April 25-27, 2012
One Voice: Coming Together to Transform Education Whatever it takes/Wherever it leads
Radisson Plaza Hotel, Minneapolis, MN

Gary Amoroso

Executive Director, Minnesota Association of School Administrators
("unpanelist", Friday, April 27)
Gary Amoroso's background includes a wide range of experiences at both the school district and state level. He has been a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of educational services and human resources, and, for the last fifteen years, a school superintendent. He has been active in the statewide and national dialogue on educational policy issues, working with a variety of groups to promote and support public education. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 2004.

Bernard Canniffe

Professor and Chair, Design Department, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
(Creative Experience Leader, Wednesday, April 25)
He co-founded PIECE STUDIO in 2008 and is an advisor to Project M. He is the recipient of the Graphis: Inspiring Designers for the New Millennium Award, and The Joseph Binder Award. He has presented extensively about creating partnerships to improve the quality of life and promote the idea of a common good. He has presented at AIGA, ICOGRADA and Cumulus Design Conferences as well as at the National Institute of Design, India; Willem de Kooning Academie; Zayed University; Osaka University; Shinghwah University; Samsung Design Academy; Yale University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar, and Johns Hopkins University.

Brenda Cassellius

Commissioner Ed. D., State of Minnesota
("unpanelist", Friday, April 27)
Brenda Cassellius was appointed Minnesota's Education Commissioner in January, 2011. She is known and respected throughout her profession and across partisan lines as an innovative problem solver who is dedicated to serving the public interest. Dr. Cassellius was most recently the Superintendent of the East Metro Integration District, where she led an achievement agenda with the 10 district superintendents. Previously, as an Associate Superintendent in the Minneapolis Public Schools, she led 19 middle and high schools and was responsible for the implementation of the Minneapolis Secondary Redesign.

Mary Cecconi

Executive Director, Parents United
("unpanelist", Friday April 27)
Since 2003, Mary's political acumen, contacts in the education field, and understanding of education policy issues have helped parents and community members across the state get past the myths to the realities of declining funding in the context of increasing costs and expectations. She has worked as a champion for children as a teacher, school board member, parent volunteer, levy campaign chair, statewide legislative committee member and volunteer parent lobbyist. Mary was a member of the Stillwater school board for eight years, a member of the District 916 school board for two years and a member of Schools for Equity in Education legislative committee. In recognition of her advocacy for children and their education she was a 2004 recipient of the Minnesota School Board Association's highest award.

John Comazzi

Asssistant Professor, School of Architecture, University of Minnesota
(Moderator, Regional Success Stories, Thursday April 26; "Unpanelist", Friday, April 27)
John Comazzi received a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia and both a M.Arch and M.S. in Architecture History and Theory from the University of Michigan. He taught at the University of Michigan as a Lecturer in Architecture (1999-2006) before joining the University of Minnesota as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2006. His focus areas of research and writing consist of new forms of contested urbanism, the practice of architecture photography, design-build as a model for design education and the relationships between early childhood education and the design of active learning environments.

Jay Haugen

Superintendent of Farmington School District
("unpanelist", Friday, April 27)
Farmington Area Public Schools Superintendent since July, 2011, and as Superintendent of Schools in Mendota Heights-West St. Paul-Eagan District 197 for the previous five years, Jay Haugen has led an effort to have students use technology "the way the world uses it". Fixed location computer labs gave way to mobile computers and a district-wide wireless network led to "anytime, anywhere" learning and even an outdoor classroom. Prior to District 197, Haugen led the southwest Minnesota Sleepy Eye district as superintendent for a decade. Prior to service as a School Superintendent, Haugen developed his tech-saavy approach through a number of key positions. He authored educational software programs, wrote curriculum, developed interactive television learning programs, and assisted rural school districts with organizational change. Haugen joined Farmington Area Public Schools as superintendent in July 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from North Dakota State University and a Masters of Science in Education and a Sixth Year Credential in Educational Administration from Tri-City College University, a collaboration of North Dakota State University, Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead.

