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Spring 2021 Conference

Join us virtually for LIASCD's 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration 
Discovering the Diamond in the Rough: 
Education’s New Normal

Friday, March 5, 2021

8:45 AM-12:00 PM on Zoom

Cost: $75 per person (1 attendee per registration)

Registration Closed

Conference Agenda:

8:45 AM- Welcome & Introductions

9:00 AM- Pasi Sahlberg

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Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator who has worked as a schoolteacher, teacher-educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems and advised education leaders around the world. He has written and spoken widely about teaching and learning in school, teachers' work and school improvement, educational change, international education issues, and the future of schools. His book “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland” won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for an idea that has potential to change the world. He is also a recipient of the 2012 Education Award in Finland, the 2014 Robert Owen Award in Scotland, the 2016 Lego Prize, and Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Resident Fellowship in 2017. He is a former senior education specialist at the World Bank (in Washington, DC), a lead education expert at the European Training Foundation (in Torino, Italy), a director general at the Finland’s Ministry of Education (CIMO), and a visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University. He is a member of several international organizations, editorial boards, and advisory boards. His most recent book (co-authored with William Doyle) is "Let the Children Play: How more play will save our schools and help children thrive" (Oxford University Press, 2019) and forthcoming books "Finnish Lessons 3.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland” (Teachers College Press, 2021) and "In Teachers We Trust: The Finnish way to world-class schools" (Norton, 2021 with Tim Walker). He is Professor of Education Policy and Deputy Director of the Gonski Institute at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

10:00 AM- Commissioner of Education Dr. Betty A. Rosa and Deputy Commissioner Dr. Kimberly Young Wilkins

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Regent Roger B. Tilles to introduce:  click here for more information





Betty A. Rosa: click here for more information






Kimberly Young Wilkins is currently the Deputy Commissioner of P-12, Instructional Support, New York State Education Department since June 2019. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Young Wilkins was the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Innovation and School Reform, from 2017 to 2019.

11:00 AM- Dr. Romie Mushtaq

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Dr. Romie Mushtaq, MD has over 20 years of authority in neurology, integrative medicine, and mindfulness. She is a leading physician on a mission to transform the brain health of companies, leaders, and organizations.

After undergoing life-saving surgery herself, Dr. Romie traveled around the world learning mindfulness-based techniques. She now speaks and consults with Fortune 500 companies, professional athletes, and global associations. Her unique expertise is routinely featured in national media such as Forbes, NBC, Fox Business, NPR, TED talks, and dozens of other national media outlets.

She is one of the first physicians appointed Chief Wellness Officer for a corporation, Evolution Hospitality, steering the mindfulness and wellness initiatives of over 7000 employees & hosts their podcast Wellness Evolved. She is currently working on her first book, "The Busy Brain Cure." When Dr. Romie hits the pause button in her life, she meditates, spends time traveling, & believes dark chocolate is her medicine.

12:00 PM- Closing Remarks

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