Speakers

We’re honored to have the following keynote speakers joining us. They are listed in order of appearance.

Keynote speakers

John Green

John Green

Co-founder, Crash Course

John Green is the author of Looking for Alaska; An Abundance of Katherines; Paper Towns; Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan); The Fault in Our Stars; and Turtles All the Way Down. His books have received many accolades, including a Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and an Edgar Award. John has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John has co-created many online video projects, including Vlogbrothers and the educational channel Crash Course. He lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In conversation with Nate Bowling: Recording

Nate Bowling

Nate Bowling

Teacher - AP U.S. Government & Politics and Global Studies, American Community School of Abu Dhabi

Nate recently concluded his fourteenth year in the classroom and currently teaches at the American Community School in Abu Dhabi where he relocated in 2019. He was the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year, one of four finalists for the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, and in 2014 he was a recipient of the Milken Family Foundation’s National Educator Award. He blogs about teaching, matters of justice, and educational equity at natebowling.com and his writing has been published in the Washington Post, Slate, and the Seattle Times. Nate is a co-founder of Teachers United, a teacher-led education policy advocacy group, and the host of the Nerd Farmer Podcast.

In conversation with John Green: Recording

Linda Darling-Hammond

Linda Darling-Hammond

Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus, Stanford University

Linda Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University and founding president of the Learning Policy Institute, created to provide high-quality research for policies that enable equitable and empowering education for each and every child. She is past president of the American Educational Research Association and author of more than 30 books and 600 other publications on educational quality and equity, including the award-winning book: The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity will Determine our Future. In 2006, she was named one of the nation’s ten most influential people affecting educational policy and in 2008, she directed the education policy transition team for President Obama. She was appointed President of the California State Board of Education in 2019.

Speaking Thursday, Aug 6, 1:30 pm Pacific

Yohuru Williams

Yohuru Williams

Professor of History, McQuinn Distinguished Chair and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of St.Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Dr. Yohuru Williams is the Professor of History, McQuinn Distinguished Chair and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St.Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. from Howard University in 1998. Dr. Williams has held a variety of administrative posts both within and outside the university including serving as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fairfield University, Vice President for Public Education and Research at the Jackie Robinson Foundation in New York City, and Chief Historian for the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Dr. Williams is the author of Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven (Blackwell, 2006), Rethinking the Black Freedom Movement (Routledge, 2015), and Teaching beyond the Textbook: Six Investigative Strategies (Corwin Press, 2008) and the editor of A Constant Struggle: African-American History from 1865 to the Present Documents and Essays (Kendall Hunt, 2002). He is the co-editor of The Black Panthers: Portraits of an Unfinished Revolution (Nation Books, 2016), In Search of the Black Panther Party, New Perspectives on a Revolutionary Movement (Duke, 2006), and Liberated Territory: Toward a Local History of the Black Panther Party (Duke, 2008). He also served as general editor for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History's 2002 and 2003 Black History Month publications, The Color Line Revisited (Tapestry Press, 2002) and The Souls of Black Folks: Centennial Reflections (Africa World Press, 2003). Dr. Williams served as an advisor on the popular civil rights reader Putting the Movement Back into teaching Civil Rights.

Speaking Friday, Aug 7, 1:30 pm Pacific

Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore

David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History, Harvard University

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University. She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker, and the host of the podcast, The Last Archive. A prize-winning professor, she teaches classes in evidence, historical methods, humanistic inquiry, and American history. Much of her scholarship explores absences and asymmetries in the historical record, with a particular emphasis on the history and technology of evidence. As a wide-ranging and prolific essayist, Lepore writes about American history, law, literature, and politics. She is the author of many award-winning books, including the international bestseller, These Truths: A History of the United States (2018). Her next book, IF THEN: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future, will be published in 2020.

Speaking Friday, Aug 7, 3:00 pm Pacific

Speakers

Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson

Place-based Education Coordinator and Curriculum Writer, Cottonwood School of Civics and Science

Sarah Anderson is an educator, curriculum writer, and author of the book Bringing School to Life: Place-Based Education across the Curriculum. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is the place-based education coordinator for the Cottonwood School of Civics and Science.

John Arthur

John Arthur

6th Grade Teacher, Salt Lake City School District

John Arthur is a National Board Certified 6th grade teacher at Meadowlark Elementary, a Title I school in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is also an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education at Westminster College, and he represents the Asian community on the Advisory Committee on Equity of Educational Services for Students for the Utah State Board of Education.

Bob Bain

Bob Bain

Associate Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Bob Bain is Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with joint appointments in the Department of Educational Studies and the Department of History. Trained as a historian, Bain’s research treats the sites of learning as historical events, collecting and analyze documents and artifacts, just as historians do. His studies have included investigations of history teaching and learning in schools and museums; the growth of teacher knowledge; the design and use of history-specific technology; and of the structure and redesign of teacher preparation. He has worked on OER Projects for 11 years.

