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Tap into your potential with Discovery Education's Speakers Bureau. Work with our team of keynote speakers and workshop leaders to identify, encourage, and promote the most effective use of technology in the classroom.
Shanika Hope


Shanika Hope, PhD is Vice President of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment for Discovery Education. She is responsible for providing leadership in the development of instructional resources including assessments and professional development content that underscores the role of digital content and technology in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the new assessment systems. She serves as a thought leader and leading expert for the business in the areas of curriculum, standards, assessment and adult learning theory. Shanika has been with Discovery Education since 2010. Prior to joining the company, Shanika served as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for the District of Columbia. Additionally, she managed and supported more than three dozen DC public schools and public charter schools in various capacities. Additionally, she served as a teacher, principal and school turnaround specialist. She holds a PhD in Education and an MS in Math and Science Education from Old Dominion University and is a member of Phi Delta Kappa and ASCD.

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Keynote or Concurrent Sessions


Teachers, Technology and the Common Core Transition

Explore high-impact instructional practices designed to support educators with their transition to the Common Core State Standards. Participants will examine practical strategies for using digital content and technologies to engage students in today’s 21st Century classrooms to improve learning for all students.

Rules of Engagement for Sustained Change

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a new set of expectations designed to assure all students achieve college and career readiness. This session will facilitate a conversation amongst participants to examine current goals and initiatives to determine if they are the “right” goals for tomorrow’s leaders.

New Heights of Rigor and Relevance with the Common Core

The Common Core State Standards(CCSS) articulate rigorous expectations in the areas of Mathematics and English Language Arts along with the knowledge and skills students need in order to be successful in college and careers. This interactive planning session will explore several districts’ journey to transition and implement the Common Core State Standards AND the changing instructional models required to successfully translate the rigorous CCSS expectations into effective instructional practice.


What People Are Saying

"Shanika is extremely knowledgeable and engaging and delivers the message of transformation with gravity."
"Dr. Hope's insight and understanding of the Common Core and its implications in the classroom compels principals and educators to examine their instructional practice to engage students differently."
District Leader

Types of Sessions She Delivers

  • Keynote/Featured Sessions
  • Concurrent Sessions

Topics She Covers

  • 21st Century Leadership
  • Common Core
  • Media and Instruction
  • Professional Learning
  • Assessment