KEYNOTE AND FEATURED Presenters

Collaborate. Build. Nurture. Reflect.

Cornelius and Kassandra Minor

School. Lifelong memories are made there. Kids don’t just learn there. They become. For many adults, the experiences we had in school did not simply teach us. For better or for worse, they made us. We don’t have to replicate the “for worse.” We can work together to reimagine school. For better.

Deep Kindness

Houston Kraft

In a world filled with division and anxiety, Houston will talk about practical ways to infuse compassion into the schools we serve and our daily personal routines. From his experience speaking in over 600 schools and working with over 6,000 schools as co-founder of CharacterStrong, he will share powerful insights and exercises to help create more kind communities.

Featured Speakers

Jack Berckemeyer

Taming the Team and Managing the Madness

Amber Chandler

The Flexible SEL Classroom

Jen Cort

Re-energizing Advisory

Kevin Dykema

Why Middle School Math Matters

Phyllis Fagell

Helping Students Thrive: Why Middle School Matters

Belinda George

Creating a Restorative Culture

Cedrick Gray

Courageous School Leadership

Persida Himmele

Total Participation Techniques

William Himmele

Total Participation Technique

Kim Karr

Building Digital Trust and Safety on Campus

Walter Lee

No Cap, Let’s Get Clear about Love

Simone Lewis

Getting to Growth Mindset and PBL in the Middle Grades

Nathan Maynard

Creating a Restorative Culture

Ann McCarty Perez

Creating The Successful Middle School Schedule

Andrew McPeak

A New Kind of Diversity

Sabine Phillips

Centering School Culture through Leadership

Katie Powell

The Successful Middle School

Autumn Rivera

Capitalizing on your Community and Integrating SEL into STEM

Ian Siljestrom

What Can I Say?: Navigating a Contentious Educational Landscape for LGBTQ+ Individuals

Dru Tomlin

Digging into Data to Understand our Students and Create Great Schools

Joseph Welch

Cultivating through Creativity and Bridges to Belonging

Rick Wormeli

Teaching in the Modern Middle School: Homework, Blocks, Coaching, Engagement, and More