Monday, May 09, 2011

May 10 - A Second Panel Discussion on Passion-based Education

Join me Tuesday, May 10th, for a live and interactive panel discussion on passion-based education with Angela Maiers, Amy Sandvold, Lisa Nielsen, and George Couros.  This is the same set of panelists (wahoo!) who discussed this topic with me at the closing session of the AZTEA virtual conference ten days ago, and you can watch the Elluminate recording of that session here. We'll continue the conversation by talking about teachers and their own passions, about creating passion-friendly classrooms and schools, and more.  Because Amy and Angela are co-authors of the book The Passion-Driven Classroom: A Framework for Teaching and Learning, we'll also dive more into the "Clubhouse Classroom" concept detailed in that book.

Date: Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day--international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Event and Recording Page

Angela Maiers is an award-winning educator, speaker, consultant and professional trainer known for her work in literacy, leadership and global communications. She is a consistently energized and recognized worldwide speaker greatly impacting leadership through not only the education field, but the international business community as well.  Challenging educational philosophies and business ethics, Angela strives to achieve total synergy and unstoppable energy by reconstructing the thought process of many dated ideologies.

Today, Angela is at the forefront of New Literacy and Web 2.0 technologies. An active blogger and social media evangelist, she’s deeply committed to helping learners understand the transformational power of technology. Her intimate knowledge of teaching and learning, down-to-earth style, and powerful message of personal empowerment have made her a highly sought after keynote speaker and a vibrant courageous voice in both the business and education space.

As owner and lead consultant at Maiers Educational Services, she uses her passion for literacy and technology to discover creative ways to assist schools and organizations in meeting their learning and productivity goals.

She is an alumna of The University of Iowa with a Masters degree in Educational Supervision and Reading. She has spent 22 years working in Elementary, Middle and University settings as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, coach, special programs facilitator, and University Professor.

When she is not at home in Clive, Iowa, spending time with her husband and two teenage children, you will find her on her blog or on Twitter at @angelamaiers - her favorite space for thinking, creating, and pushing the scope of her imagination and learning.

Lisa Nielsen is best known as creator of The Innovative Educator blog and Transforming Education for the 21st Century learning network. Lisa is an outspoken and passionate advocate of learning innovatively. She is frequently covered by local and national media for her views on “Passion (not data) Driven Learning,” "Thinking Outside the Ban" to harness the power of technology for learning, and for providing a voice to educators and students. Ms. Nielsen also writes for Huffington Post, Tech & Learning, EdReformer, and Leading & Learning and is the author of the soon- to-be-released book, Teaching Generation Text.

Based in New York City, Ms. Nielsen currently serves as an educational administrator. She has worked for more than a decade in various capacities supporting schools and districts in providing innovative learning opportunities that will prepare students for 21st century success. You can follow her on Twitter @InnovativeEdu. (Disclaimer: The information shared does not reflect the opinions or endorsement of her employer.)

Amy Sandvold is a Roman Catholic School Principal at Sacred Heart School and the soon-to-be Principal at the Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta Middle School (open 2012) for the Cedar Valley Catholic Schools (Archdiocese of Dubuque) in Waterloo, Iowa.

Amy has served in both public and private schools in rural, urban and suburban areas. She has experience teaching Title I Reading and as a 3rd and 5th grade classroom teacher, and served as a full-time literacy coach. She has been an Education Programs & School Improvement Consultant for the Iowa Department of Education and has taught several courses at the University of Northern Iowa.

Amy has presented on numerous literacy and school improvement topics at regional and international conferences. Amy holds a BA and Master of Arts in Education K-12 Reading Specialist, and has an Advanced Studies Certificate in PreK– 12 Educational Leadership.

Amy blogs at

George Couros is currently school principal of Forest Green School and Connections for Learning, located in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada.  The schools are from ages K-12, and he loves working with kids of all ages.  He is passionate about distributed leadership within his school, and believes that creating a collaborative environment with all stakeholders, will help to ensure that educators meet the best needs of all children.  You can learn more about George on his own blog entitled “The Principal of Change”. George is also the creator of the “Connected Principals” site because he knew that we can learn so much from a strong team of educators with different backgrounds, as opposed to the view of only one.  It is imperative that as educators, we are learners first.

The Passion-Driven Classroom: A Framework for Teaching & Learning

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