Featured Speakers

Experience dynamic speakers with captivating delivery at VSTE 2024, anchored in innovation. Each session is crafted for maximum engagement, whether you’re attending in person or virtually. We look forward to offering three days of interactive presentations that energize and inspire every attendee.
Anchored in Innovation | VSTE | December 8 - 10, 2024

Michael Hernandez

Author, Speaker, Educator

Michael is an award-winning teacher, author, and international speaker in Los Angeles whose work focuses on digital and civic literacy, social justice, and student-centered learning experiences. His new book about authentic learning,Storytelling With Purpose: Digital Projects To Ignite Student Curiosity, leverages student passion to solve some of the biggest challenges educators face, like low student engagement and artificial intelligence.

As a trusted expert, Michael has worked with schools, tech startups, non-profits, and corporations to develop their brand and engage their stakeholders. His podcast and monthly newsletter about innovation, Change The Narrative, has a global audience of thousands. Michael is an Apple Distinguished Educator, PBS Digital Innovator, Adobe Education Leader, and Lindblad/ National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow.

Dee Lainer

Lead Experience Designer

Dee is the Lead Experience Designer at Lanier Learning, LLC, which is dedicated to co-designing equitable learning experiences for school leaders, staff, and students. We also partner with non-profit and for-profit corporations that are committed to community good.

Dee is the author of Demarginalizing Design and a passionate and energetic educator and learner with over two decades of instructional experience on the K-12 and collegiate levels. Dee holds Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Sociology with special interests in education, race relations, and equity.  Dee is an award-winning presenter, TEDx Speaker, Google Certified Trainer, Google Innovator, and Google Certified Coach that specializes in creative applications for mobile devices and Chromebooks, low-cost makerspaces, and gamified learning experiences. Dee is a founding mentor and architect for the Google Coaching program pilot, Dynamic Learning Project, and a co-founder of Our Voice Academy, a program aimed at empowering educators of color to gain greater visible leadership and recognized expertise. Dee is also the creator of the design thinking educational activities called, Solve in Time!® and Maker Kitchen™️ and co-host of the Liberated Educator podcast.

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