Panel Discussions

RSCON5 Panel Discussions

PANEL: Humility & Humble Bragging: What are the Guidelines?

PANELISTS: Rae Pica (Discussion Leader), Daisy Dyer Duerr, Erin Klein, & Don Wettrick


Rae Pica has been an early childhood education consultant, specializing in children's physical activity, since 1980. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the founder and director of Moving & Learning and the author of 18 books, including the textExperiences in Movement and Music (now in its 5th edition), the award-winning Great Games for Young Children and Jump into Literacy, andA Running Start: How Play, Physical Activity, and Free Time Create a Successful Child, written for the parents of children birth to age five. Also, Rae has contributed to numerous other publications, including George Morrison's Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education, and Beginnings and Beyond: Foundations in Early Childhood Education by Ann Gordon and Kate Brown. She has been a columnist for Young Children,, and Teaching Elementary Physical Education, and currently blogs for Huffington PostFrom 1985 to 1989 Rae was co-creator and host of "Move for a Minute," produced by New Hampshire Public Television and broadcast nationwide, most often between Sesame Street and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

PANEL: Revolutionize Your Classroom by Producing Mindblowing Media 

PANELISTS: Jeff Bradbury (Discussion Leader), Theresa Stager, Dr. Sam Patterson, Dr. Spike Cook, & Chris Nesi


Jeff is a highly respected educational consultant. He has presented at ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) as well as other nationally recognized conferences, and was one of the founding organizers of edcampNJ.  In 2013 he was honored to be the Keynote speaker at the Pearson Authentic Learning Conference. Additionally, the TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network has served educational and medical conventions across the country by providing on site live broadcasting to thousands of educators each week. Jeffrey Bradbury, the creator of and TeacherCast University and is a speaker, writer, broadcaster, consultant and educational media specialist. Jeffrey Bradbury is the Director of Orchestras in the North Brunswick Twp School District where he teaches Music Theory and Music History as well as directs a wonderful high school orchestra that he is very proud of. In 2012, Jeff was recognized as one of top 50 educators using social media at the first ever Bammy Awards. He was also selected as a Google Certified Teacher. Jeff earned his Bachelors and Masters Degree from West Chester University in Pennsylvania and will be finalizing an administrative certificate in 2014.  See Jeff’s work at a site for teachers to help teachers use todays technologies. @TeacherCast  @JeffBradbury

Sam Patterson is a Tech Integration Specialist for grades K-5 at a K-8 school dedicated to STEM instruction and Project Based Learning.  He holds a doctorate in Literacy Education from University of San Diego and believes that teachers need to empower students to be master builders of things and ideas.

Spike C. Cook is the principal at RM Bacon Elementary School in Millville, NJ. He is a life-long learner who enjoys collaborating with others educators throughout the world to improve teaching and learning. As a new administrator, Dr. Cook utilized Social Media to transform his leadership into a 21st Century mindset. He then built capacity within his school so that teachers, parents, and students were able to connect with others throughout the globe. He was the co-creator of the un-conference model professional development model at his school, and has worked collaboratively with other administrators to promoting 21st learning. Spike is committed to assisting and learning from other educators. Spike was featured in Eric Sheninger’s best-selling book Digital Leadership. In Chapter 3, Eric Sheninger captured Spike’s keys to sustainable change in his school. Spike is also the co-founder of the popular podcast Principalcast. He has presented at the ASCD and NAESP’s national conferences, as well as state and local conferences. Spike’s first book, Connected Leadership: It’s Just a Click Away, is scheduled for release from Corwin Press in fall of 2014. Spike earned a Bachelor of Arts, two Master’s Degrees and a doctorate from Rowan University. He is currently an adjunct professor at Rowan University in the College of Education. He teaches aspiring administrators in the Masters of School Administration. He lives in Turnersville, NJ with his wife Theresa and two children Henry and Catherine. Spike’s blog, Insights Into Learning, was recognized as a finalist for Best Administrator Blog by the EduBlog Awards in 2013. Connect with @drspikecook via Twitter.

Theresa Stager is the Principal of St. Mary Catholic School in Rockwood, MI. St. Mary Rockwood is a Pre-K to 8th grade 1:1 iPad school. Theresa believes that communication is the key to any leadership position, including communication between leadership and staff, staff and students, school and parents, and the community. She was active in the creation of the PrincipalCast podcast on the TeacherCast network. PrincipalCast is a weekly roundtable discussion between principals around the country that discuss topics which effect administrators and school leaders. Theresa is featured in Dr. Spike Cook’s first book Connected Leadership: It’s Just a Click Away, scheduled for release in the fall of 2014 from Corwin Press. Theresa began her teaching career as a K-12 music educator in Anchor Bay Schools in New Baltimore, MI. She taught for 8 years as a general music, band and choir director designing curriculum and implementing educational technology throughout music programs in the district. She presented numerous times at the Michigan Music Conference on utilizing technology in the music classroom, social media tips and tricks and more. Theresa co-founded the Michigan chapter of the Technology Institute of Music Education (TI:ME). During her first year at St. Mary Rockwood, Theresa has implemented a 1:1 iPad program and transformed the educational technology and social media philosophy of the school. She received her undergraduate degree in K-12 Music Education at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI in 2003. She graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in Dearborn, MI with a master of Public Administration in 2007. She lives in Huron Township, MI with her husband, Brian and two children. @PrincipalStager on Twitter

PANEL: Leading and Inspiring Teachers

PANELISTS:  Lisa Dabbs (Discussion Leader), Marisa Constantinides, Arjana Blazic, & Paul Braddock


Lisa Dabbs is a wife and mom who started her career as an elementary school teacher in Southern California. During that time, she assisted with a grant project and became the Project Director of a Language and Literacy program. Soon after she was called to serve as an elementary school principal, and did that for 14 years. During that time she recruited, hired, trained and mentored over 200 new and veteran teachers. The most significant aspect she observed in their journey was the power that mentorship brings to creating a successful teaching career.  As a result, she's passionately committed to the mission that no teacher, should have to go through their teaching days alone.

In 2009, Lisa became an Independent Consultant on these projects:

Lisa founded a chat for New and Pre-Service Teachers on Twitter:  #ntchat. The chat occurs every Wednesday at 5PM PDT/8PM EDT. It’s supportive and practitioner focused with discussions that resonate with new teachers in the field. Visit this page to get all the info on New Teacher Chat.