Learning Edge Conference 2019

Conference Information

Individual registration is:

$45/person

Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
101 W 100 N Provo, Utah

Keynote Speaker

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

A former urban public junior high school science teacher, she earned her doctorate at Harvard University in 2005 in human development and psychology and completed her postdoctoral training in social-affective neuroscience with Antonio Damasio in 2008. Since then she has received numerous awards for her research and for her impact on education and society, among them an Honor Coin from the U.S. Army, a Commendation from the County of Los Angeles, a Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences editorial board, and early career achievement awards from the AERA, the AAAS, the APS, the International Mind, Brain and Education Society (IMBES), and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences Foundation (FABBS).
Immordino-Yang served in 2015-2018 on the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s committee writing How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts and Cultures. In 2016-2018 she served as a distinguished scientist on the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development, and recently published a brief on brain science for educational policy-makers with Linda Darling-Hammond and Christina Krone that can be retrieved here.
In 2018-2019, Immordino-Yang is a Spencer Foundation mid-career fellow. Her project involves working with Linda Darling-Hammond (Stanford; Learning Policy Institute), Doug Knecht (Bank Street College of Education), and Annemarie Palincsar (University of Michigan) to learn how we might leverage developmental and social-affective neuroscience in the design and implementation of progressive educational policies and practices.

Featured Artist

Alex Boyé

Alex Boyé is truly a multicultural, multigenerational, global artist! With over 1 billion views on his YouTube channel, Boyé’s diverse blend of African-infused pop music and vibrant dynamic visuals have captured a loyal legion of online followers turning him into a viral sensation! While his viral videos of Africanized pop covers have been featured on Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, Jimmy Kimmel and more; it’s his powerful voice, showmanship, personality, and uniquely arresting performance style that has placed him in a lane of his own! A musician, actor, video director, humanitarian, and global visionary, Boyé calls his multi-cultural, multi-generational style, ‘pop music with an African twist.’

Boyé’s popularity will soar even higher with the release of his forthcoming LP, Coming To Amerika, produced by Grammy Award winning producers 'Blac Elvis' (Beyoncé, John Legend, Usher) and Neff-U (Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Dr. Dre, Justin Bieber) will be released by BFD via The Orchard!

Throughout his career, Boyé’s genuine concern and generosity toward others has been a central theme in his music. His latest singles, “Bend Not Break” and “Still Breathing” from Coming To Amerika are both songs of encouragement and hope created to inspire people struggling through difficult times. “Bend Not Break” is produced by K.C. Knight, executive produced Randy Jackson (“American Idol”) and penned by Jordan Powers & Alex Boyé. “Still Breathing” was co-written by Boyé and produced by Tha Aristocrats (DJ Khalid).

With the release of Coming To Amerika, Boyé hopes to bring Africa to America and release some pop hits in between! “My goal is to create music that’s more than entertaining; I’m creating innertainment – music you feel inside! I want to bring cultures together and impact all people!” shares Boyé.

Bil Lepp

Bil Lepp is a study in contrasts. A thoroughly honest man, he is a five-time champion liar. Behind that “yup, yup, yup” persona is an absolutely brilliant mind — so smart he’s scary, but really funny too — kind of like a cross between Neil deGrasse Tyson and Robin Williams. An accomplished author, Bil Lepp’s books cover topics from parenting to very little things. As carefully architected as The Eiffel Tower, Bil’s stories often start out plausible, then quickly morph into the outrageous and fantastic. On occasion, he is completely serious and you can follow him into stories of the courage and honor of ordinary folks. But beware — Bil’s wit will hit and you will never see it coming!

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Conference Schedule

7:30 a.m. Registration/Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Keynote
10:00–11:00 a.m. Breakout Session I
11:10 a.m.–12:10 p.m. Breakout Session II
12:10–1:10 p.m. Lunch
1:10–2:00 p.m. Performance
2:15–3:15 p.m. Breakout Session III

