We are thrilled to announce our two CRESSTCON’18 keynote speakers: Bror Saxberg, Vice President of Learning Science at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), and Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, the Wasserman Dean, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Each brings their unique experience and insight to the conference theme of building partnerships to enhance excellence and equity.
Bror Saxberg, Vice President of Learning Science at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), is responsible for CZI’s thinking about how to expand and apply learning science results and good learning measurement practice at scale to real-world learning situations from pre-K to career. Dr. Saxberg’s experience includes applying innovative evidence-based learning strategies, technologies, and products; maintaining consistent learning standards across products and services; and designing both online and offline learning environments and product development. Dr. Saxberg speaks often at education, business, and public policy conferences including Microsoft’s CEO Summit, TEDx, the Stanford Digital Learning Forum, and “Education Datapalooza” hosted by the White House and U.S. Department of Education. He is the co-author of Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age (2014) with Frederick M. Hess. He is also published in a host of academic, education, and science journals.
Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco
Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, the Wasserman Dean, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, is a psychological anthropologist and a scholar of globalization, migration, and education. He is the award-winning author and co-author of volumes published by Harvard University Press, Stanford University Press, University of California Press, and Cambridge University Press, among others. The recipient of the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, Dean Suárez-Orozco is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education and a Trustee of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He has served as special advisor to the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and has authored multiple texts for Pope Francis’s Pontifical Academies. At Harvard, he was the Thomas Professor of Education, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Harvard Immigration Project. At NYU he was the inaugural Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education. In 2009-2010 he was the Richard Fisher Member at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He has been Visiting Professor in Paris (EHESS), Barcelona, and Leuven and has lectured at the German Foreign Office, the Mexican Foreign Office, the Spanish Foreign Office, the Vatican, US Congress, the UN, Davos, and in multiple other scholarly and policy venues in the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America. An immigrant from Argentina, he is a product of the California Master Plan, commencing his studies in Community College (where 40 years ago he met Carola Suárez-Orozco, the eminent psychologist and scholar of immigration) and transferring to UC Berkeley where he received his AB, MA, and PhD.
In January of 2018 His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Dean Suárez-Orozco to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.