Date of Event

7th & 8th July 2021

Your Keynote Speakers

James Nottingham

James Nottingham is best-known for creating the Learning Pit, a world-renowned model for enhancing curiosity, determination and strategic thinking. He has been a teaching assistant, teacher and leader in schools across the 3-19 age range as well as founder of a multi-million-pound, award-winning social regeneration project to raise the aspirations and achievements of young people in north east England. In 2006, he created the company Challenging Learning, now employing 25 staff in six countries.

He is author of 10 books for teachers, leaders and parents; is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an award granted for making outstanding achievements to social progress and development; and is included in the Future 500, a “definitive list of the UK’s most forward thinking and creative innovators”.

Abby Lyons

Abby Lyons is a Social Emotional Learning Coach in Central Illinois and the CEO of Community Wellness Lab, LLC, leading a team of experts whose mission is to care for the well-being of educators to free them to do the work they love. Abby uses a mindful approach to support districts and schools with the refinement and creation of systems and structures built on the foundations of brain-based teaching and learning. Additionally, Abby is the owner of Yoga Lab in Bloomington, Illinois, a community yoga studio and craft coffee shop. In all of these ventures, Abby aims to create an experience with the highest integrity to allow learners the space and freedom to discover what is possible in their work and lives.

Martin Renton

Martin Renton is the Director of Consultancy & Evaluation, Challenging Learning. Author of Challenging Learning Through Questioning.

Martin is a sought-after keynote speaker, leader, facilitator, coach and author of the newly released book, Challenging Learning Through Questioning. His keynote speeches are encouraging, thought-provoking, and humorous. His core belief that professional development is not a ‘quick fix’ but a deep process of change has led to some very powerful effects in schools and colleges around the world.

Teachers and leaders who have worked with Martin over an extended period of time refer to increased engagement, motivation and better progress for all students.

Your Conference Host

Dr. Carmen Bergmann

Carmen Bergmann

Dr. Carmen Bergmann is Senior Consultant and Regional Manager for Challenging Learning’s work in North and South America. She is also co-creator for key aspects of our online services, including book studies, conferences and lesson plan downloads; host of our introductory and in-depth webinar series; and principal author of the Challenging Learning blog. Her excellent reputation for guiding and encouraging staff online and in-person has led to powerful cultural change in pedagogy and leadership around the world.

Carmen will be online and happy to help with all enquires during your conference.

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Conference Resources

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Presentation Slides

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Recommended Videos

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Our Vision and Values

Stronger Learning for Stronger Lives