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Thursday General Session

Creating a Great Work Culture Using the Intelligence of Fun

Presented by: Craig Zablocki

People have different ideas about what fun is. Yet, all organizations know, that feeling part of a team is fun. A state of openness and connection is fun, whether you are an introvert or extrovert, a corporate CEO or an HR Manager. Everyone loves the “Aha” moments when solutions to a problem come into view. The Intelligence of Fun unlocks the keys to seeing Business solutions to problems as fun – being solution-minded and not problem-focused. 

The point is that working within a culture of playfulness, is proven to increase productivity, motivation, creativity, new learning, and staff engagement. It affects everything … from the bottom line up.This program is guaranteed to leave participants laughing…. while unleashing Craig’s secret of “taking your task seriously… and yourselves lightly”! 




Friday General Session

Turning Negative Heat Into Positive Energy!

Presented by Dr. John Draper


Change is hard—but organizations that don’t change are doomed to obsolescence.  The challenge is for school leaders to design change so that staff members embrace and support it.  There are 3 fundamental change elements to start right or get back on track quickly.  Dr. Draper shares a simple but powerful template for leading effective change without losing your job! 

John Draper has energized audiences of educators, school leaders and community members in over 45 states.  His presentations are marked by thoughtful analysis, engaging narrative and a refreshing passion for the mission of public schools. He makes research fun!

As the CEO of the Educational Research Service in Washington, DC, Dr. Draper spawned conversations among school leaders nationwide on engaging staff and communities in active support of our schools.  His presentations are known for getting to the root of the research and translating it into focused, proactive leadership practices.  He is now a nation-wide consultant working with the National School Public Relations Association to expand support for public schools.  NSPRA is a membership organization dedicated to helping educational leaders build community support for schools and school districts.