts, Boston. Kim Carson is the Director of Academic Studies at St. Martin's in-the-Field Episcopal School and has an M.Ed in Special Education from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Elementary Education from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Mark Schulte is the Education Director at the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and has an M.A. in Interactive Journalism from American University and a B.A. from Oberlin College. Julia Payne is the Project Manager for Out of Eden Walk, Santa Fe, and has a B.A. in English Literature from University of Chicago.

Carol Bliese

Carol Bliese is the Director of Teacher Programs for the Population Education program at Population Connection. She has developed K-12 environmental and global studies curricula and over the past seven years, facilitated over 400 teacher workshops across the United States. Carol oversees a volunteer network of professional educators who present Population Education activities to teachers throughout the country.

David Ghoogasian

David Ghoogasian, educational consultant, trainer, and school improvement facilitator, has a rich background in education, which includes teaching, counseling, administration, and professional development. A former school principal, Mr. Ghoogasian trains and teaches educators, parents, and students with backgrounds ranging from early childhood education through college and university instruction. His philosophical approach and work weave together important findings in education, psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, behavioral science, communication, other relevant disciplines, and experience.

Vijay Gupta

Vijay (Robert) Gupta has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician since the age of eight; after joining the LA Philharmonic, he became the friend and violin instructor of Nathaniel Anthony Ayers—the homeless, mentally ill musician who was the subject of LA Times Columnist Steve Lopez's book The Soloist, and the movie by the same title (starring Jaimie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.). In his talks, Gupta explores music's ability to change our brains, heal ailments, and ultimately, transform lives. Gupta holds a master's in music from Yale and made his solo debut, at age 11, with the Israel Philharmonic. As an undergraduate, where he studied Pre-med, Gupta was part of several research projects in neurodegenerative biology. He held Research Assistant positions at CUNY Hunter College in New York City, where he worked on spinal cord neuronal re-generation and at the Harvard Institutes of Medicine Center for Neurologic Diseases, where he studied the biochemical pathology of Parkinson's disease.

Juliette LaMontagne

A former New York City high school teacher, LaMontagne is the founder of Breaker, a social innovation program in which "legions of underestimated young people with new insights to old problems” use design solutions and entrepreneurial savvy to address our biggest social challenges.

Barbara Place

Barbara Place has taught K–12 English and Spanish language arts. Barbara was a curriculum specialist, in conjunction with Simmons College and the University of Wisconsin, to help school districts across the country develop language arts curricula. Most recently, she led the partnership of Davis Curriculum and Research, Clark University, and the Worcester Public Schools in creating an arts-based literacy curriculum.

Mariama Richards, Elizabeth Denevi

Mariama is the Director of Progressive and Multicultural Education at Ethical Culture Fieldston School. Previously, she served as co-Director of Diversity at Georgetown Day School as well as having served as a member of the AIMS Board of Trustees and Summer Director at Hopkins School in New Haven, CT. Elizabeth Denevi is the Director of Studies and Professional Development at The Latin School of Chicago and previously served as co-Director of Diversity at Georgetown Day School as well as the AIMS Diversity Committee.

Catlin Tucker

Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Teacher and CUE Lead Learner. She teaches 9th and 10th grade English language arts at Windsor High School in Sonoma County, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. She has also taught online college level writing courses, which led to her interest in blended learning. Corwin published her first book Blended Learning for Grades 4-12: Leveraging the Power of Technology to Create Student-Centered Classrooms in June 2012. She is currently working on her second book Using Web 2.0 Technology to Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards and writing a blended learning course for ASCD. Catlin has published articles in Educational Leadership, OnCue, and the Teacher Librarian Journal. She is an experienced professional development facilitator and trainer, education consultant, curriculum designer and frequent Edtech speaker. Catlin earned her BA in English from UCLA and her English credential and Masters in Education from UCSB. She writes an internationally ranked education technology blog at and is active on Twitter @CTuckerEnglish.

Abigail Wiebenson

After heading Lowell School for 19 years, Abigail is now a certified leadership coach who works with Heads, middle managers, boards, and teams of teachers. She is a training consultant for Folio Collaborative and also directs the Beginning Teacher Institute run by Independent Education. She also teaches a course in Supervision and Professional Development for AIMS leaders at Johns Hopkins University.

Pamela Williams

Pamela Williams, LCSW-C is a clinician and independent school educator, who has held positions as counselor, learning specialist, and English teacher and service learning coordinator in independent schools. She has researched and published articles on identity and diversity. She is an authorized meditation instructor and completed the jointly administered AIMS/Johns Hopkins University Certificate in Independent School Leadership.


Annual Conference Program Proposals

To submit a proposal for the AIMS Annual Conference, use the link to the left. Be sure to submit your proposal by February 15 for the following year's conference. Schools and individuals are encouraged to propose program topics and speakers for consideration. 



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