Presentations

Kenneth Wesson has been a keynote speaker for educational organizations, administrative groups and state school boards. In addition to being a former administrator in higher education, he is also a former faculty member, a former school board member, as well as a former educational consultant for Stanford Research Institute. He continues to work with educators around the world. He my be just the professional you are looking for to provide a keynote address or workshop for your organization or institution.

If you have attended a recent conference sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the National Council of the Teachers of Mathematics (NSTA), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) or one of the growing number of state STEM organizations, you may have seen his name listed in the program as a keynote speaker or a featured speaker at that conference.

He has frequently spoken on how the brain learns, STEM/STEAM, access and equity, and the instructional benefits of merging the learning goals of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and research from cognitive science. Collectively, these new standards will produce a “whole child” ready for college and/or a career in the 21st century.

Five years ago, Wesson delivered the keynote address at the first national STEM conference in the US. In 2016, he delivered the opening address at the first International STEM conference in Dubai. He has also addressed the following conferences or organizations:

•21st Century Community Learning Centers Multi-State Conference
•Academic Language Mastery Conference
•Alabama Governor’s Summit on Mathematics and Science Education
•Alabama Science Teachers Association (ASTA)
•Alaska Science Teachers Association (ASTA)
•American Museum of Natural History
•American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
•American Society for Investigative Pathology
•All-Africa Administrators Association
•American Community School of Abu Dhabi
•American School of Dubai
•American Society for Microbiology
•Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (sponsored by National of General Medical Sciences)
•Annual Conference on the Black Family
•Arizona Science Teachers Organization (ASTA)
•Arkansas Association of Education Administrators
•Arkansas Leadership Academy
•Arlene Shmaeff Memorial Education Lecture
•Art Institute of California
•Art Institute of San Francisco
•Association of African-American Educators
•Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA)
•Association of California School Administrators (ASCA)
•Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA)
•Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)
•Baker University, School of Education
•Best of the Best Brain Conference
•Brain and Learning Symposium
•Brain-Based Education Conference
•Brain Expo
•California Alliance Concerned with School Age Parenting and Pregnancy
•California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators
•California Association of Bilingual Educators (CABE)
•California Community Colleges Association (CCCA)
•California Association for Counseling and Development
•California Child Development Administrators Association
•California Community College Counseling Association
•California County Superintendents Educational Services Association
•California Kindergarten Association
•California Mathematics Science Project
•California Mathematics and Science Partnership
•California Mathematics Council
•California Mathematics and Science Partnership
•California Science Education Conference
•California Science Teachers Association
•California Science Center
•California School Counselors Association
•California State University, Dominguez Hills, Science Teaching and Learning for Diverse Learners
•California STEM Forum
•California STEM Symposium
•Carnegie Science Institute (Washington, DC)
•Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations (CESDP)
•Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA)
•Chabot Space and Science Center
•Coalition of California Black School Board Members
•College of Southern Idaho
•Colorado Association of Science Teachers (CAST)
•Colorado Charter Schools Association
•Colorado Council of the International Reading Association
•Colorado Science Conference for Professional Development
•Community College League of California Trustees
•Conference for Research-Based Process Education
•Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching
•Contra Costa County Family and Children Services
•Del Norte Childcare Council
•Dekalb County Science Educators
•Design and Technology Association (DATA) - England
•Dinner with a Scientist
•Distinguished Educators Series
•Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series
•Diversity in Teaching and Learning in American Higher Education
•Early Childhood Education STEM Conference
•Early Childhood Mathematics and Science Institute
•East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS)
•Elizabethtown College
•Florida Council of Independent Schools
•Genesee County Superintendents and Administrators
•Georgia Perimeter Colleges
•Georgia Science Teachers Association (GSTA)
•Georgia STEM Forum
•Glennville State University
•Great Teachers Seminar
•Hampton University
•Hampton University School of Pharmacy
•Hawaii Counselors Association
•Hawaiian Association for Counselors and Educators in Government
•Hawaii Association of Science Teachers (HaSTA)
•Hawaiian Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (HASCD)
•Head Start Association
•Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc. (HASTI)
•IBM Corporation
•Idaho State University
•Idaho STEM
•Informal Science Education Association of Texas (ISEAT)
•Integrated Learning Institute
•Institute for Engineering, Design and Technology Association (IEDTA)
•International Brain Education Association (IBrEA)
•International Conference on Design and Technology Educational Research and Curriculum Development
•International Symposium on Electronic Art
•Johnson & Johnson Corporation
•K-12 Alliance/WestEd
•Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KAST)
•Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City
•Kentucky Science Teachers Association (KSTA)
•Korea Institute of Brain Science (KIBS)
•LAUSD Elementary Science Symposium
•Learning and the Brain
•Learning Brain Expo Winter Conference
•Learning Links Conference
•Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation (LANL)
•Los Angeles Mathematics, Science and Technology Institute
•Los Angeles Systemic Initiative for Mathematics and Science
•Los Angeles Systemic Initiative’s Parents Institute
•Los Rios Community College District
•Louisiana Science Teachers Association (LSTA)
•Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
•Maine Science and Literacy Conference
•Maricopa Community College District
•Martin University
•Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP)
•Maryland Association of Science Teachers (MAST)
•Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists
•Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB)
•Middle East North Africa International STEM conference
•Midwest Brain and Learning Institute
•Mills College
•Mississippi Science Teachers Association (MSTA)
•Models School Conference
•Montalvo Arts Center
•Museum of African-American History
•NASA SEMAA (Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academies)Directors
•National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology
•National Alliance of Business
•National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
•National Catholic Educators Association (NCEA)
•National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
•National Science Foundation’s Systemic Initiatives for •Mathematics and Science (NSF)
•National Science Research Council (NSRC)
•National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
•National Symposium for Scientists and Engineers
•Near East South Asia Schools (NESA)
•Nevada MEGA
•Nevada State Science Teachers Association (NSSTA)
•New Hampshire Afterschool Programs
•New Mexico Science Teachers Association (NMSTA)
•New Mexico State University, College of Education
•New Mexico STEM Conference
•New York City English Language Learners
•Next Generation Science Standards Summit
•North Carolina K-12 STEM Conference
•North Carolina Science Teachers Association (NCSTA)
•North Dakota School Boards Association
•North Dakota Science Teachers Association (NDSTA)
•North Dakota STEM Summit
•North Idaho College
•Northern California Early Learning Summit
•Northern California Nursing Association
•Northern New Mexico Inquiry Science Education Consortium
•NSTA STEM Forum and Expo
•Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges
•Oregon Science Leadership Academy
•Oregon Science Teachers Association (OSTA)
•Pacific Institute
•Pennsylvania ASSET program
•Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association (PSTA)
•Pioneer RESA Summer Leadership Conference
•Phoenix Leadership Conference
•RC 2000
•Rocky Mountain Science Institute
•San Diego Summer Science Institute
•Science Education Administrators and Policymakers Institute
•Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO)
•Science Leadership
•Science Teachers Association Of New York State (STANYS)
•Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT)
•Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees (SEPA)
•South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators
•South Carolina Coalition for Mathematics and Science
 

 (Please feel free to contact any of these organizations for feedback on his speeches.)

Over the past two decades, he has worked with most of the leading international educational organizations for American and International schools, including the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), the Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA), the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS), and the Near East South Asia schools (NESA). For each of his audiences around the world, central to our conversations has been how educators seek to impact the same object – the human brain. As you plan your next conference or professional development event, please consider adding Wesson to your list of potential speakers. 

 
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