Date: January 24-25, 2022
Location: Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Gerry Brooks has been an educator for 25 years, beginning as a third grade teacher in Palm Bay, FL. He earned his masters in administration and has been an elementary principal for 15 years. Originally using humorous videos to encourage his staff, Gerry has become a national encourager for teachers through social media and speaking events. He is a voice for teachers, but his passion is leading others to be responsible for their own personal climate and culture in the workplace. His book, “Go See the Principal,” outlines strategies for taking on this responsibility. Gerry and his wife, Kelly, have 3 adult children and live in Lexington, KY.
Nicole Tucker-Smith is cofounder and CEO of Lessoncast, an online platform for capturing and sharing effective teaching and learning practices. She consults with schools, districts, states, and teacher preparation programs to help educator communities customize professional learning experiences that showcase teacher development and instructional expertise. Nicole has served as an elementary and middle school teacher (in Alexandria City and Baltimore City Schools), supervisor of parent support services, assistant principal, and coordinator of systemwide professional development for Baltimore County Public Schools. She also led state-level initiatives for Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education and currently teaches in the JHU Administration and Supervision program. In addition, Nicole is an international presenter on Universal Design for Learning, a member of the CAST UDL Cadre, and she provides her professional development expertise to support implementation of UDL in P12 and higher education learning environments.