2016 CSDC Conference: Dr. Howard Gardner and more keynotes

Published June 29, 2016 09:14

As the July 31 early registration deadline nears, CSDC is excited to announce the keynote speakers for this year's California Charter Schools Leadership Update Conference, which will be held on December 8-9 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA.

Here is who will be joining us at the conference:

Dr. Howard Gardner

Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The author of thirty books translated into thirty-two languages, as well as several hundred articles, Dr. Gardner is best known in educational circles for his theory of multiple intelligences, a critique of the notion that there exists but a single human intelligence that can be adequately assessed by standard psychometric instruments. Dr. Gardner has also directed Harvard's Project Zero and the Good Project. His latest research undertakings include a study of effective collaboration among non-profit institutions in education; a study of conceptions of quality, nationally and internationally, in the contemporary era; and a major study of the traditional 4-year residential college experience.

At the 2016 conference, Dr. Gardner will join us via live video conference to discuss his theory of multiple intelligences, as well as several other topics, including truth, beauty, and goodness. Registered attendees are encouraged to come prepared to pose questions to Dr. Gardner as his keynote will include a substantial question-and-answer period.

Frames of Mind - Theory of Multiple Intelligences (4:40) | View on YouTube


Relating the Virtues of Truth, Beauty and Goodness to Ethics and Our Professional Lives (8:34) | View on YouTube


Beyond Wit and Grit: Rethinking the Keys to Success (17:03) | View on YouTube

Dr. Kathy Perez

Professor of Education and Director of External Relations
Saint Mary's College of California

Dr. Kathy Perez is an acclaimed international educational consultant, author and motivational speaker specializing in instructional strategies and creative approaches to brain research, student engagement and leadership development. She integrates state-of-the art methods and research with passion and practical insights from her own classroom experiences. In her entertaining and thought-provoking sessions she forms a powerful connection with her audiences.

At the 2016 conference, Dr. Kathy Perez will present a Day 1 keynote titled "Creating a Classroom Culture of Caring, Confidence and Collaboration." She will also present an extended workshop titled "Motivating Reluctant Learners: Strategies for Success" This 3.5-hour workshop is included in the price of registration, as are the other Day 1 Extended Workshops.

Dr. Douglas Fisher

Professor of Educational Leadership
San Diego State University

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame and is the recipient of an International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, the Farmer award for excellence in writing from the National Council of Teachers of English, as well as a Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education.  He has published numerous articles on improving student achievement as well as books, such as Text-Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading (with Nancy Frey and Diane Lapp), Checking for Understanding (with Nancy Frey) and Common Core English Language Arts in a PLC at Work (with Nancy Frey). He is a board member of the International Reading Association and a past board member of the Literacy Research Association.

At the 2016 conference, Dr. Fisher will present a keynote as well as a number of to-be-announced breakout sessions.

The early registration deadline closes soon!

Important registration deadlines:

  • Early registration deadline: July 31, 2016
  • Regular registration deadline: November 18, 2016
  • Late registration deadline (pending availability): December 2, 2016

Please contact CSDC with any questions regarding this event.

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