Our Guest Speakers
Jon Schumacher (AKA Mr. Schu)
John Schumacher (AKA Mr. Schu) is nationally known for his expertise in children’s literature and for igniting a passion to read. He will share his experiences in promoting a culture of reading among students, staff, and parents. John Schumacher is a blogger, a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, and the Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs. You could say every day is a giant book party for this teacher-librarian!
In fact, Library Journal named him "The Xtreme Librarian" for the high level of exertion – and some gears and stunts – he uses to get kids reading, and Instructor Magazine named him a Cool Teacher for redefining what it means to be a teacher-librarian. John served on the 2014 Newbery committee, which named Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures "the most distinguished contribution to children's literature." He blogs daily at MrSchuReads.com http://mrschureads.blogspot.com/.
Gwyneth A. Jones, The Daring Librarian
Gwyneth A. Jones, aka The Daring Librarian, is a blogger, a Tweeter, an International Ed Tech keynote speaker, trope and meme archivist, creator of content, a citizen of advocacy, and a resident of social media. Gwyneth is a Google Certified Innovator, a PBS / MPT American Graduate Champion, and the author of the award winning The Daring Librarian blog. In recognition of being a change agent in her field, Ms. Jones was named an Innovator and a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal Magazine, a Gale/Cengage New Leader, and the Best of the Best and a Visionary Leader by Teacher Librarian Magazine. She was honored to have been elected twice to the ISTE Board of Directors representing all PK-12 educators and school librarians. Her work & writings have been featured in the New York Times, NEA Today Magazine, The Washington Post, and the Huffington Post. Admittedly, she’s also a goofball, a geek, and ridiculously humble.
Twitter name @GwynethJones thedaringlibrarian.com
Daisy Dyer Duerr, EdS
As the CEO of Redesigning Rural Education, LLC, Daisy is a National Keynote Speaker, Education Consultant, and Leadership Coach. She is an NASSP Digital Principal, and was a featured panelist & Principal of 1st rural school featured @ Digital Learning Day Live! (2015).
Daisy spent her last 4 years in public education (2011-2015) as a “Turnaround Principal” of a Rural, Isolated, Pre-K-12 Public School. She’s served as Principal of 2 Schools recognized as “Model Schools” by Dr. Daggett’s ICLE. Daisy testified in front of the FCC in Washington, D.C. as an advocate for Rural Broadband.
Daisy currently hosts “Totally Rural,” a National Podcast bringing attention to Rural Business and Education issues, promoting advocacy in across the rural American space. Daisy continues to be an advocate for ALL students in every ZIP CODE. She was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Lyon College in 2015 & also appeared on Arkansas Times’ “2015 Top 20 Innovators in Arkansas” list.