Experts in Education Speaker Series

The STS Experts in Education Speaker Series brings world-class speakers to share their ideas on current education-related issues with local educators and parents. Through this series, STS hopes to inspire and foster best practices in the teaching community.

Upcoming Speaker - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Paul Tough
Author, Speaker, Journalist
Paul ToughPaul Tough is the author, most recently, of Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why. His previous book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, was translated into 27 languages and spent more than a year on the New York Times hardcover and paperback best-seller lists. His first book, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, was published in 2008. 

Paul is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, where he has written extensively about education, parenting, poverty, and politics. His writing has also appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, GQ, and Esquire, and on the op-ed page of the New York Times.

He has worked as an editor at the New York Times Magazine and Harper’s Magazine and as a reporter and producer for the public-radio program “This American Life.” He was the founding editor of Open Letters, an online magazine.

7:00 pm, Wednesday, February 15, 2017
C.A. Smith Arts Centre, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School
$15 Admission 

Purchase tickets at

Past Speakers at STS

Michael Horn
Future of Education and Blended Learning Expert, Award Winning Author

Michael Horn is a leading authority on the future of education and blended learning. The author of  Disrupting Class, 14th on Newsweek’s list of “Fifty Books for Our Times”, and Blendedhe is a regular contributor to numerous publications including Forbes, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Huffington Post, and Education Week.


    • envision education 15 years from now
    • enhance student success in a new world of teaching and learning
    • discover how blended learning is creating a more personalized learning model for students
    • realize the exciting potential blended online and face-to-face learning has to transform the education system
    • analyze the real impacts of blended learning on achievement
    • discover flexible methods to implement blended learning to suit a particular context 

Dr. John Medina
Brain Scientist, NY Times Bestselling Author

Our speaker is a developmental molecular biologist focused on the genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders. 

He holds joint affiliate faculty appointments at the University of Washington School of Medicine in its Department of Bioengineering and at Seattle Pacific University where he is the director of the Brain Centre for Applied Learning Research. 

Dr. Medinas’ books include the New York Times bestseller Brain Rules, Brain Rules for Baby, The Genetic Inferno, The Clock of Ages and What You Need to Know About Alzheimer’s

He has a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information. 

As the father of two boys, Dr. John Medina has an interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children. Learn more