Below, you'll find information about the keynote and featured speakers at this year's IB Global Conference in Orlando.
Friday 21 July
Dr. Woodson is the superintendent for Washington Township Schools in Indiana, an International Baccalaureate (IB) World District. In the past eight years, Dr. Woodson has lead the public school district to become one of few in the Americas to offer IB to all students in all schools through PYP, MYP and DP. Washington Township is a PK-12 urban public school district with over 12,000 IB students spanning across 13 IB World Schools with plans to expand to two more due to significant increases in enrollment. Dr. Woodson is also a proud parent of PYP and MYP students in her district. Among her numerous honors, Dr. Woodson has been awarded the honor of International Educator of the Year by Global Indiana and recognized for innovative achievement in education by the American Association of School Administrators. Former US President Barack Obama invited Dr. Woodson among just a few superintendents nationwide to the first-ever White House Superintendent Summit recognizing district innovations in education. She has authored the book Is it Working in Your Middle School?, published by Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), which focuses on a personalized system to monitor the progress of school initiatives that can be applied to any IB World School. Dr. Woodson serves as Co-Founder of Change Makers International which focuses on global growth and contribution. Active in the IB community, Dr. Woodson has presented at conferences internationally, served on both the IB Regional & Heads Councils and is now serving a three-year term on the IB Board of Governors.
Saturday 22 July
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor, MA, USA. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984 - a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology. His areas of expertise include planning across curriculums, staff development, new school design, community building and leadership development. He has delivered keynotes and workshops in all 50 states, across Canada and throughout the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Central America. Alan was named one of the nation’s 15 most influential thinkers of the decade by Technology and Learning Magazine. In 2001, he was listed as one of eight educators to provide leadership into the future by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. In 2007, he was selected to speak at the Cisco Public Services Summit during the Nobel Prize Festivities in Stockholm, Sweden. His writing includes numerous articles and two best-selling books: Empowering Students with Technology and Web Literacy for Educators. Alan was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and is most proud of being selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.
Sunday 23 July
Daniel H. Pink is the author of five books about the changing world of work, including the New York Times best seller, A Whole New Mind, and the #1 New York Times best seller, Drive. Currently, Pink hosts Crowd Control, a series on National Geographic Television that takes problems and creates solutions using unique design, technology and behavioral science principles. His latest book To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, offers a fresh look at the art and science of selling. Pink describes the six successors to the 'elevator pitch', the three rules for understanding another’s perspective and the five frames that can make your message clearer and more persuasive.
Pink's articles on business and technology have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Sunday Telegraph, Fast Company and Wired. He also advises both Fortune 100 companies and startups on recruiting, innovation and work practices.
Pink served from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore and worked as an aide to US Labor Secretary Robert Reich, as well as other positions in politics and government.