Artist Spotlight: Meenoo Rami


Authentic, collaborative, and highly engaged. Those are three characteristics to describe Meenoo Rami, another incredible speaker who will be featured at the 2018 CCIRA Conference. The kind of work Meenoo engages in with students and teachers reflects her background as a teacher at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, with the National Writing Project, as a teaching fellow with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and most recently, as Manager for Minecraft Education at Microsoft.

If you’re curious to learn more about Meenoo’s latest project with Minecraft Education, check out her Teaching Channel blog or this five part podcast series, the first of which features Meenoo exploring the question many teachers might be asking: “Why Minecraft?” The possibilities for powerful thinking and learning might surprise you. . .  

Meenoo is also the author of Thrive, a work she describes as her “love letter to teachers.” Meenoo’s strategies challenge educators to connect and to generate the kind of energy that powers forward and feeds us in a time when we need it most. 

You can also find Meenoo on Twitter at @MeenooRami.


Artist Spotlight: Kristine Mraz

Artist Spotlight: Kristine Mraz


Kristine Mraz is a kindergarten teacher and author whose joyfulness for teaching our youngest learners is palpable. She is the perfect example of a modern day DaVinci educator—fascinated by the way kids think, determined to discover the most effective ways of engaging and growing minds. She appreciates what makes kindergarteners tick, and she strives to design the magical learning experiences that our students deserve.

Here’s a blog post that describes the premise of her most recent book, Purposeful Play. In this short video, Kristine and her co-author, Christine Hertz, discuss the power of their work with students in Mindset for Learning.

Kristine will inspire you with her energy and with her craftsmanship for instruction. She is transparent with her own thinking, as the best teachers are. She is in the classroom every day, continuing to grow and learn. We are so lucky to have her in Colorado for the 2018 Conference!

Kristine Mraz’s books include Purposeful Play, Mindset for Learning, Smarter Charts 1 and 2, and Writing Non-Fiction Chapter Books. You can find her at her Kinderconfidential blog, as well as @mrazkristine on Twitter.