Pre-Event Workshops

Wednesday, July 29
From At-Risk to At-Promise  
Larry Bell is an amazing educational consultant, inspirational speaker, and
author whose work across the country demonstrates that all students are "at-promise" of success. From teaching at a large, high-poverty high school in Virgina to working as Supervisor of Multicultural Education, he has learned that what we say to students matters. 

Larry believes that when teachers consistently and intentionally encourage their students, the students begin to feel their teacher believes in them and this in turn helps them believe in themselves. 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!
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Cost $99 | (3 hours EILA credit)
From Surviving to Thriving
Beth Houf is the principal of Fulton  Middle School in central Missouri. She is the co-author of Lead Like a Pirate: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff. She has spoken at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, the Association for Middle-Level Education National Conference, The National Principal Conference and many state and local educational venues. 

Beth was named the Missouri National Distinguished Principal for 2016. Join Beth as she shares her story from burnout to brightness. She will help bring you back to your why of leadership, share strategies to build strong relationships with those you serve as well as take time to focus on personal wellness. 
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Cost $99 | (3 hours EILA credit)
Bullet-Proof Minds 
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman 
is an internationally recognized scholar, author, solider, and speaker. He is an Airborne Ranger infantry officer, and a prior-service sergeant and paratrooper, with a total of over 23 years experience in leading U.S. soldiers worldwide. He retired from the Army in February 1998 and has devoted himself full-time to teaching, writing, speaking and research. Col Grossman brings a unique perspective that focuses on prevention and the recognition of potential threats in the school setting. His work on the desensitizing effect of video games on students has been at the center of the national conversation on the issue.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Cost $99 | (3 hours EILA credit)