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AIMS Annual Conference 2013 Presenters

Program Resources
Monica Brouwer, Kimberly Walther
Monica Brouwer is the Gifted Intervention Specialist at Smith Elementary School in Oakwood, Ohio. She also works at the Dayton Regional STEM Center to write and teach STEM curriculum. Kimberly Walther has been teaching elementary students in both private and public schools for 15 years, and currently teaches 4th grade. She utilizes technology, collaborative opportunities, and inquiry experiences to motivate and teach her students.
AM-7 Science Rocks and Rules: A Family Science Night How-To
Ellen Daniels Cremer
Ellen Daniels Cremer has been an educator in Washington, D.C. area independent schools for over 20 years. She currently teaches at St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School. Having focused much of her teaching career on reading and writing instructional methods, Ellen has provided a variety of literacy presentations and workshops in and around Washington and has consulted internationally in 23 countries.
AM-5 Strategies to Connect Nonfiction Reading with Writing
Charles Duckett
Charles R. Duckett, owner and principal of Charles R. Duckett and Associates, is an exciting new voice in Education. Prior to starting his company, Charles was the Director of Programs at the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust, Director of Athletics at the Severn School (where he was the first African-American Athletic director in its history) and a Board Member of Chesapeake Academy. Charles has led Board Diversity committees, co-authored diversity statements, facilitated discussions surrounding diversity issues with independent and public schools. Charles has developed and implemented various programs, with specific interest in the development of strategic diversity plans, youth mentoring, youth leadership and development, strategic partnerships and Leadership Training on Culture, Leadership and Trust.
AM-11 Addressing the Components of a Diverse Community
David Eagleman
David Eagleman is a daring young scientist who provides a new understanding of our brains—and ourselves. As a speaker, this Guggenheim Fellow is energizing, edifying, and able to connect scientific discovery to teaching and learning. Eagleman prompts us to celebrate how much, and how joyously little, we know about our conscious selves and our reality.
David Eagleman throws himself into his work, literally: he once dove from a 150-foot tower to test whether time slows down in life-threatening situations. Often called the Carl Sagan of neuroscience, Eagleman—a bestselling author—deals with everything from how the brain rewires itself to why art and science must learn from each other. Known for a unique and active exploration of ideas, erudite, engaging, and able to bring science discovery to everyday life, Eagleman prompts audiences to recognize the beauty of the brain, question what we perceive as reality, and re-think what we know about human nature.
A graduate of Albuquerque Academy, an independent school in New Mexico, David Eagleman holds joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and is the founder and director of the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. His influential neuroscience books include the New York Times bestseller Incognito, and Wednesday is Indigo Blue. He writes regularly for the New York Times, Wired, Discover, Slate, and New Scientist, and is a repeat guest on NPR, discussing both science and literature—his twin passions. He has been profiled in The New Yorker and on Nova.
Keynote: Incognito: The Neuroscience of Learning
Books Available at the Conference:
Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
Offeibea Hanson-Hall
Offeibea Hanson-Hall is a Third Grade Directing Teacher at Beauvoir, The National Cathedral Elementary School, where she has worked for the past five years. She has been the co-chair of MOSAIC, Beauvoir's multicultural committee, for three years. Her passion lies in finding developmentally appropriate practices for bringing diversity to the classroom.
AM-12 Building a Safe Community of Diversity for Faculty
David Heath, Sujata Ganpule
David Heath has taught math at all levels since 1981, and has also done courses, clubs, and activities involving English, art, music, programming, robotics and technology leadership. In an alternate universe he was/will be an engineer.
Sujata Ganpule has taught math to grades 7-12. In California, she taught for 4 years at a charter school, followed by a year at an independent school. She now lives in Baltimore and has been at the Friends School for the last 2 years. She was a Knowles Science Teaching Foundation fellow and is currently involved in building the STEM initiative at Friends.
AM-6 Design Engineering In and Out of the Curriculum
Joanna Hoad
Joanna A.A. Hoad, Head of Barrie Middle-Upper School, she is responsible for the administrative operation and leadership of the school’s grade 6 to 12 division. In 2011 & 2012, Joanna led Barrie’s Health and Wellness Task Group. She collaborated with staff on benchmarking the school’s health and wellness curriculum, helped develop a schedule to support a more fluid health and wellness curriculum and initiated an engaging staff wellness program.
