Bobbi DePorter has changed the lives of over ten million kids through her SuperCamp and Quantum Learning school programs.
Bobbi broke the mold in the early eighties by creating a learning and life skills academic summer program for youth. Not your traditional camp and far from school, SuperCamp created an innovative category in engaged, joyful, successful learning that helps students relearn how they learn and reshape how they view themselves and live their lives. Now with more than 65,000 graduates and programs in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America, SuperCamp is an established leader in the field of youth development.
The success of SuperCamp led Bobbi to create Quantum Learning school programs for educators and students. Quantum Learning is a transformational solution producing significant positive change in thousands of schools and districts across the nation.
Bobbi is President of Quantum Learning Network (QLN), now in its thirty-first year and is Chairman of the non-profit Learning Forum International (LFI). Author of over a dozen books, she is a leading authority on effective learning and youth development. Bobbi studied with the renowned Bulgarian educator Dr. Georgi Lozanov in the late 1970s and was an early pioneer of accelerated learning in theUnited States.
Currently, Bobbi is spear-heading the Excellence Effect movement based on the 8 Keys of Excellence to change the lives of 50 million children by the year 2015.
Paul Rosengard is known internationally for his creative writing and innovative pedagogical methods, which have been proven effective in improving physical activity programs, teacher effectiveness, and student outcomes. To date, he has over 25 publications in professional journals, has authored or co-authored 16 curriculum books for teachers (including the popular SPARK programs), and conducted nearly 400 professional workshops and conference presentations worldwide.
Rosengard has contributed as an intervention director and consultant to many benchmark national studies/projects in the United States including SPARK, TAAG, M-SPAN, Pathways, PEACH, OPprA, OPI, POPI, HELM, Beyond the Borders, and the Nike2GO and Let Me Play campaigns (which he wrote for NIKE). These studies focused in the fields of physical education, after school programs, early childhood, and coordinated school health.
Rosengard was also appointed the first Deputy Director of the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (1996) and was selected as one of 20 Special Advisors to the Governor’s Council in the last Schwarzenegger administration. He has personally written and received awards/projects totaling over $12 million dollars and currently serves on two executive boards, one in Colorado and the other in India. He is currently the Executive Director of the SPARK Programs of San Diego State University and has instructed future teachers at the University of California, at San Diego for 11 years, and Cal State San Marcos for four years.
Deborah McNelis is an Early Brain Development Specialist and owner of Brain Insights®. She is the award winning author of, The Brain Development Series, Naturally Developing Young Brains, and the Love Your Baby App. Deborah has been seen in several publications, heard on numerous radio shows, and receives rave reviews for her enlightening and engaging presentations.
Deborah’s newest initiative helps entire communities, “Create Great Connections”. Her goal through this work is for everyone to gain an understanding of early brain development, it’s impact, and the ways we can all easily make a REAL difference.
Jean Harris’ extensive background ranges from being a chemistry instructor, corporate marketing representative for two Fortune 500 companies, financial consultant in a major brokerage firm, and training specialist in a non-profit organization.
Empowering parental guidance along with watchful eyes and advice of neighbors created a foundation for Jean to have a wide range of experiences. Raising a son who is an electrical engineer has deeply enriched her life. She sees a great deal of substantial value in having Parenting 2.0’s collaborative forum serve as a virtual village to raise our children.
Currently Jean is integrating her knowledge and expertise from this background to create her own business, Launching Life Strategies, to help others accomplish their personal dreams and achieve financial autonomy.
Marlaine Paulsen Cover, MPA is a Social Entrepreneur, Author, Life Skills Educator, and Parenting Strategist. Known internationally as Mama Marlaine, Cover began her professional career working in development for higher education. While raising her two daughters, however, she became acutely aware of the gross disparity between the proactive educational process that defines academic education in developed countries and the primarily passive means by which children learn non-academic Life Skills. For academics children had mandatory attendance, standardized curriculum and instruction by credentialed third party educators. For Life Skills they had caregivers and the playground. Children were accepted for simply “learning what they lived.” The Life Skills’ educational process, Cover observed, more closely resembled genetic inheritance than academics.
Perceiving Life Skills equal in importance to academics, and desiring to balance the scales, Cover created a communication tool called the Life Skills Report Card. In 2008, she began sharing the Life Skills Report Card freely with fellow parents, and blogging humorously about everyday parenting challenges, via a non-monetized website lifeskillsreportcard.com. In 2012 Cover published “Kissing the Mirror; Raising Humanity in the Twenty-first Century” under the pen name Mama Marlaine. Part autobiography and part social commentary, Kissing the Mirror chronicles Cover’s journey from working wife/mother to international activist and underscores the value of embracing a new paradigm for Life Skills education.
Today, Cover moderates more substantive discussions regarding Life Skills development and nurtures collaborations for nearly 3000 Life Skills Educators around the world in LinkedIn’s top ranked parenting group, Parenting 2.0 (P20). Founded by Cover in 2009, P20’s group description reads: “Parenting 2.0 supports parents, professionals, and other primary caregivers in their role as Life Skills Educators. Our goal is that, one day, children’s LSA (Life Skills Average) will be as appreciated as children’s GPA (Grade Point Average).”