Introducing the 2021 MACTE Symposium Keynote Speakers

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Peter Mishler

Author and High School Educator

What We’re Listening For: Where Advocacy and Self-Care Meet"

Peter Mishler is an award-winning educator, literary editor, and author of two books including the recent For All You Do: Self-Care and Encouragement for Teachers. His first book, a collection of poems, won the prestigious Kathryn A. Morton Prize. His writing appears in U.S. and international publications including the American Poetry Review, and in 2013, he was included in the University of Virginia’s influential Best New Poets anthology. His exclusive interviews with contemporary American poets and artists are read widely. A graduate of Syracuse University’s Creative Writing MFA program as well as its School of Education, he has been named teacher of the year three times at schools in New York and Kansas. Now in his thirteenth year of teaching, he chairs the school leadership team and English department for his district's new virtual school. 

View Peter's book on Amazon

View Peter's book of poems on Amazon


Craig S. Bailey, Ph.D.

Director of Early Childhood at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Assistant Professor at the Child Study Center in the Yale School of Medicine

Your Emotions Matter When Teaching Young Children Emotional Intelligence"

Craig S. Bailey, Ph.D., is Director of Early Childhood at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Assistant Professor at the Child Study Center in the Yale School of Medicine. As a co-developer of R.U.L.E.R, the project targets emotional intelligence by focusing on five social-emotional skills remembered using the acronym: RULER (recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating emotions). Dr. Bailey and his team facilitate professional development workshops and develop content for practicing and teaching emotional intelligence. As a researcher, Dr. Bailey conducts psychological, educational, and intervention research, and in general, his research explores children’s social and emotional learning in early childhood classrooms with an emphasis on how educators support and promote the development of empathy and emotion regulation.  On one of his projects, Dr. Bailey and Yale have partnered with Northeast Normal University, Hunan Normal University, and Fujian Preschool Education College to pilot R.U.L.E.R in Chinese Kindergartens with an emphasis on cultural adaptation.

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Kim Phillips-Knope

Co-Director of Roots of Change

Windows, Mirrors and Sliding Glass Doors: Creating Schools & Classrooms Where LGBTQ+ Students, Families and Educators are Affirmed and Thrive"

Kim Phillips-Knope, MSW, is the Co-Director of Roots of Change, an organization dedicated to building healthy communities and transforming lives through holistic programs and consulting services.  She currently serves as Project Lead for the Michigan Department of Education’s LGBTQ+ Students Project.  In this role, she seeks to inspire, empower, and equip schools to provide equitable, meaningful, and high-quality educational experiences to LGBTQ+ students, their families, and the educators who serve them.  She has over twenty years of experience working with young people, as an educator in both traditional and non-traditional classrooms, within community-based organizations, and as an athletics coach. As a consultant for state and local governments, Kim has facilitated workshops for, and collaborated with, schools throughout Michigan and the United States, supporting their efforts to create exceptional learning environments for all students, especially those who identify as LGBTQ+.  She has co-edited five editions of the A Silent Crisis: Creating Safe & Supportive Schools for LGBTQ Youth resource guide and has developed materials and curricula for organizations across the country. Kim has been a certified secondary education teacher in the state of Michigan and received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Michigan. 


Contact Information: Kim Phillips-Knope, 

Special Presenter


Kimberlee Belcher-Badal, Ph.D.

Executive Director of National Workforce Registry Alliance (NWRA)

Kimberlee Belcher Badal, Phd, is the Executive Director of the National Workforce Registry Alliance (NWRA).  Her doctoral studies focused extensively on mapping state registry developments across the country and possibilities for future partnerships. In the process of conducting early childhood workforce policy developments, she was able to look closely at each state’s system, the intersection of state registries in QRIS systems, and the potential to leverage data collected to influence policy, practice, and preparation.

Kimberlee has been working in and with state early childhood registries in many facets: as a teacher, school director, Early Childhood Apprenticeship Coordinator, TEACH Early Childhood Program Director, policy advocate, and through her dissertation for Indiana University. Kimberlee’s undergraduate degree is a BS in Early Childhood; her master’s degree is in Elementary Education. Her Ph.D. is in Curriculum & Instruction, with a minor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.