Annual Conference 2019 Keynotes
Monica Genta & Carla Tantillo Philibert

Updated 12-6-18

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Monica Genta

180 Days of Awesome:
Celebrating Every Day of Education
Thursday, March 21, 2019
8:00–9:30 AM

Teachers carry 3 P’s with them every day: Passion, Purpose, and Positivity. Because of those essential elements, we naturally want to celebrate awesome in classrooms, but that can be hard with all those “extra” things that come when working in schools. Learn to focus on those little amazing moments that have the power to change everything in schools and in lives. Because sometimes it’s the small things that make the biggest difference! This session is full of tips, tricks, stories, solid ideas on how to celebrate education with your students & staff on a daily basis!

About Monica

Monica is the author of two books, Game Changers and 180 Days of Awesome, a middle school science teacher, and nationwide educational consultant and motivational speaker. She has earned a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction and a Masters in Educational Leadership & Administration and is a National Board Certified teacher. Her goal is to transform teachers, leaders and schools from seeing education as an ordinary job into an extraordinary adventure. Genta feels that every person who walks into a school deserves to love their experience! She is a believer in finding awesome and celebrating life every day! Genta is full of energy, full of passion and full of love for helping others on their journey in life and learning.
In her free time, she enjoys long road trips, accomplishing new challenges, eating unique pizzas, and impromptu dance parties. She is pumped to share her life and experiences with you and is confident you will laugh along the way. Monica lives in Illinois and is surrounded by loving friends and family.

Carla Tantillo Philibert

I Teach Because…
Friday, March 22, 2019
8:30–9:45 AM

"I Teach Because..." is an empowering address that renews educators' energy for the challenges they face daily as they serve their students.  Carla demonstrates how to build community through audience participation and provides opportunities to practice mindfulness so that everyone leaves inspired and with strategies they can use immediately for their own self-care and with their students..

About Carla

Carla Tantillo Philibert is a recognized expert on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), mindfulness and yoga practices in the school setting. She is the founder of Mindful Practices, co-founder of Class Catalyst and oversees a team of dedicated practitioners who have served thousands of students and teachers across the country since 2006. Carla has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and is a certified yoga teacher. She is a regular, featured speaker at CEC, NSBA, NAESP and the Kripalu Yoga in School Symposium. She is the author of Cooling Down Your Classroom: Using Yoga, Relaxation and Breathing Strategies to Help Students Learn to Keep Cool and the Everyday SEL series of K-12 books (Routledge 2016).

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