AM-14 A Wellness Program for the School Community
Amy Hornbeck
Amy Hornbeck is the Director of Professional Development for Tools of the Mind Organization. In her position, Ms. Hornbeck plans and provides professional development experiences to adults working in the field of early childhood education. Prior to taking on her position at Tools of the Mind, Ms. Hornbeck was a Research Associate at the National Institute for Early Education, where she spent time working on research projects that examined the impact of early childhood programming on child development.
AM-8 The Role of Play in the Development of Executive Function Skills-A Vygotskian Approach
Jaime-Jin Lewis, J'nelle Chelune
Border Crossers is an education equity nonprofit that utilizes creative tools to encourage educators in explorations of race, class and cultural differences with young students. We believe that if educators are prepared to have meaningful conversations about diversity, students will be better equipped to interrupt patterns of racism and injustice in their own lives and thrive in a multicultural society. Border Crossers utilizes creative tools to encourage educators in explorations of race and racism with young students. We believe that if            educators are prepared to have meaningful conversations about equity, students will be better equipped to interrupt patterns of structural racism and injustice in their own lives and thrive in a multicultural society.
PM-11 Teachable Race Moments: Tools and Strategies
Emily Katz, Bernardo Guzman
Emily Katz has been teaching at Beauvoir for the past five years. A member of the Math Curriculum Committee, Emily has participated in the restructuring of the school's math curriculum. As part of the new math curriculum, Emily collaborated with colleague to build this integrated unit of Social Studies and measurement.
Bernardo is in his sixth year teaching First Grade at Beauvoir. He loves working with his colleagues to constantly implement and evaluate a math program rooted in concepts that kids love. Building a dynamic and differentiated classroom community is his goal at the beginning of each year. By night he is a musician in the DC area.
PM-7 Teaching Measurement through a Global Context
Rosetta Lee
Rosetta Lee serves Seattle Girls’ School (SGS) in dual roles. SGS is an innovative school for junior high school girls, aiming to empower women leaders and change agents and dedicating its energies to a diverse community of students and faculty, an anti-bias mission, and an integrated curriculum. As a faculty member, Rosetta teaches subjects such as science, math, technology, art, ethics, model building, and more. As a professional outreach specialist, she designs and delivers trainings for all constituencies of the school community, as well as the local and national educational and nonprofit sectors. She addresses issues such as cross cultural communication, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, relational aggression among girls, bullying in schools, and gender bias in the classroom.
PM-3 Beyond the Why and Into the How: Stretching the Inclusive Boundaries in Our Classrooms
Sharon Love
Sharon Love co-founded the One Love Foundation in May 2010 with family and friends to honor the memory of her daughter, Yeardley Reynolds Love, a former University of Virginia student-athlete who was killed by her ex-boyfriend. Through education and technology, the One Love Foundation's mission is to end relationship violence. Prior to becoming involved with the foundation full-time, Sharon worked in the Baltimore City school system for 28 years, serving as an interpreter and tutor for deaf children. Since launching the foundation, Sharon has served as an ambassador for the Violence Against Women Act, and spoke out against relationship violence at the White House in February 2012 as a special guest of the Vice President, Joe Biden. In September 2012, the One Love Foundation launched its "Be 1 for Change" initiative in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Bloomberg School of Public Health. The long-term campaign is designed to raise awareness and change attitudes about relationship violence throughout the United States, and included the creation of a first-of-its-kind free/anonymous danger assessment mobile application. Sharon is a life-long resident of Maryland, and currently resides in Cockeysville. 
AM-13 Recognizing and Dealing with Relationship Violence
Kathleen Mahar
Kathy Mahar has been a member of the Archbishop Spalding High School community since 1997. Beginning as a part-time social studies teacher, Kathy assumed principalship in 2003 and the role of president in 2011. She has also been principal at St. Bartholomew Catholic School in Bethesda, and has taught at private and public schools in Washington, DC and in the Bahamas.
PM-14 Mindful Leadership
David Martin
David is a former NFL and Olympic Assistant Strength Coach, fitness consultant to the Chief of Staff, US Army, and published author. He has taught at Montgomery College, was a fitness presenter for the Montgomery County Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Schools, and the National Strength Professionals Association, and many other organizations. He is currently the Athletic Director and Soccer Coach at The Barnesville School, and a girls JV Lacrosse Coach for seven years.
