Meet The Speakers

MILLY ARCINIEGAS

MILLY ARCINIEGAS

Executive Director
Hartford Parent University
Hartford, CT

 

Areas of Expertise: 
Parent and community engagement, equity in education, building parent voice

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DELIA ARELLANO-WEDDLETON

DELIA ARELLANO-WEDDLETON

Senior Program Officer
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Quincy, MA

 

Areas of Expertise:
Community engagement, student and parent engagement, building community, student and parent voice

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ARTHUR BARAF

ARTHUR BARAF

Principal
The Met
Providence, Rhode Island

 

Areas of Expertise:
Student-centered learning, work and project-based learning, school culture, anytime/anywhere learning, internships, community-based learning

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SONIA CAUS GLEASON

SONIA CAUS GLEASON

Director of Strategic Learning and Evaluation
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Quincy, MA

 

Areas of Expertise: 
Learning & evaluation, professional learning, systems change, equity, learning culture, data usage in school systems

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ED CERVONE

ED CERVONE

Executive Director
Educate Maine
Portland, ME

 

Areas of Expertise:
Workforce readiness, educational equity, community organizing

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NICK DONOHUE

NICK DONOHUE

President & CEO
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Quincy, MA

 

Areas of Expertise:
Systems change, student-centered learning, equity in education

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STEPHANIE GELLER

STEPHANIE GELLER

Senior Policy Analyst
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
Providence, RI

 

Areas of Expertise:

Policy and advocacy, youth engagement, conducting youth-involved research

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EVE GOLDBERG

EVE GOLDBERG

Research Director
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Quincy, MA

 

Areas of Expertise:
Student-centered learning, Research to practice partnerships, Empowering Teachers as Systems Leaders

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KEI KAWASHIMA-GINSBERG

KEI KAWASHIMA-GINSBERG

Director of CIRCLE
Tufts University
Medford, MA

 

Areas of Expertise:
Civic engagement, youth development, student-centered learning, state-level education policy, equity in education

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TIM KLEIN

TIM KLEIN

National Outreach Director
Project Wayfinder

 

Areas of Expertise:
Youth and community engagement, equity, purpose development, urban education, community partnerships

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MEGHAN MARTINS

MEGHAN MARTINS

Associate Principal of Instruction
Danbury High School
Danbury, CT

 

Areas of Expertise:
Civic engagement, youth development, student-centered learning, state-level education policy, equity in education

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SHAUN MITCHELL

SHAUN MITCHELL

English Teacher
Central High School
Bridgeport, CT

 

Areas of Expertise:
Student-centered learning, educational equity, literacy, proficiency-based learning

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HATICE NIGDELIOGLU

HATICE NIGDELIOGLU

Mathematics Teacher
Revere High School
Revere, MA

 

Areas of Expertise:
Student-centered learning, youth voice and engagement, teacher leadership, secondary mathematics, growth mindset, competency-based learning, flipped learning, English-Language learners

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DANI O'BRIEN

DANI O'BRIEN

Pa’lante Restorative Justice Program
Holyoke High School
Holyoke, MA

 

Areas of Expertise:
Restorative justice, equity in education, youth and civic engagement, student activism

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ILLIANA RODRIGUEZ

ILLIANA RODRIGUEZ

Student
Holyoke High School
Holyoke, MA

 

Areas of Expertise:
Restorative justice, student voice, civic engagement, student activism, youth leadership

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JESSICA SPOHN

JESSICA SPOHN

Program Director
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Quincy, MA

 

Areas of Expertise:
Education programming, implementing student-centered learning, educational equity

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SIERRA STEWART

SIERRA STEWART

Student
Holyoke High School
Holyoke, MA

 

Areas of Expertise:
Restorative justice, student voice, civic engagement, student activism, youth leadership

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CHARLIE TOULMIN

CHARLIE TOULMIN

Director of Policy
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Quincy, MA

 

Areas of Expertise:
National education policy,  state-level education policy

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JEREMY VANDERKERN

JEREMY VANDERKERN

Alternative Program Coordinator
Fair Haven Union High School
Fair Haven, VT

 

Areas of Expertise:
Career & technical education, competency-based education, student-centered learning, personalized learning plans, community partnerships, work and project-based learning, blended learning, flipped classrooms, grant-writing, dual-enrollment

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CHANDA WOMACK

CHANDA WOMACK

Founding Executive Director
Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education
Providence, RI

 

Areas of Expertise:
Youth engagement and leadership development, multi-generational and multi-racial community organizing, strategic planning, building civic responsibility, interdisciplinary youth programming, culturally responsive supports

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Emeritus Speakers

These experts from the Bureau’s previous cohorts are still available for speaking opportunities and look forward to hearing from you.

