Featured Speakers

July 29


From At Risk to At Promise
Larry Bell, Multicultural America
Larry Bell has been an early advocate of recognizing students as at-promise rather than at-risk, with his work cited by the California legislature in a resolution that encourages teachers and leaders to use the term “at-promise” to describe disadvantaged youth. Larry delivers a passionate and informative message that will provide tools and ideas for raising the bar and supporting your students who face tremendous challenges in their lives.  If you like energy and a “get real” approach, this is the session for you! 

Lessons Learned from the Sandy Hook Tragedy
Dr. Joseph Erardi, Retired Newtown, Connecticut Superintendent (Sandy Hook)

Dr.  Joseph Erardi, retired superintendent from Newtown, Conn., will share lessons learned from the December 2012 Sandy Hook tragedy. As part of this interactive session, you'll learn best proactive practices, the importance of safety-related partnerships, and the critical need for updated and understandable safety information in your school district.  Attendees will learn how to improve their present plan and response protocols during a crisis, and how to create optimal reunification plans and strategies for managing the district post-emergency.
Learner-Centered Innovation: Creating the Conditions for Meaningful Change
Dr. Katie Martin, Altitude Learning

The future of education will require new school models, new approaches for teaching and learning, and innovative leaders who can create the conditions for meaningful change. In this interactive design session, participants will dive into the essential components of learner-centered education, and engage in collaborative activities to empathize, ideate, and design learning experiences that will accelerate the shift to effective and empowering learning experiences for all students. 
Let's Get Digital!
Beth Houf, Middle School Principal in Missouri and Co-Author of Lead Like a Pirate: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff
Join Beth as we explore digital tools to enhance both the instructional leadership and management responsibilities of the principal. We will dive into PLN's, social media, Web 2.0 applications, blogging and much, much MORE Bring your devices and be ready to CONNECT! 
The Student Leadership Challenge®
Gary Morgan, Gary Morgan & Co., and the Student Leadership Excellence Academy

The Student Leadership Challenge® is grounded in the same extensive research as the classic Leadership Challenge products and programs that were created by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner for use with adult learners in organizations, executive development, and graduate-level programs around the world. With a unique focus on younger learners, The Student Leadership Challenge® has been consistently proven to liberate the leader in every student or young person—regardless of age and experience.