Dr. Lezotte earned his doctorate from Michigan State University in 1969, joining the faculty there that same year. During his 18-year tenure at MSU, he served in various capacities, including Chair of the Department of Educational Administration; Associate Director, with Ron Edmonds, of the Center for School Improvement in the College of Education; and Chair of Urban and Metropolitan Studies in the College of Urban Affairs. Dr. Lezotte was a member of the original team of Effective Schools researchers who identified the characteristics of successful schools that have come to be known as the Correlates of Effective Schools.
Since that time, Dr. Lezotte has been at the forefront of the Effective Schools movement. He has written widely on the new mission of public education and the theories and tools necessary for successful and continuous school improvement.
As a nationally renowned education consultant and speaker, Dr. Lezotte has devoted his career to assisting schools in their efforts to assure that all students learn. He touches the lives of thousands of educators and tens of thousands of students each year through workshops and conferences across the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Lezotte’s training programs not only inspire schools and districts to adopt the “learning for all” mission, but gives them the information and tools they need to plan and implement continuous school improvement and raise student achievement.
In recognition of his efforts, Dr. Lezotte received the 2003 Council of Chief State School Officers’ Distinguished Service Award presented each year to outstanding Americans who have made a difference in education.
In April 2009, Dr. Lezotte became the ninth recipient of the Brock International Prize in Education. This award recognizes an individual who has made a specific innovation or contribution to the science and art of education, resulting in significant impact on the practice or understanding of the field of education.
Dr. Darryl Adams has spent 28 years as an educator with the goal of preparing students for College, Career and Citizenship! He started his career in education as a Music Teacher, Band Director, High School Principal and now Superintendent. Under Dr. Adams’ leadership, voters in the Coachella Valley Unified School District approved Measure X, a bond initiative that provides $42 million dollars for the district’s digital conversion. The funds allowed the district to place an iPad in the hands of every student from pre-school through high school and also allowed the district to build a state of the art broadband internet system. Dr. Adams was a Los Angeles Teacher of the Year and in 2014, he was selected by the Obama administration as one of the Top 100 Innovative Superintendents in America and was praised by President Obama for leading the way in ensuring students have equity and access to technology and the Internet. Most recently, Dr. Adams has been named by the Center for Digital Education as one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers in America. Dr. Adams’ Wifi-on-Wheels program, which places wifi routers on school buses and then places them in neighborhoods where there is no connectivity, has been lauded by President Obama and is now being replicated all over the nation. Dr. Adams’ next goal is to have his school district be the first in the nation to become its own self provisioning Internet service provider thus become Internet Independent!
John Antonetti is a learner. He has had the great fortune to visit classrooms throughout North America in an effort to answer the question “What truly engages learners?” From thousands of students in pre-K through Graduate School, John has learned the three facets of powerful learning tasks—intellectual, academic, and emotional engagement.
John Antonetti is a teacher. He has taught A.P Chemistry and Kindergarten and most grades in between in his home state of Arkansas. Once described by Larry Lezotte as a “teacher’s teacher,” Mr. Antonetti works with schools across the country and Canada on student engagement, writing, rigor and relevance, and high-yield best practices. As the former Director of Curriculum in the Sheridan School District in Arkansas, he took what he learned in his home district and developed strategies and protocols that work across all school types. He has partnered with five school districts that were awarded the nationally-recognized Broad Prize for Urban Education. While hands-on work in schools is his passion, John is also a highly-sought keynote speaker. His humor and parables are recognized by teachers, administrators, and parents as relevant examples of the power of teachers.
Antonetti is the author of the book, Writing as a Measure and Model of Thinking which utilizes the engagement cube and practical tools to increase student thinking in all subject areas. With his late business partner and friend, Jim Garver, John co-authored the ASCD best-seller 17,000 Classroom Visits Can’t be Wrong: Strategies that Engage Students, Promote Active Learning, and Boost Achievement.
Whether he’s on the Kinder carpet or in front of 4000 teachers at an international conference, Antonetti continues to learn.