LISSETTE AGYEMAN-CASTILLO

LISSETTE AGYEMAN-CASTILLO

Teacher
Fenway High School
Boston, MA

Areas of Expertise:
Youth organizing, equity, project-based learning

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PIOUS ALI

PIOUS ALI

Youth and Community Engagement Specialist
Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine
Portland, ME

 

Areas of Expertise:
Youth and community engagement, school governance

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GAYLE ALLEN-GREENE

GAYLE ALLEN-GREENE

Former Principal
Bulkeley High School
Hartford, CT

Areas of Expertise:
School culture and climate; Positive Behavior Intervention Support; adult learning; blended learning; student and teacher engagement

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ABUSANA 'MICKY' BONDO

ABUSANA 'MICKY' BONDO

Coalition Parent Leader Organizer
Portland Empowered, Portland Public Schools
Portland, Maine

Areas of Expertise:
Community organizing, parent engagement, student and parent voice

 

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TORI CLEILAND

TORI CLEILAND

School Board Member and Educator
Winooski Public Schools
Winooski, VT

 

Areas of Expertise:
School governance, youth engagement, student mentorship, proficiency-based learning

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DANIEL CORSETTI

DANIEL CORSETTI

Assistant Principal
Washington Middle School
Meriden, CT

Areas of Expertise:

Student-centered learning, youth engagement, professional development and student-centered learning coaching

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LINDSEY COX

LINDSEY COX

Project Manager
Partnership for Change
Burlington & Winooski, VT

 

Areas of Expertise:
Management, strategy, leadership and community engagement for educational change

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TAIWO DEMOLA

TAIWO DEMOLA

Student
Classical High School
Providence, RI

Areas of Expertise:
Youth leadership, student activism, civic engagement, theater for social change

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JAMES FLYNN

JAMES FLYNN

Social Studies Department Chair
Orville H. Platt High School
Meriden, CT

 

Areas of Expertise:
Blended learning, personalized learning, social media in the classroom, student voice and engagement

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JOHN J. FREEMAN

JOHN J. FREEMAN

Superintendent
Pittsfield Public Schools
Pittsfield, NH

 

Areas of Expertise:
Community engagement, district-wide application of student centered approaches, systems change

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DR. LOURENÇO GARCIA

DR. LOURENÇO GARCIA

Principal
Revere High School
Revere, MA

 

Areas of Expertise:
Educational equity, critical pedagogy, restructuring schools, blended learning, student-centered and flipped learning, English language learners and second language acquisition

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LAURA ITEKA

LAURA ITEKA

Student
Deering High School
Portland, ME

Areas of Expertise:
Youth engagement, community organizing, student voice

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MOLLY MESSENGER

MOLLY MESSENGER

Director
Pittsfield Listens
Pittsfield, NH

Areas of Expertise

Rural organizing, youth organizing, parent engagement, student voice

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ZACK MEZERA

ZACK MEZERA

Executive Director
Providence Student Union
Providence, RI

Areas of Expertise: 
Community organizing, youth voice and engagement, electoral organizing

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RICHARD MUTTS

RICHARD MUTTS

Program Coordinator
Meriden Children First Initiative
Meriden, CT

Areas of Expertise:
Parent engagement, equity, youth mentorship

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SUNNY PAI

SUNNY PAI

Director of ELL Programs and Diploma Plus
Charlestown High School
Charlestown, MA

Areas of Expertise: 
Competency-based education, restorative justice, equity

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FRANCIS PINA

FRANCIS PINA

Teacher 
Charlestown High School
Charlestown, MA

Areas of Expertise:
Youth engagement, improvement science, Algebra 1, secondary mathematics, growth mindset

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AMY REX

AMY REX

Principal,
Monument Mountain Regional High School
Great Barrington, MA

Areas of Expertise: Student voice, shared leadership, proficiency-based learning, personalized learning

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SHAWN RUBIN

SHAWN RUBIN

Director of Blended Learning
Highlander Institute
Providence, RI

 

Areas of Expertise:
Blended Learning, professional development

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BRIAN STACK

BRIAN STACK

Principal,
Sanborn Regional High School
Kingston, NH

Areas of Expertise: 
Personalized learning, competency-based learning, administration and high school redesign

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EMILY THIELMANN

EMILY THIELMANN

Policy Associate
University of Southern Maine
Portland, ME

Areas of Expertise:
Youth organizing, parent engagement, student voice

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CHARLES WILLIS

CHARLES WILLIS

Teacher
Revere High School
Revere, MA

Areas of Expertise:
Student-centered learning, student engagement, competency-based learning, teacher leadership

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