PM-9 Injury Prevention for the Aspiring Young Athlete
Shannon Montague, Chris Shriver, Sarah Thomas
Chris Shriver and Shannon Montague are the co-founders of EdCamp Baltimore. Sarah Thomas is on the planning team for EdCamp MetroDC. Chris is a connected educator, dedicated to rethinking how we view education and what it means to be educated. Shannon is a strong believer in the powerful professional development that edcamps can provide. Sarah is responsible for working with teachers and students to create learning experiences that integrate technology and 21st century skill development. All are technology integrators, who have bonded over a passion for participant-driven learning. Over the past two years, they have helped to organize edcamps on a city, school district, and school level in both public and private education.
AM-4 Recharge your Professional Development
Rebecca Morris, Charlotte Armstead, Jim Lancaster, Beth McDonald, Rebecca Wish
The presenters are all members of the 6th grade team at The Bryn Mawr School and have taught there for anywhere between 3 and 25 years. The group represents teachers from a variety of disciplines, including art, history, foreign language, English, and science.
PM-6 Urban Planning for Civic Engagement: The "Building a Better Baltimore" Interdisciplinary Project
Dr. Michael Osit
As a practicing psychologist fpr over 35 years, Dr. Osit provides consultation, assessment, and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, families, couples, and adults. Dr. Osit is a dynamic and frequent presenter on a wide variety of topics for professionals, parents, schools, and agencies. He has participated in training psychologists and physicians through teaching and clinical supervision. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Osit is the author of Generation Text: Raising Well-Adjusted Kids in an Age of Instant Everything, awarded “Best Book of the Year” by Instructor Magazine, and is one of 5 finalists out of 440 books reviewed in the 13th Annual Books For Life Awards in the category of Parenting. He also is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post Lifestyle/Parenting section. Dr. Osit has a strong media presence, appearing on numerous national and local television and radio programs, and is frequently interviewed for national magazines such as Parenting, Women’s Day, Better Homes & Gardens, Self, and Parade.
AM-3 21st Century Students: Educating Generation Text
PM-13 Teaching Students - Not Math: Building a Positive Learning Climate
Dr. Larry Rosen
Dr. Larry Rosen is Professor and past chair of the psychology department at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is a research psychologist with specialties in multitasking, social networking, generational differences, parenting, child and adolescent development, and educational psychology, and is recognized as an international expert in the "Psychology of Technology." Over the past 25-plus years, Dr. Rosen and his colleagues have examined reactions to technology among more than 50,000 people in the United States and in 22 other countries. He has written five books, writes a technology column for The National Psychologist and blogs for Psychology Today and Huffington Post. He has been featured and quoted in a myriad of media, including Good Morning America, NPR, CNN, USA Today, New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. He maintains an extremely active research program and his most recent investigations include: (1) generational differences in technology use and multitasking, (2) the distracted mind from the dual perspectives of psychology and neuroscience, (3) the impact of technology on health and sleep, (4) integrating technology in education, (5) the impact of social networks on adolescents and parents, (6) online empathy, (7) the impact of task switching during studying and in the classroom, and (8) the impact of texting language on English literacy.
AM-2 Generational Differences in Technology and E-Communication: Why Younger Generations Embrace New Technologies
PM-8   Engaging Young Learners by Integrating Classroom Technology That Recognizes Their Unique Approach to Learning
Books Available at the Conference:
iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us
Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn     
Dr. Martin Rossman
Dr. Rossman, a pioneer in mind-body medicine, is the founder of The Healing Mind, the co-founder of the Academy for Guided Imagery, a Clinical Faculty member at the University of California San Francisco Medical School, and an advisory board member of Dr. Andrew Weil’s Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Arizona. Dr. Rossman's cutting-edge research in guided imagery has contributed to the current paradigm of holistic health and has influenced the work of many of its prominent leaders, including Drs. Weil, Dean Ornish, and Rachel Remen. Dr. Rossman has authored numerous books and CDs, including Guided Imagery       for Self-Healing and Fighting Cancer from Within, and his work has been featured in academic, trade, and popular national media outlets including O, Self, Body & Soul, and CNN. The Worry Solution (Crown Archetype Books, Dec 2010) is Dr. Rossman’s latest ground-breaking contribution to the field of preventative medicine. It teaches readers how to capitalize on the powerful mental force behind worry – utilizing the imagination to facilitate positive growth, change, and healing, instead of letting it run us into the ground with debilitating stress, anxiety, and disease.