Judith P. Hoskens, REFP, LEED® A.P.

Associate Principal, Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. (Cuningham Group®)
Past President, Association for Learning Environments (A4LE)
(Conference Planning Committee Chairperson and Hostess for the Midwest Great Lakes Regional Conference)
Judy is a Recognized Educational Facility Planner and the head of Cuningham Group's Education Studio. She is also an active member of A4LE and is a Past President of the organization. Judy was the recipient of the 2002 President's Award, which is given annually to the individual who distinguishes him/herself in service to the Council and to the field of educational facility planning. Judy has more than 25 years of experience in architecture, with a special emphasis on educational facility planning. Her strengths lie in her ability to listen and translate client goals and needs into solutions that uniquely reflect their culture. Judy's professional passion is promoting and bringing to reality the positive connections between physical learning environments and student success.

Steve Kelley

Director of Center for Science, Technology, & Public Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
("unpanel" moderator, Friday, April 27)
Steve Kelley is a senior fellow at the Humphrey School. Previously, he served in the Minnesota Senate from January 1997 through December 2006 and the Minnesota House of Representatives from January 1993 through December 1996. He was chair of the Senate Education Committee for four years. He has also run for statewide office. In his current role he has worked on issues at the intersection of science, technology, and the environment with public policy, including STEM education, green chemistry, information technology, telecommunications, and innovation policy. In particular, Steve has advocated for the application of participatory design thinking to create innovative policies and public services. He served in the Minnesota Legislature for 14 years and currently serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations.

CEFPI PechuKucha – Presenter Bios (Regional Success Stories)

Kristine Miller is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota. In addition to her research and writing on the cultural, political, and social dynamics of the public sphere, she has developed methods for future designers to serve communities through place-based art and design work. Since 2005, she has played a critical role in ReMix, a community/university partnership with Juxtaposition Arts, a youth-serving, minority-directed arts and community development organization. Through this work, Professor Miller has developed collaborative projects that have included research, service-learning, and design work in the North Minneapolis neighborhood. Under her direction, students explore difficult questions about the role of design and designers in disadvantaged communities and develop design proposals grounded in a strong understanding of the neighborhood's assets and the knowledge and insights of community partners.

Joel Donna is the co-founder and executive director of 3Ring, a non-profit that develops high quality content for teaching science and web-based tools to put this content into practice. Joel is also a Lecturer of Learning Technologies at the University of Minnesota. He began his career as a high school physics teacher and then received his PhD in science education from the University of Minnesota. Joel served as the STEM Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education. Joel also works with schools on STEM and engineering education and serves on boards and committees focused on improving science education in Minnesota.

Owatonna Public Schools – Tom Tapper and a student from their Options program (Megan Herr).

    Tom Tapper
    Tom currently serves as the Superintendent of the Owatonna Public Schools in Owatonna, Minnesota. He has thirty-nine (39) years of experience in public education holding a variety of positions including classroom teacher, school principal and school superintendent. His driving professional philosophy is that public education can either choose to lead or be led.

    Megan Herr
    Megan is currently a junior at Owatonna High School. This is her second year in the Options program. Megan's strong interest in nutrition has led her to mentorships with a school dietician and in nursing in the Mayo Clinic Health Systems. She is the author of a cookbook entitled, "Good Eating for Children".

Jamie Johansen
Jamie Johansen works at Highlands Elementary School in Edina. Perhaps inspired by his time surrounded by design while a student at the Cranbook Academy (originally designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen), Jamie has gone on to work with teams determined to bring design thinking and design practices to elementary school students and teachers through several design-based programs and workshops. In 2008 he participated in the Cooper Hewitt Museum's Summer Design Institute for Teachers and was instrumental in co-developing several summer design Camps for students and educators with the University of Minnesota's College of Design. Jamie currently lives in Edina with his wife and two kids.

