One of nation’s 15 most influential thinkers of the decade to speak at Honors Colloquium on Oct. 8

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Kingston, R.I. – September 30, 2013 – International leader in education technology, Alan November will speak at the University of Rhode Island’s Honors Colloquium, Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Edwards Hall Auditorium, 64 Upper College Road. He will discuss the topic “Creating a New Culture for Teaching and Learning.” November’s scientific learning presentation will propose that educators make the most of today’s world by turning classrooms across the nation into global communication centers and collaborating with fellow teachers and students from all over the world.”

November earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1974. He earned his master’s degree in education from Harvard University. November began his career as an oceanography teacher, and dorm room counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been a computer science teacher, director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and a university lecturer. In 1984, November was one of the very first teachers in the world to create a student project online database for persons with disabilities.

Over the course of his career he has been named one of the nations “15 most influential thinkers of the decade” by Technology and Learning Magazine and was listed as one of eight educators to provide leadership for the future by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. Since 1995, he has assisted schools, governments, and industry leaders on improving the quality of education through technology.

A best selling author of two books, Empowering Students with Technology and Web Literacy for Educators, November dedicates his time and research to finding ways on how applying technology can improve learning. His areas of expertise includes planning across curriculum, new school design, community building, staff development, leadership development, and improving teaching and learning.

November has delivered keynote addresses and workshops in all 50 states, across Canada, pUnited Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Central America. During his presentations and workshops he uses his humor and wit to appeal to audiences and educate them on how to improve teaching and learning.

November is the co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership through Technology, and the Senior Partner and Founder of November Learning. The Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership through Technology is now being managed by the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) and Stanford University’s School of Education: Principal Fellows Program. November Learning’s mission is to “empower educators to expand their own boundaries of what is possible.” Educators and school leaders of the November Learning professional development service offers strategies for “improving education, and working through challenges that effect change in schools.”

Those unable to attend the lecture can watch it live online URI Live!

Note to media, for most of our lectures, speakers will be available from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for interviews. To make arrangements, please contact Dave Lavallee, URI Marketing and Communications, 401-874-5862.

The program is supported by:

Major Sponsor: URI Honors Program

Sponsors: URI Office of the President; URI Office of the Provost; The Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment; The Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment, as well as the following URI colleges, departments and offices, College of Human Science and Services, Talent Development, Multicultural Center, University College, WRIU’s The Beauty Salon, College of Arts and Sciences, The Harrington School of Communications and Media, John Hazen White, Sr. Center for Ethics and Public Service, Department of Gender and Women Studies, College of Pharmacy, College of Engineering, College of the Environment and Life Sciences, College of Business Administration, College of Nursing, Division of Student Affairs, Department of Marketing and Communications, Department of Publications and Creative Services, and Instructional Technology and Media Services. Rhode Island Public Radio is also a sponsor.

For more information on colloquium events contact Deborah Gardiner at 401.874.2381 or

For information about ways to support the Honors Colloquium, contact URI Professor Lynne Derbyshire, Honors Program director, at 401.874. 4732. If you have a disability and need an accommodation, please call 401.874.2303 at least three business days in advance. For TTY assistance, please call the R.I. Relay Service at 800.745.5555.

This release was written by Caitlin Musselman, a URI Marketing and Communications intern and a public relations and political science major.