During the three days that will comprise uLead 2019 delegates will enjoy many stimulating discussions, concurrent sessions, and keynote presentations. 

We will add details each week as new presenters are added to our lineup.  Visit this page often for updates.  uLead 2019 promises to be a transformational event for those attending.


uLead 2019 - The Summit of Educational Leadership

Dr. Candace Grossjohann has been engaged in the field of education and public health for over 20 years as a direct service provider, trainer, consultant, researcher, and administrator.  She earned her Bachelor of Psychology at Hofstra University in New York, and both her Masters and Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology at the University of Rhode Island.  Candace works as a school psychologist and is the Director of Student Support Services and Pastoral Care for a private bilingual school, Phorms Berlin Süd Primary in Germany.

Sylvia Duckworth

Sylvia is an award-winning teacher from Toronto, Canada, with more than 30 years teaching experience in the classroom. She is an Edtech consultant and sketchnoting evangelist on a constant quest to find ways for teachers and students to “Connect, Collaborate and Create”. She is an Apple Distinguished EducatorGoogle Certified Innovator, and Google Certified Trainer and author of the books “Sketchnotes for Educators” and “How to Sketchnote: A Step-by-Step Manual for Teachers and Students”. You can find her resources at sylviaduckworth.com and her store at sylviaduckworth.shop.

Candace Grossjohann

After a decade in Italy as a design consultant and creative director, Rebecca Louise Hare became fascinated with education.  The young designers she hired, she found, struggled with problem-solving and critical thinking.  She returned to the U. S. to study education and built on her BFA in Industrial Design from The European Design Institute in Milan, Italy with a M.A.T. in Art from Fontbonne University, St. Louis. Her Master’s thesis focused on Design Thinking and evaluating and enhancing creativity through the study of design and art.  Now, Rebecca is an art and design teacher with Clayton Public Schools in St. Louis.  She’s also a learning space designer and co-author of the book: The Space, A Guide for Educators.  Rebecca has also taught art and innovation, science, Design Thinking and architecture.  She has worked with a number of schools to collaboratively design learning spaces and experiences that enhance student learning, agency, and making thinking visible.

Rebecca Hare

Katy Paton is an Academic and Early Childhood Educator from Australia.  She has lived, breathed, and built Early Education for 18 years now.  With a Bachelor and Master’s degrees she is embarking on her PhD candidature journey in 2019.  Katy’s years of experience includes teaching Early Childhood and Primary students in State and Independent schools, teaching a the University of Southern Queensland University of Technology, as well as designing, building and operating two of her own Early Childhood services in Rural Queensland.  her academic focus is on Leadership in Early Childhood, International perspectives of Play and Politics, and Early Intervention and diverse learning opportunities for children with Autism.

Katy Paton

This is a partial list of uLead 2019 Speakers.  Our detailed schedule site will open in late April.

Richard Gerver has been described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation. He is an award-winning speaker, bestselling author and world-renowned thinker.  He began his career in education, most notably as headteacher of the failing Grange Primary School. In just two years, famously transformed into one of the most acclaimed learning environments in the world. He was celebrated by UNESCO and the UK Government for its incredible turnaround.

Richard has since transitioned to the global stage where he uses his trademark humour and natural style to deliver passionate, provocative and authentic speeches. He argues that great leadership is first and foremost about serving the needs of the people who work for you. His mantra: systems and structures change nothing; people do. 

Richard's latest book, Education: A Manifesto for Change, was published in April 2019, this book explores how our school system can be made fit for purpose in our turbulent 21st-century world.


Richard Gerver

Ingileif Ásvaldsdóttir is a principal at a secondary school and a part time instructor at the University of Iceland.  She is also a lecturer at diverse courses about class meetings, outdoor education, use of tecnology in classrooms, student centered leadership and professional development in schools.

Ingileif Ásvaldsdóttir

Andy Hargreaves is Research Professor at Boston College, Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hong Kong University. He is President of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement, Adviser in Education to the First Minister of Scotland and from 2016-2018 to the Premier of Ontario. Andy is founder of the Atlantic Rim Collaboratory (ARC): a group of 9 nations committed to broadly defined excellence, equity, wellbeing, inclusion, democracy and human rights.


Andy has consulted with the OECD, the World Bank, governments, universities and professional associations worldwide. He has given keynote addresses in 50 countries, 47 US states and all Australian states and Canadian provinces. Andy’s more than 30 books have attracted multiple Outstanding Writing Awards. Andy is ranked in the top 20 scholars with most influence on US education policy debate. In 2015, Boston College gave him its Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the Education University of Hong Kong and the University of Uppsala in Sweden.


