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Join us October 22-24, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland for NASBE’s Annual Conference 2015: States Charting a Course for Change.

Dynamic speakers will cover hot topics as standards and assessment, new accountability models, education data use, early education, digital learning, college, career and civic readiness, school leadership, and much, much more!

Royal Sonesta Harbor Court
550 Light Street
Baltimore, MD  21202

Keynote Speakers

Kevin Carey

In The End of College, Kevin Carey, an education researcher and writer, draws on years of in-depth reporting and cutting-edge research to paint a vivid and surprising portrait of the future of education. Carey explains how two trends—the skyrocketing cost of college and the revolution in information technology—are converging in ways that will radically alter the college experience. It’s a paradigm-shifting examination of the rapidly changing world of college that every parent, student, educator, and investor needs to understand.

Carey directs the education policy program at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank New America. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The New Republic, The American Prospect, Washingtonian, Democracy, and other publications. He is a contributing writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education and edits the annual Washington Monthly college guide. His work was anthologized in Best American Legal Writing and has received two Education Writers Association awards for commentary. Prior to joining New America, Carey worked as the policy director of Education Sector, and as an analyst at the Education Trust and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He has also worked for the Indiana Senate Finance Committee and as Indiana’s Assistant State Budget Director.

James H. Johnson Jr. 

johnson headshotJames H. Johnson Jr. is the William R. Kenan Jr. distinguished professor of strategy and entrepreneurship and director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An expert on poverty and a tireless activist for social justice, Dr. Johnson’s work examines the causes and consequences of growing inequality in American society, particularly as it affects socially and economically disadvantaged youth; entrepreneurial approaches to poverty alleviation, job creation, and community development; and business demography and workforce diversity.  He is an accomplished writer, having published more than 100 scholarly research articles and research monoliths, including “The Economic Impact of the African American Population on the State of North Carolina” and a study on the economic impact of North Carolina’s Hispanic population. Dr. Johnson has also published research on the economic impact of Sept. 11 on U.S. metropolitan communities, an d is the subject of the Fast Company profile “Hopes and Dreams.”

Sean McComb

Sean McComb photo _Source/Credit Matt Roth for Parade MagazineBaltimore Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts English teacher Sean McComb is the 2014 National Teacher of the Year. With just eight years in the classroom, McComb is one of the youngest Teachers of the Year ever. McComb’s belief in the power of education and our nation’s schools is deeply ingrained. It was mentoring from incredible teachers that allowed him to overcome a difficult adolescence. He pays this forward each day with his work at Patapsco. McComb’s English courses are characterized by deep discussion and analysis of the human condition explored through literature and the rigorous building of communication skills to apply those lessons to one’s life. In 2007, McComb developed a mentor-based college-preparatory program at Patapsco called AVID—the Advancement Via Individual Determination program. Nearly all of Patapsco’s AVID students in the last four years were admitted to a four-year college or university. It is this experience that prompts McComb to explain, “My teaching is built on the belief that relationships and engagement can turn challenges into opportunities for excellence for all students. As we embrace that truth, we help awaken students to their full potential and the possibility to live out the American dream.”

Annie Murphy Paul

Annie Murphy PaulAnnie Murphy Paul is the author of the forthcoming, Brilliant: The New Science of Smart, (to be published September 2015). In Brilliant, she presents compelling evidence that intelligence can be acquired—and highlights persuasive examples from real-life schools and workplaces. This means we can make ourselves, and our children, smarter. It means our schools can impart not only knowledge and skills, but intelligence itself to our students. And it means that our companies can enhance the brainpower of the workers they already employ. Paul is a contributing writer for Time magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book ReviewSlate, and O, The Oprah Magazine, and she is an avid blogger on, and many others.