EDULAB@LIGHTCITY PRESENTED BY
UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF MARYLAND

 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
IMET Columbus Center, 701 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202

Rethink learning. Join future-focused education innovators for a dialogue on the central role of education in our society.

EDULAB@LIGHTCITY SCHEDULE

EMCEE: Greg Cangialosi


8:00 AM

Registration Opens


Get Connected: Have Breakfast With Local Leaders From The Corporate, Nonprofit And Innovation Communities. 


Welcome Remarks by Robert Caret, Chancellor, University System Of Maryland


The Path To The Future: A Conversation On Stage 

Ft. Freeman Hrabowski, President, UMBC & Alec Ross, Technology Policy Expert, Innovator & New York Times Best-Selling Author Of The Industries Of The Future


Dear Mr. President. Lightning Round Of 10 Big Ideas For Reshaping The Future Of America, Framed In A Five Minute Pitch To The President

Ft. University System Of Maryland Faculty Sharing Their Big Idea For Making Our Country Stronger, Safer, Smarter And More Just


Two Noted Education Leaders Discuss Their Backgrounds, The Moments That Make Them Love Their Jobs, Their Biggest Challenges And Their Hopes For The Future

Ft. Dr. Sonja Santelises, CEO, Baltimore City Public Schools & Dr. Kim Schatzel, President, Towson University


New Thinking About Education, Vocation And Entrepreneurship As Pathways For Often-Excluded Communities

Ft. Amy Roza, Director of Goucher College’s Prison Education Partnership, Jonathan Moore, #Greaterthan, Jason Hardebeck, CEO at The Foundery & Broadband Coordinator for the City of Baltimore, Laurin Hodge, Mission Launch


Creative Collaboration Lunch, Meet Fellow Attendees And Brainstorm Solutions For Our City’s Most Pressing Problems


The Next Wave Of Education Reform Solutions: Addressing Racial Opportunity Gaps, Community Engagement, Urban Teacher Education
Ft. Rob Helfenbein, Interim Chair Of Teacher Education, Associate Professor Of Curriculum Studies, Loyola University Maryland, Dr. Simone Gibson, Morgan State University & Dr. Omar Simpson, Assistant Director, HOP-In, Johns Hopkins University.

Wendel Patrick, Music Producer, Photographer, Educator, and Co-founder, Boom Bap Society


The Gamification Of Education

Ft. Todd Marks, CEO, Mindgrub & Greg Walsh, Assistant Professor in Division of Science, Information Arts and Technologies, University of Baltimore


A Perspective From The Front Lines. School-Based Education Leaders Separate Myths From Reality, In An Era Of Rapid Change In Public School Education.

Ft. Athanasia Kyriakakos, MD Teacher Of The Year, Latesha Higgs, Elementary School Teacher At Furley Elementary, Moderated By David Warnock, Founder and CEO, Camden Partners Holdings – ‎Network for Good


Baltimore Educational Startups Session

Moderated By Steven Henick, Vice Dean of Business and Professional Programs, University of Maryland University College


Awakening Youth Through Connection: The Power Of Making And Mentoring

Ft. Aisha DaCosta, Founder, I Am O’Kah! Inc. & Shawn Grimes, Interim Executive Director & Director of Technology, Digital Harbor Foundation


Shape A Better City!

Baltimore Collegetown Leadershape – Students Show You How To Break Down Barriers, Get Visionary, And Get To Work In This Interactive Session


Equal Opportunities In American Schools

Ft. Donovan Livingston, Public Speaker, Educator and Spoken Word Poet whose Harvard Graduate School of Education convocation address “Lift Off” went viral in 2016


 

EDULAB@LIGHTCITY SPEAKERS

Robert L. Caret – Chancellor, University System of Maryland (USM) 

Robert L. Caret joined the University System of Maryland (USM) as chancellor on July 1, 2015. He was inaugurated as the system’s fourth chancellor on November 19, 2015. No stranger to Maryland, Caret is a former president of Towson University, a USM institution. During his 20 years of public higher education leadership, Caret has earned respect for his successful work in several areas, including helping to ensure college affordability, academic excellence, and the efficient use of resources.

Aisha DaCosta – Executive Director, CEO and Founder, I Am O’Kah! Inc.