Shana Brown

Shana Brown

7th Grade History Teacher, Chief Native Curriculum Developer, Seattle Public Schools
Robert Eagle Staff Middle School

History teacher Shana Brown has taught since 1991, written Native curriculum for the states of Oregon and Washington, National Park Service, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, among others. Recognized as a 2016 “Great Educator” by President Obama, she contributed a chapter to Narrowing the Achievement Gap for Native American Students. Currently she teaches at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School and is Chief Native Curriculum Developer for Seattle Public Schools. A married mother of two high school proteges, Shana has more recently learned to make kombucha and sourdough bread, refinish wood surfaces, and peyote stitch a keyring.

Nick Dennis

Nick Dennis

Director of Studies

I teach History and Politics in a school just outside of London, England. I am also a Fellow of the Schools History Project, England's premier think-tank on historical education and I am a co-presenter for the current World History Project videos.

Audra A. Diptée

Audra A. Diptée

Associate Professor in the Department of History, Carleton University

Audra A. Diptée is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Carleton University (Canada) and the Managing Director of The History Watch Project. Her publications include the books "From Africa to Jamaica: The Making of an Atlantic Slave Society, 1776-1807 (2010)" and "Remembering Africa & Its Diasporas: Memory, Public History & Representations of the Past (2012)." Her research has been supported by fellowships at The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center (Italy) and Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Centre for the Study of Slavery. She has also held the post of Invited Professor at the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3. Her research has been funded by various agencies including the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Organization of American States.

Andrew Duden

Andrew Duden

9th and 10th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Lake Oswego High School

Andrew Duden has taught for 24 years as a social studies teacher. He has taught primarily at Lake Oswego High School with two years teaching at the Escuela Americana in San Salvador, El Salvador. He lives in Portland, Oregon with wife, daughter and son and two dogs.

Candice Goucher

Candice Goucher

Professor Emerita of History, Washington State University

Dr. Candice Goucher works in the Caribbean and West Africa, where she has forged interdisciplinary links in the history of food, technology, culture, and gender. Co-author of World History: Journeys from Past to Present (Routledge, 2013), she was also co-lead scholar on the multimedia Bridging World History (2014) and co-editor of The Cambridge World History: A World with Agriculture (2015). Her book Congotay! Congotay! A Global History of Caribbean Food (Routledge, 2014) won the 2015 and 25th Anniversary Gourmand awards. Named 2015 WHA Pioneer in World History, she is currently General Editor for Women Who Changed the World (ABC-CLIO, 2021).

Rachel Hansen

Rachel Hansen

High School Social Studies Teacher, Muscatine High School
Muscatine, Iowa, USA

Rachel Hansen teaches in Iowa, where she and her students like to wear flannels on Fridays and name their class plants. She’s taught the Big History Project for six years and serves as a teacher leader for the program. Rachel is also a National Geographic Explorer whose work focuses on storytelling for impact using podcasts.

Judith Jeremie

Judith Jeremie

AP World History Teacher, Brooklyn Technical High School

Judith Jeremie received her doctorate in education at St. John's University and is a teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School. She has taught at the high school level for 10 years, specializing in AP World History and US History courses. In addition, she is a Social Studies Curriculum Writer for the New York City Department of Education.

Stacey Kertsman

Stacey Kertsman

Dean of Equity Education and Social Impact, Castilleja School
Palo Alto, CA

Stacey is an activist educator, passionate about fostering future leaders who are curious, empathetic, collaborative, and courageous. She has taught history, English, and social justice work in elementary, middle, and high schools, and develops and leads partnership-based curriculum design and exchanges between schools and non-profits locally and internationally.

Amit Kobrowski

Amit Kobrowski

Social Science Specialist, Oregon Department of Education

After nearly twenty-five years teaching high school social science, Amit joined the Oregon Department of Education to help guide the implementation of Oregon's groundbreaking requirement for social science K-12 classes to include ethnic studies standards.

Anne Koschmider

Anne Koschmider

10th-12th Grade World History Teacher, Cadillac High School
Cadillac, Michigan

Anne has taught high school world history for 15 years. She holds a Master's Degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and is a co-author for the MI Open Book Project.

Tony Maccarella

Tony Maccarella

Head of Upper School, Saddle River Day School

Tony has been teaching high school History since 1982 and holds a BA in History and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction. He is passionate about student engagement as the foundation of all learning.

