2020 Conference Keynote Announcement

Or we should say Keynote SPEAKERS

The Conference Committee is excited to announce that we will have a keynote each day of the conference.
Here’s the line up:

Wednesday, April 22, 12:00 pm

Dr. Lori Desautels, Assistant Professor, Butler University’s College of Education,

How Our Brains Learn, Feel, Behave, and Socialize When There are Adversity and Trauma

In this session, we will explore brain development through an educator’s lens. We will learn how adversity and trauma affect the way we learn, behave, and perceive the world, addressing specific brain aligned strategies that regulate our nervous systems and help us to connect with one another.



Thursday, April 23, 12:15 pm

Steve Haffner

From A-ha to Ta-da!

Challenge your invisible mental deceptions to achieve magical results





Friday, April 24, 8:30 am

Kim Strobel, Remembering Your Why

Meaning, Purpose, And Passion In Education

As someone who has experienced moments of powerlessness in my personal life, as well as in my career as an educator, I’m all too familiar with how easy it is to feel helpless. Teachers, in general, are struggling right now. Educators feel they are working in a time of chaos; they are over-worked, overwhelmed, and over-stressed. Some have lost a lot of their joy. And what concerns me most is the toll these feelings are taking on them and how it’s affecting their lives, their classrooms, and their students.

But I believe that sometimes it’s out of the chaos that solutions cry out. Teachers need to be reminded of their “why” to experience professional growth in education—and they need tools to help them navigate the ever-changing landscape of this profession.

During this keynote, I share the story of a very special student who had a profound impact on my life. Teachers are moved to tears when they hear about this student who faced challenges not just in the classroom, but also at home. I share this story because it drives home how truly important it is for teachers to remember and embrace their “why”—because this student taught me a lot about my own reasons for teaching.

I’m determined to help teachers rediscover their passion for teaching, but more than anything, I want them to reclaim their lives and stand proud on this path they have chosen. I want to empower them because they are the ones who step in our classrooms 180 days a year and hold great influence on our children. What they do matters greatly, and the fact that they feel called to teach … well, this is truly a service of the heart.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

        • What we do MATTERS
        • What’s your WHY?
        • When we lose our WHY, we lose our WAY
        • How to Reclaim Your Profession and Joy
        • Relationships Matter: Love First, Teach Second
        • Culture and Climate


    • 2020 Conference Keynote Page


The schedule is subject to change.

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