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2020 Conference: canceled

Due to the restrictions on large group gathers because of COVID-19, and out of a desire to keep everyone safe and healthy, we've made the difficult decision to cancel this year's innovativeED conference. We look forward to gathering again in the summer of 2021. 

Curious about the InnovativeED conference? See below for more information on last year's keynote speaker, agenda with workshop sessions, and presenter bios.

2019 Conference: Content + creativity

Hosted by St. John's Prep, the innovativeED 2019 conference brought elementary and secondary school educators together to explore innovative teaching strategies and the accompanying tech tools that foster high levels of student engagement, creativity, and choice.

Theme: Content + Creativity
Keynote: Dan Ryder
When: July 23 and 24, 9 am to 3 pm
Where: St. John’s Prep, 72 Spring Street, Danvers, MA
Cost: $50/one day; $80/two days. Includes morning coffee, lunch, amazing professional development, and the opportunity to connect with other area educators!
Schedule (Below): The conference is organized around b
reakout sessions consisting of a wide variety of practical, hands-on workshops with ideas you can take and implement in your classrooms right away. Join us for one day or both days!

Registration is closed for this event. 

our Keynote Speaker

Success & Innovation Center Director, Dan Ryder has taught for 20 years at Mt. Blue Campus in Farmington, Maine. Co-author of 2017’s Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom, Dan presents his work on critical creativity and empathy fueled problem solving all over the United States. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and recipient of NEA Foundation’s Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence. Follow Dan on Twitter here @wickeddecent.

Day 1 Schedule: Tuesday, July 23

Day 2 Schedule: Wednesday, July 24

Meet Our Presenters

Kerry Gallagher
serves as the assistant principal for teaching and learning at St. John's Prep in Danvers, MA. She is also the director of K-12 education for, an internet safety non-profit in Palo Alto, CA. In addition, she is also a FutureReady instructional coach, an ASCD Emerging Leader, an Adobe Education Leader, a columnist for EdSurge, as well as a TEDx and keynote speaker. Follow Kerry on Twitter at @KerryHawk02 or on her website.

Julie Cremin
is a Digital Learning Specialist at St. John’s Prep, where she’s earned distinction as an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Educator. She teaches graduate-level courses in digital learning, regularly speaks at state and national conferences, and offers professional development focused on encouraging student creativity and transforming the ways students acquire and demonstrate their learning. You can follow Julie on Twitter @JulieCremin.

Elizabeth Solomon
is a Latin teacher and Digital Learning Specialist at St. John’s Prep. She leverages digital learning tools in her classes to boost student engagement, encourage student creativity, differentiate instruction, conduct frequent and formative assessments, and maximize class time to minimize homework. Follow her on Twitter @MagistraSolomon.

Chris Gosselin
is the digital learning coach in the Andover Public Schools and a former high school ELA teacher in Westford and Wakefield. His presentations and writing on digital learning and literacy has been published on websites such as and Chris serves on the MassCUE Board of Directors. Chris can be found on Twitter @cjgosselin or at

Kim Zajac
is a speech/language pathologist and audiologist for Norton Public Schools. She is a MassCUE board member and the co-leader of their speech/language pathology and special education special interest group. Kim is the co-founder of EdCamp Southeastern MA, and presents at a variety of state and regional conferences. She’s committed to modeling risk-taking for all educators and students. Follow Kim on Twitter @ZajacSJP.

Laura Cahill is a District Instructional Technology Coach from the Worcester Public Schools. She is a Google Certified Trainer and ISTE Certified Educator who loves working with teachers and students to make classrooms more engaging and interactive. She is a former art educator who loves finding innovative uses for digital tools and is a passionate advocate for accessibility tools. Follow Laura on Twitter @engageducate or at

Karen Desjadon
is a Media Specialist at Londonderry High School with a passion for classroom redesign, sketchnoting, learning processes, and enriching learning with technology. To disconnect and engage her own creative processes Karen loves to hike, camp, ski, and read. Follow Karen on Twitter @KDesjadon.

As Natick’s Innovation Fellow, Jed Stefanowicz provides job-embedded PD and instructional coaching that aims to engage and build staff/student capacity with digital tools while keeping the focus on practice over product. As an educator, speaker, and blogger, Jed shares his passion for building experiences that are meaningful, memorable and measurable. Connect with Jed on Twitter @Stefanowicz135 or at

Andrew Fondell
teaches high school English at St. John's Prep. He has a background in special education and a master's degree in writing. His approach to technology in the classroom could best be described as skeptically optimistic.

Rachel Fondell
is entering her tenth year of teaching and holds degrees in both elementary and middle school education. She currently teaches sixth grade English and social studies at St. John's Prep. Rachel brings her love of art and design into her classroom and to her role as yearbook moderator.

Nora Maginn-Fame
 is the Director of the Center for Innovation and Design at St. John's Prep in Danvers, MA. Transitioning from higher education, Nora has experience developing and implementing interdisciplinary research projects, supporting student-driven research, and creating opportunities for students to engage with the world at Harvard University and Tufts University. At St. John's Prep, she leads an Advanced Research Capstone for seniors and a Global Education program.

Mary Lou Buell
is part of the Weymouth Public Schools Education Technology Team serving as a tech integration specialist for the districts' 12 schools. She began her career in education as a social studies teacher at Weymouth High School in 1998.  Mary Lou also served two terms on the Duxbury School Committee, and one term as the Weymouth Educators’ Association President. Connect with Mary Lou on Twitter

Alicia Greenwood
is a theater teacher and the chair of the Fine Arts Department at St. John's Prep. She currently serves as the High School Division President of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild. A local director, designer, and educator, Alicia brings her love of exploration and collaboration as she creates student-centered learning experiences.

Alexandra Horelik
is a social studies teacher at St. John's Prep where she blends traditional and cutting edge strategies to reach all students. She is an EdCamp enthusiast who brings the same chaos, creation, and collaboration into her classroom. Follow Alexandra on Twitter @mshorelik and on Instagram at @ms.horelik.

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