National Conference 2016
Keynote Speaker
Patricia McGuire, President, Trinity Washington University
Thursday, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 
Hall E

President of Trinity Washington University (DC) since 1989, Patricia McGuire is a nationally-recognized leader in higher education. A passionate advocate for affordable college access, McGuire — a 1974 Trinity grad — often speaks about her own path to postsecondary education. “Full-tuition scholarship was the only way my family could have afforded to send me,” she said recently upon receiving the prestigious Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence. “I’ve been paying back ever since.”

After earning her bachelor’s degree in political science, McGuire continued her studies at Georgetown University Law Center, where she later served as assistant dean for development and external affairs and as an adjunct professor of law. She currently serves on numerous boards including the Consortium of Universities, Cafritz Foundation, College Success Foundation – DC, United Educators, and the Ameritas Holding Company. Her prior board service includes the American Council on Education, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Meyer Foundation, and the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region.

In 2007 she was named “Leader of the Years” by the Greater Washington Board of Trade. McGuire received the Henry Paley Award from the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in 2012, and was awarded the Carnegie Award for Academic Leadership from the Carnegie Corporation in 2015.

McGuire holds honorary degrees from Georgetown, Howard University (DC), Liverpool Hope University (UK), the College of New Rochelle (NY), and others.

Featured Speakers
Jeffrey J. SelingoContributing Writer for The Washington Post
Thursday, Sept. 22, 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Short North B

Respected author, education advocate, and former reporter, Jeffrey J. Selingo has written about higher education for two decades. The author of three books and a regular contributor to the Washington Post, his newest book, There Is Life after College, explores how today’s young adults must navigate school to succeed in the job market of tomorrow. His first book, College (Un)Bound, was a New York Times bestseller.

A former editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education, Selingo’s writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Slate, and he has appeared on ABC, CNN, PBS, and NPR. Selingo is a special advisor and professor of practice at Arizona State University and a visiting scholar at the Center for 21st Century Universities at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ithaca College (NY) and a master’s degree in government from the Johns Hopkins University (MD).

Claudio Sanchez, Education Correspondent, NPR
Friday, Sept. 23, 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Battelle B
Former elementary and middle school teacher Claudio Sanchez is an education correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR) where he focuses on the "three p's" of education reform: politics, policy, and pedagogy.

Sanchez's reports air regularly on NPR's award-winning programs, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.

A correspondent for NPR since 1989, Sanchez formerly was executive producer for the Latin American News Service, a daily national radio program covering Latin America and the US-Mexico border. He also previously worked as a news and public affairs director at KXCR-FM in El Paso, Texas.

Sanchez received a fellowship from the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University (MA) in 2007. A year later, his series — The Student Loan Crisis — took first prize in the Education Writers Association's National Awards for Education Reporting.

Sanchez is a past recipient of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, one of broadcasting’s top honors. He also won the Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Best Spot News, the El Paso Press Club Award for Best Investigative Reporting, and was recognized for outstanding local news coverage by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Sanchez is a native of Nogales, Mexico, and a graduate of Northern Arizona University, with post-baccalaureate studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

 Dr. Frances Jensen, Professor of Neurology at University of Pennsylvania and author of "The Teenage Brain" 
Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Union Station B

Dr. Frances Jensen — author of The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults — is an advocate for awareness of adolescent brain development.

A professor of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, Jensen has studied the unique strengths and vulnerabilities of the teenage brain, as well as the medical, social, and educational issues that are unique to adolescents and young adults.

Formerly a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School (MA) and a graduate of Cornell Medical College (NY), Jensen used her extensive background and training in the field to inform The Teenage Brain, a New York Times bestseller.

According to the Times, the book provides “remarkable insights that translate into practical advice for both parents and teenagers.” In her book, Jensen also “sheds new light on the brains—and behaviors—of adolescents and young adults, and analyzes this knowledge to share specific ways in which parents, educators, and even the legal system can help them navigate their way more smoothly into adulthood.”

Jensen has received numerous grants, awards, and recognitions for her work on brain development.

David Coleman, President and CEO of The College Board
Thursday, Sept. 22, 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Battelle South
As president and CEO of the College Board, David Coleman guides the organization's direction and strategic priorities, helping prepare students for college and career success.

A graduate of New York City public schools and Yale University (CT), he received a Rhodes Scholarship to study English literature at the University of Oxford and classical educational philosophy at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Coleman returned to the US to work at McKinsey & Company for five years, where he led much of the firm’s pro bono work in education.

With a team of educators, Coleman founded the Grow Network, an organization committed to making assessment results useful for teachers, parents, and students. McGraw-Hill acquired the Grow Network in 2005. He later cofounded Student Achievement Partners, a nonprofit that taps into the knowledge of educators and researchers to improve student outcomes. Student Achievement Partners played a leading role in developing the Common Core State Standards in math and literacy.

Coleman was included in Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2013. A year later, he was recognized as one of the POLITICO 50—a list of notable thinkers, doers, and dreamers. Coleman has also been named a NewSchools Venture Fund Change Agent of the Year, and was included in Time’s “11 Education Activists for 2011.”

Marten Roorda, CEO, ACT
Friday, Sept. 23, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Battelle South 

Chief executive officer of ACT since October 2015, Marten Roorda has extensive experience working in global markets that are both competitive and fast-changing.

Before joining ACT, he spent 13 years as CEO of Cito, a not-for-profit educational test publishing company in Arnhem, a city located in the Netherlands. There, Roorda built an internationally-recognized organization with cutting-edge testing technology. Cito’s psychometric division conducted pioneering work in learning analytics and diagnostics, as well as adaptive testing and learning.

For seven years prior to joining Cito, Roorda served as a publishing director in the business information group at Reed Elsevier and later became managing director of the training and development division.

In 2006, he co-founded Kryterion, the first company to launch online proctoring. He co-founded OAT Technologies (TAO) in Luxembourg in 2013, with Cito as its industrial investment partner.

Roorda served 10 years on the board of directors at the Association of Test Publishers (ATP). His ATP tenure includes a chairmanship and four years as board treasurer. In the Arnhem community, Roorda served as president of the board for ROC Rijn IJssel, a community college for vocational and adult education serving 15,000 students.

He holds a master’s degree in language and literature from Utrecht University, the Netherlands.