Speaker Topic: Awakening Youth Through Connection: The Power of Making and Mentoring

Aisha DaCosta is a philanthropist, socio-economic justice activist and first-generation American in full pursuit of actualizing the American dream.  After serving 14 years in the United States Air Force, Aisha returned to civilian life with a desire to impact the lives of those in her community. In 2011 she founded a not-for-profit called I AM O’Kah! Inc., in memory of her sister Kahdine, who was the first in her family to go to college.

Dr. Simone Gibson – Assistant Professor of Teacher Education and Professional Development, Morgan State University

Speaker Topic: The Next Wave Of Education Reform Solutions: Addressing Racial Opportunity Gaps, Community Engagement, Urban Teacher Education In Conversation With Dr. Omar Simpson and Rob Helfenbein

Simone Gibson is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Teacher Education & Professional Development at Morgan State University.  Although she began her career as a middle school English teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools, her experience as an educator spans P-12 as well as higher education in both California and Maryland.  Her current research involves two projects which: 1) explores the significance of sociopolitical consciousness with P-12 learners;  and 2) investigates ways of connecting the non-traditional literacy habits of historically marginalized P-12 learners to those traditional literacy practices promoted within schools; and 3) the preparation of teachers of color.

Jason Hardebeck – CEO at The Foundery, Broadband Coordinator for the City of Baltimore

Speaker Topic: New Thinking About Education, Vocation And Entrepreneurship As Pathways To Self-Sufficiency In Conversation With Amy Roza, Jonathan Moore & Laurin Hodge

Originally from small towns in Montana and Nevada, Jason earned his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the US Naval Academy prior to receiving his Masters in Advanced Business Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Since the completion of his education, Jason has held a number of diverse roles in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, technology, non-profit organizations, the military, and state and local government. Throughout his various career endeavors, Jason became qualified to operate a U.S. Navy nuclear power plant, served as Maryland’s first official Entrepreneur in Residence, was named Inventor on six U.S. patents, and founded a company which was then purchased by Facebook.

Rob Helfenbein – Interim Chair of Teacher Education, Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies, Loyola University Maryland

Speaker Topic: The Next Wave Of Education Reform Solutions: Addressing Racial Opportunity Gaps, Community Engagement, Urban Teacher Education In Conversation With Dr. Omar Simpson and Dr. Simone Gibson

Rob Helfenbein earned his Ph.D. and B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Helfenbein has offered courses in Teaching Secondary Social Studies, Middle School Methods, and graduate level courses in curriculum theory, qualitative research methods, social foundations, and urban education. Dr. Helfenbein has published and edited numerous research articles and book chapters about contemporary education analysis in urban contexts in journals such as Curriculum Inquiry, the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Educational StudiesThe Urban Review, the Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, and co-edited the books Unsettling Beliefs: Teaching Theory to Teachers (2008) and Ethics and International Curriculum Work: The Challenges of Culture and Context (2012).

Steven Henick – Vice Dean of Business and Professional Programs, University of Maryland University College

Steve Henick is a retired international business executive with 33 years of experience managing multinational businesses. He started his career with Procter & Gamble in marketing and also worked with other companies including Warner Communications and A. T. Cross. He has lived and worked in Japan, the Philippines, and France in addition to the United States. When Henick retired from business, he began teaching at UMUC as an adjunct and is now a full-time professor. Before he began working at UMUC, Henick was also a lecturer at Anne Arundel Community College and the director of AACC’s Institute for the Future. Prior to his business career, Henick was a captain, pilot, and intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III – President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Keynote Speaker – Speaker Topic: The Path To The Future: A Conversation On Stage Between Freeman Hrabowski And Alec Ross, Exploring How We Look To The Education System, Business And Government To Help Cities Like Baltimore Tap Into The Promise Of The Industries Of The Future

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the 2011 report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. He also was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

Donovan Livingston – Public Speaker, Educator and Spoken Word Poet whose Harvard Graduate School of Education convocation address “Lift Off” went viral in 2016

