Keynote Speaker: Sherri Raven, CASEL Director of SEL Implementation
Sherrie works with partner districts across the country on the systemic implementation of SEL. Currently, in Texas, she works with Dallas and El Paso ISDs.
Sherrie was the founding director of the Department of Social and Emotional Learning in Austin in 2011. The department implemented SEL in all district schools by 2016, when Sherrie moved to work at CASEL.
Prior to her work in SEL, Sherrie was an elementary principal, special education coordinator, assistant principal, and middle school and elementary teacher. She taught in Austin, Texas; Chappaqua, New York; and Hirosaki, Japan. She is a proud native Texan and a graduate of TCU and UT Austin.
Keynote Panel: "Rejecting a Return to Normal--Opportunities for Innovation in 2021-22" featuring Tom Murray from Future Ready Schools and Chelsea Wait from the Christensen Institute
Tom Murray serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready SchoolsⓇ, a Project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington, D.C. He has testified before the United States Congress and works alongside that body and the US Senate, the White House, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered, personalized learning while helping to lead Future Ready Schools and Digital Learning Day. Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named the “2017 Education Thought Leader of the Year,” one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA, the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. His book, Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today, was published by ASCD in 2017 and his new book, Personal & Authentic was released in 2019. Both are best-sellers. Connect with him at thomascmurray.com.
Chelsea Waite is an education research fellow at the Christensen Institute, where she analyzes how innovation theory can inform the evolution of student-centered learning and the advancement of student agency. As part of this work, she leads the Canopy project, a collaborative effort to build better collective knowledge about school innovation. Before joining the Institute, Chelsea built global partnerships and designed learning programs at Digital Promise, a nonprofit working to spur innovation in education. She also spent two years as an English teacher in Brazil on a Fulbright fellowship. Chelsea holds a BA in History from Brown University and was part of the first cohort of a masters program in Social Innovation at the Judge Business School at Cambridge University.