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2016 TAP Conference Speakers

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Lowell Milken

Lowell Milken's lifelong commitment to increasing educator effectiveness has produced some of the country's most innovative means to elevate the teaching profession. 

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Dr. Gary Stark

Dr. Gary Stark supports and advises NIET staff and the board of directors in their mission to advance educator effectiveness.

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Dr. Joshua Barnett

Dr. Joshua Barnett is co-president and chief learning officer for NIET, responsible for the implementation, management and oversight of NIET trainings, support, materials, resources, and web-based technologies. Barnett also serves as the principal investigator for NIET's federal projects.

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Norm Conard

Norman Conard is a third-generation educator who taught for over 30 years, during which time he developed non-traditional teaching methods that extend the boundaries of the classroom. 

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Nadya Chinoy Dabby

Nadya Chinoy Dabby is the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education, overseeing over 25 grant programs.

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Kevin Guitterrez

Kevin Guitterrez is responsible for the implementation, management and oversight of NIET services and partnerships, including trainings, support, materials, resources and Web-based technologies.

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Dr. Tanee Hudgens

As senior research associate for the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, Dr. Tanée Hudgens supports all aspects of the organization’s research activities. 

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Dr. Candice McQueen

Dr. Candice McQueen was sworn in as Tennessee’s commissioner of education on January 17, 2015. Previously, McQueen served as senior vice president and dean of the college of education at Lipscomb University.

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Dr. Patrice Pujol

Dr. Patrice Pujol, who has recently joined National Institute for Excellence in Teaching as president of services and partnerships, is the former superintendent of Ascension Parish Schools in Louisiana.

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Dr. Scott Ridley

Dr. Scott Ridley has served as the Dean of the College of Education at Texas Tech University since the summer of 2011. Since that time the College has engaged in significant reform including the evolution of all academic programs to a competency-based orientation. 

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Venitia Richardson

Venitia Richardson leads the Teacher Quality Programs (TQP) division in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Innovation and Improvement. As Director of the TQP division office, Richardson oversees several discretionary grant programs that include Race to the Top-District, the Teacher Incentive Fund, School Leadership and Supporting Effective Educator Development. 

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Roberto Rodríguez

Roberto J. Rodríguez serves in the White House Domestic Policy Council as Deputy Assistant to the President for Education. Rodríguez coordinates the Administration's education policy initiatives from early learning through college and career training.

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Patricia Tate

Patricia Tate is passionate about teaching and learning, especially when it comes to the children she has served for more than 25 years in the Osborn School District.

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Kristan Van Hook

With 25 years of experience in government and public policy, Kristan Van Hook develops and implements strategies to build support for NIET's education initiatives, with a focus on increasing teacher and school leader effectiveness.

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John White

John White was named Louisiana State Superintendent of Education in January of 2012. That year, White launched Louisiana Believes, the state’s plan to ensure every child is on track for college or a professional career.