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Onsite Registration is Now Closed. 
You may register onsite at the Galt House beginning at 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning.


Keynote Session Speakers



Thursday 9:00 a.m.

John Borkowski, J.D., Partner with Husch Blackwell Law Office

For three decades, John Borkowski has protected clients from risks and conflict and helped them make sound decisions to advance their mission. He responds quickly, and identifies and synthesizes core issues. His strong relationships with federal regulators and civil rights groups also benefit clients. John has a deep grasp of the practical, legal and policy issues facing not only schools and colleges but also other nonprofits and businesses in the education sector.  John earned his B.A. from Notre Dame University and a J.D. from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.  




Thursday 3:35 p.m.

Need to Know Law

An update on recent court cases and other school law developments from around the country Presenters: Charles Cagle, J.D., Lewis Thomason Law Firm; Wayne Young, J.D., KASA 

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Friday 9:00 a.m.

Troy Hutchings, Ed.D., Senior Policy Advisor, NASDTEC

Troy Hutchings researches, writes, and speaks in the areas of professional ethics, educator misconduct, and frameworks for an ethical and legal teaching practice. He presents to various state and national policy and practitioner groups across the United States and Canada. Hutchings also provides expert witness testimony in judicial hearings; collaborates on policy initiatives with state, federal and provincial agencies; and has been the subject matter expert on a variety of national projects dealing with educator ethics including the Model Code of Ethics for Educators and the National Council for the Advancement of Educator Ethics. 

His contributions to the field of professional practices were recognized nationally when he received the 2009 Annual Doug Bates Award and gave the associated lecture. He was also named the 2016 Anna Funk Lockey Annual Endowed Lecturer, joining international education notables Sir Ken Robinson, Theodore Sizer, Albert Shanker, Jonathon Kozel, Diane Ravitch and others who have been honored with this award. Hutchings has been interviewed by numerous national and state media outlets and his work has been prominently featured in professional publications.

Dr. Hutchings is the Senior Policy Advisor for the National Association for the State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC). He has a record of full-time teaching, research, and administrative responsibilities at the university level spanning 15 years, and has also served as a high school teacher, administrator and coach in public and private schooling environments for an additional 16 years. In addition, he spent four years conducting research, creating resources and developing thought-leadership capacity in educator ethics for a non-profit educational assessment company.




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Pension Reform: What We  Know Now (Keynote)

Long awaited action on pension reform may or may not be complete at the time of thus conference session. However, TRS deputy executive secretary Beau Barnes will deliver with clarity and accuracy the very latest information available pending or recently and enacted public pension legislation.
Presented by Robert J. “Beau” Barnes, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Teachers’ Retirement System

Pension Reform: What We  Know Now (Keynote)

Long awaited action on pension reform may or may not be complete at the time of thus conference session. However, TRS deputy executive secretary Beau Barnes will deliver with clarity and accuracy the very latest information available pending or recently and enacted public pension legislation.
Presented by Robert J. “Beau” Barnes, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Teachers’ Retirement System

Pension Reform: What We  Know Now (Keynote)

Long awaited action on pension reform may or may not be complete at the time of thus conference session. However, TRS deputy executive secretary Beau Barnes will deliver with clarity and accuracy the very latest information available pending or recently and enacted public pension legislation.
Presented by Robert J. “Beau” Barnes, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Teachers’ Retirement System