Featured speakers

July 18


stand tall steve bollar
Classroom management that works

A teacher’s ability to effectively manage student behavior is arguably, the most important indicator of the short- and long-term success of a teacher. The challenge with teaching teachers to effectively manage their students’ behaviors, teachers tend not to understand the impact or reaction caused by their own actions.  They tend to struggle with creating a comprehensive repertoire of management strategies. Steve will show you:

  • How to make meaningful connections with students that lead to a sense of respect from the students to the teachers. 
  • How to direct and not ask within the daily lessons and activities within the classroom (which improves confidence of the teacher).
  • How to properly follow up on negative behaviors and properly recognize positive behaviors in order to create a sensible balance within the classroom. 

Ideas, IDeas, Ideas

Creating change doesn’t have to be costly or complicated - in fact, this most popular keynote is chock-full of ways to create massive change in your school without spending a lot or planning huge initiatives. Based on Steve’s popular book of the same title, this session will show you:

      •  How to rejuvenate the climate and culture in your school while being creative, unique, and fun… which
           will show your students first-hand how to use their imaginations to problem solve!
      •  Ideas that can be implemented RIGHT AWAY (without months-long planning) to improve the morale,
           culture and climate in your school.
      •  How to change your thinking when it comes to recognition, reinforcement and results… you don’t have
           to settle for boring old awards anymore!  You can inspire your staff through creative rewards that
           make a real change in your school.

Stand Tall Leadership

Developing your leaders is more than a simple promotion - you have to help them manage effectively, inspire your organization to follow them, and communicate effectively at all times. In this presentation, Steve will show you:

      •  How to empower your leaders to make crucial decisions and strengthen them to make those decisions
           easily (which means more will get done with less struggle!)
      •  How to help your leaders connect with staff and understand their needs so they can be effective…
           because if a leader has no followers, are they really leading?
      •  How to treat your superstar employees & leaders to keep them right where they are (with you!) and
           not lose them to other opportunities.

Bruce Bell and Patricia Sheffer
Got Fred? How KASA's fred award makes a difference

Join 2014 Kentucky Fred Bruce Bell, Union County Superintendent Patricia Sheffer, and KASA Executive Director Rhonda Caldwell as they share the purpose, history, and impact that the Fred Award can make for your school district.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear how you can recognize those special people whose passion for their work on behalf of children and staff, turns the ordinary into the extraordinary every day.    

Barry Posner
Strategies for enabling students to exercise leadership

Join Professor Barry Posner as he describes the research about how “students” make extraordinary things happen, and how The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® framework applies to the students in your schools and communities.  Learn about student leadership development programs, with diverse audiences from Camp Fire to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy).  Come away with many ideas about how you can help the students you work with learn to exercise leadership (take initiative, accept responsibility, stand up for their beliefs, and work well with their peers).

learning leadership: how you build a culture of LEADERSHIP

Based upon the research reported in their book Learning Leadership, Professor of Leadership at the Leavey School of Business (Santa Clara University) Barry Posner will provide five proven strategies for helping yourself, your colleagues, and your school/district to become a leadership incubator.  Learn how to make good on the promise of your school to help students become leaders.

Karen burke
Literacy accountability to ensure increased student achievement

Today’s leaders are responsible for assuring students exiting their districts are thoughtful, productive, literate citizens who are positioned for success in the ever-changing global landscape. Yet, improving students’ literacy achievement requires a coordinated effort driven by a comprehensive, strategic process guided by key metrics that are regularly monitored. Effective districts use accountability as a positive element to focus continuous improvement.

Michael Haggen
The road to comprehensive literacy: A leader's plan for action

This presentation will share key learnings from the work that was done in New Orleans to rebuild the schools after Katrina and how those lessons can be applied to increasing teacher effectiveness and student achievement in other districts. Participants will be given leadership strategies, which will enable them to implement a district-wide, high-quality comprehensive literacy plan that is embraced by all stake holders.

