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Achievement Unlocked: Game-Changing Keynote!

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Huge and crazy exciting news to share if you’re into nerdy stuff like games, education, and learning about learning (not a typo): next week my school is hosting the first of two different Summer Sandbox events — and we just booked a FANTASTIC guest keynote speaker to join in the fun!

Who’s our mystery guest, you ask?

ToppoGreg Toppo (@gtoppo) is the author of two books on education, The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter (St. Martin’s Press, 2015), and “The Trust Machine,” co-authored with educator James Tracy, looking at how AI, automation and machine learning are changing the American high school (forthcoming in 2020 from MIT Press). A former senior editor at Inside Higher Ed, he was previously the national education reporter at USA Today from 2002 to 2018, and at The Associated Press from 2000 to 2002. A graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, N.M., he taught in both public and private schools for eight years before moving into journalism. His first job was with the Santa Fe New Mexican, a 50,000-circulation daily. He worked for four years as a wire service reporter with the Associated Press, first in Baltimore and then in Washington, D.C., where he became the AP’s national K-12 education writer. Greg was also a 2010 Spencer fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Registration for the June Summer Sandbox is almost at capacity! But we still have a handful of spaces available, and we’ll be hosting the event AGAIN next month (July 30-31). If you’re in the area and looking for some legitimately game-changing PD, we would love to have you!


Author: John

John Meehan (@MeehanEDU) is an English teacher and school instructional coach at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. He began his teaching career in 2010 as a career switcher through The New Teacher Project, after spending five years working in social media and event marketing. He is a 2017 ASCD Emerging Leader, and an alumnus of the 2016-2018 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council. In 2016, he was named one of Arlington, Virginia’s “40 Under 40” by the Leadership Center for Excellence. He is a past presenter and regular attendee at educational conferences throughout the United States, including the annual conference for National Catholic Education Association, ASCD Empower19, and the Play Like a Champion Today: Character Education Through Sports summer conference at the University of Notre Dame. He’s an avid runner who’s completed more than three dozen marathons, half marathons, long-distance road relays, mud runs, and obstacle course races. John lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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