May 15-17, 2019 – Caesars Atlantic City

    “Mindfulness for All:  Connecting Leaders and Learners”

      -Encourage     -Educate     -Celebrate 


    Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - Keynote Speaker:  Jonathan Mooney 

    Jonathan Mooney is an award-winning writer, entrepreneur, and activist who did not learn to read until he was twelve years old. He holds an honors degree from Brown University, is a Harry S. Truman Scholar for Public Service (California, 1999), and was a finalist for a Rhodes scholarship. With the publication of Learning Outside the Lines (now in its 28th printing) when he was 23, Jonathan has established himself as one of the foremost leaders in the neurodiversity and the learning revolution. His second book, The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal was published in the spring of 2007 to outstanding reviews in The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and many other national publications. Both books are considered foundational texts in the disability rights movement, the inclusive education movement, and the learning revolution and are used in under-graduate and graduate program at universities and colleges across the country including Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and Teachers College, Columbia University. A third book will be coming out in the fall of 2019 called "Normal Sucks."

    Jonathan is a highly sought-after speaker on neurodiversity, education reform, the learning revolution, and creating college and career pathways for at risk youth. He has lectured in 49 states and five countries.  He has been featured and quoted in/on The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, HBO, NPR, ABC News, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe.            

    Thursday, May 16, 2019 - Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Samuel Betances

    Dr. Samuel Betances

    Samuel Betances is a Senior Diversity Consultant who works to inspire willing learners to excel. Dr. Betances is both entertaining and informative. His story from dropping out of school, growing up in violence and on welfare, to earning two graduate degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education is compelling. He also did post-doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Urban Social Institutions.

    He is passionate about social justice and increasing the cultural competencies of mission-driven teams for educating urban students from poverty to study and to graduate. He is a product of reading and promotes reading to excel, wherever he goes. His book Ten Steps to the Head of the Class: A Challenge for Students is in its fourth printing and a new version, Ten Steps to the Head of the Class: A Handbook for Middle School Students was just released.  His book Winning the Future through Education: One Step at a Time is receiving excellent reviews from high school educators, principals, students, and parents. Higher education specialists of first-generation students are especially glad for the book. The book serves as a roadmap on how to excel by turning bad study habits into good ones.

    “Dr. B,” as his students liked to call him, taught Sociology at the former Chicago Teachers College (now, Northeastern Illinois University) for 25 years. He has worked and conducted workshops for educators in over 956 school systems throughout the USA.

    Friday, May 17, 2019 - Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Michele Borba

    Dr. Michele Borba

    Michele Borba is an internationally renowned educator, award-winning author, and parenting, child and bullying expert recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children’s empathy and social-emotional intelligence and character and reduce peer cruelty. A sought-after motivational speaker, she has spoken in 19 countries, five continents, and served as a consultant to hundreds of schools and corporations including the Pentagon and 18 US Army bases in Europe and the Asian-Pacific. Her proposal: “Ending School Violence and Bullying” (SB1667) was signed into California law in 2002. She offers realistic, research-based advice culled from a career working with over one million parents and educators worldwide.

    Dr. Borba is an NBC contributor who has appeared 150 times live on the TODAY show and countless shows including: three Dateline specials, Dr. Phil, The View, NBC Nightly News, The Doctors, Dr. Oz, TD Jakes, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, MSNBC, Fox & Friends, Countdown, 3 NBC Education Nation specials, Inside Edition, Fox, The Early Show, CNN and Dr. Drew. Her work is featured in TIME, Washington Post, Newsweek, People, Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times. Reader’s Digest, Globe and Mail. She’s a media spokesperson for corporations including RC2 Learning Curve, Florida OJ, 3M, Ragu, Dixie Cup, Office Depot, Unilever, Splenda, Similac, General Mills, Mastercard, All, Galderma, V-Tech, Cetaphil, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson and consultant to McDonalds and Disney. Speaking clients include U.S. Air Force Academy, Sesame Street, Army Bases, Learning and the Brain, Harvard, H.H. the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and a TEDx Talk: “Empathy Is a Verb.” 

    Borba is the award-winning author of 24 books translated into 19 languages including Nobody Likes Me, No More Misbehavin’, Don’t Give Me that Attitude!, Building Moral Intelligence, Parents Do Make A Difference, The Big Book of Parenting Solutions, End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy, and UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World.  She was a 2016 SHORTY nominee for “Best Social Media Influencer in Parenting.”

    Dr. Borba is a former classroom and special education teacher with a wide range of teaching experience, including work in a private practice with children with learning and emotional disabilities. She received a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of San Francisco, an M.A. in Learning Disabilities and B.A. from the University of Santa Clara, and Life Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. She lives in Palm Springs, California with her husband and has three grown sons.