Keynote Speakers & Special Events

Fredi Lajvardi

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 -- Keynote, followed by Q&A, Fredi Lajvardi
10:20 am - 11:20 am

Nationally Recognized STEM Educator & Subject of the Critically Acclaimed Documentary, Underwater Dreams, and Major Motion Picture, Spare Parts 

Fredi Lajvardi kindles your innate sense of ingenuity with his remarkable firsthand account of how he transformed a group of high school students into a national champion robotics team.

Fredi captivated the country when he led his team of disadvantaged teenagers in a university-level underwater robotics competition, where they defeated schools, including top-ranked MIT. Their story inspired the acclaimed documentary "Underwater Dreams" and was also adapted into the major motion picture, "Spare Parts," starring actor and comedian, George Lopez as Fredi. His award-winning Falcon Robotics team will be featured in the 2017 film "Dream Big."

Honored with numerous awards for his spirited passion for teaching, Fredi continues to serve as a prominent advocate about the importance of STEM education nationwide. With humor and compassion, Fredi brings audiences on his inspiring journey, illustrating the need to embrace diversity and invest in people to help others realize their potential. His incredible real life tale equips you with the real life encouragement to maximize your own potential to work together to solve complex problems.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 -- Fredi Lajvardi Meet & Greet  11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Fredi Lajvardi will be available in Glenn Auditorium during lunch. Stop by to meet and chat with him, take a photo, and/or get an autograph!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 -- CORE Academy Reception  3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Relax, socialize, reflect, and unwind. Join us for a low key gathering in the Dempster Atrium to wrap up day 1 of CORE Academy. Door prizes will be drawn during the reception. The menu will include heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a full cash bar will be available. Entertainment will be provided by Cape Central Orchestra. Must be 21 to attend.

Alice Keeler

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 -- Keynote, Alice Keeler  9:00 am - 10:15 am 

Alice Keeler holds a Masters in Educational Media Design and Technology and is a Google Certified Teacher, New Media Consortium K12 Ambassador, Microsoft Innovative Educator and LEC Admin & Online and Blended certified educator. She is  Co-Author of the books 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom and 50 Things To Go Further With Google Classroom, A Student-Centered Approach both of which continue to be top sellers on Amazon in the Computers and Technology Education section.

She taught high school math for 14 years and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology at California State University, Fresno. Alice Keeler has developed and taught online K12 courses, as well as the course for Innovative Educator Advanced Studies Certification ( She has participated on collaborative teams for Google working on projects such as YouTube teachers and Google Play for Education. She has served on the New Media Consortium Horizon report advisory panel for 2013, 2014, and 2015 ( and has been a lesson developer for Bing in the classroom.

As a believer in the importance of connectivity she founded #coffeeEDU ( and #profchat, two powerful communities for educators to collaborate and share innovative new ideas. She is passionate about reaching all students and using technology to change the way we approach learning and grading. Alice tweets @alicekeeler and blogs at


Wednesday, June 20, 2018 -- Book-Signing Event  11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Alice Keeler, Adam Welcome, Lisa Highfill, and Bethany Petty will be available on day 2 of CORE Academy for a book-signing event in Glenn Auditorium. This is your chance to meet these innovative educational leaders, get your book autographed, snap a photo, and post it on social media with #coresemo!




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