The 10th Annual Building Expertise Educators Conference

Building Expertise is a 3-day premier educator’s conference created by Learning Sciences International that has focused on core instruction best practice as well as teacher and leadership growth for the past decade.

This year to celebrate our 10th year, we want to concurrently celebrate heroic teachers and leaders on the heels of a disruptive COVID-19 school year. So come, refresh and reset. And plan to leave the conference with a plan that we help you formulate to close learning gaps for the 2021 school year.

4 Motivational Keynotes

INSPIRE YOU TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Actor, Author and Educator

LeVar Burton

Burton is an actor, director, producer, writer and public speaker who is the honored recipient of 12 Emmy Awards, a Grammy and five NAACP Awards.

LeVar Burton launched his acting career while still a student at the University of Southern California. Cast in the groundbreaking role of Kunta Kinte in the landmark television series Roots, at 19 he found himself on the cover of Time magazine. A seemingly impossible act to follow, Burton managed to do so in dramatic fashion, achieving further global acclaim as Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge in the iconic Star Trek: The Next Generation television series and feature films. But it has been his role as host and executive producer of the beloved PBS children’s series Reading Rainbow that he is most proud of. Airing from 1983 to 2009, it was not only one of the longest-running children’s television shows in history, but also one of the most acclaimed, earning over 200 awards including multiple Emmys and a Peabody.

Always committed to improving children’s education through innovative uses of storytelling, in 2012 Burton launched RRKidz, a digital educational publishing company, co-founded with business partner Mark Wolfe. Together they hold the global rights to the Reading Rainbow brand through a partnership with series creator, WNED/Buffalo. Reading Rainbow was reimagined to combine today’s forms of media and technology with the goal of inspiring a new generation of children to love reading. The all-new Reading Rainbow is a digital reading service filled with over 500 children’s fiction and non-fiction books, newly produced video field trips and new content added every week. With over 16 million books and videos enjoyed since launch, Reading Rainbow is the number one educational app on iTunes and recipient of numerous awards.

Most recently, Burton turned to Kickstarter to bring Reading Rainbow to “Every Child, Everywhere” – especially to classrooms in need. The campaign met its 35-day goal of raising $1 million in less than 11 hours, and became the most popular Kickstarter campaign ever with over 105,000 backers and a final tally of over $6.4 million. As a result, in 2015 RRKidz will introduce Reading Rainbow EDU, complete with engaging supplemental learning content for teachers and students.

And in October, 2014, Reading Rainbow published Burton’s first children’s book, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, a powerful and uplifting story to help children cope with the difficulties of everyday life.

The honored recipient of 12 Emmy Awards, a Grammy and five NAACP Awards, Burton has demonstrated in his career that he can do it all —acting, directing, producing, writing and speaking. He is often invited as a keynote speaker at leading education and technology events, most recently speaking at NASA, ISTE, The National Headstart Association and many more.

And in 2014, with educational groups, business organizations and media clamoring to recognize him for the record-setting Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign, Burton was named Geek of the Year in the annual Geekie Awards, was listed as one of Ebony magazine’s Power 100, and earned the World Tech Award for Education, awarded by the World Technology Network.

He now enters his fourth decade in the industry, with millions of fans throughout the world, and continues his mission to inspire, entertain and educate.

Entrepreneur, Global Soap Project Founder

Derreck Kayongo

From Ugandan refugee to successful entrepreneur, CEO, and renowned human rights activist, Derreck’s journey inspires audiences to dream big.

From Ugandan refugee to successful entrepreneur, CEO, and renowned human rights activist, Derreck’s journey inspires audiences to dream big. Through personable and articulate storytelling, he shares his visionary ideas for harnessing the power of observation and creative problem solving, applicable to any organization or community. It’s all about taking responsibility while looking for opportunities to improve.

Derreck is the founder of the Global Soap Project: a humanitarian aid organization that collects discarded and unused soap from thousands of hotels worldwide, reprocesses it, then distributes it to in-need populations around the world. The project was born from his simple observation about how much soap is available in hotels, and how much is thrown away when hotel rooms are turned. This observation turned into a simple yet innovative idea that is now battling global health issues in 90 countries. Hygiene-related diseases, and the resulting deaths, have dissipated in many at-risk communities, thanks in part to Derreck’s creative problem solving.

CEO of LSI and Award-Winning Author

Michael Toth

Michael D. Toth is founder and CEO of Learning Sciences International (LSI) and leads LSI’s Applied Research Center.

Michael D. Toth is founder and CEO of Learning Sciences International (LSI) and leads LSI’s Applied Research Center. He is the author of The Power of Student Teams: Achieving Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Learning in Every Classroom Through Academic Teaming with David Sousa; author of Who Moved My Standards? Joyful Teaching in an Age of Change; and co-author with Dr. Robert J. Marzano of The Essentials of a Standards-Driven Classroom, School Leadership for Results, and Teacher Evaluation that Makes a Difference.
Author and Educator

Robert Marzano

Internationally recognized author of The New Art and Science of Teaching, Dr. Marzano will share practical translations of the most current research and theory into classroom strategies.

Internationally recognized author of The New Art and Science of Teaching, Dr. Marzano will share practical translations of the most current research and theory into classroom strategies. Including thought-provoking aspects of rigor, their impact on types of work such as team-centered tasks that promote effective student collaboration and promote complex learning which are covered in his latest book, Understanding Rigor in the Classroom.

Dr. Marzano's practical translations of the most current research and theory into classroom strategies are widely practiced internationally by both teachers and administrators.

Celebrate, ReSET & Plan

TURN THE PAGE ON COVID-19,
PLAN FOR CORE ‘21

Things will never be the same in the classroom following last year’s learning loss. You heroically kept students safe in the face of a pandemic, but we can never go back to the way things were.  Now it’s time for some hope and change to strengthen core instruction and close the largest learning gap of our careers. 

Here’s a plan for rebounding:

  • First, come celebrate closing the book on 2020 in a magical town – we all know you deserve it! 
  • Second, reSET with a focus on monitoring and tracking real-time student progress in any learning environment   
  • Third, plan for how your school/district wants to rebound to strengthen core instruction, close gaps, accelerate learning, teaming, equity
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Building Expertise

10TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

LIVE VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

  • Plan to have fun. 
  • Plan to recharge. 
  • Plan to turn the page on the COVID-19 educational landscape. 
  • Plan to learn how school and district leaders use data between assessments to strengthen core instruction. 
  • Plan to LEAVE WITH A PLAN that implements researched-based solutions for closing learning gaps and rapidly increasing effective Tier 1 instruction.   

CREDIT FOR ATTENDING EITHER CONFERENCE

Building Expertise Educators Conference attendees will receive certificates of completion for each individual session that they participate in live or watch as a recording during the 60-day on-demand viewing window following the conference.

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Did you know the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act lets schools repurpose existing K-12 education funds for teacher training? Ask your principal or administrator. 

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LSI's Dedicated Conference Staff

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If you have questions, LSI’s conference staff will work hard to make either experience smooth and hassle-free. Contact us at: 

ConferenceTeam@learningsciences.com
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