As a Google for Education Certified Innovator, Google for Education Certified Trainer and a technopedagogue in support of the provincial digital schools initiatives, Lise Galuga demonstrates how the effective use of technology in the classroom can strengthen pedagogy and increase student engagement. An engineer by training, but a teacher by nature, Lise offers professional development sessions across North America and beyond on the pedagogical integration of new technologies.
Anthony Muhammad is one of the most sought after educational consultants in North America. He currently serves as the CEO of New Frontier 21 Consulting, a company dedicated to providing cutting-edge professional development to schools all over the world. He served as a practitioner for nearly twenty years. Dr. Muhammad served as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, middle school principal, and high school principal. His tenure as a practitioner has earned him several awards as both a teacher and a principal.
Dr. Muhammad is recognized as one of the field’s leading experts in the areas of school culture and organizational climate. His work has allowed him to work with schools in all 50 U.S. states, 10 Canadian provinces, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
Dr. Muhammad is a best-selling author. He is the author of the books The Will to Lead and the Skill to Teach; Transforming Schools at Every Level (2011); Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division (2009); and a contributing author to the book The Collaborative Administrator: Working Together as a Professional Learning Community (2008). He has published 26 articles in education journals and publications in seven different countries.
J. Douglas Willms is a Professor and Co-Director of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy at the University of New Brunswick (UNB), and holds the Canada Research Chair in Literacy and Human Development. He is a Member of the US National Academy of Education, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and President Elect and Fellow of the International Academy of Education.
Dr. Willms has published over two hundred research articles and monographs pertaining to youth literacy, children’s health, the accountability of schooling systems, and the assessment of national reforms. He is the editor of Vulnerable Children: Findings from Canada’s National Longitudinal Study of Children and Youth, (University of Alberta Press, 2002) which received the Canadian Policy Research Award in 2002, and the author of Student engagement at school: A sense of belonging and participation (Paris: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), and Monitoring School Performance: A Guide for Educators (Falmer Press, 1992).
Dr. Willms played a lead role in developing the questionnaires for Canada’s National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY) and the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Recently, Willms and his colleagues designed the Early Years Evaluation (EYE), an instrument for the direct assessment of children’s developmental skills at ages 3 to 6, and Tell Them From Me, an evaluation system for the continuous monitoring of school climate and student engagement and wellness.
Dr. Willms is known for his training of new investigators in the analysis of complex multilevel data. He regularly conducts workshops on multilevel modeling across Canada and throughout Asia, Europe and South America. He also established the New Investigators Network, an interdisciplinary, collaborative network of Canada’s top social science researchers in the field of human development. Dr. Willms’s current interests include the examination of family, school and community factors that contribute to the health and well-being of children and adolescents, and the use of continuous monitoring for evaluating school reforms.
He lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick with his wife, Ann, and three children, Alison, Maya, and Andrew.
Past Speaker Reviews
“Thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Lezotte. So refreshing and “awakening”! I am looking forward to reading his book on the plane.”
“Dr. Lezotte was an engaging man that had a lot to offer.”
“This is my 1st Effective Schools Conference and I love that some of my long held beliefs are actually researched supported- who knew!”
“Powerful steps to move a school and district. A+”
“It would be beneficial for politicians to be receiving the same information so that they can work towards working with educators and not working with publication companies to drive the education agenda.”
” Anthony Muhammed is a charismatic speaker, relative real-life stories help to better understand message.”
“Dr. Muhammad is an excellent presenter with a strong message.”
“These thoughts could change lives of students. I am drinking the kool-aid and sharing it as well.”
“Crystal is a motivational speaker. She is positive and empowering!”
“Very motivational! A wonderful reminder of why I teach!”
“Crystal recharged me and I was able to reflect on why I LOVE teaching and how I need to remind my staff about their essential effect on students!”
“Lauren was fabulous! I loved her message…coaching should be a staple!”
“Andy Hargreaves’ session was good to clarify the various types of capital and the importance of the social capital investment. Like the interactive activities.”
“Interesting. Informative. Unique.”