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Opening General Session

Thursday, May 20 (8:15 - 9:45 AM)

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.


Second General Session

Friday, May 21 (8:45 - 10:30 am)

“CELEBRATE! The Secret to Winning in the New Abnormal”
Scott Freidman, Keynote Speaker

During this crazy time, it is easy to be stressed out, anxious, and fearful. Or we can look at this time as an opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reinvent ourselves and our careers. It really is up to us every day to choose our attitude.

Discover how by turning on your “GPS”- Gratitude, Play, and Surprise – you will gain control over your emotions, your well-being, and your life.

Learn the tools and skills to help you and your organization create a happier, healthier, more connected workplace. 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. Let’s celebrate what’s good in life and set ourselves up for a healthy more positive, productive future.

Learn more about Scott Friedman here.