Date of the Event:

26th September 2022

Your Conference Speakers

James Nottingham

James Nottingham is the creator of The Learning Pit as well as a sought-after keynote speaker and author of 11 books about teaching, learning and leadership. He is best-known for creating the Learning Pit®, a world-renowned model for enhancing curiosity, determination and strategy. He co-founded Challenging Learning in 2006 to share some of the best ways to strengthen learning in schools, nurseries, and colleges. HIs company now employs 10 staff in seven countries: the UK, the USA, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Australia, and most recently Japan.

Particularly well known in Scandinavia, Australia, the USA, and the UK, our speaker James Nottingham is recognized for his humor and clarity, as well as his distinct ability to turn research into comprehensible practice. For this reason, the widely-acclaimed speaker James Nottingham has been described by Skolvärlden (the Swedish Teaching Union) as “one of the most sought-after names in the world of school development.”

Dr. Carmen Bergmann

Carmen Bergmann is the Managing Director for Learning Pit. When working with educators, Carmen likes to blend the sharing of high impact, research-based practices with rich dialogue and engagement to embed improvement and progress. Staff at all levels have noted the value and increased impact on school culture and student learning that comes from these continuous action learning cycles.

Carmen has 11 years of experience as a teacher; nine years as a principal, and three as Director of Elementary Education. She also has a master’s degree in Administration; a Superintendent’s certificate; and an EdD in Education Administration Foundations, all from Illinois State University. She accompanied Professor Carol Dweck and James Nottingham on a conference tour of Europe in 2019 and led a study tour of schools using the Challenging Learning Process across the UK in 2020 before joining the company in the spring of 2020.

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