Keynote Speakers

Michelle Miller, PhD

Dr. Michelle D. Miller is a Professor of Psychological Sciences and President’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. She is the author of Remembering and Forgetting in the Age of Technology: Teaching, Learning, and the Science of Memory in a Wired World (West Virginia University Press, 2022) and Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology (Harvard University Press, 2014). Dr. Miller completed her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and behavioral neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles, and currently focuses her research on memory, attention, and the impacts of technology on learning.

Keynote: Engaging Students in Learning—The Power of Memory

Contemporary faculty are wary of over-emphasizing memory and memorization in their courses. Even in the age of Google, building memory helps students use what they know in practical situations, and according to current research, helps accelerate the development of thinking skills in a discipline. This can result in greater student engagement in the classroom. Dr. Michelle Miller’s keynote address will challenge common myths and misconceptions about the role of memory for learning, presenting low-stress, high-reward teaching techniques that engage students in the challenge of strengthening memory.

Breakout Session: Engaging Students in Learning: Attention and Memory

In this highly interactive workshop, we will do a deeper dive into the ways in which attention and memory shape learning. We will then apply those principles to designing engaging and effective learning activities for diverse modalities including face-to-face, hybrid, blended, and fully online courses.


Brooke Brown

Brooke Brown is the 2021 Washington Teacher of the Year. She is a current doctoral student pursuing her PhD in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. She holds a master’s degree in Education from Pacific Lutheran University and 2 bachelor’s degrees from the University of Washington in Sociology, History, and American Ethnic Studies. She has spent the past 15 years teaching English language arts and ethnic studies at Washington High School in the Franklin Pierce School District and currently serves as the Instructional Equity Specialist in the Franklin Pierce School District in Tacoma, Washington. She uses her classroom to create a brave, inclusive environment that allows students to show up authentically, centering their experiences and encouraging them to develop empathy and compassion for others.

Keynote: Centering Humanity and Dignity in Education​

Teachers need to center their students’ dignity and humanity in their classrooms. Joy and justice are foundational aspects of every learning opportunity, and this session will provide examples for how all of us can too. Before this work can be done in our classrooms, we first have to identify how our own experiences, positionality and background impact the way we show up and commit to a lifelong process of learning and growing in humility.

Breakout Session: Cultivating Teacher Wellness and Community

Learning is done best in community. Teachers need to center student experiences and remind them how much we learn from them. We need to advocate for educating the whole child, often using content to teach life lessons and challenge students to look for ways to improve their communities. Brooke will talk about the work teachers can do to create classroom communities centered in healing and wellness.