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  • World Class Speakers

    This year's lineup will include 9 dynamic speakers who are ready to give you some quality PD with ready to use tips

  • PD Certificates

    Each session this year comes with a PD certificate for your district or your fridge

  • Inspiring Conversations

    Hop on to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #HiveSummit and join in with others to discuss what you have learned

  • Practical Strategies

    This year's sessions are packed with ideas you can use in your classroom right away

  • PD in your PJs

    Enjoy on demand streaming of past years sessions as well as each installment of the 2022 lineup any time, anywhere


We’re counting down the days until the start of the fifth annual #HiveSummit, and we are thrilled to welcome such a talented and dynamic array of busy bee guests into this year’s speaker lineup! If you haven’t yet had the chance to buzz in for one of these sweet summer PD events, we thought we’d take a few minutes to spread the word and show you what’s in store:

How much does it cost to attend the Hive Summit?

Totally free! You’ll just need to be a member of the EMC² Learning community. Whether you’re a Tinker Teacher, an Engagement Engineer, or a part of the Creative Corps — your site membership gets you automatic access to this year’s big event AND on-demand access to the arcHIVEs from the past four years of PD sweetness. Click here to join the Hive!

I love free! But my summer schedule is packed. What’s the format of this event?

Starting on July 18, we’ll be releasing a different presenter’s video every day until the Hive is buzzing with nine amazing installments. Guests of this virtual PD get-together will have exclusive access to the expanding library of presenter videos throughout the entire event. The Hive Summit will remain open with all videos available for on-demand streaming until the end of the day on Sunday, August 14. Buzz in and join us at any time.

Oh cool! But are we talking, like, videos of Powerpoint slideshows? If so, no thanks.

Not to worry. The Hive Summit is your chance to buzz in for some friendly, thought-provoking PD featuring actual back and forth conversations with real live people! In each installment, Michael will be there to act as our virtual talk show host, and a fantastic lineup of teachers, authors, and PD professionals will pop in to offer tips and strategies for classroom educators of all ages. Each episode runs just under an hour or so in length.

Who’s presenting at this year’s Hive Summit?

So glad that you asked! Our presenter lineup is buzzing with excitement to share their insight! We will be announcing the speakers on Twitter at #HiveSummit


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Teacher, author, and education consultant, Rachelle Dene Poth (@Rdene915) is a true Renaissance Woman. In addition to being an ISTE Certified Educator and a teacher of French, Spanish and STEAM: Emerging Technology, Rachele has authored, co-authored, and contributed to a dozen different books in education including In Other Words: Quotes That Push Our ThinkingThe Future is Now: Looking Back to Move Ahead, Unconventional Ways to Thrive in Edu, and Chart a New Course. She received the ISTE Making IT Happen Award and a Presidential Gold Award for Volunteer Service to Education in 2020, 2019, and 2018, and was selected as one of “20 to watch” by the NSBA and the PAECT Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2017. She was named one of 30 K-12 IT Influencers for 2021. She holds a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology, and currently serves as past-president of the ISTE Teacher Education Network. She’s also a licensed attorney and the owner of THRIVEinEDU, LLC.

Victor Hicks (@CodingWCulture) is a 20-year veteran educator with experience both in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois and his current residence of Atlanta, Georgia. He founded Coding with Culture to “provide genius awakening, culturally relevant experiences in computer science and digital literacy for Black K-12 scholars.” In 2021, his work was profiled in Forbes Magazine as one of “Six STEM Influencers Helping To Bridge The Gap For Blacks, Hispanics And Women.” Victor hosts multiple coding and computer science camps that are also themed around teaching students about the cultural relevance of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). He is also known for organizing HBCU college tours for his students and providing professional development for educators on bringing culturally responsive computational thinking to any classroom.

