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Invited Speakers

Regina McClinton

Dr. Regina McClinton, Ph.D., is the founder and director of the Institute for Intercultural Teaching and Learning (IITL).  Dr. McClinton earned her Ph.D. in plant biology from University of California, Berkeley. In the midst of a successful scientific career, she recognized the need to increase intercultural competence for Grand Valley State University and the greater Grand Rapids community, and has devoted herself to this work.   Dr. McClinton is a certified diversity professional, with a long track record of making a difference in inclusion and diversity.  Dr. McClinton has served as a member and president of the Minority Affairs Committee for the American Society for Plant Biology, the Diversity Committee of Sigma Xi, The Research Society, and has been a leader in inclusion and diversity efforts at UC Berkeley, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and Grand Valley State University.

Dave Stuart Jr.

Since 2006, Dave has taught in an urban middle school (Baltimore, MD), a rural high school (Cedar Springs, MI), and some of the richest and poorest schools in New York City.  In all these settings, he has found that students everywhere enjoy learning how to be awesome at life, specifically in the areas of character and literacy. Conveniently, these things are great predictors of life chances, and this is why Dave loves talking to teachers about dominating literacy instruction and character development in the classroom. The best way to get a feel for Dave’s approach is through teachingthecore.com, the blog he started in June 2012. There, you’ll quickly discover what his 15,000+ readers per month already know: that Dave is unafraid to be honest and real about matters of teaching and learning. 

At the end of the day, Dave cares about results, and he explores the actions it takes to get them. Dave’s audiences appreciate that he teaches full-time, daily bridging the gap between theory and practice in his secondary classroom. This has led to a non-freaked out, down-to-earth approach that empowers teachers rather than weighing them down. This approach is through teachingthecore.com, the blog he started in June 2012. There, you’ll quickly discover what his 15,000+ readers per month already know: that Dave is unafraid to be honest and real about matters of teaching and learning. 

Jason Siko

I am currently an Assistant Professor at GVSU. In my prior life, I was a high school biology and chemistry teacher at Clarkston High School in Clarkston, MI. I completed my doctorate in 2012.

My current research interests involve online and blended learning at the K-12 level. I am beginning to explore how we can support students enrolled in online and blended courses using targeted supports based on their beliefs on technology self-efficacy, achievement, risk-taking (the good kind—in classrooms, willingness to possibly be wrong, etc.), and organization.

Another research interest involves the use of games as an instructional tool. Constructionist philosophy believes that learning occurs through building an authentic artifact; thus, it is through the construction of the game (rather than playing the game) where learning occurs. I am investigating the use of MS PowerPoint as a game design tool. While MS Power Point is not a programming language or design software, it is ubiquitous in schools, and students need little to no training to use it to construct games (the only additional knowledge students may need is how to add and use the action button feature).

I also have a Master’s in Futures Studies from the University of Houston, a degree that emphasizes foresight strategy, visioning, and scenario development.

David Livermore

David Livermore is a thought leader in cultural intelligence (CQ) and global leadership and the author of the new book, The Cultural Intelligence Difference. His book,  Leading with Cultural Intelligence, was named a best-seller in business by The Washington Post. He’s president and partner at the Cultural Intelligence Center in East Lansing, Michigan and a visiting research fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Prior to leading the Cultural Intelligence Center, Dave spent 20 years in leadership positions with a variety of non-profit organizations around the world and taught in universities. He’s a frequent speaker and adviser to leaders in Fortune 500′s, non-profits, and governments and has worked in more than 100 countries across the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe.

Dave has authored several other books, including the award-winning titles, Serving With Eyes Wide Open and Cultural Intelligence: Improving your CQ to Engage our Multicultural World (Baker Publ.).

Dave loves to take research and make it accessible to practitioners. He has been interviewed and referenced by major news sources such as Atlantic Monthly, CBS News, The Christian Post, Christian Science Monitor, Christianity Today, The Economist, Forbes, NBC, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Dave averages 35 international speaking engagements annually, addressing an average of 7500 leaders over a year. He also serves on several non-profit boards.

Dave and his wife Linda have 2 school-age daughters, Emily and Grace. Some of their favorite activities are traveling (fortunately!), hiking, eating Asian food, and walking to the local ice cream shop, Jersey Junction, near their home in Grand Rapids, Michigan.