Would love to see a woman teacher keynote @fetc Awesome past speakers, but look for title: teacher OR gender: female http://t.co/Y2m7XpFqSx
— Stacey Roshan (@buddyxo) August 12, 2014
I just tweeted the above, after seeing a call for keynote speaker suggestions for FETC 2015. I don’t mean to call FETC out specifically, because the above tweet speaks true of most of the big edtech conferences I’ve attended. If I were to look at the list of past ISTE keynote speakers, I imagine I’d see a similar trend of males having titles without “teacher” in their names.
So why is this? Yes, big name keynotes draw in a crowd and those “ewws and ahhs.” But would you be disappointed to see a teacher up there as the keynote? Better yet, a female teacher? As a female teacher myself, always looking to push the boundaries and wondering why we get stuck in such ruts, I’m interested to hear thoughts.
Who would you like to see as a keynote? I also agree that women are overlooked in this area and would like to see a higher profile for women keynotes.
I didn’t really have anybody in mind. Just an observation as I’ve been attending conferences… Thanks for commenting :)