Keynote Speaker, General Sessions, Breakout Sessions
Peggy Brookins, NBCT
  • Peggy Brookins, NBCT (President and CEO of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards)

    Peggy Brookins, NBCT

    President and CEO of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

    Former NBPTS Board member Peggy Brookins, NBCT, joined the National Board as Executive Vice President in December 2014 and was named President & CEO in November 2015. Her long career as an educator includes many national leadership positions and accolades. In July 2014, President Barack Obama named Brookins as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. She came to the National Board from the Engineering and Manufacturing Institute of Technology at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida, which she co-founded in 1994 and where she served as director and as a mathematics instructor.

    She served on the NBPTS Board from 2007 to 2011. In addition, she has served on the board of, The Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences Ad Hoc Committee on Teachers as Professionals, the Content Technical Working Group for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a commissioner on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), P21 Executive Board, and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Teacher Prep Commission. She has been a national trainer for AFT (Thinking Mathematics K-2, 3-6, 6-8 Common Core, collaborator and national trainer for Thinking Mathematics 6-8). She currently serves on the Advisory Board of Digital Promise, National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) Executive Board, Fund for Teachers Executive Board, Out Teach Executive Board, Bowie State University and the STAR Program Advisory Board, National Geographic Education Audit Advisory Board, Eddie and Jules Trump Foundation of Israel Advisory Board, the Class Strategic Advisory Board, the Learning Variability Project Advisory Board, Global Teacher Leadership Advisory Board, and Teach Plus.

    Brookins achieved her certification in Adult and Young Adolescent Mathematics in 2003 and renewed in 2013. She was inducted into the University of Florida Alumni Hall of Fame in 2009, Received the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) “Woodie Flowers” Award in 2016, is a Florida Education Association “Everyday Hero,” and received the association’s Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2013, Brookins was named an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar.

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Grand Welcome Buffet, Reception, & Entertainment
Keynote Speaker, General Sessions, Breakout Sessions
Dr. Richard Warren Jr.
  • Dr. Richard Warren Jr. (2019 Maryland State Teacher of the Year and Hazel Professor of Education at University of Maryland Eastern Shore)

    Dr. Richard Warren Jr.

    2019 Maryland State Teacher of the Year and Hazel Professor of Education at University of Maryland Eastern Shore

    Dr. Richard Warren Jr, is the 2019 Maryland State Teacher of the Year and a nationally awarded S.T.E.M innovator. In fact, Samsung named him “one of the leading 'Solve for Tomorrow' teachers in the United States.”

    He has nearly a decade of teaching experience and holds a Bachelors in Science, Masters in Teaching, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. In February 2019, Richard was inducted into the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Hall of Excellence, the highest honor of achievement offered by his University.

    As the eighth grade science teacher at Crisfield High School and Academy, Dr. Warren led the school’s first-ever S.T.E.M program. An award-winning program he designed to meet the challenges of the global society through innovation, collaboration, and creative problem solving. His students were selected as state finalist out of 3,000 applicants in the national Samsung S.T.E.M competition.

    Richard has been recognized statewide as a top educator by the Maryland State Department of Education and Maryland General Assembly with honors in both the House of Delegates and State Senate.

    He is an expert in teacher retention where he has compiled, written, and published over 150 pages of literature and recommendations to school districts that are implementing mentoring programs for beginning teachers. Since 2015, he has worked closely with district teacher mentoring programs, helping beginning teachers find success and gratification in the classroom.

    Richard frequently travels around the world as a featured and keynote speaker. He has delivered multiple keynotes, one of note being at the 2018 Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) Convention reaching over 14,000 video views. On April 6th, 2019 he delivered his first TEDx Talk, Breakthrough Teaching: Reimaging Teachable Moments.

    Dr. Warren currently serves as the Hazel Professor of Education at the University of Maryland preparing future teachers to take on the next generation of students, with a special emphasis on educating male students of color to become K-12 teachers. Dr. Warren’s work with students, teachers, and state departments has become well known in the educational world and beyond.

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"Night on the Town"
Keynote Speaker, General Sessions, Breakout Sessions
Constance Lindsay, Ph.D.
  • Constance Lindsay, Ph.D. (Co-Author of Teacher Diversity and Student Success: Why Racial Representation Matters in the Classroom and Assistant Professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

    Constance Lindsay, Ph.D.

    Co-Author of Teacher Diversity and Student Success: Why Racial Representation Matters in the Classroom and Assistant Professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Lindsay earned a doctorate in human development and social policy from Northwestern University, where she was an Institute of Education Sciences’ predoctoral fellow. Since leaving Northwestern, Lindsay has worked in education policy in various contexts, applying her research training in traditional studies and in creating and evaluating new systems and policies regarding teachers. Lindsay’s areas of expertise include teacher quality and diversity, analyzing and closing racial achievement gaps, and adolescent development. Her work has been published in such journals as Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and Social Science Research. Lindsay received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University and master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University. Before doctoral study at Northwestern, she was a Presidential Management Fellow at the US Department of Education.

    Constance Lindsay’s research focuses on policies and practices to close racial achievement gaps in education. Currently, her main focus is on teacher diversity and how to obtain a high quality, diverse educator workforce.

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General Session: Conference Closing
Education Career Fair