Keynote Speaker – Speaker Topic: Equal Opportunities In American Schools

Donovan Livingston is an award-winning educator, spoken word poet, and public speaker. In 2016, his Harvard Graduate School of Education convocation address “Lift Off” went viral, reaching over thirteen million views and prompting Hillary Clinton to praise, “It’s young graduates like [Livingston] who make it clear that America’s best days are still ahead.” Since his pivotal speech, Livingston has been featured on CNN, NPR, BBC, Good Morning America, and in news outlets across Europe, Australia, India, and South Africa. His convocation address will be published as a book by Spiegel & Grau in 2017. Livingston has earned master’s degrees from Columbia University and Harvard University, and is now a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. He lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Todd Marks – CEO, Mindgrub

Speaker Topic: The Gamification of Education

Todd Marks, a teacher-turned-technologist, is the Founder and CEO of Mindgrub, a technology innovation agency that pioneers creative thinking in the development of web, mobile, and learning management systems for educational organizations. He leads information architects, user experience specialists, interface designers and top-notch developers to solve business and consumer challenges in application development and rapid prototyping. Marks has overseen projects for a wide range of clients like Crayola, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, Towson University, and Baltimore County Public Schools. He has shared his vision for innovation at conferences like SXSWedu and ETIS, and has been profiled in publications like The Huffington Post, CNN and Newsweek.

Wendel Patrick – Music Producer, Photographer, Educator, and Co-Founder, Boom Bap Society

Wendel Patrick has been referred to as “David Foster Wallace reincarnated as a sound engineer” by Urbanite Magazine and as “wildly talented” by the Baltimore Sun. The alter ego of classical and jazz pianist Kevin Gift, Wendel Patrick is rapidly making a name for himself as a producer to be recognized. He is a co-founder of the Baltimore Boom Bap Society and co-creator of “Out of the Blocks”, the award winning documentary radio program that has aired on WYPR, NPR and The BBC. Mr. Patrick is a recipient of the 2015 Baker Artist Awards’ Mary Sawyers Baker grand prize, and was a professor of music at Loyola University Maryland for eleven years.

Alec Ross – Technology Policy Expert, Innovator and New York Times best-selling author of The Industries of the Future

Keynote Speaker – Speaker Topic: The Path To The Future: A Conversation On Stage Between Freeman Hrabowski And Alec Ross, Exploring How We Look To The Education System, Business And Government To Help Cities Like Baltimore Tap Into The Promise Of The Industries Of The Future

Alec Ross is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Industries of the Future, published by Simon & Schuster. Alec serves as an advisor to investors, corporations and government leaders to help them understand the implication of factors emerging at the intersection of geopolitics, markets and increasingly disruptive network technologies. He recently served for four years as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State, a role created for him to maximize the potential of technology and innovation in service of America’s diplomatic goals.

Amy Roza – Director, Goucher College Prison Education Partnership

Speaker Topic: New Thinking About Education, Vocation And Entrepreneurship As Pathways To Self-Sufficiency In Conversation With Jason Hardebeck, Jonathan Moore & Laurin Hodge

Amy Roza is Director of the Goucher College Prison Education Partnership, which offers men and women incarcerated in Maryland the opportunity to pursue an excellent college education. A national model, GPEP is part of the public conversation about mutually-reinforcing intergenerational cycles of poverty, incarceration and limited educational opportunity. Prior to her work in Maryland, Amy supported more than 300 students pursuing associates degrees while they were incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison through the Prison University Project.

Dr. Sonja Santelises – CEO, Baltimore City Schools

Speaker Topic: Two Noted Education Leaders Discuss Their Backgrounds, The Moments That Make Them Love Their Jobs, Their Biggest Challenges And Their Hopes For The Future In Conversation With Dr. Kim Schatzel

Dr. Sonja B. Santelises has spent close to 30 years focused on building high-quality teaching and learning to help students excel, including her tenure as chief academic officer for Baltimore City Public Schools from 2010 to 2013. She returns to City Schools after serving for three years as vice president for K-12 policy and practice at The Education Trust, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit focused on closing the achievement gap experienced disproportionately by African American, Latino, and Native students and students from low-income families.

Dr. Kim E. Schatzel – President, Towson University

Speaker Topic: Two Noted Education Leaders Discuss Their Backgrounds, The Moments That Make Them Love Their Jobs, Their Biggest Challenges And Their Hopes For The Future In Conversation With Dr. Sonia Santileses

Dr. Kim E. Schatzel began her career in higher education in 2000 and held several positions in the College of Business at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, beginning as an assistant professor of marketing and rising to interim dean (2007-2008) and dean (2008-2012). As dean, she led the business college to reposition itself within a highly competitive market, leading to enrollment growth and enhanced ability to attract and retain outstanding faculty. Prior to joining Towson, Schatzel served as interim president for six months while continuing her responsibilities as provost and executive vice president of academic and student affairs at Eastern Michigan University, a position she held since 2012.

