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Tony Wagner

Tony Wagner

When information is ubiquitous and free, and when basic education is available to billions of people worldwide, only one set of skills can ensure this generation's economic future - the capacity for innovation. What are the skills of innovators? Why i s innovation so critical to America’s future—and to the future of the planet? What must parents, teachers, mentors, and employers do to develop the capacities of many more young people to be the innovators that they want to be—and that we need them to become? What do the best schools and colleges do to teach the skills of innovation? What are some of the most forward-looking employers doing to create a culture of innovation?  Tony Wagner's keynote addresses these critical questions.

 


Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay

Founder and Co-Director, Project V.O.I.C.E

Sarah Kay is a Spoken Word Poet who grew up in New York City and began performing her poetry when she was only fourteen years old. Even though she was often the youngest poet by a decade, Sarah made herself at home at the Bowery Poetry Club, one of New York's most famous Spoken Word venues.

In 2004, Sarah founded Project V.O.I.C.E. and has since taught Spoken Word Poetry in classrooms and workshops all over the world, to students of all ages. Most recently, Sarah was a featured speaker at the 2011 TED conference.

Sarah is an IB Diploma graduate from the United Nations International School (UNIS) in New York City.

 


Colin Hiles

Colin Hiles

Colin is an expert in improving leadership capability, developing high performing teams and implementing cultural change initiatives. He has long experience as a founding member of the Si Group that merged with Rogen International in 2006 to become RogenSi. He was the global head of the firm’s Inspiring Change programme, which assisted leaders dealing with organisational restructuring, vision and values roll-out, company-wide communication, large-scale process and system changes and business improvement initiatives. Colin specialises in helping leaders achieve alignment and commitment between an organisation and its people, to ensure organisations can continue to grow and develop in an ever-changing environment.
As an experienced executive coach, and specialist in the psychology of change, Colin has supported senior leaders across diverse organisations in the public and private sectors to achieve a change in mindset, at both the individual or organisational level. He coaches executives in leadership skills and assists them to move beyond the intellectual rationale for change by working at the emotional level to remove internal barriers. Colin has also worked as a performance coach for clients in both the sports and business sectors, where his expertise with emotional intelligence enabled him to focus on ‘inner game’ techniques to help clients realise their full potential. Colin has recently moved into leadership coaching in the international education sector.
Colin is a talented conference facilitator and thought-provoking keynote speaker. He has worked with organisational leaders throughout Europe and North America, including clients such as HSBC, Deloitte, BT, Ernst & Young, France Telecom, Orange, the NHS, Vodafone, GSK, KPMG and Sotogrande International School.

 


Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A

Cathy Berger Kaye

A former classroom teacher and author, is president of CBK Associates—International Education Consultants. She is known for program development and highly engaging workshops in addition to keynote addresses that inspire and promote student engagement. She has extensive experience in K-12 settings in the United States and across the globe. Cathryn is the author of The Complete Guide to Service Learning: Proven, Practical Ways to Engage Students in Civic Responsibility, Academic Curriculum, & Social Action Second Edition (Free Spirit Publishing, 2010), and Going Blue: A Kid’s Guide to Protecting Our Oceans and Waterways, with Philippe Cousteau of EarthEcho International (Free Spirit Publishing, 2010).

 


Judith Fabian

Judith Fabian

Judith Fabian became Academic Director of the IB in June 2007 after three years as Head of Programme Development in the IB Cardiff office. Before joining the IB in 2004, Judith taught English A1 and TOK in international schools in the Netherlands, Jordan, Tanzania and Germany. She was High School Principal at the International School of Tanganyika and Munich International School, overseeing the implementation of the MYP in grades 9 and 10 in both schools. Prior to her work in international schools, Judith was a deputy head teacher and taught English and drama in state schools in London, UK. She has a first degree in law from the University of Nottingham, and a Masters degree in education from Goldsmith’s College, University of London.

 


Lance King

Lance King

Lance King (B. Tech, Dip. Ed(dist), M.Ed(hons)) is an internationally recognized author, teacher and workshop facilitator who, in the last 17 years, has worked with over 150,000 students worldwide. He is the creator of the Art of Learning programme taught in over 200 schools in eight countries and is a specialist in the direct teaching of ‘learning skills’. Within the IB he has been instrumental in the development of the IBCC and the new MYP programme with particular focus on reformulating ATL. He is married with four children, lives in Raglan, New Zealand and divides his time between teaching and presenting workshops for teachers, parents and students around the world and writing.

 


Maria Nieves Tapia

Maria Nieves Tapia

Nieves Tapia is the founder and Director for CLAYSS, Centro Latinoamericano de Aprendizaje y Servicio Solidario or the Latin American Center for Service-learning.  CLAYSS is currently leading the Iberican American Service-learning Network which includes non-governmental organizations, public administrations and Universities from
the United States, Latin America and Spain.  As CLAYSS's Research Director, Nieves Tapia conducted the first quantitative research on service-learning developed in Argentina.  She also serves as Advisor for Educación Solidaria, the Argentina Ministry of Education's federal service-learning program for K-12 and Higher Education. 

As Chief of Advisors of the National Institute of Youth, she directed the research for the Presidential Project on Conscientious Objection and Substitutive Social Youth Service.  She also designed and conducted Argentina's first federal K-12 service-learning program. 

For her work, Nieves Tapia has been honored as an Eisenhower Fellow (1988); National Service Fellow (1993), and the National Youth Leadership Council 2001 Alec Dickson Servant Leader Award recipient. She has publishedbooks and articles on service-learning in Spanish, English and Italian.

 


Mel Riddile

Mel Riddile

In July of 2008, after a distinguished career as the Principal of J.E.B. Stuart High School in Fairfax County Virginia and T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, Dr. Mel Riddile joined the staff of the National Association of Secondary School Principals as the Associate Director for High School Services.  Dr. Riddile was the 2006 National High School Principal of the Year and was the 2005 Virginia High School Principal of the Year. His work as a high school principal, as a turnaround principal, and as a leader in the field of adolescent literacy has received national and international recognition from National Geographic Magazine, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Edutopia Magazine, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the International Baccalaureate of North America. As a principal of both a Breakthrough High School and a Model School, Dr. Riddile is a recognized leader in efforts to implement the Common Core State Standards and reinvent America’s schools to help each and every student become college and career-ready.