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Rob Zywicki

Connects Event Host

Dr. Robert R. Zywicki coordinates the design and delivery of research-based professional development programs for the Center for Effective School Practices. Dr. Zywicki is an accomplished superintendent of schools, experienced consultant to school leadership teams, and an innovative graduate school professor. Dr. Zywicki has been selected to present and keynote at multiple national and state conferences on a wide variety of topics including organizational leadership, blended learning, Response to Intervention, project-based learning, and school branding. In 2018, Dr. Zywicki was named a District Thought Leader by Future Ready Schools. Additionally, he has been tapped to serve on several state-wide initiatives including the Elementary and Secondary Education Advisory Committee, Model Curriculum Committee, and New Jersey Standards Review Committee.


Lindsay Laughner

Connects Event Co-Presenter

Lindsay Laughner has been teaching for 14 years. She is a marine science educator and an OCEARCH Education Ambassador. In these roles, she integrates ocean research, the OCEARCH Global Tracker, and the next generation science standards to create K-8 OCEARCH S.T.E.M. curriculum, and S.T.E.M. education programs to educate, inspire, and enable students to be the next generation of ocean stewards. She has joined OCEARCH on 10 expeditions, where she is a part of education outreach, and collaborates with scientists and crew members to create content and programs that connect students and teachers with the research conducted on the ship, and ocean conservation.