Thursday, October 17, 2024 | 1:00 pm

Trevor Muir

Trevor is a teacher, author, creator, and founder of Epic PBL. His books The Epic Classroom, The Collaborative Classroom, and New Teacher Mindset have helped teachers worldwide to create purposeful and dynamic learning experiences. Trevor has taught in middle, high school, and college classrooms, and currently teaches pre-services teachers at Grand Valley State University. He was a national faculty member for the Buck Institute for Education, and is one of the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation speakers. His work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Edutopia, EdWeek, and We Are Teachers. Trevor’s inspiring and informative videos have been viewed over 35 million times. At the heart of Trevor’s work is the conviction that every student has the potential for greatness, and that every teacher can be equipped to unlock that potential.

Teacher. Author. Speaker.

Keynote Speaker: Trevor Muir

Sunday, October 19, 2024 | 12:30 pm

Dr. Mark Foust

Northwest ISD Board of Trustees unanimously named Dr. Mark Foust as superintendent of schools on Monday, January 9, 2023, bringing a leader with experience maintaining high academic and extracurricular standards while managing fast growth. In May of 2023 Northwest ISD passed a historic $2B in Bond propositions to meet the needs of the next 8,400 students in projected enrollment.

Dr. Foust spent the first 21 years of his professional career in Fort Bend ISD, a fast-growth school district in the Houston area. He began his journey in education as a high school English teacher and coach in 1995 before becoming a high school associate principal and principal.

Prior to joining Northwest ISD, Dr. Foust served as superintendent of Kerrville ISD in central Texas, where he earned a reputation as a strong instructional leader who places student needs first. Dr. Foust is in his 30th year serving students in public education in Texas. He and his wife Shannon are empty nesters with a Yorkie named Reveille and two lovely daughters in their 20’s.  

Superintendent Panel: Dr. Mark Foust

Dr. W. Burke Royster

Dr. Burke Royster became the 10th Superintendent of Greenville County Schools, the 44th largest district in the nation, in 2012. His tenure as Superintendent has been marked by significant advances in student achievement, with a particular focus on improving the District’s graduation rate and ensuring that students are college- and career-ready. In a nod to the progress achieved under his direction, Dr. Royster has been named an Education Week “Leader to Learn From,” has been named to Greenville Business Magazine’s “50 Most Influential” Hall of Fame, and was selected as the South Carolina Association of School Administrators’ 2018 Superintendent of the Year. He serves on the Governing Board of AASA, The School Superintendents’ Association, and is an active member of the Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium, having served as its chair.

The signature initiative of Dr. Royster’s tenure is Graduation Plus, the key ingredient in the District’s focus on “Building a Better Graduate.” Graduation Plus works to increase student achievement and engagement by providing meaningful opportunities for every student to graduate with not only a high school diploma, but also college credit and/or industry certification.

As a direct result of his direction and expectations, the Greenville County Schools’ overall graduation rate has risen 12 points since 2012. Over the same period, the District’s focus on improving outcomes for traditionally lower-performing student subgroups has resulted in graduation rate increases of 16 points for African-American students, 12 points for Hispanic/Latino students, 26 points for students with disabilities, and 17 points for English-language learners. 

Superintendent Panel: Dr. W. Burke Royster

Alberto M. Carvalho

Alberto Carvalho has served as Superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second-largest school district, since February 2022. He was selected by the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education in a unanimous vote following a comprehensive community engagement process and a nationwide search.

Since starting at Los Angeles Unified, Superintendent Carvalho has led the development and implementation of the District’s unanimously approved 2022-2026 Ready for the World Strategic Plan. Numerous initiatives and ideas have enhanced the plan, including the launch of the STEAM Lab Makerspaces, Education Transformation Office, Cultural Arts Passport, and Family Academy. Through Superintendent Carvalho’s leadership, Los Angeles Unified has also established seven new education compacts between the District and local municipalities, made significant progress in greening schools, and secured upgraded credit ratings, generating millions in savings.

During his 14-year tenure as Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), Superintendent Carvalho garnered local, state, national, and international recognition. His honors include being named Florida’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year, the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year, the 2016 winner of the Harold W. McGraw Prize in Education, the 2018 National Urban Superintendent of the Year, and the 2019 National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Superintendent of the Year.

Superintendent Panel: Alberto M. Carvalho

Under his leadership, M-DCPS became one of the nation’s highest-performing urban school systems, receiving systemwide accreditation from AdvancEd in 2014 and 2019. M-DCPS was named as the 2014 College Board Advanced Placement Equity and Excellence District of the Year and the 2012 winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education. Superintendent Carvalho is now seeking to elevate Los Angeles Unified to the premier spot in American urban education.

Superintendent Carvalho was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education to serve on the National Assessment Governing Board. He has served as a committee member for the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine and is currently serving as an Advisory Committee Member to the Harvard Program on Education Policy and Governance. Superintendent Carvalho is also a dedicated member of the Homeland Security Academic Partnership Council, the National Board of Directors for Common Threads the Posse Foundation, the Aspen Institute's Planet Media Task Force, and code.org.

Superintendent Carvalho has been awarded many honorary degrees. He has been honored by the President of Portugal with the “Ordem de Mérito Civil” and by Mexico with the “Ohtli Award.” He was also knighted by King Felipe VI of Spain with the Official Cross of the Orden de Isabel la Católica.

LearningSCAPES 2024 Conference in Portland, Oregon


Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97232


October 16-19, 2024


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