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Thursday 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.


Friday General Session Speaker

“Celebrate! Lessons Learned from the World’s Most Admired Organizations”
Scott Friedman, Keynote Speaker

“Celebration” is one of the most effective ways to engage employees, improve team performance and raise productivity. In this entertaining, interactive, content-rich session, you will learn how to create a culture of innovation and celebration leading to more innovative, authentic, responsive employees. Learn what the most admired organizations are doing to honor, celebrate, engage and retain employees and customers. Your reward will be a happier, healthier, more engaged workplace.