Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the original poets to appear on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam. A four-time National Poetry Slam champion, he is the author of two collections of poetry and a book of essays, What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World. In April of 2012, Mali completed a 12-year project of convincing 1,000 people to become teachers and marked the occasion by donating 12 inches of his hair to the American Cancer Society. Years ago he was the official voice of Burger King.

Rainn may be best known for his starring role in the long running NBC Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award winning series for “Best Comedy,” “The Office." In 2008, Rainn and two of his friends, Joshua Homnick and Devon Gundry, created the company SoulPancake to create a space where people from all walks of life could discuss and question what it means to be human—a place to wrestle with the spiritual, philosophical, and creative journey that is life. Today SoulPancake, through the leadership of CEO Shabnam Mogharabi, spans multiple distribution channels, from web to print to video to live events.

Shabnam Mogharabi is CEO and Executive Producer at SoulPancake, an award-winning media and entertainment company founded by actor Rainn Wilson that explores ‘Life’s Big Questions’. SoulPancake spreads joy and celebrates the human experience by producing and curating uplifting, thought-provoking content that is distributed on television, online, at live events, and through branded engagements.

About the

Keynote Speakers

Taylor Mali

Rainn Wilson

Shabnam Mogharabi

Warren

Barkley

Matt

Coleman

Trevor

Packer

Sandy

Speicher

Warren Barkley joined SMART in November of 2012 as the Company’s Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Barkley has over 17 years of technology experience and most recently served as General Manager in the Unified Communications division at Microsoft. He has held several key positions in Microsoft over his tenure and was instrumental in the development of Microsoft Lync as the communication and collaboration software of choice for Fortune 500 companies.

Matt Coleman, DEd, has worked at every level of the secondary education system. He has served as educational assistant, middle school teacher, high school teacher, high school assistant principal, middle school principal, high school principal, director of secondary education, and assistant superintendent. In his administrative roles, Matt supported significant change resulting in improved outcomes for all kids—with a positive, differential impact on students who have been historically underserved.

Trevor is responsible for leading, developing and managing the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® and other instructional offerings, including SpringBoard® and curricular programs for grades 6–12.

Trevor has overseen the AP® Program since 2003, leading a redesign to focus the AP courses and exams on the knowledge and skills needed for college success, and helping educators worldwide build equitable and accessible AP programs.

 

Sandy Speicher is a Partner at the global design and innovation firm IDEO. She is the Managing Director of IDEO’s Education practice, which looks to people’s unmet needs, desires, and aspirations to inspire new solutions for a wide variety of challenges—from the ways that people are learning to the ways that systems are operating.

 

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