Keynote Speakers

Dr. Chip Donohue Ph.D.

Dean, Distance Learning & Continuing Education, TEC Center Director, Erikson Institute

Chip Donohue, PhD, is Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education and Director of the TEC (Technology in Early Childhood) Center at Erikson Institute in Chicago. He is a Senior Fellow and Member of the Advisory Board of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at Saint Vincent College, where he co-authored the 2012 NAEYC & Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8. Chip is the editor of Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning (2014) and a new book, Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors (2016) both published by Routledge/NAEYC. In 2012 he received the Bammy Award and Educators Voice Award as Innovator of the Year from the Academy of Education Arts & Sciences. In 2015, he was honored as a children’s media Emerging Pioneer at the KAPi (Kids At Play International) Awards.

Delaine Eastin

Former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction; Candidate for Governor of California, 2018,

Delaine Eastin earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis, and her Master’s degree in Political Science from U.C. Santa Barbara. Delaine was elected to the State Assembly in 1986 where she chaired the Assembly Education Committee and sponsored major legislation to reform California’s education system. In 1995, Eastin was elected to serve the first of her two terms as State Superintendent of Public Instruction in California. The only woman to ever hold this office, Eastin supported many groundbreaking initiatives, including serving as a champion for public libraries, wiring schools for technology, and stronger technical and vocational training for students. She advocated tirelessly to create statewide standards and systems of accountability, ensure reduced class sizes in grades K-3, increase parental involvement and teacher training, and create overall safe and healthy school environments for every child. Delaine was the first Executive Director of the National Institute for School Leadership, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Educational Leadership at Mills College, where she directed the Center for Civic Engagement and Women’s Leadership. She now does speaking and consulting, and recently launched her campaign to serve as California’s next Governor.

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