Greg Walsh – Assistant Professor, Division of Science, Information Arts and Technologies, University of Baltimore

Speaker Topic: The Gamification of Education In Conversation With Todd Marks

At UB’s Digital Whimsy Lab, Greg Walsh focuses on bringing more people into the design process through co-design. The Whimsy Lab is host to KidsteamUB, an intergenerational team where kids and adults design new user experiences for children in Baltimore *with* children in Baltimore. Greg has been internationally published on ways to include more voices into the design process and was recognized by Google for his work in inclusive co-design. His goal is to make a better Baltimore through Design.

Dr. Omar Simpson – Assistant Director, Hop-In Center for Student Success, Johns Hopkins University and Founder, The Omar Simpson Foundation

Speaker Topic: The Next Wave Of Education Reform Solutions: Addressing Racial Opportunity Gaps, Community Engagement, Urban Teacher Education In Conversation With Dr. Simone Gibson and Rob Helfenbein

Dr. Omar Simpson has served as a student affairs administrator for over 7 years. Dr. Simpson has worked on retention programs and services that provide academic and transitional support to enhance student learning and promote student success. He arrived at Johns Hopkins University in May of 2016 and serves as the Assistant Director for the Hop-In program in the Center for Student Success. In addition, Dr. Simpson co-manages the Mentoring Assistance Peer Program (MAPP). He earned his Ph.D. in Culture, Curriculum and Change from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

David Warnock – Founder and CEO, Camden Partners Holdings – ‎Network for Good

Speaker Topic: A Perspective From The Front Lines. School-Based Education Leaders Separate Myths From Reality, In An Era Of Rapid Change In Public School Education.

While working at T. Rowe Price and volunteering as a mentor through Project RAISE, David learned firsthand about the cycle of drug use, violence and family deterioration in Baltimore: when a young kid he knew for years grew distant, fell into East Baltimore’s unforgiving drug trade, and shot another teenage boy. After that day, David committed himself to pursuing the kind of change that could prevent this from happening to other families. In 1999, David became a trustee and Board chair of the Center for Urban Families, a workforce organization connecting Baltimore’s most disengaged citizens – former incarcerated individuals – with their families, communities and employment.

Baltimore Collegetown Network – Kristen McGuire, Kirsten Brinlee, and Collegetown LeaderShape students

Speaker Topic: Shape A Better City! Collegetown Leadershape Students Show You How To Break Down Barriers, Get Visionary, And Get To Work In This Interactive Session.

Baltimore Collegetown Network Executive Director Kristen Campbell McGuire and Assistant Director Kirsten Brinlee will join a group of Collegetown LeaderShape students to host this lab.

 

Ms. McGuire has been the executive director of Baltimore Collegetown for the last 14 years where she develops projects and partnerships to attract, engage, and retain students, raise the profile of Baltimore as a destination, and help colleges share resources. Programs benefitting the area’s 120,000 students include a comprehensive marketing campaign, inter-campus shuttle system, engagement and internship programs, academic partnerships, and Collegetown LeaderShape, which launched in 2010.

 

Ms. Brinlee manages the Collegetown LeaderShape and Collegetown Underground programs and works with several campus communities of practice. Prior to joining Collegetown, she worked as the Assistant Director at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Social Concern.  At JHU, she managed the Alternative Break program, large days of service, and advised the Student Advocacy Board and service student organizations.  She relocated from Texas to Baltimore in 2012, and while in Texas worked at the University of North Texas’s Center for Leadership and Service.

 

Collegetown LeaderShape program alumni are current students or recent graduates who are actively creating positive change in our region. They will help facilitate the session and share their personal journeys through the program and beyond.

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Labs@LightCity – Ivy Bookshop Pre-Order

Pre-order books from some of Labs@LightCity speakers through The Ivy Bookshop!

 

 

All orders must be placed by Sunday, March 19th to guarantee availability for pick-up during the conference.

 

 

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