Mary Desmarais (@MaryDesmarais9) is a passionate inclusion specialist and a dynamic special education teacher with 10 years of classroom experience. She lives in Arlington, Virginia and is the founder of Catholic Inclusion Services, LLC. For the past decade, Mary has worked with a multitude of teachers in schools throughout the United States helping them learn how to build inclusive education systems to support students with disabilities in their classes. She is a prolific advocate for special education and inclusion support who has spoken, blogged, and been a featured podcast guest on the topics of inclusion, student engagement, and peer mentoring for multiple organizations and events including The Council for Exceptional Children annual conference, the Andrew Greeley Center Mustard Seed Conference, the Alliance for Catholic Education, and the National Catholic Board on Full Inclusion. 

Stacey Roshan (@BuddyXO) is a math teacher at Bullis School in Potomac, Md. For the past twelve years, she has served as the school’s director of innovation and educational technology. She is also the author of “Tech with Heart: Leveraging Technology to Empower Student Voice, Ease Anxiety, & Create Compassionate Classrooms.” She has a keen interest in discovering and bringing innovative tools into the classroom to engage students and to make learning feel like play. Stacey has spent a lot of time working to flip the mathematics classroom in an effort to shift the culture to a more participatory learning space, focused on relationships and individual student’s needs, and she aims to empower teachers with ideas and tools to enrich and enliven the classroom by engaging learners.

Dr. Jennifer Toney (@JenToney) is a Pennsylvania-based educator. She is a third grade English Language Arts teacher at the Sharpsville Area School District where she focuses on digital and analog blended learning approaches to grammar and writing in a gamified writing workshop. Jennifer is also an adjunct instructor at the Westminster College Graduate School of Education. She received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in literacy in 2017, and her scholarly interests include multimodal composition in the elementary classroom, blended learning approaches to writing workshop with young writers, and English Language Arts curriculum development in the K-5 setting. Prior to teaching third grade, Jennifer taught for several years in kindergarten, first, and second grade primary classrooms.

A former elementary teacher, middle school teacher, middle school principal, elementary principal, Thomas C. Murray (@thomascmurray) is most passionate about creating cultures of innovation where teachers are empowered to create the types of learning experiences today’s modern learners need to thrive. Today, he serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools located in Washington, D.C. An ASCD best-selling author, Murray was named the “2018 National/Global EdTech Leader of the Year,” by EdTech Digest, the “2017 Education Thought Leader of the Year,” one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA in 2016, and the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. His best-selling book, Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today, co-authored with Eric Sheninger and published by ASCD, was released in June 2017. His most recent book, Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences that Impact a Lifetime, was released in October of 2019.

Dennis Griffin Jr. (@d4griffin3) is the principal of the Brown Deer School District in Brown Deer, Wisconsin. A former principal of the Waukesha Public Schools, a former principal of Monona Grove School District, and a former 8th Grade Algebra Teacher in West Milwaukee, he has an unwavering belief that our students are the future leaders of this world. In 2018, he earned his Superintendent’s license and completed his Ph.D. Dennis believes that our students will be the change that the world needs, and he refuses to allow any student to be defined by a system or a label. He is committed to the maxim that when a student has the seed of belief planted within them their potential is limitless, and a firm proponent of the notion that student success can only be achieved by adults that collaboratively work towards the success of a shared vision.

Julie Nilsson Smith (@julnilsmith) has been teaching media literacy and media-related classes at the university level since 1997. She is the author of Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-In World and over the last three years has traveled all over the world helping teachers and parents with media literacy, digital wellness, classroom engagement and social media. Julie’s latest book advocates for more engagement in the college classroom. Julie is currently on the faculty at Webster University in St Louis.

Patrick Tiernan (@PatrickTiernan) is a veteran educator and administrator who is a nationally recognized author and presenter. Convinced by the need to reimagine organizational culture for sustainable change. He is skilled in supervision and evaluation, curriculum development, strategic planning, philanthropic initiatives, and program evaluation. He currently is the Chief Academic Officer and principal supervising PK3-8 professional faculty and support staff at St. Mary Magdalen School in Wilmington, Delaware.