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Daryl B. Greenfield

Opening General Session
March 20, 2024 / 9:00-10:30am

Daryl Greenfield, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology & Pediatrics and Cooper Fellow at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL. He works at the intersection of research, policy, and practice in early science education, using science, technology, and engineering (STE) as the foundation for improving multiple areas of school readiness and developing 21st Century Thinking Skills for infants, toddlers and preschoolers at educational risk. He has led multi-year grants from federal agencies including the Institute of Education Science (IES), the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and projects funded by private foundations including the Stranahan Foundation, The Buffet Early Childhood Fund, the United Way, and the Glenn W. Bailey Foundation.  

Daryl has given invited presentations/keynote addresses to research, practitioner and policy audiences including: the White House symposium on early STEM education; the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine; the Council of Chief School System Officers; the Leping Foundation in Beijing, China, Cambridge U (UK); the Buffett Early Childhood Institute; the Florida Annual Early Childhood Conference; and invited colloquium presentations at multiple prestigious Universities. He serves as the early education STE advisor on the Head Start National Center on Early Childhood Development Teaching and Learning Research to Equitable Practice Advisory Panel; the National Center for Parent, Family, & Community Engagement; the National STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education Center (STEMIE) and a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee that wrote the 2022 Consensus Volume, ”Science and Engineering from Preschool through Elementary Grades: The Brilliance of Children and Strength of Educators.”  

Daryl is also highly active in the National Educare Learning Network (ELN) where he has served as the local research partner for Miami Educare since they joined the Network in 2008 and is currently a member of the ELN Policy and Advocacy Work group. He is also a member of the Teachstone CLASS advisory panel. He is the national science advisor for California’s current work on revising the California preschool Foundations to make them more equity based. 

Finally, Daryl has two young grandsons (1 and 4) and two young granddaughters (4 and 7) who he loves teaching and learning with and joining in their excitement, wonderment, and curious investigation of their world.  

Lloyd Hopkins

Closing General Session
March 22, 2024 / 3:00-4:00pm

Executive Director/Founder, Million Dollar Teacher Project Lloyd Hopkins is an organizational leader with extensive experience in community and nonprofit work. He has worked in and around education for 18 years. He graduated from Arizona State University with his degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership and took his passion for ensuring quality education for all to launch the teacher recruitment and retention program, Million Dollar Teacher Project. In addition to being a Founder and Executive Director he is also an entrepreneur and philanthropist. As a philanthropist he is the Chair of Real Engagement through Active Philanthropy (R.E.A.P) which is a fund under the Arizona Community Foundation the supports programs making positive impacts on African-American Youth and is currently working with an Achieve60AZ Taskforce on improving attainment for the African American community in Arizona. For his efforts he was recently a finalist for the Phoenix Center of the Arts Mayor’s Arts Awards for his Million Dollar Teacher Tree program and was honored by the East Valley NAACP with the Malala Yousafzai Equity in Education Award. He is also an alum of Valley Leadership’s Class 40.

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