2019 Conference Speakers
Conference speakers include:
Dr. Art McCoy, Ph.D.
, is an inspiring internationally recognized educator and champion of children. At age 19, he began his career as a mathematics teacher in the Rockwood School District after graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science, reportedly as the youngest certified teacher in Missouri. After receiving a Doctor of Philosophy, he was named as Pattonville’s K-12 Gifted Director at age 25. In December 2010, Dr. McCoy became the youngest and first African-American Superintendent/CEO of Ferguson-Florissant School District at age 33 and a leader for Harvard’s Pathways to Prosperity. From 2014 to 2016, he served as the Superintendent-in-Residence/Chief Academic Officer of the MIND Research Institute and the Center for Education Innovation/Base 11 in Irvine, California, supporting over 1 million students and 2500 schools and colleges across America. In February of 2016, he was recruited to return home and named as Superintendent in Jennings School District. Under Dr. McCoy’s leadership, multiple graduating Jennings class achieved 100% graduation
, career, and college placement as featured on Fox 2 and CNN. In 2019, Jennings School District made history by performing at the “Accredited with Distinction” range. For the first time in the state of Missouri, a district with over 90% of students on free meals achieved over 90% on the Missouri APR/accreditation. Dr. McCoy has served on numerous executive boards and councils including the MUNY, Sheldon, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Commerce Bank Business Advisory Board, Ranken Technical College, University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor’s Council, and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce 2030 Alliance. Dr. McCoy is a two-time NACCP Inspiring St. Louisan, 2017 PBS American Graduate Champion
, and 2018 UNCF Keeping the Flame Awardee. He has inspired scores of innovative initiatives, raised more than 15 million dollars, authored many articles, two books, and founded S.A.G.E.S.
, with the mission to “Sever the Achievement Gap in the Education of Students and Sever Attainment Gaps Existing in Society.”
Dr. Michael Marder has general interest in theoretical soft condensed matter physics and in education. In soft condensed matter physics his specialty is a fracture of materials. Recently he has been applying ideas from soft matter physics to gas and oil recovery from hydrofractured wells, studying fracture of geophysical formations and single and multiphase flow in fractured media. In education, his research interests lie in studying and presenting educational data, with a focus on the effects of poverty. He has carried out value-added studies of teachers and observational studies of classrooms. He is a co-founder and executive director of UTeach, a program based at UT Austin preparing STEM teachers at 44 universities across the United States. One of his most frequent teaching assignments is first-semester algebra-based physics for non-majors, now being offered as a dual-enrollment course to high school students across Texas. Another frequent teaching assignment is a course on research methods for science delivered to preservice teachers in UTeach.
Dr. Sandra Richardson is a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Division of Undergraduate Education in the Directorate of Education and Human Resources. Prior to her position at NSF, she served as an Associate Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA and previously held a joint faculty appointment in Department of Mathematics and Department of Teacher Education at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Dillard University, where she was a student in LS-LAMP during her sophomore, junior, and senior years. She later earned both a M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Purdue University. She graduated from high school at the age of 15 and received her Ph.D. at the age of 23. Dr. Richardson discussed the status of the Robert Noyce Program and share the organization’s plans for the future.