Breakout Sessions


Matt Anderson earned a bachelor of fine arts with an emphasis in printmaking from the University of Utah. He has been teaching art since 2007 at Lehi Jr. High School. He and his students have completed a mural every year for the past three years in the halls of LJHS. Matt has implemented a mural-centered design and painting class, where students collaborate on the current year’s mural.
Mike Barker is a 2nd year Principal at Lakeview Elementary in Provo.For the first 24 years of his career, Mike taught 7th grade science, health, and a multimedia class at Centennial and Dixon Middle Schools in the Provo City School District.He more recently worked as an Assistant Principal and STEM Coordinator at the elementary level.
Brenda Beyal taught in a multiage classroom in the Nebo School District for thirty-two years. The teacher team she worked with integrated the arts and the study of the environment into the students' daily study and learning. The last two years in the district she worked with Native American students and parents as an advocate and supporter. She also worked with teachers and district personnel, helping to create culturally responsive environments.
Miriam believes that all children are born with the need to move and capacity to create. Creative dance is an enriching way of expressing the creations of the heart, mind, body and soul. It serves to develop and strengthen every facet of a child's life. Miriam taught for over 25 years at Brigham Young University in the Children's Creative Dance program. She taught at the third and sixth national daCi conference and many Utah daCi Days of Dance. She is currently teaching as a Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Specialist at Reagan Academy, and at The Dancing Child Studio.

Dawn Ann Bullough is a retired teacher librarian that worked on the Salt Lake City School District for 26 years. She has taught third through sixth grades, but as a teacher librarian she taught kindergarteners through sixth grade for the last 10 years of her career.
Marilee Clark has been a teacher, a librarian, and a coach, but she's never had as much fun as she has the last two years as program director for Timpanogos Storytelling Institute. Traveling throughout Utah presenting professional storytellers to students and educators, she is amazed at how a skilled storyteller can command attention, set important ideas in the minds of their listeners, and draw new stories out of otherwise reluctant students. Her own study of the power of story has convinced her that a little storytelling skill can bring benefits to anyone in their education, their career, or their relationships. In workshops for students you'll frequently hear her say "whatever you do, you'll be better at it if you can tell a good story about it!"  
Anna Davis grew up in American Fork, Utah, and knew she wanted to be a teacher when she was in high school; however, she thought she would be a history teacher. When she was asked in her Visual Art Sterling Scholar interview what she sees herself doing with art, she said, “I think it will mostly just be a hobby.” Who knew then how much art would change her life as a professional?
She has been teaching for 13 years now, first at Orem High and then at Timpanogos High School. She has taught many subjects but now focuses on AP Studio Art, AP Art History, Honors Art, Painting, and Printmaking. When making her own art, she likes to do a wide variety of media including photography, oil painting, printmaking, and watercolor. She has a Masters degree in Art Education from BYU and taught as an adjunct professor of 2D Design for a couple of years at UVU.
She has been very involved in the Art Education community. She has been the District Art Coordinator for Alpine School District for five years and was on the committee that rewrote the Utah State Visual Arts Core Standards. She has also been on the Utah Art Education Association Board for the past ten years, and this year is president of that organization. She has been on the State Wide Art Partnership for the past 7 years and is a founding member of the Utah Partnership for Arts Education.
She is also very involved in art history. She has been an AP Art History reader and also founded an organization within the state called UTAH, Utah Teachers of Art History. She has won the UAEA High School Art Educator of the Year (2012-13), UAEA Art Educator of the Year (2014-15), BYU High School Art Teacher of the Year (2014-15), and the Sorenson Legacy Award for Secondary Visual Arts (2014-15). She is a passionate teacher who loves her students and her subject. She enjoys outdoor activities, painting, reading, and time with her family in her “spare time.”
Cally Flox is the founding director of the BYU ARTS Partnership serving over 1000 teachers each year within the BYU Public School Partnership. She worked with the Utah School Board Association to offer the Arts Integration Endorsement for elementary teachers and has 90 teachers currently enrolled in the program. She earned a dance degree with a math minor from Utah State University. She is licensed to teach dance and math in k-12 schools and has taught people of all ages in various venues. She is a licensed administrator with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from BYU. She also has training in sensory integration, and the neurophysiology of learning. She is co- author of the book A Teacher’s Guide to Resiliency Through the Arts. She has presented nationally and internationally, both as a keynote and workshop provider for children and adults. She is on the Utah board for Dance and the Child International and recently presented for their international conference in Australia.

