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Dr. Tiffany Anderson

Dr. Tiffany Anderson, a long-time Kansas resident, has been a public-school educator for over 26 years, with most of that time as superintendent. Dr. Anderson has been nationally recognized as one of Education Week’s 16 Leaders to Learn From. She has improved achievement and closed achievement gaps for students of poverty in rural, urban and suburban public-school districts. In 2016 she became the first African-American female superintendent of Topeka Public Schools, in Topeka, Kansas. In 2019, the Governor appointed Dr. Anderson to the Postsecondary Technical Authority as part of the Board of Regents and in 2020 Governor Kelly also appointed Dr. Anderson to co-chair the Commission on Racial Equity and Justice. Since Dr. Anderson arrived in Topeka, the district has earned three national Magna Awards, one of which is for their work in equity. Dr. Anderson serves on numerous boards in Topeka which include the Topeka Community Foundation, Rotary and The Greater Topeka Partnership. Prior to Kansas, as superintendent, Dr. Anderson led Montgomery County School District in Virginia and Jennings School District to full accreditation resulting in recognition from the Governor in the respective states. Since leading Topeka, ACT participation has increased, numerous new programs and schools have opened, academic performance has increased and partnerships offering expanded exposure to careers and college courses have increased. Dr. Anderson is a fierce advocate for equity. There are several documentaries and articles that have been produced about Dr. Anderson's leadership, and The Washington Post referred to her as, “The Woman who made schools work for the poor.” Dr. Anderson earned her undergraduate degree, and later her doctorate, from Saint Louis University in 2001. Dr. Anderson received her second doctorate, the Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Eden Theological Seminary, for her service to community and society and her Masters in Divinity will be completed in 2021 at Nazarene Theological Seminary. Dr. Anderson has served as adjunct faculty at various universities in Missouri and she is adjunct faculty for ASCD (Association for Schools and Curriculum Development). Some of the recognitions Dr. Anderson has received include the Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteerism from President Obama; the Salute to Excellence for Women awarded by the Urban League; the Stellar Performance Award by the St. Louis American, the 2020 Kansas Icon in Education by Ingram, and she was honored at the 2017 Oscars for the People with Purpose Award. Most recently, she was named Woman of the Year by USA Today.

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David Flink

David Flink is a social movement leader on the front lines of the learning rights movement. David was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD at a young age. In 1998 as a student at Brown University, David founded Eye to Eye. It has since become known as the only national organization run for and by people with learning and attention issues. David holds a master’s degree in dis/ability studies in education from Columbia University. His first book, Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities, was published by HarperCollins. He has served on national nonprofit boards including Swanee Hunt Alternatives Foundation, Generation Citizen, CAST, and the New Profit Reimagine Learning Advisory Board. In 2015 David found himself celebrated in the pages of GQ as Man of the Year alongside fellow dyslexic, Mark Ruffalo. Most recently, David was named a Top 10 2021 CNN Hero. David holds a master’s degree in dis/ability studies in education from Columbia University and bachelors’ degrees with honors in both education and psychology from Brown University. His first book, Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities, was published by HarperCollins. He has served on national nonprofit boards including, Swanee Hunt Alternatives Foundation, Generation Citizen, CAST, and the New Profit Reimagine Learning Advisory Board. In 2015 David found himself celebrated in the pages of GQ as Man of the Year alongside fellow dyslexic, Mark Ruffalo. Most recently, David was named a Top 10 2021 CNN Hero.

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Mike Paget

Mike Paget currently works as a consultant to schools throughout North America to help them better teach challenging students. As a state consultant for students with severe emotional and behavioral problems, he worked with ODD, CD and other special needs students for more than 25 years. Mike is an innovator of effective approaches for working with extremely challenging students and has conducted seminars across the U.S. and Canada on creative techniques for managing classroom behavior, student aggression and crisis intervention. He is co-author of Aggressive and Violent Students and Defying the Defiance. His newest book is High on the Spectrum: Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism & Related Personalities.

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Brad Chapin

Brad is a masters level psychologist and a recognized speaker in the area of Self-Regulation. He is also the Director for Children's Services at a regional mental health center. Brad has a passion for teaching parents and school professionals the importance of helping children develop healthy Self-Regulation skills. He continues to create innovative strategies utilizing technology to engage children in the process. Brad believes that Self-Regulation provides an easy-to-learn and easy-to-implement framework for addressing many of the problem areas children and families experience including ADHD, anger/behavior problems, academic issues, social/emotional problems, Autism Spectrum Disorders and anxiety/depression. Brad is the author of Helping Young People Learn About Self-Regulation and the creator of the Challenge Software (www.cpschallenge.com) program for children as well as the Self-Regulation Training Board. His latest book, Helping Pre-Schoolers Learn Self-Regulation, was released to critical acclaim in 2016.

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