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Speakers’ Biographies

Keynote Speaker:


Dale Dougherty, Founder & CEO, Make: MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire

Dale Dougherty is the leading advocate of the Maker Movement.   He founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play.   He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and which has spread to nearly 200 events in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees.   Both Make: and Maker Faire were catalysts of the Maker Movement.   He is CEO of Maker Media, Inc. in San Francisco, CA.

In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business.  He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering.

Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds” with Adriane Conrad.  He is co-author of “Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities” with Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff.

Prior to Make:, Dougherty was a co-founder of O’Reilly Media where he was an editor of many early technical books. While at O’Reilly, he developed GNN, the first commercial website, which launched in 1993 and was sold to AOL in 1995.  He coined the term “Web 2.0.”   He lives in Sebastopol CA.

Plenary Speech: C-STEM Implementation and Student Learning Outcomes at Northwest Local School District

Leslie Silbernagel, Curriculum Supervisor, Northwest Local School District, Cincinnati, Ohio

Leslie Silbernagel is the Curriculum Supervisor for Northwest Local School District in Cincinnati, Ohio. For the past five years Mrs. Silbernagel has overseen PreK-12 Science Curriculum, STEM programing and Instructional Technology at Northwest.  Prior to moving into administration, Leslie taught various high school science courses for 13 years, including Biology, Physical Science, Ecology, Earth Science, and Animal Care.  Mrs. Silbernagel is also the treasurer of the Science Education Council of Ohio and the co-chair of the Science Standards Revision Advisory Board for the Ohio Department of Education. Leslie has a B.S. in Botany from Miami University, a M.A.T. in Secondary Science Education from Northern Kentucky University and her Principal’s License from the University of Cincinnati.  Mrs. Silbernagel has been responsible for the funding and implementation of the C-STEM curriculum in the Applied Mathematics courses at the three middle schools in Northwest Local School District.  She will share her experience in successful C-STEM implementation in her school district.