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PASCD 67th Annual Conference
Sparking Innovation: Personalized Learning, STEM, 4C's

Saturday, November 11th, 2017
Sunday, November 12th, 2017
Monday, November 13th, 2017
The Central Hotel & Conference Center 800 East Park Drive Harrisburg, PA 17111


PASCD is pleased to announce our keynote presenters for our 67th Annual Conference

  Keynote Presenter: Lance Rougeux

Session Title:  STEMulating Minds

Session Description:  
What do you want your students to be able to do? Get a job. Buy a house. Know stuff. Is this different than what your students expect? Living in a time where information is abundant and creative ideas have real value, what do our students want to be able to do? Start a company and create their own job. Design an energy-efficient home. Know everything they possibly can that interests them. How do we help get them there? Starting with STEM (or STEAM) as a project-based, inquiry-driven framework, we'll look at the ways we can design our instructional practices to help facilitate and STEMulate our students' minds.


Lance Rougeux started his career as a teacher at Julia de Burgos Bilingual Middle School in the School District of Philadelphia where he was highlighted in The Emergency Teacher, a book about urban teaching. He is the co-founder of the Purple Feet Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on helping underserved students think about their future.


Prior to joining Discovery Education, Lance was an Executive Policy Specialist at the Pennsylvania Department of Education's (PDE) Bureau of Educational Technology. While at PDE, Lance spearheaded many statewide initiatives including Keystones, a program recognized as a success story in the U.S. Department of Education's National Education Technology Plan, and eSPARC, a research endeavor called the "gold" standard of scientifically-based research by eSchool News.


Lance currently serves as Vice President of Learning Communities and Innovation at Discovery Education where he leads the Discovery Educator Network professional learning community, supports successful implementation of the Discovery Education TECHBOOK, oversees the Discovery Education Wilkes University Instructional Media Program, and plays a vital role in ensuring the success of Discovery Education’s STEM initiatives.


He holds master's degrees in Educational Leadership and Technology in Education from Villanova University and Harvard University, respectively, and is an adjunct faculty member at Wilkes University for whom he designed the Digital Media in the Classroom graduate level course.



Keynote Presenter: Dr. Bena Kallick

Session Title:  Students at the Center:  Personalized Learning with Habits of Mind

Session Description:  

In this keynote, Bena will define and describe personalized learning as a simple and powerful frame that allows students to thoughtfully engage with inquiry, generate ideas, and develop challenging yet achievable performance opportunities.  She will demonstrate the importance for students to develop the Habits of Mind, a set of dispositions that are necessary for student to be more self-directed as they manage their own learning.  There will be many examples of how this works.



Kallick received her doctorate in educational evaluation from Union Graduate School. Her areas of focus include group dynamics, creative and critical thinking, and alternative assessment strategies in the classroom.

Formerly a teachers' center director, Kallick also created a children's museum based on problem solving and invention. She was the coordinator of a high school alternative designed for at-risk students.

She is cofounder of Performance Pathways, a company dedicated to providing easy-to-use software that helps integrate and make sense of data from curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Kallick has taught at Yale University School of Organization and Management, University of Massachusetts Center for Creative and Critical Thinking, and Union Graduate School. She served on the board of Jobs for the Future.

Keynote Presenter: Judd Pittman

Session Title:  PDE's STEM Initiative and Curriculum Framework

Session Description:  

In this keynote, Judd Pittman, Special Consultant to the Secretary of Education for STEM, will share information about the Pennsylvania Department of Education's new STEM Initiative and Curriculum Framework.



Judd R. Pittman is an advocate for public education. He has 10 years of urban education experience between middle school teaching science in Harrisburg City School District and serving on the elected school board as academic and student services chair. Judd was an educational consultant at the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) where he focused on professional development and technical assistance for educators and administrators in science, math, culturally responsive PBIS, formative assessment, and classroom management. Currently, Judd is a Special Consultant to the Secretary of Education for STEM. Judd has a diverse educational background with a degree in Ecology from Juniata College, a Master’s in Forest Ecology from Virginia Tech University, and a Master’s in Multi-Cultural Education from Eastern University.