Dee Dee Ashby and
Robert Carter

developing effective school/law enforcement partnerships

So what can we do together?  In today’s times, school safety is in the forefront of everyone’s mind.  School safety is no longer just a law enforcement or school issue.  It is now a nationwide issue.  In this session, Superintendent Deana Ashby and Director of Engagement, Equity and School Support Robert Carter, will focus on healthy relationships between administrators and law enforcement.  The presenters will share a model that has proven to be successful in education, government, and industry.  So what can we do together?

Renaissance learning
choosing your dyslexia universal screener

Join us for this session to gain insights on how to start every K-3 student on the path to success. The presenter will reference the recently released Dyslexia Toolkit from the Kentucky Department of Education. Together, we'll explore how Kentucky educators can assess phonological and phonemic awareness, alphabet knowledge, sound-symbol recognition, and decoding skills, all while providing:

       •  Highly rated reliable and valid testing
       •  Assessment in as little as 10 minutes
       •  Immediate, actionable real-time data


literacy equity and access for all

During this session, you’ll discover literacy growth solutions that empower Kentucky educators to monitor, motivate, and measure students’ reading skills. See how you can use insight data on students’ reading proficiency to guide their progress toward Kentucky-specific standards, KPREP, and ACT success. With a digital literacy platform, literacy growth barriers are removed, ensuring that readers of all levels and varying socioeconomic backgrounds are consistently progressing.

ron mcdanieL
the datA made me do it

With the abundance of student data in classrooms, making data-driven decisions is harder than ever. Join Renaissance® Solution Architect Ron McDaniel for a discussion on how to collect, visualize, interpret, and act on your student data so you can improve decision making and student performance and encourage continued growth.



Gain strategies for teaching your students phonemic awareness, and learn why phonemic awareness is critical for building foundational literacy skills.  Join this session to learn:
       •  Why learning to read begins with a single sound
       •  How phonemic awareness strengthens other foundational literacy skills
       •  Why developing automaticity and speed of listening is crucial
       •  Best practices to teach phonemic awareness in the PreK-2 classroom
       •  How to use data to inform and differentiate instruction to build
            this key skill

Trent Lovett
responding to an actual violent crisis

On January 23, 2018 a tragic school shooting occurred at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. Listen as Superintendent Trent Lovett describes the events of the tragic day and the steps taken in the aftermath. You will receive a first person look from not only the Superintendent, but the father of a student who was inside the school. Then listen as he describes the steps taken throughout the district over the next several days, weeks and months to help calm fears throughout the community. 

larry bell
powerful systems administrators need to have in place in order to effectively close the achievement gap in a school or district

This engaging, interactive session will cover the five essential areas that must be addressed by any school or district to close the various gaps that exist. Many schools and districts address only two and sometimes three of the areas. This is why achievement gaps in some places close for a year or two but then re-appear. Administrators will receive strategies that will help address each area and be provided examples of where the strategies have been used successfully.

the most common mistakes administrators make preparing schools for end-of-year testing and ways to avoid them

This lively session will give each participant tremendous tools to use to ensure that students are able to give back the information on test day that they were taught all year. Unfortunately, many administrators do not realize that some decisions they make actually cost the school a significant number of percentage points in student scores when these issues could easily have been avoided. This session will help administrators recognize these mistakes, but also discuss viable alternatives to some of these issues as they pop up. Do not let correctable errors cost your school points unnecessarily.

administrative strategies to establish a culture of  high expectations and acceptance of all students in the school

What makes all students feel welcome and respected in a school or district? What things can administrators do to ensure that all teachers do the simple things that make students want to come to school and feel that they are valued? This session will discuss ways administrators can systemize simple teacher behaviors and expectations throughout a school or district. Without systems people believe they are performing actions more than they actually do. Even more alarming is that, without systems in place, there is tremendous disparity from one classroom to the next regarding expectations set for the students. This session will help administrators establish standards and make sure they are implemented uniformly throughout the school or district.