|Kwame Simmons, CEO, The Simmons Advantage
Kwame Simmons is a dynamic educator who uses an innovative approach to revolutionize urban education. He created the first school wide one-to-one and blended learning school for DC Public Schools that was featured in the Washington Post. While in St. Louis, his efforts led his school to receive national recognition for several awards, including Most Improved School of the Year. Most recently, Mr. Simmons received the “Excellence in Education Award” from the BET HONORS and was featured on the Steve Harvey Morning Show. Kwame Simmons received his undergraduate degree from Hampton University in History and graduate degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University in Organizational Development and Leadership and Macdonough School of Business, Georgetown University in Executive Masters in Education. He currently works as an educational consultant for school transformation as well as an Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Bobby Offterdinger, education consultant, Fuel Education
Bobby has worked as an educator in public schools for his entire career. From the classroom to a technology integration specialist, focusing on facilitating blended learning spaces in K-5 classrooms, Bobby has developed meaningful professional development for school stakeholders and helped create teacher leaders as part of an embedded coaching model. Bobby has extensive experience working with teachers to use blended learning to customize their instruction in order to meet student needs. His specialties include K–12 literacy, blended learning, technology integration and professional development.