Andy Hargreaves

Professor & Author
With an expertise in the future of schooling, Pasi’s best-seller book ‘Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland’ won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award. He currently holds a position as Professor of Education at the renowned Gonski Institute of the University of New South Wales.

Pasi Sahlberg

Greg Miller is a visionary educational leader with a strong desire to transform learning.  With 15 years of senior leadership experience in school setting, Greg has served as Principal Leader of St. Luke’s Catholic College, Marden Park, Australia for the last 3 years.  St. luke’s is establishing the ‘new normal’ for preschool to post-school learning by combining five eucational services of preschool, primary, secondary, out of hours school care, and a high needs hub, within one Catholic learning community.  This all takes place within an extended school day 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday, and supports the school’s vision to nurture faith filled, curious children to become creative contributors and innovative problem solvers for a changing world.

A true leader, Greg has an ability to ‘get people on board’ and his passion for learning inspires commitment from staff, students and the wider community.  Greg is collaboratively working with excellent staff, engaged parents other educational thought leaders to ensure St. Luke’s is #futureready now!

Greg Miller

Dr. Richard Owens serves as the Head of Teaching and Learning at Woodleigh School.  Woodleigh is a global leader in personalised learning through its unique emphasis on real-world learning, formative assessment, the development of capabilities for living and learning, student agency and wellbeing.  He is also the Director of the Woodleigh Institute.  The Institute provides innovative services in professional and organizational learning for teachers, schools and school systems.  As an educational consultant, richard is known internationally for helping teachers, school administrators and system leaders drive innovation and improvement in teaching, learning, collaboration and leadership.

Richard Owens

Judge Arnot was seconded from the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan to be Chief Commissioner for the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission on January 15, 2009 for a five year term. On January 15, 2014, Judge Arnot was reappointed as Chief Commissioner for an additional five year term. Judge Arnott’s work on the “Teaching Treaties in the Classroom Project” was specifically cited as a model for Canada by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Racism in his report presented in March 2004.

He will share about Saskatchewan’s groundbreaking Human Rights Curriculum initiative.

Judge David Arnot

Selena Mell is from Quebec, Canada and has been involved in the field of Bilingual Education, in a range of public and private school positions from Kindergarten to Adult Education, since 1989.  She has a worked as a Principal/Head for multiple K-7 schools in Quesnel, British Columbia , and in senior leadership positions in Chile and Abu Dhabi.  Selena worked for Vanderbilt University (USA) and the Abu Dhabi Educational Council (UAE) as an Instructioanl Leadership Coach for K-12 school leaders before moving to Berlin, Germany in 2015.  She recently participated with fellow school leaders from around the globe in contributing to The Leader Reader: Narratives of Experience (2018) by Griffiths, Lowry, and Cassar.  She is currently in senior leadership as the Phorms Education Director in Berlin.

Selena Mell

Learning Strategist

Simon is a dynamic, evidence-informed and deeply practical speaker. He has spoken to audiences across the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, India, Sweden, Finland and Israel. His engaging presentations combine his unique insights into global trends in education, the science of learning and change leadership. Simon works with governments, senior leaders, technologists and front-line practitioners across all levels of education.


Simon Breakspear

Mario Chiasson is the Technology Subject Coordinator and Supervisor of Data and Accountability for Anglophone East School District (ASD-E) in Moncton, New-Brunswick.  His passion is to assist schools, districts and ministries to understand the impact and use of technology in a meaningful way to engage students in their learning performances.


Mario  Chiasson

Damian Cooper is an independent education consultant who specializes in helping schools and school districts across Canada, the United States, and internationally, to improve their instructional and assessment skills. In his varied career, Damian has been a secondary English, Special Education, and Drama teacher, a department head, a librarian, a school consultant and a curriculum developer. He has specialized in student assessment for more than twenty-five years.  Damian’s international reputation rests on his wide-ranging experience as an educator, his deep understanding of assessment, and his no-nonsense, common sense approach to what works in schools. Damian's publications include Talk About Assessment: Strategies and Tools to Improve Learning (2007), and Talk About Assessment: High School Strategies and Tools (2010), published by Nelson Education. His latest book, Redefining Fair: How to Plan, Assess, and Grade for Excellence in Mixed-Ability Classrooms (2011), is published by Solution Tree.


Damian Cooper