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Speakers

Dr. Adolph Brown, III is an American urban and rural school educator, author, research-scientist, businessman, and keynote speaker. He is a servant-leader at heart, and is admired around the world for his simple and direct “Real Talk,” and powerful, universal and timeless teachings. Dr. Brown is best known for inspiring all who hear him to learn, laugh and lead, while simultaneously reducing implicit bias at every turn. He is the leading provider of anti-bias training in business and education. Dr. Brown knows that understanding structural inequities is only the start, however dismantling the foundations from which these structures are built leads to solutions. He is highly regarded as the "balcony" leadership speaker who gets you from where you are to where you want to be. Also as a credentialed Master Teacher, he helps teachers reach every student. As a much sought-after and highly effective Unconscious Bias, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion keynote speaker, Dr. Brown skillfully addresses the impact of stereotypes. He credits much of his success to the luxury of humble beginnings of being reared by a single parent mother in abject poverty of the inner city housing projects infested with gangs, drugs and violence. His oldest sibling and only brother Oscar was murdered when Adolph was only eleven years old. Young Adolph often received a respite when he was sent to spend summers with his grandfather in rural farming country, and when he was sent to the library for time-outs in elementary school. Adolph became the first in his family of five to participate in Head Start, graduate high school, and attend college. 
Nowadays as a Master Teacher, Dr. Adolph Brown shines in the classroom, in research and on the big stage. He is in the top 1% of world-class scholar teachers based on peer-reviews, nominations, teaching performance, teaching awards, published evaluations and ratings from American’s best schools, colleges and universities. He is recognized as one of the top 10 most influential thought leaders in America. Although he does not consider himself a motivational speaker, he was selected as one of the top motivational and inspirational speakers in America as well. Dr. Adolph Brown is one of the world’s foremost attitude experts, personal development coaches and humorists. He has a reputation as "The World's Greatest Edu-tainer!™"

Doc Brown

Lydia X. Z. Brown is a disability justice advocate, organizer, and writer whose work has largely focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people, especially institutionalization, incarceration, and policing. They have worked to advance transformative change through organizing in the streets, writing legislation, conducting anti-ableism workshops, testifying at regulatory and policy hearings, and disrupting institutional complacency everywhere from the academy to state agencies and the nonprofit-industrial complex. Currently, Lydia is a Justice Catalyst Fellow at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, working on defending and advancing the educational civil rights of Maryland students with psychosocial, intellectual, and developmental disabilities facing various forms of disproportionate discipline, restraint and seclusion, and school pushout. In collaboration with E. Ashkenazy and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, Lydia is also co-editor and visionary behind All the Weight of Our Dreams, the first-ever anthology of writings and artwork by autistic people of color and otherwise negatively racialized autistic people, published by the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network. Lydia and Morénike also co-direct the Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color’s Interdependence, Survival, and Empowerment, which provides direct support, mutual aid, and community reparations to individual autistic people of color. Lydia is also a founding board member of the Alliance for Citizen-Directed Services.

Lydia X. Z. Brown

Mark Chartier grew up in Port Washington, NY and Colorado Springs, CO.   He earned a BA in English at Colorado State University-Pueblo, where he discovered his love for writing. He went on to earn two master’s degrees at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs despite suffering from several disabilities.   He now teaches special education in Pueblo West, CO. He enjoys sharing poignant and humorous anecdotes and poems about the triumphs of “Mr. C.” and his students. His recent collection of poems, Fingerprints(Turning Point Press), about overcoming disabilities, abuse, and mental illness is available now., Please visit: www.markchartier.com for more info.

Mark Chartier

Brent Anderson is a recognized role model for individuals with disabilities. His humorous explanation of life on the autism spectrum is enlightening, engaging, and inspiring. Brent’s experiences as a self-advocate entrepreneur are helping to shape the future for those living with disabilities.

Brent is the inspiration for the non-profit organization Celebrate EDU, which was founded by his sister Jenny. Brent plays an active role in the development of Celebrate EDU programs and is an advocate on the benefits of entrepreneurship education.

Brent reminds us that although we have differences, we are all connected through the universal human bond - HUMOR.

Brent Anderson

Seth Perler is an educator and Executive Function Coach who specializes in helping struggling students navigate school more successfully so they can have the tools needed to build a great future. Seth has a weekly blog, sethperler.com, for parents and teachers that provides unconventional insights to help demystify executive function, 2e, neurodiversity and how to work with the challenges related to them (dropping grades, homework problems, lack of motivation, trouble focusing, disorganization, trouble planning, procrastination, etc..) Seth is based in Boulder and helps with coaching and offers online programs for parents, teachers and students.

Seth Perler

Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ph.D. is the Ross and Mariana Beach Distinguished Professor of Special Education; Chair of the Department of Special Education; and Director and Senior Scientist, Beach Center on Disability; all at the University of Kansas.  His research and scholarly work has focused issues pertaining to self-determination, positive psychology and disability, transition to adulthood, the education and inclusion of students with severe disabilities, conceptualizing intellectual disability, and technology use by people with cognitive disabilities. He has published extensively in areas pertaining to education, self-determination, and positive psychology, including, recently, Strengths-base Approaches to Educating All Learners with Disabilities: Beyond Special Education(Teachers College Press, 2019). Dr. Wehmeyer is Past-President and a Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD); a Fellow of the American Psychological Association Division 33 (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Division), and Past-President of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Divisions on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) and Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD). He has been recognized for his research and service with lifetime achievement awards from numerous associations and organizations, including the Council for Exceptional Children, the American Psychological Association, The Arc of the United States, and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Michael Wehmeyer, Ph.D

Eron Reed, PhD, serves as the instructor and coach in the Alternative Licensure Program (elementary MAT and licensure cohorts year 1 and 2). 

Their work in the world is to provide pedagogical content as well as instructional support through a relational model for the students, who are teachers of record.

Their research interests include improving university-based teacher education programs, new teacher induction and support, mindfulness and relational approaches to classroom and school culture development, discovering and supporting professional identity/the self who teaches, connecting theory to practice in urban elementary classrooms, and development of literacy instruction and interventions.

Eron Reed, PhD.

Bio coming soon!

Ahmad Sedaghat