Mike Soskil, is determined to make learning meaningful for every child and to empower students and teachers as positive change agents in their communities. As an elementary STEM teacher he has inspired students to find solutions to problems in their local and global communities. His 4th and 5th graders have used educational technology and the engineering design process to fight the effects of climate change in Malawi, waterborne illness in the Kibera Slum of Nairobi, and food insecurity in their rural Pennsylvania town. For his innovative work, Michael was named one of the top-10 teachers in the world and a finalist for the Global Teacher Prize by Dr. Stephen Hawking in 2016. He also is a recipient of the US Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and was named Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year in 2017.
The book that Michael co-authored, Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, has been heralded by leaders in education, business, and government as "an authoritative guide to teaching practice over the next three decades" and translated into multiple languages.
Keynote Title: Preparing Students for An Unknown Future
Date/Time: November 6, 9:15-10:15
Description: As technological innovation continues to advance at an exponential rate, the future we will send our students into has never been more uncertain. Artificial intelligence, biotechnology, machine learning, and other advances will complicate all aspects of their life. Getting education right has never been more important. Balancing technology with humanity in our schools lets students build the skills they need to be successful. In this keynote we'll explore ways to inspire our students to shape a peaceful and prosperous world in their unknown future.