Another innovative conference feature are sessions called Ed Camps, in which a grade-level-specific group and their presenter decide at the beginning what they are going to talk about.The lineup of presenters is replete with education luminaries. "This is a dedicated team of truly extraordinary educators," adds Maggs. "They are thought leaders who, as individuals, are the movers and shakers in K-12 education, committed to improving learning success for all children. Participants will learn things that they have not encountered at any other event." Included on the list of top presenters is Yong Zhao, PhD, an internationally known scholar, author, and speaker whose work focuses on the implications of globalization and technology for education. He has designed schools that cultivate global competence, developed computer games for language learning, and founded research and development institutions to explore innovative education models. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books. Joining Yong Zhao will be Rick Wormeli, who is widely regarded as one of the most innovative, passionate, well-researched, and practical educators on the planet, literacy expert Tim Shanahan, PhD, math expert Greg Tang, urban education expert Baruti Kafele, multiple-award-winning school-improvement and literacy expert Douglas Fisher, PhD, and many more. About SDE SDE provides professional development for preK through grade 12 educators. Through Onsite PD, PD Events, Web-based PD, and PD Resources, the company empowers teachers and administrators across the country with ongoing professional development that is not only research-based, innovative, and rigorous, but also practical, motivating, and fun. All SDE training is presented by the nation's top authors and educational experts, with the goal of creating extraordinary classrooms that prepare students for the evolving demands of the 21st century. Educators interested in learning more about SDE's national conferences and the many other professional development opportunities offered by SDE can visit the company's website, www.SDE.com, or call 1-800-462-1478.