General Session Keynotes & Speakers

Opening Keynote

Culture, Politics and Angry parents: The Case for Professional Ethics
Public education has always been the backdrop to society's cultural and political skirmishes. This past year was no exception. Initiatives which have been central to the mission of public schooling for decades - equity, equality, inclusion, diversity and the deconstruction of barriers to thinking critically - have come under attack in numerous communities throughout the country. In many districts, school board members, administrators, teachers and school librarians are facing escalating hostility. Our professional ethics are inextricably intertwined for moments like there - strengthening our professional resolve regardless of circumstances.

Troy Hutchings
Dr. Hutchings is the Senior Policy Advisor for the National Association for the State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC). He served as a high school teacher, administrator and coach in public and private schooling environments for 16 years, and has a record of full-time teaching, research, and administrative responsibilities at the university level spanning an additional 15 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.

Closing Keynote
From Cheating Concerns to Open-Ended Opportunities: Embracing AI in Our Schools
Many school leaders hear about the challenges of artificial intelligence via warning from teachers about rampant cheating with ChatGPT. But the AI at your fingertips is much more than a quick fix for an English essay. Join Beth Z, Your Nerdy Best Friend, for a practical discussion about the uses for AI that will make your life easier. This program will shed light on how AI is not just a tool for students but a powerful school leader ally that can significantly ease the administrative burden and open up a world of opportunities for enhancing the educational experience. In this session you will explore the may ways AI can streamline administrative tasks, enhance communication, and help you identify and solve problems that seem insurmountable sometimes. Engage in conversations with peers to share insights, experiences and innovative ideas for implementing AI in your schools, and learn strategies to leverage AI for curriculum development, personalized learning, and creativity/critical thinking among students and faculty.

Beth Z "Your Nerdy Best Friend"
 Beth Z brings fun and information together in her sessions. You will experience group exercises and games to help facilitate collaboration and new connections. Her content is unique, and she brings with her practical tips letting her attendees walk out of her session with the right tools for them. She is not your traditional speaker, she engages with attendees with conversations, jokes and more. Beth takes the fear out of technology and helps you get right to the point with effective apps and tools that you can integrate into your everyday work and life.

Moment of Inspiration
Our perspectives are shaped by our backgrounds, life experiences, and the people around us. As education leaders we must understand how our personal perspectives guide who we are and how those perspective impact those we serve. Once we understand this, we can begin to understand our stakeholder’s perspectives that guide them to interact with us and our communities.

Principal Tim Isaacs has learned how his personal life experiences shaped his path as a school leader and guides his vision for what he wants Central Hardin High School to be for the students. In sharing his story, he hopes other school leaders can use his journey to help them develop their own path forward.

Tim Isaacs
Time received his bachelor's from Georgetown College, a Master's degree in School Administration from Western Kentucky and completed his E.D.S. at the University of the Cumberlands. He began his career working in a Residential Treatment facility for nearly 6 years known as the Glen Dale Children's Home. This is the same facility he'd lived in as a teenager from the time he was 14 until he graduated from East Hardin High School at 19 years old. He left Glen Dale to take a position as a teacher and a coach in the Hardin County school system in 1998. In 2005, he was named an Assistant Principal at Central Hardin. In January of 2010 he was named Interim Principal and served in that role for 18 months, in the fall of 2012 he was named principal of Central Hardin High School.

Lessons Learned from the Eastern Kentucky Flood
When it comes to unavoidable disasters, preparation is a school leader's number one defense. What happens when it comes during the summer months in the middle of the night? What is the defense against raging flood waters and how do you lead the school community through recovery? In this session, you will learn from Knott and Letcher counties who met this disaster head on and continue to lead their communities today. What are the lessons learned? How might leaders prepare for future events? And how might we connect organizations state and nationwide to assist with ongoing needs such as caring for staff and students through simple measures such as a coat for the winter. Don't miss this session and the opportunity to pose your questions direct to them.
Presented by Brandi Sims and Jennifer Dyer, Knott County Schools and Amber Stewart, Jennifer Couch and Scottie Billiter, Letcher County Schools

Register Onsite on October 25 at 8:00 a.m. EDT on the first floor of the Crowne Plaza, Louisville

October 25, 2023
Place: Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Center, 830 Phillips Lane, Louisville
Earlybird rate (until 9/25/23)
$249 - Members
$349 - Nonmembers

After 9/25/23
$299 - Members
$399 - Nonmembers

Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Center, 830 Phillips Lane, Louisville
Room Rate: $120.00 + Tax
Check-in: 3 p.m. 
Check-out: 11 a.m.
Book your lodging by October 10, 2023 click here to book online


Cancellation Policy
Cancellations will be accepted through October 3, 2023 but must be submitted in writing via email (, fax (502) 875-4631, or mail to 87 C. Michael Davenport Blvd., Frankfort, KY 40601.
Refunds will be issued less an administrative fee of $49 to offset the cost of materials purchased on your behalf.
Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations or no-shows after October 3, 2023, due to commitments KASA made to the hotel and other suppliers on your behalf. You are welcome to substitute a school leader in your place, member/nonmember rate will apply.

*Written cancellation or substitution is required to protect both KASA members and staff from the uncertainty and misunderstandings that may occur because of cancellations made by phone during a hectic work period.

For questions regarding your registration, please contact the KASA office (800) 928-5272.

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