Heather Francis works as a Research and Development Coordinator in the BYU ARTS Partnership and adjunct faculty member in the BYU Dance Department. She directs the BYU Arts Bridge Program and the educational outreach dance company, BYU Kinnect. Before working at BYU Heather taught math and dance at Granite Park Jr. High in the Granite School District. Her dance-integrated math curriculum for eighth graders received first place in the Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt Creative Classroom Contest in 2016.
April Gaydosh is the principal of Westvale Elementary in Jordan School District. She has rich background in the arts and has been a Utah resident now for almost two years. She moved to Utah from Alabama with her husband and family.
Elicia Timpson Gray has been teaching art for more than 20 years. She has taught every grade level from preschool to college in the United States, Canada, and Africa. She is currently an art specialist at Lakeview Elementary in Provo, and is an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University. She loves mixed media, wild colors, patterns, and texture. She has five children and is married to a giant. She loves adventure and exploring new places and ideas.
Sara Hacken has been interested in Creativity research and strategies for many years, and she has taught the Creativity in the Classroom class for the BYU Gifted/Talented Endorsement for over 20 years.
Sara taught in both elementary and secondary schools in Alpine School District, retiring in 2015 after 30 years in the classroom. She founded the Alpine Gifted and Talented programs, wrote over $3 million dollars of grants for Alpine District, received numerous awards for her teaching including an Eleanor Roosevelt fellowship, two Fulbright fellowships, was a NASA educator, and was the Utah Teacher of the Year in 2013. She is currently serving on the Alpine Board of Education.

