TELL 2016 Keynote Speakers

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Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 1.18.24 PM.pngIsabelle Fontaine

Expert in performance psychology


Building on years of university teaching, television appearances and a series of over 1,500 presentations to some 800 organizations, Isabelle has become today's premier go-to speaker in performance psychology.


Fascinated by the psychological, physiological and biological mechanisms that help people tap into their inner power to unlock their courage, charisma and leadership potential, she travels the world seeking out emerging mind-related breakthroughs in the neuroscience and neurobiology of emotions.

View a summary of Isabelle's talk here.



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Tony Wagner

Innovation Education Fellow at Harvard and Co-Founder of the Change Leadership Group


Tony Wagner currently serves as an Expert in Residence at Harvard University's new Innovation Lab and as a Senior Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, founded by Lynda Darling-Hammond in 2015. Prior to these appointments, Tony was the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, and the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade.




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Anita Simpson

Superintendent of Program and Innovation, Simcoe County DSB


Anita Simpson is superintendent of program and innovation with the Simcoe County District School Board. She is also the Canadian cluster lead for New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, an international learning lab involving 10 countries and 1,000 schools from around the world. She holds a Leadership Coaching in the Workplace Certification and is also a certified facilitator of Restorative Practices.


View Anita's presentation PowerPoint here.




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Garfield Gini-Newman

Senior National Consultant with The Critical Thinking Consortium


Garfield Gini-Newman is a Professor with the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE. His primary areas of research involve the pedagogy of critical thinking and ways to embed critical thinking in classrooms from kindergarten to graduate school. His related interest is in the area of effective assessment practice. Garfield's focus in the field of assessment is how to build powerful curriculae grounded in the effective use of both formative and summative assessment as well as how to effectively assess for thinking.


View Garfield's slidedeck here.