Keynote Speaker: Yong Zhao
Dr. Yong Zhao is a distinguished educator. He is the author of over 100 articles and 30 books, including: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China had the Best (and Worst) Education system in the World. He most recently authored Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes. Currently, he is a professor of the University of Oregon in Eugene.
He is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association.
Dr. Zhao, born and raised in China, received his B.A. in English Language Education from Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages in Chongqing, China in 1986. Later, after teaching English language in China, Dr. Zhao attended the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. There, he received his A.M. in 1994 and his PhD in 1996.
Dr. Zhao has spent his career challenging conventional and traditional education practices and pedagogies. He has rallied against the privatization of public education.
He has also been critical of the testing movement and the Common Core standards. Instead, Dr. Zhao feels that education should focus on developing learners’ creativity. His book, World Class Learners, makes the case that students need to become entrepreneurs—creators and innovators. This is what American education (actually, education everywhere) should aim for.
MAAP is very fortunate to have Yong Zhao as their guest and keynote speaker for the 2017 state conference. He adds to our list of very distinguished and accomplished educational thinkers and activists.
Our own Gretchen Harriman has prepared a book review of "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon". Click on the link below to read it.
Book Review of "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon"
Keynote Speaker: Craig Boykin
Craig Boykin presents From GED to Ph.D.
"If you think education is boring, try sitting in the food stamp office all day!" -Craig Boykin
I was sitting in a crowd of educators a couple years ago when a speaker, Craig Boykin, began telling a story about changing dysfunction and deficits into triumph. To say I was moved by his humility and passion is an understatement.
I am thrilled that Craig has agreed to be the keynote speaker at the MAAP Winter Conference. Craig won me over again by his passion and dedication to change people’s lives and help educators grow.
Craig works with educators to help them find innovative ways to teach and understand some of the most troubled children. One of my favorite quotes of his is, "At-Risk Youth don't care about your curriculum and lesson plans, until you start caring about their circumstances.”
Craig travels the country presenting his seminars and workshops. He has published five books since 2013 and has been featured on talk shows, won awards, and his story has been shared in many inspirational magazines and across the web. My Life, Your Inspiration is a great read and is an autobiography about the difficulties and setbacks that he faced and turned them into opportunities.
Craig will also have two breakout sessions at this year’s conference for follow-up questions and research-based strategies for helping our students. Mark your calendars for the MAAP’s 34th Annual Winter Conference on February 8-10 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.
Keynote Speaker - Patty Wetterling
Did you know Patty Wetterling received her B.S. degree from Mankato State University...majoring in Math and Psychology? She also has 5 years of experience teaching secondary math in Maryland and Iowa.
Patty was selected by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as one of the “100 Most Influential Minnesotans of the Century” and recently received the Governor’s “Leadership Award for Unique Acts of Kindness.” She has received a variety of awards including “Eleven Who Care” sponsored by the NBC affiliate, KARE 11-TV in Minneapolis. In addition, she has received several honors from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children including “10th Anniversary Award”, “The Rainbow Award” and “The Vision Award”.
Patty was instrumental in the passage of the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children Sex Offender Registration Act on the state level as well as part of the 1994 Federal Crime Bill. She was instrumental in establishing the statewide AMBER Plan in Minnesota and was a keynote speaker for the very first AMBER Plan training in Dallas, Texas. Patty has presented at four Missing Children’s Day Ceremonies in Washington DC with John Walsh and Attorneys General Janet Reno, John Ashcroft, Eric Holder, and Loretta Lynch. Patty served on a panel at the very first White House Conference on Missing, Exploited, and Runaway Children in October 2002, sponsored by President George and First Lady Laura Bush. She will be joining us in Mankato on Friday, February 10th to spread her message that all children deserve to grow up in a safe environment, and pursue their dreams.