Lori Higbee has been teaching dance to dancers of all ages for over 20 years.  She danced in the modern dance program at Utah State University and received her BA in Dance Pedagogy from University of Idaho in Moscow. Lori is currently the artistic director of the modern program at Just Dance Arts Academy in Lehi, Utah.  She is the director/owner of Reach Dance Company, a humanitarian based touring company and has toured and taught dance in places such as Peru, Guatemala and Puerto Rico. She also is a Master Lead Teacher for Minding Motion for Graceful Aging. Lori has been serving on the Utah Dance Education Organization board for 5 years and is currently the UDEO president-elect. She is passionate about the art of dance and dance education.
Jean is a naturalized American citizen and holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas/Permian Basin. Since 1991, Jean has been the Arts Education Program Manager for the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. In arts education she led three initiatives funded by arts learning grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Jean has served on 14 panels for NEA, and on arts education panels for Ohio, Kentucky, Idaho, Arkansas, and Wyoming. She is in her fifth year as panelist for the President’s Committee for Arts and Humanities Youth Program awards. In 2009 and 2011, she was appointed to the Coalition for Minorities Advisory Council to the State Board of Education. She began the dance and film/video categories for the Utah Reflections Program, later adopted by National PTA in 2006. Prior to her tenure at UDAM, other positions include Associate Director and Director of Programs for the CTC Museum in Galveston, Texas; the Director of Museums for Western Texas College (art, history); Director of the Lyon County Historical Society and Museum, Emporia, KS.
Jean was a founding member of visual arts cooperative (now the Permian Basin Visual Arts Institute). Still a dabbling visual artist, her mixed media work appeared in the 2002 Winter Olympics Cultural Olympiad Women Beyond Borders exhibition featuring 20 works by Utah women. Her assemblage, The Goddess of Hysterectomy, has been featured at the Art Access Gallery and in various publications.
Rachel Marie Kimball is a world traveler with a deep appreciation of people and their stories.She has enjoyed immersing herself in cultures around the world including India, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, Mexico, Guatemala and Hungary; and she’s always looking forward to her next chance to travel! Rachel received her BA in dance education from Brigham Young University, and currently works as a BTSALP dance specialist for Nebo School District.
Mike Larsen is a husband, father, grandfather, and educator and is beginning his twenty third year in education. He thoroughly enjoyed his time teaching fifth grade and being the principal of both Rees Elementary and Sierra Bonita Elementary Schools. He currently serves as the director of special education and federal programs for Nebo School District.
Kelleen Leslie is a 4th grade teacher at Blackridge Elementary in Jordan District. She received her Arts Integration Endorsement and she knows how important the Arts are in a student’s education. For the last 10 years she has been an advocate for integrating arts into the curriculum. Whether it’s having her students dance the rock cycle, drum place value, or act out their vocabulary words, her goal is that every child will be given the opportunity to experience every art form as it is integrated into their curriculum. She is the recipient of the Sorenson Legacy Award for Elementary Education, ARTS Inc. Teacher of the Year for Jordan District, and Teacher of the Year 2018-19 at Blackridge Elementary.
Suzi Montgomery is an education consultant who specializes in media education and working with teachers and students dedicated to tapping into the dynamic nature of podcast and film as an instructional resource for social good. She has trained thousands of teachers in media arts and presents across the nation. Her science bachelor's and master's degrees, paired with her work in the sciences, and as an oral historian and documentarian, evolved into a career in radio where she taught podcasting courses and was senior producer of a weekly science radio show on a local NPR affiliate station. Her education experience spans over two decades, teaching in classrooms across the world, working as the Executive Director of Higher Ground Learning, a creative learning center focused on customized learning models, and then moving into film as the SHIFT Program Director where she began training teachers to use filmmaking in the classroom. Grateful to teachers with minds wide open to engaging in new educational strategies, Suzi is dedicated to empowering teachers and enlivening classrooms using story, technology and her vast experience weaving the digital media arts meaningfully into educational settings.
Joel Pullan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography and a Master Degree in Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University.His career began as a commercial photographer in Salt Lake City focusing on product and architectural photography. He joined the education ranks as a Commercial Photography Teacher at Jordan High School, in Jordan School District. He is currently the Principal of Oakcrest Elementary. Joel's interests include family, fitness, hiking, camping, and running a commercial photography business (https://joelpullanphoto.photoshelter.com).
After receiving a BA degree in Music Education from Utah State University in 1987, Rhonda Rhodes taught instrumental music in the Washington County School District in Southern Utah for 25 years. Concurrently, she taught Woodwind courses and ensembles at Dixie State University as an adjunct and part-time instructor. She taught for the 2013-14 academic year at Utah State University-Eastern in Price, Utah, directing the band and choir programs. Beginning in August 2014, she became full-time faculty at Dixie State University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Woodwinds and Music Education. Dr. Rhodes holds an M.M. in Instrumental Conducting from Northern Arizona University and a D.M.A. in Music Education from Boston University.
Kevin Pullan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master Degree in Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University. He has worked as a Sixth Grade Teacher, a Middle School Assistant Principal and has spent the last 23 years working as an Elementary School Principal. He and his wife, Amy, owned and operated Pop Top Art Gallery and Studio in Herriman, UT for five years. Kevin’s interests include family, painting, running with his dog, Koda, and driving his 1973 Volkswagon Super Beetle.
Chris has taught children and adults for 34 years. He received his B.S. degree in Elementary Education/Special Education from Brigham Young University and has a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology (Gifted and Talented) from BYU. He has been teaching dance (along with everything else) to children every day for the past 14 years. Chris has taught dance workshops for the Utah State Office of Education and has co-taught with Marilyn Berrett in Brazil at the daCi World Conference. Chris was a keynote presenter at the Fall Networking Arts Conference in Ogden, UT and was a co-presenter in a panel and lecture-demonstration (with Marilyn Berrett and Julie Ahlander) at the 2003 National Dance Education Organization conference in Albuquerque, NM. He also co-presented a paper (with Marilyn Berrett) at the 2006 NDEO conference in Long Beach, CA. Chris is a proud graduate of Anne Green Gilbert's Summer Dance Institute in Seattle. He loves giving children the opportunity to express their creativity through dance. In 2012 Chris received the Governor's Leadership in the Arts Award for Educational Leadership.
Joshua Roberts graduated from Utah State University in Music Education with a K-6 endorsement in 2012. He served as the district wide Beverley Taylor Sorenson music specialist in Jordan School District. During the two years in this role, he taught at nine elementary schools, countless professional developments for the school district’s DARTs team, a seminar course for Utah Valley University, Arts Express, and UMEA. For the past 5 years he has been the full time BTSALP music specialist at Blackridge Elementary. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, traveling, composing, and serves as an oboist and English horn player for the Salt Lake Symphonic Winds and the Legacy Wind Quintet.
Terri Roylance has been an educator for over 20 years, graduation from Utah State University with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and then Brigham Young University with a masters degree in Educational Leadership. She has taught all elementary grades and been the principal at Arcadia Elementary,Churchill Junior High School, and is currently the principal at Cottonwood High School in Granite School District.
Her passion lies in helping students succeed in school, graduate with a high school diploma and a plan for their future.

Andra Thorne is currently the Fine Arts Specialist for the Davis School District. She spent 20 years teaching high school theater where she created theater curriculum and produced, directed and designed plays and musicals. She holds a BS from Weber State University and an MA from Southern Utah University in Arts Administration. She is the president of The Utah Advisory Council of Theatre Teachers, a statewide organization supporting theater educators. She is also a founding member of The Utah Partnership for Arts Education.