Keynote Presenter Information

Will Richardson

Will Richardson is known internationally for his work with educators and students to understand and implement instructional technologies and, more specifically, the tools of the Read/Write Web into their schools, classrooms and communities. A former public school educator for 22 years, Will’s own Weblog (Weblogg-ed.com) is a leading resource for the creation and implementation of Web 2.0 technologies on the K-12 level, and his is a leading voice for re-envisioning learning and teaching in the context of the fundamental changes these new technologies are bringing to all aspects of life.
His critically acclaimed, best-selling book Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Tools for Classrooms (2nd Ed July 2008, Corwin Press) has sold over 50,000 copies and is already being used by tens of thousands of teachers to reinvent their practice, and his keynotes, presentations and workshops to audiences in China, Australia, Europe and throughout North America communicate a fresh and inspiring vision of what schools can and must become. Through the Powerful Learning Practice Network which he co-founded with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, he works with schools and teachers around the world to re-envision their learning cultures and communities

He is also a national advisory board member for the George Lucas Education Foundation, a columnist for District Administration Magazine, and has published dozens of articles in various professional and mass market journals and magazines.

Will lives along the Delaware River in beautiful Western New Jersey with his wife Wendy and his children Tess and Tucker, all of whom are bloggers.



Sheryl Nussbaum Beach


Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach is a 20 plus-year educator who has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, and digital learning consultant. Currently, she is in the dissertation phase of completing her doctorate in Educational Planning, Policy and Leadership at the College of William and Mary.
She is the owner and founder of 21st Century Collaborative, LLC, a digital learning consulting business through which she gives keynotes, workshops and supports nonprofits in their grant work. Find out more at http://www.21stcenturycollaborative.com. Through the Powerful Learning Practice Network which she co-founded with Will Richardson, she works with schools and teachers around the world to re-envision their learning cultures and communities.http://plpnetwork.com.
Additionally, she is the co-founder of the K12Online Conference, a free, annual global gathering of educators, hosted on the Web and packed with cutting-edge ideas. In 2007, K12Online attracted more than 83,000 participants world-wide. Find out more at http://k12onlineconference.org.
Sheryl has published journal articles, book chapters and magazine pieces, been featured on public broadcasting television and radio shows, and is a regular presenter at local, state, national and international conferences speaking on topics of homelessness, teacher leadership, virtual community building, and 21st Century learning initiatives.



Jennifer Dorman


Jennifer Dorman is an educational consultant and contract trainer. She teaches graduate education courses as a adjunct professor for Wilkes University and also works as a course designer for Wilkes. Jen formerly worked as a Staff Development Facilitator for the Central Bucks School District, focusing on best instructional practices with the eight secondary schools and with all Central Bucks schools as a technology integration resource. Jen has put her Masters degree in Instructional Technology to good use throughout her career and was recognized as a Keystone Technology Integrator in 2005 and as a Google Certified Teacher in 2008. Jen is active in the KTI and GCT networks as well as the Discovery Educator Network, serving as the blog coordinator for the Discovery Educator Network Pennsylvania Leadership Council. In 2008, the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology recognized Jen as the Outstanding Leader of the Year and she represented PA at the National Educational Computing Conference in 2008 as the state's nominee for the International Society for Technology in Education Leader of the Year Award. In addition to her district workshops and coaching, Jen has presented at numerous regional and national conferences and institutes as well as in Second Life and has delivered keynote presentations for the Discovery Educator Network Virtual Conference and the Archdiocese of Philadelpia Technology Conference. Jen has also been the featured guest on the EdTechTalk syndicated podcast, It's Elementary. She has provided testimony at state congressional hearings in Harrisburg, PA, and has been part of presentation teams who have worked directly with state legislators. Jen has authored articles for the Discovery Education Classroom Resource Guide and has been featured in articles in Education Week Digital Directions and THE Journal. Prior to moving into professional development, Jen taught social studies and computers for 10 years and was recognized as the Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2006 by the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies. Jen blogs professionally at Cliotech and the Discovery Educator Network Pennsylvania Blog and she authors a best practices wiki, Grazing for Digital Natives, and a training Google Site, Google Tools for Schools.




Matt Monjan

Matt Monjan has blended technology and education for more ten years in the worlds of both business and K-12 instruction. Prior to joining the Discovery Education team in 2004, Matt designed, developed, and implemented adult education and certification programs for two of the largest trade associations in the country. At Discovery, Matt has worked with classroom teachers on the nuts and bolts of implementing technology and with administrators on using data from technology management to develop effective strategies for technology integration. He has pioneered innovative uses of often neglected features of technologies such as closed captioning. Matt has held Account Management positions on both the Digital Media Implementation and the Discovery Educator Network teams. He is based in Discovery Education's World Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD and manages the Discovery Educator Network activities for Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Delaware, New Jersey, and Washington, DC. Matt speaks across the county including presentations at local, state, and is currently the Discovery Educator Network Senior Manager. Matt blogs professionally at streaming A-Z and posts his resources on Geekybird.