KEYNOTE SPEAKERS(more coming soon)
Darcia Narvaez is Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, who focuses on moral development and flourishing from an interdisciplinary perspective. Dr. Narvaez’s current research explores how early life experience influences societal culture and moral character in children and adults. She integrates neurobiological, clinical, developmental and education sciences in her theories and research about moral development. She publishes extensively on moral development, parenting and education. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association. She writes a popular blog for Psychology Today (“Moral Landscapes”). One of her recent books, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom won the 2015 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association and the 2017 Expanded Reason Award. Her Website
Marek Michalak, Ombudsman for Children in Poland, a founder and long-time president of the Society of Children's Friends "HEART" (Świdnica) and "HEART" Foundation -European Center of Children's Friendship. Since 2007 Michalak is Chancellor of the International Chapter of the Order of the Smile. In the years 2011-2012 he was an appointed Chairman of the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children ENOC. For his work Michalak received many awards: The Order of the Smile (1994), the Polish public television prize "Ordinary -Extraordinary People" (1997), the Special Award of the Minister of Labor and Social Policy (1997), and twice the Oscar of Polish Pediatrics (2011; 2015). He has been an initiator of many legislative changes to protect children’s rights. He was the originator of the enactment of the Year of Janusz Korczak (2012) and the Year of Irena Sendler (2018).
John Graham is a founder and co-leader of the Giraffe Heroes Project, a global nonprofit moving people to stick their necks out for the common good—and giving them the tools to succeed, http://www.giraffe.org. Graham is an adventurer, a former Foreign Service Officer, and a champion for peace. He has been part of major peace-building efforts in the Middle East and Africa. Within his Giraffes Heroes International, he is helping citizens in poor countries solve difficult public problems such as poverty, violence, corruption and poor leadership. He is an educator and author of It’s Up to Us. The Giraffe Heroes Program for Teens (1999), Outdoor Leadership, Stick Your Neck Out—A Street-Smart Guide to Creating Change in Your Community and Beyond (Berrett Koehler, 2005), and On the Edge (Blooming Twig Books, 2014).
Jonathan Levy is a teacher trainer and trainer of child professionals. He is educated in pedagogy and the philosophy of education, and lives and works in France. He is a consultant for both UNESCO & UNICEF in pedagogy and children’s rights. He provides training in the education, social, Intergovernmental and NGO sectors. Jonathan is employed as the pedagogical and education specialist for the French NGO Initiatives of Change and is the initiator and programme director of the Children as Actors for Transforming Society (CATS) conferences. He is the Vice President of the International Janusz Korczak Association. Jonathan is a member of the high commission on children’s issues created by the French government: HCFEA.
Carrie Griffin Basas is the Director of the Office of Education Ombuds. Carrie is a former civil rights and labor law attorney. For many years, she was a law professor, specializing in disability rights, criminal justice, and ethics. She has taught at the University of North Carolina School of Law, Penn State University, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Tulsa College of Law, and Saint Joseph's College of Maine. In 2014, Carrie returned to graduate school to attain a MEd in Education Policy, Organizations, and Leadership from the University of Washington. Carrie is also a graduate of Swarthmore College (Honors B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology/Anthropology) and Harvard Law School (Juris Doctorate degree).
Sara Efrat Efron is Professor of Education at National Louis University, Illinois, where she chairs Curriculum, Advocacy & Policy doctoral major within the Teaching and Learning doctoral program. Her book Writing a Literature Review: A Practical Guide is coming out in October 2018 (Guilford Press). Currently she is working on the 2nd edition of Action Research in Education (2013). Professor Efron has presented at numerous national and international conferences, written book chapters, and published articles about Korczak’s educational legacy in such peer-reviewed journals as Curriculum Inquiry, Journal of Teacher Education, Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, and Prism.
Marc Silverman, American born and raised, received his BA, MA and doctorate at the Hebrew university in Jerusalem and served for over thirty years as Senior Lecturer in the Hebrew University School of Education. His teaching and research center on two interrelated fields of educational inquiry and practice: Present-day ideologies of Jewish culture and education; and humanist, moral, progressive philosophies of education. He has published articles in referee journals and presented papers at international academic conferences in these two fields. The main focus of his recent and current work is the exposition of the world-view, educational theory, and practice of the outstanding 20th century moral educator of Polish-Jewish origin, Janusz Korczak, and their relevance to present-day education. In 2017 Palgrave-Macmillan published his book in English on Korczak entitled A Pedagogy of Humanist Moral Education – The Educational Thought of Janusz Korczak which offers the first comprehensive and systematic guide to Korczak’s educational work and philosophy to the Anglo-Saxon world.
Senior Rabbi Daniel Weiner believes passionately in building Judaism for the 21st century and in healing the world through social justice. Temple De Hirsch Sinai has grown to more than 5,000 members and 1,600 families in two campuses in Seattle and Bellevue since he took charge in 2001. His innovations in worship include producing “rabcasts” on video, bringing services to travellers and shut-ins on the Internet, and leading a rock band in popular Rock Shabbat services. Weiner and his team won the Religion Action Center’s Fain Award for their campaign on gun responsibility. Rabbi Weiner’s efforts with other clergy contributed to the founding of the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, which drafted and helped pass Initiative 594 in 2014. His work on implementation of the law and about gun responsibility continues. His columns have appeared in The Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and Haaretz. Weiner wrote “Good God: Faith for the Rest of Us” about the dangerous polarization between fanatical faith and soulless secularism.
Dr. Gilles Julien, social pediatrician, Ashoka fellow, has made it his mission to care for and defend children suffering from social and economic inequalities. Charismatic leader, he has developed the model of community social pediatrics. This multidisciplinary and evidence-based approach is centered on the art of listening and empowering impoverished children and their families. Through his two main centers in Montreal, he has trained, inspired and influenced several hundreds of professionals across Canada and elsewhere. The provincial government now helps extend this innovative approach across Quebec to offer better care to the most vulnerable children in Quebec. His contribution to society has been acknowledged through numerous awards, including the Order of Quebec (2011), the Order of Canada (2011), and the Janusz Korczak Award in recognition of Caring for Children in the Spirit of Dr. Korczak (2017).
Hélène (Sioui) Trudel is a lawyer, certified mediator and social entrepreneur. She specializes in the prevention and amicable resolution of disputes to make justice more accessible to impoverished populations, especially children. Integrating the practice of law into social medicine, she developed powerful tools to help read the CRC as a whole and contributing to the children’s right to global health, including the Music Garage, the Child's Protective Circle, the Committee on the Rights of the Child. For her work, she has received many honors, including the Prix de la justice du Québec (2013), the Bâtisseuse Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (City Builder Award) in 2016, Order of Quebec (2016), and the Janusz Korczak Award in recognition of Caring for Children in the Spirit of Dr. Korczak (2017).