PM-2 The Worry Solution
Books Available at the Conference:
The Worry Solution: Using Breakthrough Brain Science to Turn Stress and Anxiety into Confidence and Happiness
Guided Imagery for Self-Healing
Dr. Kenneth Schuberth
Dr. Kenneth Schuberth has been in Pediatric Allergy practice in the Baltimore area for many years. He trained at Johns Hopkins Medical School, in Pediatric Residency and Allergy Fellowship. He is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Hopkins and is the author of journal articles and book chapters in Allergy. He has been the school physician at the Gilman School for five years.
AM-9 Update on Management of Allergies and Asthma in the School Setting
Tina Steck, Terry Detorie, Michelle Sapp, Matilde Taborda, Emily Tankersley
Tina Steck is the Assistant Athletics Director at The Bryn Mawr School (BMS) where she is in her seventh year in the independent school system. In addition to her current role as Assistant AD, she also serves as Physical Education Department Chair, 7-10th grade physical education teacher, Middle School Advisor, and Varsity Soccer Coach. Prior to her tenure at BMS, Tina was a division 1 soccer coach for six years. Ms. Steck received her BS in physical education from Towson University and an M. Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware.
AM-10 Healthy Active Lifestyle Management in the 21st Century
Lori Stern, Cheryl Molinatto, Dr. Aaaron Rakow
Lori Stern- Obtained BSN from University of Maryland and MSN in pediatric acute care from the University of Maryland. Board certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner with 30 years of pediatric nursing experience, 15 years in pediatric gastroenterology and 8 months as the celiac disease program coordinator.
PM-10 Pediatric Celiac Disease and the Gluten-Free Diet
Katrina Stevens
Katrina Stevens has over 20 years of teaching, administrative, curriculum and professional development experience in both independent and public schools. She has designed and implemented a program that provides acceleration and enrichment for academically talented students in Bermuda. Katrina blogs regularly about differentiating professional development, education technology, gifted and talented education, leadership development, Universal Design for Learning and meeting the specific needs of all teachers and students.
PM-12 Culturally Responsive Talent Spotting
Vinnie Vrotny
Vinnie Vrotny is the Director of Academic Technology at Quest Academy in Palatine, Illinois, a PK-8 school with a gifted education focus. Previously, Vinnie was the Director of Academic Technology at the North Shore Country Day School for 19 years and responsible for all aspects of information technology. As technology’s place in education and learning has grown and changed, so has his role. He is focused on implementing a 21st Century, technology enriched learning environment for Quest's gifted learners. Vinnie teaches, coaches, and mentors both faculty and students as they learn how to embed technology in their daily lives. Vinnie is also leading Quest's STEAM initiatives, including a 1:1 Chromebook implementation and creation of an Innovation Lab, and a maker space that students and teachers are using to implement Quest's new STEAM program. Vinnie has been recognized as a Google Certified Teacher and a Google Certified Trainer. He is currently the chair-elect of the Independent School Special Interest Group (SIG-IS) of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). He co-hosts a bi-weekly webcast that focuses on the intersection of technology and learning in the 21st Century.
PM-1 Design Thinking 101: How Can You Implement It in Your Classroom?
Glenn Whitman
Glenn Whitman is currently the Director of the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning ( and Dean of Studies at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Glenn is co-editor of Think Differently and Deeply and part of the national faculty of All Kinds of Minds facilitators.
PM-5 From Research to Practice: How Educational Neuroscience Can Validate, Inform, and Transform Teaching and Learning
Dr. Judy Willis
Dr. Judy Willis is an authority on brain research regarding learning and the brain. With her unique background as both a neurologist and classroom teacher, she writes extensively for professional educational journals and has written six books about applying the mind, brain, and education research to classroom teaching strategies, including an ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) top seller, Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning. Dr. Willis is currently on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Education, University of California, gives neuroeducation presentations, and conducts professional development workshops nationally and internationally about educational strategies correlated with neuroscience research. In 2011, she was honored by Edutopia as the 16th person included in their website video interviews with, “Big Thinkers on Education.”
AM-1 Using Brain Research to Help Students Develop their Executive Functions and Long-term Concept Memory for 21st Century
PM-4 Obtaining and Sustaining the Brain's Attentive Focus
Books Available at the Conference:
Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher
Learning to Love Math: Teaching Strategies that Change Student Attitudes and Get Results
Teaching the Brain to Read: Strategies for Improving Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension


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