Sunday Opening session will feature Jimmy Wayne. Jimmy Wayne is a country music star who has been talking to audiences from Alaska to Miami to Russia, with a simple message, but one that is not often forgotten. You can make a difference. In his case, it was Bea Costner, who basically gave him a place to stay as a teenager, and that gesture alone made Wayne's life take a sudden turn for the better! From a trajectory of homelessness to a path that began with education followed by a huge success in music.
Much of what brought Wayne to this new place is chronicled in his book Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way, written with Ken Abraham. It has been a New York Times bestseller three times.
It's a presentation designed as a get-off-your-butt-and-take-action inspirational talk. It will be a life-changing presentation you won't want to miss!
Monday's General Session will feature Tim Hodges from Gallup. After years of research work with the Gallup polling firm, Hodges has reached a basic conclusion about what is most important in education. “At the end of the day, it comes down to the relationship between the teacher and the student,” Hodges said.
In addition to working for Gallup, Tim serves as executive director of the University of Nebraska's Clifton Strengths Institute, established to identify and help the next generation of high-achieving leaders.
Hodges says understanding what key stakeholders think about public education is critical to helping students be engaged and hopeful. Teacher shortages, student poverty and improving the academic performance of unprepared students are key issues that have his interest.
"That whole issue of creating a positive school climate and safe place for students, continues to be an issue that we need to address," Hodges said. "The conversation about social and emotional learning and poverty's effects on learning - that conversation is louder than it has been in the past."
Stand Tall Steve, Steven A. Bollar will close out our conference on Tuesday morning. He is known for his quick wit, creative thought, and humorous personality. This awesome combination and in-depth experience make him one of the premier master motivators and educational thought leaders.
After seven years as a visual arts teacher Steve took his creativity to the administrator ranks, serving as an assistant principal, principals assistant superintendent and director of schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Stand Tall Steve is the author of the book Ideas Ideas Ideas which is a collection of proven ideas to improve climate and culture of a school or district.
You won't want to miss his story and his ideas as he will send you back to your school fired up and ready to attack the remainder of the school year!
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations will be accepted ONLY if received before February 1, 2020 and will be subject to a $50 administrative charge. Any cancellations not received after February 15, 2019 will be charged the entire fee.