Laura Mitchell

Laura Mitchell

Associate Professor and Director of Pedagogical Development, UC Irvine
Irvine, CA

Laura teaches African and world history and is a Provost’s Teaching Fellow at UC Irvine. She strives to make sense of early-modern societies in a digital age, and to make history accessible to diverse audiences. She is the President of the World History Association. Her research on colonial Southern Africa has been supported by grants from Fulbright, ACLS, the NEH, and the Mellon Foundation. She has collaborated with a wide range of scholars and history educators. She is the author or co-author of five books, including Panorama, A World History. Her book Belongings: Property, Family and Identity in Colonial South Africa won the American Historical Association’s Gutenberg-e Prize.

Bekisizwe Ndimande

Bekisizwe Ndimande

Associate Professor, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Bekisizwe S. Ndimande earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently Associate Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Ndimande’s research interests intersect issues of equity, diversity, decolonizing methodology, and social justice education. He has published several journal articles and book chapters, including Pedagogy of the Township, in Sonia Nieto (Ed .), Dear Paulo: Letters from Those who Dare Teach; His book, Privatization and the education of marginalized children: Policies, impacts and global lessons, (co-edited with Dr. Chris Lubienski) was published by Routledge in 2017.

Annette O’Boyce

Annette O’Boyce

Senior National Facilitator, NCEE

I am a committed educator focusing on the leverage points for change in education systems including curriculum, coaching, leadership development, teacher pre- and in-service learning all through the lens of equity and engagement. I am excited to learn together how to use our current situation as a lever to disrupt current systems of inequity and mediocrity and make real and positive changes for all.

Jennifer Reidel

Jennifer Reidel

HS US History, Civics, Law teacher, Options High School

Jen Reidel has enthusiastically taught Social Studies for 23 years in Civics, US History, and Law related education and currently teaches at Options High School, an alternative public high school in Bellingham, Washington serving students who need a non-traditional approach to learning. She served as the 2019-2020 Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress, is a James Madison Memorial Fellow (WA-02’), and is committed to helping students find their own voice through connection with the past, support to interpret the present, and tools for charting their course to the future.

Milton Reynolds

Milton Reynolds

Founder, Equity and Inclusion Specialist, Reynolds Consulting

Milton Reynolds is a San Francisco Bay Area based career educator, author, equity and inclusion consultant and activist. His activism has been devoted to disrupting systems of racial injustice with a focus on juvenile justice reform, law enforcement accountability, environmental justice, youth development, educational transformation and disability justice. His efforts are devoted to creating a more just world in which all people are valued and treated with dignity. Milton’s publications include a chapter in Seeing Race Again: Countering Colorblindness across the Disciplines and one in the soon to be released Leading in the Belly of the Beast.

Hajra Saeed

Hajra Saeed

10th Grade Big History/World History Teacher, Sato Academy of Math and Science

Hajra is about to begin her twentieth year teaching in a large urban district. She has learners of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and teaches at a STEM high school focusing on engineering and biomedical sciences.

Mannu Sikka

Mannu Sikka

Educator/ Independent Consultant, Consortium for Educational Change

Experienced educational professional with demonstrated history in both instructional and leadership roles, grades K - 8. Google Certified Educator Level 1 & 2; ASCD Emerging Leader Class of 2019.

Heather Streets-Salter

Heather Streets-Salter

Director of World History Programs, Northeastern University

Heather Streets-Salter is Director of World History Programs at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the author of World War One in Southeast Asia: Colonialism and Anticolonialism in an Era of Global Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 2017), Martial Races: The Military, Martial Races, and Masculinity in British Imperial Culture, 1857-1914 (Manchester University Press, 2004), Traditions and Encounters (McGraw-Hill, multiple editions) with Jerry Bentley and Herb Ziegler, and Empires and Colonies in the Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2015) with Trevor Getz. Her next project is called The Chill Before the Cold War: Communism and Anti-Communism in Colonial Southeast Asia in the Interwar Period.

Hope Teague-Bowling

Hope Teague-Bowling

High School English, American Community School of Abu Dhabi

Hope Teague-Bowling is a third-culture kid, a National Board Certified teacher, and a 2019 ASCD Emerging Leader. After thirteen years in American public education, she moved to Abu Dhabi to experience teaching in an international context. She thinks, writes, and speaks about faith, social justice, and education policy on her blog "An Educated Guess" http://www.hopeteague.com. She is also a co-host for the Interchangeable White Ladies podcast http://www.hopeteague.com/podcast. Follow Hope on Twitter at @Espionfire.

Robert Valenti

Robert Valenti

9th and 10th Grade World History Teacher, Springville-Griffith Institute

Rob Valenti is a public high school social studies teacher at Springville-Griffith Institute, in Springville, NY. Over the course of 12 years, he has taught global history and geography to ninth- and tenth-grade students and economics at the twelfth-grade level. In 2013, he began teaching the Big History Project course, which he taught as a senior elective. In 2018, he became a founding teacher of the World History Project course.