Please continue to check this page as we are currently organizing speakers for the 2019 National Conference on School Discipline. If you would like more information on becoming a speaker at this conference or any of our other conferences please email us at pd@accutrain.com.


Rosalind Wiseman - Educator, Parent Expert & Social Activist

Queen Bees & Masterminds: Navigating Friendships, Social Conflicts & Popularity
Speaker Rosalind Wiseman, the New York Times bestsellers Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & Other Realities of Adolescence & Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests,Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World pulls back the curtain on what's really going on in boys and girls friendships and social hierarchies. She'll share how boys' and girls' social group dynamics influence their interactions and offer step-by-step advice on how to teach young people how to navigate these common yet complex situations. She’ll also explain why young people can be reluctant to ask for help and give common-sense suggestions to break through communication barriers. This presentation can be tailored to both student and adult audiences and will be customized to reflect any specifics that should be addressed in your community..

Dr. Michael Gurian - Marriage and Family Counselor and New York Times Bestselling Author

Boys & Girls Learn Differently: Why Gender-Based Instruction Works

Dr. Christopher Emdin - Professor of Science Education & Author

Reimagining Education: Using Hip-Hop as an Approach to Teaching from the Students’ Standpoint
In this talk, Dr. Emdin uses hip-hop as an approach to teaching and learning that privileges students’ realities. The talk provides with an approach to pedagogy that comprises of practical and tangible approaches to instruction, but also a philosophy for teaching and learning that gives teachers and school leaders a path towards more effective practice.

Larry Thompson - Supportive Discipline Innovator & Creator of "Responsibility-Centered Discipline"

Dr. Michael Gurian - Marriage and Family Counselor and New York Times Bestselling Author

Robert Jackson - National Speaker and Author

Building Cultural Awareness & Effective Communication with Staff and Students
There is Power in being an Educator. During this interactive keynote address, educators will learn how to activate that power to inspire all students to be success stories. Educators will be challenged to self-evaluate their day to day routine. Strategies will be given to build positive relationships and cultural awareness with students and staff. Who are you as an educator? We must understand our roles to positively impact our students. There are several factors that affect our view of our children that will be mapped out during this keynote also. We must recharge our batteries and renew our minds daily so our students receive our best. Educators will leave this keynote recharged and empowered to do their jobs more efficiently.

MaryGrace Bell - Attorney at Law

Top Five Legal Issues Affecting Schools, Administrators and Teachers in 2018
Knowledge is power, particularly when it comes to avoiding litigation. As a former teacher and current attorney for school districts, MaryGrace knows that school employees’ jobs are hard enough without the fear of avoiding lawsuits. In this session, MaryGrace will discuss five legal issues that administrators and teachers should be aware of in 2018:

  1. Bullying
  2. School Safety
  3. Discrimination of Students with Disabilities
  4. Student Discipline
  5. Transgender Students

MaryGrace will explain what the laws says about each of these issues and will identify steps school employees can take to avoid litigation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how the law defines bullying and how schools are required to respond to bullying
  • Explore school safety best practices
  • Understand the basic mechanisms of Section 504
  • Identify schools’ obligations to retroactively respond to discrimination of disabled students and proactively work to prevent it
  • Understand what the law says about student discipline
  • Identify the situations in which schools are required to provide due process to students and understand why due process is important.
  • Understand the gingerbread schematic as it relates to transgender students
  • Review recent court decisions addressing the rights of transgender students and understand the trajectory of these decisions


Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.Ed. - Child & Adult Psychiatrist; Learning Differences Expert

The American Edge: The Mind of the Entrepreneur

Dr. Yong Zhao - Expert on Globalization & Education

Merlyna Valentine - Transformational Leadership Principal, National Speaker & Consultant

From Impossible to Possible...Every Child, Every Day

Dr. Peter DeWitt - Best-Selling Author

Brian Mendler - International Speaker, Author, Expert on Working with Disruptive Students