2017 Summer Leadership Keynote Speakers

  Dr. Carol Ann ToCarol Ann Tomilnsonmlinson’s career as an educator includes 21 years as a public school teacher and 12 years as a program administrator of special services for struggling and advanced learners. Special interests throughout her career have included curriculum and instruction for struggling and advanced learners, effective instruction in heterogeneous settings, and encouraging creative and critical thinking in the classroom. For ASCD, Carol has authored several books including How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-ability Classrooms and The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of all Learners and professional inquiry kit on differentiation. Recently, she co-authored a book with Jay McTighe titled Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design: Connecting Content and Kids and with Kay Brimijoin and Lane Narvaez co-authored The Differentiated School: Making Revolutionary Change for Teaching and Learning. For Corwin Press, she is co-author of The Parallel Curriculum Model: A Design to Develop High Potential and Challenge High Ability Learners. Carol’s books on differentiation have been translated into 12 languages. She works throughout the U. S. and abroad with teachers whose goal is to develop more responsive heterogeneous classrooms.

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Dr. Mark Edwards  A visionary educator acknowledged worldwide for his innovative digital conversion model, Dr. Mark A. Edwards serves as Discovery Education’s Senior Vice President of Digital Learning.  In this capacity, Dr. Edwards works with school systems around the globe to successfully implement similar digital transitions supporting the success of each learner.  He also leads the continued evolution, expansion, and implementation of Discovery Education’s strategic vision for transforming teaching and learning through its unique combination of professional development, award-winning digital content, and educator community.  Discovery Education serves 3 million educators and over 30 million students around the world,and is transforming teaching and learning in half of U.S. classrooms, approximately 50 percent of primary schools in the UK, and in more than 50 countries.   Dr. Edwards has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his career.  A former Virginia State Superintendent of the Year and eSchool News Tech Savvy Superintendent, in 2013 he was named National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators and in 2014, Dr. Edwards received the North Carolina Public School Forum’s 2014 Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award.



 Dr. Connie Kamm is the founder and president of Kamm Solutions, a company that focuses on organizational effectiveness and educator development. She is also a Distinguished Professional Development Associate with The Leadership and Learning Center.  Connie has been active in school reform for over thirty years and has developed keen insights into the spirit of building positive district and school cultures. She is noted for her dynamic process for transforming education through the development and implementation of system-wide comprehensive learning frameworks at state and district levels. Today’s students are no longer served well by the old model where the teacher is the sole repository and administrator of knowledge following a school curriculum that heavily concentrates primarily on content. Learning for the future requires students to be leaders of their own learning, educators to be scholars and activators of learning, and systems to embrace a culture of continuous growth. 


Dr. Jon Landis is the US Development Executive with Apple Inc. where he works internationally with colleges, universities, and K12 institutions around issues of mobile technology. He is a former professor in the College of Education from Millersville University where he was also the graduate coordinator of the Leadership Program and the Coordinator of the CyberSafe Institute.  Jon holds his Ph.D. in Sociology, a Masters degree in Education Leadership, and a B.S. in Chemistry.  Additionally he has served as a chemistry instructor, school principal, urban education program lead, curriculum director, and Information Technology Director. 
 Lieutenant General Robert Van Antwerp, (Ret.), retired from the army after 39 years of service and a final assignment as Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the US Army Corps of Engineers. He oversaw a $40 billion program, including most of the nation’s civil infrastructure and military construction on over 150 United States Army and Air Force installations. He was responsible for  employees who provided engineering, project management, construction, and operation and maintenance support in nearly 100 countries around the world. Van is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds an M.B.A. from Long Island University and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. Van and his wife, Paula, have five children and twelve grandchildren. They reside in North Carolina.