Join international educators, innovators, best-selling authors, and master PBL facilitators!
TEACHERS >> Grow your Foundations of PBL by designing a project ready for implementation in your classroom!
LEADERS >> Learn how to grow and sustain PBL in your school or district!
Author and Master PBL Facilitator
Co-author of Developing Natural Curiosity Through Project-Based Learning, Dayna is a twice Nationally Board Certified teacher and holds degrees from VA Tech, the University of Pittsburgh, and Wilkes University. Her nearly 20 years of educational experience began in the classroom as a high school social studies teacher where she taught AP classes and in special education co-taught environments. During her classroom tenure, she received numerous awards including Civics Teacher of the Year, was featured in Edutopia’s Schools that Work series, and participated in the Classrooms for the Future initiative that promoted technology integration into core content areas. Additionally, she was the Career Academy Coordinator for Health Sciences and Human Services.
Dayna has partnered with districts from all over the United States, Australia, and China to focus on creating innovative learning environments. Her passion is connecting learners to authentic work, a topic she pioneered in her 2013 book, Authentic Learning Experiences: A Real-World Approach to PBL. She frequently presents on the topics of authenticity, PBL, technology integration, assessment, creativity, and STEAM. You can also find her work on Lynda.com, where she designs online learning experiences for educators.
Director of Professional Development
As TeachThought’s Director of Professional Development and co-host of the TeachThought Podcast Drew helps design and deliver workshops and learning both on-site and virtually as well as coordinating PD work with our other Specialists. A graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Political Science in three years, he was decidedly against the idea of being a teacher. With a mother and grandmother both educators, a stint as a substitute teacher lured him back to earn a teaching certificate in secondary social studies. Thus began a journey that includes 15 years in the classroom and leadership in Michigan, California, Texas and most recently Kentucky and spanned middle and high school, Special Education to Advanced Placement and basketball and golf coaching.
Formerly with the Buck Institute for Education and the Collaborative for Teaching and Learning he has designed and contributed to several PBL models, including the TeachThought PBL Model. Drew continues to deliver professional development and speak at conferences and events around the country. He has been referred to as a professional thought stretcher due to his emphasis on leading through inquiry and questioning.
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Richard E. Darshwood
Magician – Hypnotist – Speaker
Making the Impossible Possible!
Richard E. Darshwood is a highly charismatic performer who has perplexed and amazed many notable celebrities such as film-maker Martin Scorsese, Grammy Winner Miranda Lambert, Super Bowl Champion Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers and many more with his delightfully animated personality, witty antics and clever tricks.
His natural ability to fully captivate every audience he encounters has earned him two consecutive People’s Choice Awards from the International Brotherhood of Magicians and is precisely why he is affectionately known as “The Charming Trickster, himself.”
A recent graduate of The McBride School of Magic and Mystery in Las Vegas – where he also received training from several of the world’s leading stage hypnotists – he is now certified by the American Alliance of Hypnotists and is currently focusing on the study of social engineering with The Art of Charm Academy in Los Angeles, CA.
He has appeared on several network-affiliated television programs, performed in venues across the country (including Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas) and served as an honorary representative for The United States at the international magic festival, “IndiaJaal“, which was sponsored by Asia’s very first Academy of Magical Sciences in 2011.
In addition to performing as a strolling and stage entertainer, Darshwood is also well known for his thrilling key notes and lectures, motivational talks and developmental workshops for professionals who are eager to learn the magician’s secrets to attract, engage and influence ANYONE.
KY Teacher of the Year - CEO/founder of Curio Learning
Authenticity and Entrepreneurship as a Mindset
After a decade in the classroom, Lamb-Sinclair’s teaching career took a strong turn left. She submitted a proposal to Redesign Challenge, a project through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which asked educators to offer solutions to problems in education. Her idea was an app to help teachers discover new ideas, curate them in a personalized way, and collaborate with other educators in order to grow as professionals, as well as, to better serve students. Her idea was selected and offered the opportunity attend Innovator’s Weekend in Washington D.C., where she created the first prototype through the design thinking process. The seeds for Curio Learning were planted and Ashley’s teaching career has taken an entrepreneurial turn for the better.
Since the Redesign Challenge, Ashley was honored as the 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. In that role, she served as Teacher in Residence for the Kentucky Department of Education, co-founded multiple statewide projects including KYEdPolicy.org, Policy Together, and The Courier Journal Classroom Connections; as well as co-founding a national teacher led organization called Protect Public Ed. As Kentucky Teacher of the Year, she was accepted to the Spotify for Education Advisory Board and received an EF Education First scholarship to study the education system in Finland with other educators. Prior to her honor as Kentucky Teacher of the Year, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Thailand and Vietnam and an English Speaking Union Scholarship to study creative writing at Exeter College at the University of Oxford. She is a contributing writer to the Atlantic and the Washington Post, among other publications and has been teaching secondary English and creative writing for twelve years.
Founder of TeachThought
Terry Heick is Founder & Director of TeachThought, humanist, technologist, futurist, and macro thinker extraordinaire.
He writes about 21st century learning, social improvement, technology, and automotive performance among other topics.
Optional Evening Events
Sunday Evening - Churchill Downs Behind the Scenes Walking Tour
Go behind the scenes at the world’s most famous horse racing track and home of the KY Derby!
This tour gives special access to exclusive areas of Churchill Downs Racetrack, including Millionaires Row, private member’s-only Turf Club, and the Matt Winn Dining Room – truly an insider’s view of the non-public areas of Churchill Downs Racetrack. Bring your camera for the picturesque views you will spot on this tour like the fourth floor balcony, legendary Twin Spires, track, and the city. *Areas are subject to change based on availability.
Monday Evening - Louisville Bats Baseball in a Private Slugger Field Suite!
Experience the game in style, from the comfort of a private setting with well-appointed amenities.
Details on how to reserve your spot coming soon!
Premium indoor & outdoor seating
Catered ballpark dinner
10% discount in team store & free programs
Cable TV & closed circuit game broadcast
Access to Club Level Bar & Lounge
Monday Evening - Magic, Dinner & Bourbon!
Enjoy a curious blend of spellbinding entertainment, fine food & drink – An Evening You Will Always Remember!
3 Course Dinner
Bourbon Flight (tasting)
Bourbon Gift Bag
Taxes and Gratuity included
Cocktails @ 6:30, Dinner @ 7:00
Bristol Bar & Grill : 614 W Main : Louisville
*seating is limited to 35
Hotel and Travel Information
800 West Market Street
Louisville, KY 40202
*this is the nearest hotel, 1 block from our venue
complimentary continental breakfast
After clicking the link, select your arrival and departure dates and the special rate will be applied.
Or call the hotel directly at (502) 583-2552, and ask for the TeachThought group to receive the special discount.
Group rate expires 5:00 PM EST on 6/28/17
101 East Jefferson
Louisville, KY 40202
*8 blocks from venue with shuttle service
complimentary hot breakfast
Or call the hotel directly at 502-585-2200, and ask for the TeachThought group to receive the special discount.
Group rate expires 5:00 PM EST on 6/28/17
100 S 2nd St
Louisville, KY 40202
*4 blocks from venue with shuttle service
*no complimentary breakfast
Or call the hotel directly at 502-562-0200, and ask for the TeachThought group to receive the special discount.
Group rate expires 5:00 PM EST on 6/16/17
Frazier History Museum
Attending from nearby? Click for directions to the Frazier History Museum and parking info.
Free downtown trolley – Louisville’s Zerobus