We are pleased to announce this year's IB Global Conference speakers.

Marc Brackett

Marc Brackett, Ph.D., author of Permission to Feel, is the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine at Yale University. His grant-funded research focuses on: (1) the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision-making, creativity, relationship quality, and mental health; (2) the measurement of emotional intelligence; and (3) the influence of emotional intelligence training on children’s and adults’ health, performance, and workplace performance and climate.

Marc has published 125 scholarly articles and has received numerous awards, including the Joseph E. Zins Award for his research on social and emotional learning and an honorary doctorate from Manhattanville College. He is also a distinguished scientist on the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, and on the board of directors of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

He is the lead developer of RULER, a systemic, evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by over 2,000 public, charter, and private schools across the United States of America (pre-school through to high school) and in other countries including Australia, China, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the United Kingdom.


Lance King  

Lance King is an internationally recognized author, teacher and workshop facilitator who has worked with over 250,000 students worldwide and thousands of their teachers and parents. He is the creator of the Art of Learning programme, which is taught in over 300 schools in 34 countries, and he is a specialist in the direct teaching of 21st century skills. Within the IB he designed the Approaches to Learning (ATL) framework for both the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). He is the author of six books on teaching and learning. Lance and his wife live in Raglan, New Zealand, and have four grown-up children.


Trevor MacKenzie

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Trevor MacKenzie is an award-winning English teacher at Oak Bay High School in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, who believes that it is a magical time to be an educator.  By increasing student agency over learning, weaving in strong pedagogy, transformative tech use, and sharing learning to a public audience, Trevor’s learners are ready to take on important roles in the 21st century.

Trevor is the author of Dive into Inquiry: Amplify Learning and Empower Student Voice, as well as Inquiry Mindset: Nurturing the Dreams, Wonders and Curiosities of our Youngest Learners (co-authored with Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt) published by Elevate Books Edu.


Heather Michael 

Heather Michael is a teacher, Diploma Programme (DP) coordinator, researcher and IBEN workshop leader from Citadel High School in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her teaching and research interests include stories across spaces, meaningful reflection, student experiences in the DP, and equitable access to IB. She holds a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, which is focused on equitable access to IB programs through an exploration of the spatial lives and stories told by adolescents. In 2016, she received the IB Jeff Thompson Research Award and completed a two-year study about how 16 DP students across North America made sense of the IB core.

Dr Cherissa Vitter

Dr Cherissa Vitter is an Assistant Professor of IB Education at Southeastern Louisiana University and is responsible for teaching courses leading to the IB Educator Certificate in Teaching and Learning. Cherissa is a clinical coach for US PREP and consults nationally with universities providing guidance in teacher preparation and evaluation development. Certified by the National Society for Experiential Education, she has presented nationally on experiential education and consults with universities to create online learning opportunities. Her area of research is teacher evaluation and experiential learning online. Cherissa currently serves as the President of the Louisiana Association of IB World Schools.


Erin Albright

Erin McVadon Albright is Head of Professional Services, Post-authorization, at the International Baccalaureate global center based in Washington DC. The Professional Services directorate is responsible for the design of the authorization and evaluation processes as well workshop development. Erin leads the team responsible for redeveloping programme evaluation to align with the 2020 programme standards and practices. She came to the IB in 2010 with 25 years of experience with the DP and MYP as well as many years of service as an IB Educator.


Rémy Lamon

After 20 years as a teacher (TOK, various DP and MYP language A and B courses), department head, coordinator and section head, Rémy Lamon rejoined the IB as IB World Schools Manager, overseeing a project that aims to improve support for francophone schools.