PLENARY & KEYNOTE SESSIONS


ATLANTA PLENARY SESSIONS

Dr. Pedro Noguera - Sociologist, Author, Expert on Impact of Society & Culture on Schools

Excellence through Equity: Making Powerful Teaching & Learning Available to All Students
While the movement for standards and accountability has largely succeeded in bringing greater attention to disparities in student achievement, surprisingly little attention has been given to what it takes to create conditions in schools that will make achievement for all students more likely. Missing from much of the policy debate related to achievement is how to place equity at the center of education reform, and how to support and cultivate effective teaching in schools. This presentation will describe principles and practices that have proven effective in meeting the needs of a wide variety of learners, and how they can avoid the zero-sum scenario which leads some to believe that we have to choose between the pursuit of excellence and equity. This presentation will show why the path to excellence is through equity and what we can do to make it happen. It will also explore how schools can develop effective partnerships with parents and community groups to further efforts to raise achievement.

Baruti Kafele - Internationally-Renowned Speaker and Best-Selling Author

David Rendall - International Speaker, Author, Neurodiversity Thought Leader

ATLANTA KEYNOTE SESSIONS

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

Craig Boykin - Acclaimed Author and Professional Speaker


LAS VEGAS PLENARY SESSIONS

Dr. Randy Sprick - Creator Safe & Civil Schools

Molly Barker - Social Innovator and Founder of Girls on the Run and Running Mates USA

Putting Your Passion to Work
Molly Barker shares the story of how Girls on the Run was launched, as well as the lessons she has learned in managing its phenomenal growth. She explores the challenges faced by most passionate entrepreneurs, both in the business management and its effect on personal balance. Audiences leave with renewed inspiration to pursue their goals and dreams.

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

LAS VEGAS KEYNOTE SESSIONS

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

Robert Jackson - Author, National Speaker, Consultant, and Owner of Lavelle Publishing and Nova Concepts Speakers

Baruti Kafele - Urban Principal / School Turnaround Specialist

Molly Barker - Social Innovator and Founder of Girls on the Run and Running Mates USA

Climbing Out of the Girl Box
Molly Barker encourages her audience to examine the “boxes” from which they have lived their lives and to step outside their comfort zones and seek a new, innovative and more joyful context through which to view the world. She inspires audiences to question their actions, thoughts and current position in life and to explore the “what if’s” to realize their greatest human potential.