Keynote Speaker – Sunday, October 17, 2021  |  5:15 pm-6:30 pm

Dominique Smith
Leading the Rebound

Dominique Smith is passionate about creating school cultures that honor students and build their confidence and competence. He is a school administrator, ASCD and Corwin author, national trainer for the International Institute on Restorative Practices, and member of ASCD’s FIT Teaching (Framework for Intentional and Targeted Teaching®) Cadre and Corwin’s Visible Learning for Literacy Cadre.

Smith’s major areas of research and instruction focus on restorative practices, classroom management, growth mindset, and the culture of achievement.

His many books include Engagement by Design, Creating Learning Environments Where Students Thrive, co-authored with Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey; and his latest books: Leading the Rebound, 20+ Must-Dos to Restart Teaching and Learning and Grades K-12 Rebound, co-authored with Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie.

Watch TEDx Talk from Dominique Smith



Sunday, October 17, 2021  |  3:00 pm-4:45 pm 

A Conversation with Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. and
Commissioner Betty Rosa

Lester W. Young, Jr., Chancellor,
New York State Board of Regents

Lester W. Young, Jr. has made creating opportunities “where every student can be successful” the guiding principle of his more than 50 years of public service. He began his career with the New York City Department of Education, holding positions as: teacher, guidance counselor, supervisor of special education, and principal. In 1993, returning to his Brooklyn roots, Dr. Young was appointed to the position of Community Superintendent, CSD 13.

In his work as a Regent and now Chancellor, Dr. Young co-chairs the P-12 Education Committee and the Regents Workgroup on Early Learning and Early Childhood Education; he chairs the Regents Workgroup to Improve Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color. His leadership in this area led to the establishment of the NYS My Brother’s Keeper initiative and under the leadership of the NYS Legislature, New York State remains the only state in the nation to have the My Brother’s Keeper initiative enacted into NYS law.

Betty A. Rosa, Commissioner of Education and
President of the University of the State of New York

Dr. Rosa is a nationally recognized education leader and received an Ed. M. and Ed. D. in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University. She also holds two other Master of Science in Education degrees, one in administration and supervision and the other in bilingual education. She has more than 30 years of instructional and administrative experience with expertise in inclusive education, cooperative teaching models, student achievement, and policy implementation.

Dr. Rosa began her career in the NYC Department of Education as a bilingual paraprofessional, teacher, and reading coordinator, served as an assistant principal and principal in special education, introduced an integrated linguistic model in developing a multilingual and multicultural school for general and special education populations, and developed and implemented the Office of Conflict Resolution for the NYC Division of Special Education. Previously, Dr. Rosa served as interim commissioner since August 2020. Prior to that, she served as chancellor of the Board of Regents since 2016.



Virtual Keynote – Monday, October 18, 2021  |  8:30 am-9:45 am 

Dr. Romie Mushtaq
BrainShift: 3 Mindful Steps to Break the Stress-Success Cycle

“We are all living in a world as success-driven professionals where we can quickly shift into a place of overwhelm, performance struggles, lack of sleep, and burnout. Let’s work together to heal your busy brain, jump off the stress-success cycle, and lead your life and career with a calm and controlled mind.”
– Dr. Romie

How often do you have: Difficulty focusing at work? Racing thoughts before bed? Feelings of stress or anxiety and end up with too many visits to the doctor with no real answers? It’s time to get to the core of the issue and break the Stress-Success Cycle. Dr. Romie’s interactive, science-based program blends medicine and wellness to truly shift your personal and professional life. You will leave with practical steps you can implement right away to lead with calm, decision and precision. Let’s change the way your brain and your team functions to create a more successful, balanced, and healthy life.

In this interactive training attendees will experience the following:

-Score your current stress level and immediately implement three basic steps to lead with calm, decision, and precision.
-Start a 7-day process to brainSHIFT from panic-induced symptoms to a PMA (Positive Mental Attitude).
-Science-driven mindfulness protocol to implement into your daily routines.
-Practical mindful techniques to implement in the corporate workspace.

Dr. Romie is a triple board-certified physician, award-winning speaker, & national media expert. She currently serves as Chief Wellness Officer at Evolution Hospitality, where she has scaled a mindfulness and wellness program for over 7000 employees. Dr. Romie’s expertise is routinely featured in the national media, and on global stages for corporations, athletes, and professional associations. She mixes her unique authority in neurology, integrative medicine, and mindfulness to transform cultures and teams through the busy brain cure, “brainSHIFT”. Get ready to break your stress cycle and brainSHIFT to uplevel your performance and leadership.


Watch Dr. Romie’s TEDx Talk