Ken Scheel is the founder and Chief Education Officer of KEVA Planks. He is an internationally sought-after trainer and thought leader in hands-on informal education. As a professional toy inventor and education consultant, Ken has a unique combination of skills to create compelling interactive experiences for people of all ages and all skill levels. His groundbreaking teaching methods caused him to be ranked the #1 presenter at SFN Nationwide professional development events. His training is always playful, practical and easy to implement.  Educational toys by Ken have earned over ten of the most prestigious awards in the industry including the Disney Family Fun Toy of the Year. He has provided creative KEVA experiences for Dreamworks Animation and LinkedIn.  His popular KEVA planks museum exhibits are displayed at over twenty leading science centers and children’s museums where he also provides staff training. As a leading expert in block play, his mission is to help educators make teaching more enjoyable and effective.

Learn more about the versatility of KEVA Planks and Dr. Scheel’s story at https://www.kevaplanks.com/

Dr. Sally Reis recently completed a six-year term as the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Connecticut. She is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and a Teaching Fellow in Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. She currently holds the Letitia Neag Chair in Educational Psychology. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 15 years, prior to her work at UConn. She has authored more than 250 articles, books, book chapters, monographs, and technical reports. She has traveled extensively across the country conducting workshops and providing professional development for school districts on enrichment programs, differentiation, and talent development programs. Sally serves on the editorial board of the Gifted Child Quarterly and is a past-president of The National Association for Gifted Children. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and was named a Distinguished Scholar of the National Association for Gifted Children. She has expertise in the areas of enrichment, differentiation, talented readers, gifted girls and women, and twice-exceptional students.

PAGE thanks Dr. Reis and the University of Connecticut’s Confratute for the Thursday lunchtime keynote.  Confratute will be held virtually on July 12th-14th.  Learn More

Colin Seale, Founder | CEO of thinkLaw.   Tackling inequity hands-on has always been personal to Colin because the amazing educational opportunities he received in gifted and talented courses and an exclusive specialized high school despite his underprivileged background growing up in Brooklyn, NY made him an exception to a painfully unjust rule. So whether Colin was teaching middle and high school math in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas, NV, applying his computer science degree and Master’s in Public Administration to fight for child safety at Nevada’s largest child welfare agency, or practicing as a business attorney at one of Las Vegas’ top law firms while representing children in foster care, Colin has always dreamed of a world where stories like his were no longer the exception, but instead, all students had an equal shot at being exceptional. Colin created thinkLaw to give all students access to the type of game-changing critical thinking education they need to not only fully understand the way the world is, but to question it and imagine the way the world ought to be. When he’s not serving as the world’s greatest critical thinking evangelist, Colin proudly serves as the world’s greatest entertainer for his two little kiddos and loving husband to his wife Carrie. His new book Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking to All Students was out in April of 2020.

To see some of the amazing energy and information Colin will be bringing to the conference, check out this video:  Equity, Racial Justice, and Critical Thinking: Unpacking the “How” of Educational Equity at the Classroom Level 

Learn more about Colin Seale and thinkLaw at https://www.thinklaw.us/