Florida Charter School Conference

Keynote Speakers

Opening General Session

Dr. Howard FullerHOWARD FULLER, PH.D.

Howard Fuller’s career includes many years in both public service positions and the field of education. Dr. Fuller is a Distinguished Professor of Education, and Founder/Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The mission of the Institute is to support exemplary education options that transform learning for children, while empowering families, particularly low-income families, to choose the best options for their children.

Immediately before his appointment at Marquette University, Dr. Fuller served as the Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools June 1991 - June 1995. Dr. Fuller became nationally known for his unending support for fundamental educational reform.

His prior positions included: Director of the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services 1988 -1991; Dean of General Education at the Milwaukee Area Technical College 1986 - 1988; Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Employment Relations 1983 - 1986; and Associate Director of the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette University 1979 - 1983. He was also A Senior Fellow with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University 1995 - 1997.

Dr. Fuller received his B.S. degree in Sociology from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in 1962; M.S.A. degree in Social Administration from Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1964, and his Ph.D. in Sociological Foundations of Education from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1986.

He has received numerous awards and recognition over the years, including four Honorary Doctorate Degrees: Doctorate of Humane Letters from Carroll College in 1987; Doctorate of Laws from Marian College, Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin in 1992; Doctorate of Business and Economics from Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1995. Doctorate of Humane Letters from Edgewood College, Edgewood College, Madison WI.

He is the Chair of the Board of CEO Leadership Academy; Chair of The Charter School Review Committee for the City of Milwaukee: the Chair of the Board of the Wisconsin Municipalities Private School Finance Commission; He serves on the Board of Directors of Transcenter for Youth; the Black Alliance for Educational Options; the Johnson Foundation; Quest-Milwaukee; the Joyce Foundation; He also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Big Picture Company; Partners for Advancing Futures and the National Alliance for Charter School Authorizers.


Closing General Session


For more than a decade, Deneen Frazier Bowen has been applying her acting, teaching and technology experience to help teachers and schools expand students’ learning opportunities through harnessing new technologies . She has traveled the country consulting with and speaking to schools, school districts, foundations and organizations. In 1995, she co-authored The Internet for Your Kids, an at-home exploration of the Internet by young students. To date, 30,000 copies have sold. In addition she was a frequent columnist for Multimedia Schools magazine, and has authored several major technology leadership studies, including projects for the National School Boards Association and the BellSouth Foundation.

Deneen began her career as an educational software design consultant with Educorp Consultants Corporation in Roanoke, VA. She later spent several years working first as an elementary and then as a high school academic technology coordinator. In 2000, she designed and directed the Catalyst Communities program for bigchalk.com, a $1 million partnership with 150 U.S. school to explore how online communities can strengthen local schools. In 2001, she moved to Austin where she directed the online learning community for Teachscape, a developer of online professional development courseware for teachers. Since 1992, Deneen’s consulting business, formerly named NRG Consulting, has provided technology-based professional development consulting services to educators nationwide. She holds a bachelor’s in communication from the University of California-San Diego and master’s in secondary education from George Mason University.

In her ‘spare’ time, Deneen is an accomplished and versatile actress who loves to bring life to the characters she portrays. With ActWith, Deneen masterfully weaves together her insights as an educator, talent for engaging audiences and technology expertise. Deneen lives in Victor, ID — at the Western base of the Tetons — with her fabulous husband, Mike and her fantastic trail dog, Izzy.








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