Rob Warneke and Troy Faulkner, Math Teachers at Byron HS
Troy Faulkner and Rob Warneke are both mathematics teachers at Byron High School. Troy has been teaching 19 years with 12 years in Byron while Rob has been teaching 18 years in Byron. They are both Data Coaches, Rochester Area Math Science Partnership Educator of the Year on different years, presenters for nationwide webinar on "Flipping the Classroom: What, Why, How and Where?" They have presented at Technology Information Education Services (TIES) (2010, 2011), Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) (2011), Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (2012), Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2006 - 2012), e-Learning Summit (2011), Minnesota Association of School Administrators (2011) on developing a textbook free curriculum and the flipped classroom, co-authors of an article of the MSBA Journal, and an article published in T.H.E Journal. Byron High School is a Blue Ribbon High School 2010 and Intel School of Distinction for high school mathematics in 2011. Troy teaches upper level mathematics classes and Rob teaches middle and remedial level mathematics classes. Troy is also a SMART Board trainer for Tierney Brothers, and Adjunct Professor at Augsburg College.

Adisack Nhouyvanisvong
Dr. Adisack Nhouyvanisvong is a "Naiku", a teacher. He is President and Co-founder of Naiku, Inc., an education company devoted to improving K-12 learning by providing balanced assessment solutions on an open platform. Naiku provides teachers and administrators the ability to readily measure, monitor, assess, and inform feedback on student progress using any web enabled device. Before founding Naiku, Adisack served as a senior director of psychometric quality at Data Recognition Corporation. He has created and ensured the psychometric integrity of large-scale educational assessments for the Minnesota Department of Education and for professional and certification organizations. He is an expert in computer-based tests (CBT) and computer-adaptive tests (CAT). He has taught at the University of Minnesota and is an adjunct faculty at Metropolitan State University and Saint Mary's University. Dr. Nhouyvanisvong has published in peer-reviewed psychology and assessment journals and speaks at national educational measurement conferences. The State Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans awarded Dr. Nhouyvanisvong the 2011 Educational Leadership Award. He has a PhD in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.

Minnesota New Country School opened in 1994 in three storefronts in LeSueur, Minnesota. Utilizing TIF dollars and a US Department of Agriculture guaranteed loan, architects and students began planning a new building to house 125 students utilizing individualized project based learning.

    Dee Thomas
    Dee has been an educator for 35 years serving in the role of teacher, principal and currently as an advisor/ administrator. Dee served on the planning team for Minnesota New Country School and has worked hard to implement innovative educational models nation wide and internationally.

    Ally Kroehler
    Ally is a senior at Minnesota New Country School. She recently completed a 300+ hour project starting a business to provide school supplies to needy southern Minnesota children. She is planning to attend a four year school to gain her registered nursing degree.

    Luke Conlon
    Luke is a senior at Minnesota New Country School. His senior project focused on video game creation and promotes his future plans of attending Digipen College for game design.

Dr. Charles Miller is an assistant professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Minnesota and Co-Director of the LT Media Lab in the College of Education and Human Development. Charlie's research explores opportunities to transform education through design, bridging the gap between aesthetic learning experiences and interaction design. Charlie is a seasoned interaction designer awarded by organizations including USA Today, The Washington Post, American Scientist, IBM, Adobe, and Yahoo! for his work on projects ranging from environmental expeditions and political campaigns to photographer galleries and online learning environments. Charlie has published more than 80 articles, chapters, and proceedings on topics ranging from aesthetics and e-assessment to information visualization and role-based design. Currently, with his colleague Aaron Doering, Charlie is working on a new book titled The New Landscape of Mobile Learning, to be released by Routledge this winter.

Steve Johnson is an active entrepreneur and received his degree from the University of Minnesota in 2009. While at the University of Minnesota, he played a contributing role in the formation of multiple companies based on innovative University research at the Technology Transfer Office. Afterwards, he was involved in two early stage companies, both based on commercializing concepts originated through research. In 2011, Steve helped found Early Learning Labs and currently serves as the company President.
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