Karen Siris, Ed.D.
Dr. Karen Siris is well known for her work creating caring schools as the former principal of the WS Boardman Elementary School in Oceanside and Adjunct Professor of Educational Leadership at Adelphi University. Dr. Siris is a member of the New York State Safe Schools Task Force, and was on the Dignity for All Students Act Task Force that created the regulations for New York State’s anti-bullying law. She is a local, statewide and national presenter on bullying prevention and intervention and is an approved presenter for the state certification workshop on the prevention of bullying and harassment. Dr. Siris is co-author of Stand Up!, a bullying prevention children’s book and numerous published articles pertaining to positive school culture and bullying prevention. She is co-founder of School Leaders for Change, an organization committed to creating important professional development for innovative school leaders and teachers.
Devin Thornburg, Ph.D.
Dr. Devin Thornburg is a Professor of Education at Adelphi University, teaching courses in cognition, culture and learning, social justice, and human rights. He has been involved in school reform and teacher education for three decades, writing about teacher-student relationships and roles in diverse settings. His latest work is on trust in learning. He served as part of the leadership team of the Metro Center at NYU a decade ago and has been deeply involved in collaborations with non-profits all of his professional life. With degrees from Tulane, Harvard, and NYU, Dr. Thornburg is the father of two daughters who have taught him how much there is to learn in this world.
Philip S. Cicero, Ed.D.
Dr. Philip Cicero retired after 35 years of services as a teacher, building and school district administrator, and his last 11 years as superintendent of schools. Following his retirement, he seamlessly began a second career as an adjunct professor of education in the school of education at Adelphi University. He has published a number of articles covering different, but timely, topics. He recently – along with two colleagues – founded School Leaders for Change. Launched in 2014, the organization delivers professional development activities in a conference environment to K-12 faculty and staff in the New York metropolitan area. Dr. Cicero’s formal education started with Manhattan College (B.S.), followed by Adelphi University (M.A.) and then New York University where he earned his doctoral degree (Ed.D.). He also received New York State certifications in school building administration and school district administration at Hofstra University.