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SEL & Digital Literacy at IDEAcon: Introducing the IDEAcon Thought Leaders Presenting on SEL and Digital Literacy

November 11, 2021 10:03 AM | Ashley (Administrator)

We’ve talked about our IDEAcon Thought Leaders who are focused on STEAM and DEI

Now it is time for our thought leaders in SEL and digital literacy to shine! Although these themes are highlighted on Day 1 and 2, respectively, you’ll see these themes throughout the conference. 

Click here to see the full session schedule. 


Social Emotional Learning: Teaching is a Work of Heart!

We know teaching is a work of heart! That is why teacher wellness is an important initiative at IDEA. Our thought leaders on this topic will help give you practical ways to implement SEL into your classroom. 

Here are our thought leaders who will be presenting on SEL: 

Evan Whitehead

Evan was a thought leader for us this summer at ideaU. We are so excited to have him back for IDEAcon 2022! He will be presenting two sessions on Day 3 of IDEAcon. 

Here is a sneak peek of the titles: 

  • Mental Health, Mindset, and Mindfulness and the Three Bs "Balance, Boundaries, and Breaks"

  • Prioritizing your Mental Health and Well Being: It's ok to be SELfish in order to be SELFless for others you serve"

Evan also weaves in themes of DEI in his presentation as well, as he is a leader in education equity. Who else is excited for his sessions?!

Courtney Orzel

Dr. Courtney Orzel is the Associate Director for Professional Development for the Illinois Association of School Administrators. 

She is giving three sessions on Day 1 of IDEAcon, and we can’t decide which one we are more excited for! 

Check them out:

  • Are you REALLY INCLUSIVE in your School District? 

  • All Women are Leaders: Embracing Women in Leadership 

  • Re-Finding Your WHY

Dr. Orzel has been honored with recognition from the AASA as a finalist for the national Women in Leadership Award in February of 2019 and has led the IASA SuperWomen initiative in support of women in leadership. She was named IASA’s South Cook Superintendent of Distinction in 2020 and has led hundreds of workshops, keynotes, administrators' academies and podcasts.

Learn more about Courtney here


Alberto and Mario Herraez Velazuez (The eTwinz) 

Alberto and Mario are speaking on Day 1 and 2 of IDEAcon - with three sessions each day. They will be focused on SEL AND Digital Literacy! 

Known as the eTwinz, Alberto and Mario are award-winning educators and international speakers originally from Spain that moved to Utah several years ago to teach 5th and 6th grade in a Spanish Immersion School. The eTwinz have presented in many conferences and events around the world sharing their expertise to help teachers transform their practice. The eTwinz were included in the "Top ten North America education influencers" by T4 Education and in the "30 K-12 IT Influencers to follow in 2021” by the EdTech Magazine. 

Here is a sneak peek of their sessions:

  • The Power of Technology to Enhance Social and Emotional Learning

  • Fostering Self-Regulation Skills and Personalized Learning in Your Classroom

  • Every emotion matters: First steps to apply a SEL Program in your school

  • No more walls in your classroom: The Power of Global Collaboration

  • Learning by doing: Podcasting in your classroom

  • Junior movie directors: Filmmaking activities to enhance learning


Learn more about the eTwinz on their website here, and check out the blog they did for IDEA all about podcasting here.

Ali Hearn

Ali is a national speaker, trainer, and coach. She loves igniting and shifting minds, while helping create ah-ha’s and ha-ha’s that lead to change and improved outcomes.

Ali will be joining us on Day 1 of IDEAcon. She is hosting two breakout sessions and also a recorded session for those joining us virtually. 

Learn more about Ali here


Tell Your Story: Digital Literacy 

Day 2 is dedicated to digital literacy and telling YOUR story! We are so excited to have a couple of amazing thought leaders diving deep into this topic. 

Katherine Cho

Kat Cho, a bestselling author of young adult fiction, is the IDEAcon keynote speaker for Day 2!

Her session has a DEI undertone, with her keynote topic being on “Diversity in KidLit.” She will also host a Q&A session where you can ask her all your burning questions! 

Kat is the co-host of the Write or Die Podcast, a podcast that interviews authors about the struggles of getting published and maintaining an author career with a focus on spotlighting as many diverse creators as possible. Kat and her books have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, NBC, Refinery 29, and Seventeen.

Kerry Magro

Hailing from New Jersey, Dr. Kerry Magro is an award-winning autistic professional speaker, best-selling author and autism consultant to the HBO series Mrs. Fletcher that aired in Fall 2019. 

Kerry is presenting on Day 2 of IDEAcon, with a session titled, “Defining Special Needs: From Nonspeaking to Doctor in Education.” Kerry is an inspiring voice, and you won’t want to miss his session.

Kerry has spoken at over 1,000 events, including two TEDxTalks and a 'Talks at Google' presentation. He is CEO & President of KFM Making A Difference, a nonprofit organization that hosts inclusion events and has provided 10 scholarships for students with autism for college and counting since 2011. Kerry’s best-selling books Defining Autism From The Heart, and Autism and Falling in Love have reached Amazon Best-Seller Lists for Special Needs Parenting.

Learn more about Kerry here



Marcus Belin

Dr. Belin gave an amazing, awe-inspiring keynote on the last day of ideaU this summer. Attendees were so impressed with his enthusiasm and passion for education. So, we had to bring him back for IDEAcon!

Dr. Belin is presenting two sessions on Day 2 of IDEAcon. His focus is all about relationship building -- he could honestly fit into each day’s theme. You’ll gain SEL and DEI knowledge at his sessions.

 You’ll walk away inspired - we promise! 


We can’t stop obsessing over this lineup. So many amazing speakers with so much knowledge to share. 

Will we see you at IDEAcon? 

View the full schedule here, and click here to register for IDEAcon today! 

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