Dynamic 24-year-old keynoter will bring his passionate message on getting students excited about STEM
The National Future
of Education Technology Conference® (FETC®) has announced that Justin
Shaifer, founder and
executive director of Fascinate, Inc., will deliver the closing keynote for the
40th anniversary event, to take place January 14-17, 2020 at the Miami Beach
Convention Center in Miami, Fla. In Shaifer’s keynote presentation, “Bring STEM
to Class: A Practical Guide to Education,” to take place on Friday, January 17,
the high-energy 24-year-old will offer practical strategies to engage
Generation Z in STEM education.
“We’re thrilled to announce that Justin Shaifer will be the STEM keynote at FETC 2020,” said Dr. Robert M. Avossa, Senior Vice President & Publisher, LRP Media Group. “Justin’s keen understanding of how to connect with Generation Z students and get them excited about learning makes him an essential voice in education today. FETC attendees will not only feel energized by his dynamic presentation, but will also take away practical strategies to bring STEM learning to life in schools and classrooms.”
Shaifer created his organization, Fascinate,
Inc., to excite underrepresented students about STEM. He is known for his work
on the Magic Cool Bus Project, a non-profit that brings a mobile museum with culturally
responsive STEM curriculum to students in New York City. Past partners of his
organization include Microsoft, MIT Media Lab, and the Children’s Aid Society.
He is currently a PhD student at Columbia University, where he is studying the
effects of his programs.
Growing up in a single parent home on
the south side of Chicago, Ill., Shaifer had little awareness of the potential
of a STEM career, but his perspective was opened up when he became a student at
Hampton University, eventually graduating with a bachelor’s degree in marine
and environmental science with the highest GPA in his department. He now
travels the country empowering young students to “embrace their inner
nerd” despite their surroundings, and in his tech savvy keynote presentation
he’ll walk teachers, administrators, coaches and technology staff through
strategies to further this objective. Shaifer’s
unique lesson plans and teaching tactics help to inspire learners and make STEM
cool at school.
FETC 2020 will be the conference’s 40th
anniversary event and will gather the most dynamic and creative education
professionals from around the world for an intensive, highly collaborative
exploration of new technologies, best practices and pressing issues. The
conference will feature an opening keynote from best-selling author Daniel Pink, concurrent sessions presented by
leading experts and practitioners from all roles in the education technology
community, an Expo Hall filled with the latest and greatest solutions, and a
community of thousands eager to network with like-minded peers.
Registration is now open for the 2020 Future of
Education Technology Conference. For additional information and to register,
or call toll-free 1-800-727-1227.
Educators who register before November 1, 2019 will save up to $150 by
securing the Super Saver rate.
About the Future of
Education Technology Conference (FETC)
The Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC)
annually attracts thousands of education and technology leaders for an
intensive, highly collaborative exploration of new technologies, best practices
and pressing issues. With basic to advanced sessions tailored to the needs of
each role in the digital transformation, FETC is known as one of the nation’s
premier preK-12 education technology events. FETC provides school and district
administrators, classroom teachers, IT professionals, special education
directors, curriculum and media specialists, and other educators with roles or
interest in ed tech, the opportunity to explore the most effective integration of
technology across the curriculum. FETC offers a balanced blend of
administrative, instructional and technical content through targeted sessions,
intensive workshops, hands-on demonstrations of the newest products, and more.
Visit fetc.org for more details.
About LRP Media Group
LRP Media Group, founded in 1977 by Kenneth Kahn, is
an innovative media giant serving millions of business and education
professionals worldwide. Specializing in education administration, education
law, education technology, federal employment, human resources, workers’
compensation and disability, LRP produces thousands of books, pamphlets,
newsletters, videos and online resources. The company also produces five
industry-leading print and digital magazines for key decision-makers: District
Administration, Human Resources Executive®, HRM Asia, Risk
& Insurance® and University Business.
Additionally, LRP annually delivers top-quality training and professional
development to more than 80,000 professionals through its 13 award-winning
conferences and tradeshows in China, Singapore and the United States. LRP
currently employs more than 500 professionals in its Connecticut, Florida,
Pennsylvania, Singapore and Washington, D.C. offices. Headquartered in Palm
Beach County since 1996, the company has more than $70 million in annual
revenue. For a complete list of LRP resources, eCourses and conferences, please
The Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), the largest, national, independent education technology conference, annually attracts thousands of education and technology leaders from around the world. Delivering strategies and best practices for student success and schoolwide advancement, FETC is known as one of the nation’s premier education technology events! Recognized for its outstanding program year after year, FETC provides CTOs, CIOs, Innovation Directors, Special Ed/Pupil Services Directors, Early Childhood Directors, Media Specialists, Technologists, Administrators and other Educators, the opportunity to explore the most effective integration of technology across the curriculum — from preK-12 — through premium sessions, intensive workshops, various concurrent sessions, live demonstrations of several hundred hardware and software products, plus much more. Visit www.FETC.org for more details.