Genius Plaza speakers to discuss Global Collaborators and STEM Careers at BLC Conference in Boston

Genius Plaza will be in Boston, MA this week to participate in the 2018 Alan November Building Learning Communities Education Conference, being held at the Boston Park Plaza hotel from July 22-27, 2018. 

This premier education event will gather colleagues from around the world, to discuss bringing the best innovative and practical learning resources for our students. As November said in his inspiring video, featured and keynote speakers – hand-picked by Alan November, will feature presenters will discuss emotion and artificial intelligence, among other topics at this event. 
Genius Plaza will be participating in two workshops during this events, featuring two of our talented speakers, as we give insight into building, learning and contributing to our community. 
Dr. Nino Collado, Principal at James S. Rickards Middle school in Ft. Lauderdale, FL will discuss how he builds team of Global Collaborators, along with his students, to work with fellow middle schoolers in Africa. The collaboration is enhancing mastery of Math concepts and building a sense of purpose in all the students. 
Washington “Nino” Collado, Dominican Republic native, was raised in New York and began his career in education in 1986 where he taught Spanish and English at Bryant High School before moving to Florida in 1992. He has devoted much of his time to teach and orient parents to increase parental involvement in the school system, including writing a book called “Las escuelas y nuestros hijos: Participación Efectiva de los Padres,” giving parents an insight on how school operates and guides them on the role they should play for a positive involvement in the educational process of their children. 
Our “Building a Learning Farm of Global Collaborators” workshop will take place at the Boston Park Plaza hotel on Wednesday, July 25 from 11:45am to 12:50pm. 
Gilberto Garcia, Director of College Career Readiness for EnglishLanguage Learners at New York City Department of Education, will be discussing bringing STEM Careers to the next level with Title 1 ELLS.  When it comes to English Language Learners who are mostly first generation college students, the journey travelled must not be ignored.  
Learn how the ELL Department from New York City Schools is collaborating with STEM professionals to bring STEM careers to their classrooms and their hearts.  Students don’t have to wait for career day to explore STEM options by using a variety of technologies like video conferences with career champions, 360 Virtual Reality experiences and videos. As a result students turn the interviews into eBooks to help fellow students learn about the careers. 
Garcia supports more than 450 public high schools that serve over 150,000 students, as well as hundreds of other alternative secondary institutions across New York City Department of education. Garcia designed and implemented various initiatives that bridge the learning gaps for English Language Learners and students with special needs. 
Our “Bringing STEM Careers to the next level with Title 1 ELLs”workshop will be held in the Grand Ballroom at Boston Park Plaza hotel on Thursday, July 26 from 11:45am to 12:50pm. 
The 19th BLC conference will provide inspiration, practical skills and expand our professional network with educators from around the world. This year’s event will offer a choice of over 100 pre-conference master classes and main conference sessions, feature world-renowned keynote speakers, and showcase services and solutions. More information on the conference can be found here.