The full list of speakers for the November 2016 EETC Conference will be announced soon! See our confirmed featured speakers below, and check out the past speaker list for examples of the great speakers we’ve hosted at previous EETC events.
Chip Donohue, Ph.D. is the Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education and Director of Technology in Early Childhood Center at the Erikson Institute in Chicago. In addition to his roles at the Erikson Institute, Donohue is a Senior Fellow and member of the Advisory Board of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, where he co-chaired the working group that revised the 2012 NAEYC & Fred Rogers Center joint position statement on using technology and interactive media in early childhood programs. Donohue is the editor of the book,“Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning,” co-published by Routledge/NAEYC and distributed to 20,000 NAEYC comprehensive members in 2014. In 2012 he received the first Bammy Award and the Educators Voice Award as Innovator of the Year from the Academy of Education Arts & Sciences, and in 2015, was honored as a children’s media Emerging Pioneer by the Kids At Play Interactive Awards.
Benjamin Heuston, Ph.D. is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Waterford Institute, a nonprofit research center that provides educational solutions for young children across the U.S. and 15 countries internationally. Waterford’s solutions have long been recognized for their quality and effectiveness, including in 2013 with the award of a federal i3 validation grant for its innovative UPSTART program. As a leader in educational technology over the past two decades, Heuston is an active speaker, including recent or upcoming presentations at ASU + GSV Summit, TEDx and the Early Education and Technology for Children Conference. He is also a member of several boards and associations, including the SIIA Education Board and the International Gold Key International Honour Society, and a mentor for Utah Entrepreneurship Challenge.
Rhian Evans Allvin is the Executive Director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She has been responsible for guiding NAEYC’s strategic direction as well as overseeing its daily operations since August 2013. Before joining NAEYC, Evans Allvin was a guiding force in Arizona’s early childhood movement. She co-wrote the citizen’s ballot initiative that created First Things First (FTF) which set aside Arizona’s tobacco tax monies for children birth to five and created a state agency whose purpose is to ensure all Arizona children start kindergarten prepared. Evans Allvin served on FTF’s state board and then became the organization’s chief executive officer (CEO). Evans Allvin’s earlier roles also include a founding partner in the Brecon Group, a senior advancement officer at the Arizona Community Foundation, and additional leadership roles with Libraries for the Future, a national nonprofit, and Children’s Action Alliance in Arizona.