Dr. Pisecco is a licensed psychologist who began his career at the University of Houston where he was a tenured Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology. While at the university he taught graduate level courses in the assessment and treatment of child and adolescent disorders. His research focused on the assessment and treatment of ADHD, behavioral problems, and reading difficulties. He is also a former Fulbright Research Scholar and the past recipient of several research and teaching awards while at the University of Houston.
Dr. Pisecco left the university in 2007 to start Psychological Software Solutions (PSS) the developer of Review360, a software platform designed to improve behavior in the schools. In 2010, PSS was named the fastest growing K12 EdTech company by INC Magazine and ranked #43 on Deloitte’s Fast Tech 500 list. Review360 is currently implemented by many of the largest school districts in the country and often recognized as a best of class solution.
Dr. Pisecco completed his doctoral studies at the University of North Texas and a Clinical Psychology Residency at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, Texas. His research has been published in several peer reviewed academic journals including the Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, and Journal of Learning Disabilities. He has consulted with many of the countries largest school systems on issues related to ADHD, reading difficulties, and mental health. His 2011 TEDx Talk titled Behavior Matters has been named to the top 100 ranked psychology talks.
Sarah Brown is an Assistant Professor of Practice and Master Teacher at the Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory at The University of Texas at Austin. Sarah works with young children helping their development across all domains. She helps their families understand child development and practically apply positive guidance in their daily lives. She also helps undergraduate and graduate students understand child development and practically apply knowledge to real world settings.
Sarah believes in the well-rounded child, that children should receive nurture and guidance across developmental domains, however, Sarah believes that in order for humanity as a whole to be cohesive and kind, an individual’s social-emotional development must be a priority during their growth as a person. Social-emotional skills must be developed and nurtured from infancy throughout the lifespan. These skills, that are developed at a young age, can affect a child’s development across domains and their relationships for the rest of their lives. Sarah believes her role as a teacher should be to help nurture the development of the well-rounded child and give them the social-emotional skills to be productive members of humankind.
Sarah holds a Master’s of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences with a concentration in Family and Community Services from Oklahoma State University. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences with a concentration in Early Childhood from The University of Texas at Austin. She has also completed Play Therapy certification coursework from The University of California at San Diego.
Kenneth Sherman currently serves as Director of Professional Development at the HighScope Educational Research Foundation. HighScope is best known for the landmark Perry Preschool Project that began in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It was the first study of its kind to study the impact of a high-quality early education and the effects of high-quality teacher training on child outcomes.
In this role, Kenneth spearheads and develops training services and professional development to enhance the skills and abilities of early childhood educators in every state and more than 20 countries around the world.
Kenneth began his career as an afterschool teacher at a local daycare in Athens, Texas while attending college. Originally studying to be a doctor, he knew that he had a passion for children and was destined to be an educator. Since then, Kenneth has been a preschool classroom teacher, mentor teacher, and center director for a non-profit preschool. He has also served as the Chief Academic Officer for the HighScope San Antonio HUB of Excellence in San Antonio Texas, two public preschools that serve children from age three to second grade.
Kenneth has a degree in Early Childhood Education Leadership. He has been involved with many agencies that help shape the future of early childhood, such as The National Black Child Development Institute, The Early Learning Alliance, and the NAEYC Accreditation Council. Kenneth was awarded the Exchange Leadership award in 2020. He is currently a candidate for NAEYC's President-Elect.
From large auditoriums to small boardroom settings to comedy clubs, Daren has been bringing entertaining and compelling messages to audiences for over 25 years. Daren uses humor, quick wit, and conversational speaking to challenge audiences to be the absolute best version of themselves. Covering topics such as leadership, mental health, team building, overcoming failure, relational health, and many others, Daren will leave you incredibly entertained and personally challenged. If you’re looking for a keynote speaker, event host, breakout session leader or any other communication specialist, Daren Neely will exceed your expectations.
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