James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author, best known for his many enduring fictional characters and series, including Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Maximum Ride, Middle School, I Funny, and Jacky Ha-Ha. Patterson’s writing career is characterized by a single mission: to prove to everyone, from children to adults, that there is no such thing as a person who “doesn’t like to read,” only people who haven’t found the right book. He’s given over a million books to schoolkids and over $40 million to support education and endowed over five thousand college scholarships for teachers. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
Michael Gorman, a graduate of Western Michigan, Indiana, and Johns Hopkins Universities, is the 1:1 coordinator at Southwest Allen Co Schools (Fort Wayne). He consults for Discovery Ed, November Learning, PBS, and BIE. Mike has presented at ISTE in Washington DC/Denver/ Philadelphia, BLC in Boston, the National Middle School Conference, IMLEA, ICE and CELLs Education Transformation Conference in Indianapolis, the National STEM Institute in Washington DC, MECC in Tempe and CUE in Palm Springs.
Shannon McClintock Miller serves as the K-12 district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School District in Iowa and the Future Ready Librarians spokesperson. She is also an international speaker, consultant and author who has a passion for education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a difference in the world and lives of others, especially children. Shannon is a Skype Master Teacher, author of the award-winning The Library Voice blog and enjoys writing for various blogs, journals and other forums. She has written two series with Capstone Publishing about libraries and makerspaces and has her first professional book coming up in 2019 with ISTE and her friend and co-author, Bill Bass. In 2014, she was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. In 2016, she was awarded the Making it Happen Award by ISTE. And in 2018, she was named the Leadership Luminary from the AASL Social Media Awards. You can find Shannon on Twitter and Instagram at @shannonmmiller and on her blog, The Library Voice. And of course, playing her favorite roles as mom and wife!
Andrew is an Instructional Coach at the Shanghai American School in China, coaching with an emphasis on Assessment, Project Based Learning and Teacher Leadership. He also serves on the National Faculty for the Buck Institute for Education and ASCD. He has worked with educators in the United States, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, China, India, Mexico, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and the Dominican Republic. He has given presentations and workshops at many conferences and is an avid blogger and writer for a variety of organizations including ASCD and Edutopia.
Paul Sanfrancesco is director of technology for the Owen J Roberts School District in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. He teaches as adjunct professor in the Graduate Education Department at Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA and Neumann University, Aston, PA. He was named as one of the "20 to Watch" educators for 2008 by the National School Boards Association for his work in IT. He has served on Dell's K-12 Platinum Council for the past seven years. He is a speaker and a technology consultant for William H. Sadlier, Inc., publishing company. Mr. Sanfrancesco has offered presentations to teachers, administrators, parents and students across the country in topics that cover digital footprint to setting technology visions for districts.