The Summit

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A Teaching and Technology Conference

June 11-12, 2019

Nearly 1,500 educators representing 81 school districts across five states convened at Murray State University June 11-12 for a professional development conference that featured nationally-known keynote speakers spanning a variety of educational roles.

Through a partnership between Murray State's Teacher Quality Institute and The Kentucky Academy of Technology of Education, "The Summit: A Teaching and Technology Conference" offered educators innovative and collaborative activities, seminars and workshops that introduced new ideas to the classroom. Participants were eligible to receive six hours of Professional Development or Effective Instructional Leadership Act credit each day.

Now in its seventh year, the annual summit placed a strong emphasis on technology and its increased role in education. Keynote speakers included Marshall County School District Superintendent Trent Lovett, authors Kasey Bell and Matt Miller, kindergarten teacher Christine Pinto and licensed clinical social worker Angie Judd.

Principal and social media star Gerry Brooks capped off the two-day event with a keynote held in Lovett Auditorium. Brooks is well-known among educators for his informative and humorous video work, with more than one million subscribers between his YouTube and Facebook pages.

Sponsors of the 2019 summit include Murray State's College of Education and Human Services, the Teacher Quality Institute, Kentucky Academy of Technology Education and Office of Development as well as the Kentucky Middle School Association.
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Featured Speakers

Kasey Bell headshotKasey Bell

Kasey Bell is part sparkling smile, part witty personality and a whole heap of passion as big as a Texas--go big or go home, ya'll! She is a disruptor of the boring. An engaging, innovative, from the heart sharer who inspires educators while transforming their teaching with original, timely and use-tomorrow ideas for student choice, differentiation, and technology integrations.

Whether it is learning from home through online courses, professional development, conference workshops or as a keynote speaker, Kasey is a relentless innovator of ideas and a devoted transformer of classrooms and teaching.

Kasey is the author of "Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic," co-host of The Google Teacher Tribe podcast, an award-winning blogger, and a social media influencer.

Angie Judd headshotAngie Judd

Angie Judd has worked in the public education system in Owensboro/Daviess County since 2001. She is currently employed as a student assistance coordinator, provides mental health services as a licensed clinical social worker to students in middle and high school, consults with school staff and community agencies, and conducts training on various topics.

The Daviess County School District has embarked on a project to provide intensive training for its staff on the topic of trauma-informed care for educators. In addition to this effort, Judd has been a trainer for the district on the topic of safe crisis management for ten years and is one of the district leaders for their crisis response team. She also teaches social work courses for Brescia University and Western Kentucky University. Judd has been married for 23 years and has a daughter who attends Murray State University, a son who attends college in Louisville, a 15-year-old son, and an 11-year-old daughter. 

The materials Judd plans to use for her session at the Summit have been obtained from the University of Kentucky's Center on Trauma and Children. Her goal is to improve awareness and understanding among professionals regarding how trauma impacts children and the effects of this in the school setting, as well as to provide strategies for effectively working with these children and improving educators' own self care.

Christine Pinto headshotChristine Pinto

Christine Pinto is a kindergarten teacher for Arcadia Unified in Southern California. Inspired by the kids she works with, she strives to make learning purposeful and the school environment an enjoyable place to be for her students. Christine is the founder of the hashtag #GAfE4Littles and co-author of the book Google Apps for Littles: Believe They Can.

More recently, Christine has brought #GAfE4Littles into joining forces with #InnovatingPlay. She is a co-moderator of the #InnovatingPlay #SlowFlipChat, where she and Jessica Twomey facilitate discussions with educators about the ongoing cycle of connecting, wondering, playing, and discovering through a variety of intentional topics. Christine is a believer in the CAN mindset behind #GAfE4Littles, and has acquired the #InnovatingPlay mindset that learning and teaching can be done without limits!

 Gerry Brooks headshotGerry Brooks

Gerry  Brooks  is currently the principal at Liberty Elementary School in Lexington, Kentucky. He has been a school administrator for the past 17 years. Gerry's experiences have presented him with the opportunity to create humorous videos that are posted on his Facebook and YouTube pages. Gerry is currently followed on these social media sites by over 950,000 people. Gerry will focus on the importance of Climate and Culture as a school teacher during his session.

Matt Miller headshotMatt Miller

Matt Miller spent more than a decade in the classroom, creating unique learning experiences for students through technology and creative learning. Matt is the author of  Ditch That Textbook.  This book is full of innovative teaching ideas and ways to rethink education. Matt is a Google-Certified Innovator. He has been named on of the top influences in educational technology and elearning worldwide.

Matt recently switched his focus from encouraging students to encouraging teachers. He provides practical, "use it in class tomorrow" solutions to teachers' classrooms needs. He regularly writes on his blog, "Ditch That Textbook", and provides engaging keynotes and hands-on workshops, conference sessions and professional development to schools, schools districts, conferences and events.