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|Thursday, Sept. 10||Session||Title||Speaker|
|11:30-1:00 PM||Preconference Registration|
|1:00-1:20 PM||Preconference Opening Session|
|1:30-2:30 PM||Thursday Keynote||Leading a 21st Century School of Mobile Learners||Travis Allen, iSchool Initiative|
|2:45-3:45 PM||Sectional 1 – A||Top 10 Barriers to Technology Adoption||Travis Allen, iSchool Initiative|
|2:45-3:45 PM||Sectional 1 – B||Leading Transformative Change in Your School||Dan Funston; Five-Star Technology|
|2:45-3:45 PM||Sectional 1 – C||Creating Digital Learning Environments||Nathan Davidson; Five-Star Technology|
|4:15-5:15 PM||Sectional 2 – A||Building a Culture that Thrives in the 21st Century||Travis Allen, iSchool Initiative|
|4:15-5:15 PM||Sectional 2 – B||Leadership for eLearning||Dan Funston, Nathan Davidson; Five-Star Technology|
|4:15-5:15 PM||Sectional 2 – C||Organizing Your Digital Life||Gwen Godsey, Diocese of Evansville|
|4:30-5:30 PM||Main Conference Registration|
|6:00-7:30 PM||Dinner||21st Century Leadership – What’s In Your Toolbox?||Debbie Silver|
|7:30 PM||Entertainment||Comedy Sportz||Tyler Mayer|
|Friday, Sept. 11||Session||Title||Speaker|
|7:30-8:30 AM||Continental Breakfast & Late Registration|
|8:30-9:00 AM||Welcome & Opening Prayer|
|9:00-10:30 AM||Friday Keynote||21st Century Leadership: Shifting the Monkey||Todd Whitaker, Indiana State University|
|10:45-11:45 AM||Sectional 3 – A||Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy In Education||Debbie Silver|
|10:45-11:45 AM||Sectional 3 – B||What Great Leaders Do Differently||Todd Whitaker, Indiana State University|
|10:45-11:45 AM||Sectional 3 – C||Beyond Special Education: Power of Inclusion in Your School||Becky Tubergen, CLC Network (Christian Learning Center)|
|10:45-11:45 AM||Sectional 3 – D||Building Staff Morale in 21st Century Schools||Daryl Hagan, Diocese of Evansville|
|10:45-11:45 AM||Sectional 3 – E||Dealing with Crazy People, It Takes One to Know One||Rob Rash, Archdiocese of Indianapolis|
|1:00-2:00 PM||Sectional 4 – A||2015-16 Assessment Update||Michele Walker, IDOE Office of Student Assessment|
|1:00-2:00 PM||Sectional 4 – B||Using the Right Data to Drive Decisions||Schauna Findlay- Relue, Five-Star Technology|
|1:00-2:00 PM||Sectional 4 – C||Legalities of School Handbooks||Sarah Wannemuehler, University of Southern Indiana|
|1:00-2:00 PM||Sectional 4 – D||Intrinsic Motivation for College and Career Readiness – Five Attributes for Success||Steven Doepker, Doepker Educational Consulting LLC|
|1:00-2:00 PM||Sectional 4 – E||Leading Quality Preschools||Rhonda Clark, FSSA/Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning|
|2:30-3:30 PM||Sectional 5 – A||School Grade Models – Revisions 101||Steve Baker, Bluffton High School; Todd Bess, Indiana Association of School Principals|
|2:30-3:30 PM||Sectional 5 – B||What Is Grit? How Do We Teach It? Why Does Grit Matter?||Schauna Findlay- Relue, Five-Star Technology|
|2:30-3:30 PM||Sectional 5 – C||Unleashing Your Influence: Leading with Purpose||Brad Oliver, The Summit
|2:30-3:30 PM||Sectional 5 – D||Effective Interviewing: How to Select the Most Qualified Employees and Avoid Legal Pitfalls||Ed Isakson, Archdiocese of Indianapolis|
|2:30-3:30 PM||Sectional 5 – E||7 Successful Stewardship Secrets to Raise Money||Nathan Hand, The Oaks Academy|
THURSDAY KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Travis Allen is a young visionary promoting digital learning in the classroom. Before graduating from high school, Travis created a viral YouTube video on revolutionizing America’s education through the use of mobile technology. Today, he is a senior at Kennesaw State University where he operates his growing organization, iSchool Initiative. With the support of his team, Travis has presented in over 40 states and 7 countries, allowing him to reach an audience of over 200,000 people! He has been featured on CNN, Hufﬁngton Post and Forbes. In 2011, he was the winner of Google Young Minds competition; and in 2012, he was invited to the White House for Education Datapalooza. Travis is quickly becoming one of the most influential leaders of the emerging digital learning movement.
FRIDAY KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Dr. Todd Whitaker has been fortunate to be able to blend his passion with his career. Recognized as a leading presenter in the field of education, his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. Todd is a professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, and he has spent his life pursuing his love of education by researching and studying effective teachers and principals.
Prior to moving into higher education, he was a math teacher and basketball coach in Missouri. Todd then served as a principal at the middle school, junior high, and high school levels. He was also a middle school coordinator in charge of staffing, curriculum, and technology for the opening of new middle schools.
One of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd has written over 30 books including the national best seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Other titles include: Shifting The Monkey, Dealing With Difficult Teachers, 10 Minute Inservice, The Ball, What Great Principals Do Differently, Motivating & Inspiring Teachers, and Dealing With Difficult Parents.
Todd is married to Beth, also a former teacher and principal, who is a professor of Elementary Education at Indiana State University. They are the parents of three children: Katherine, Madeline, and Harrison.
THURSDAY DINNER SPEAKER
With 30 years spent as a teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor, Debbie Silver doesn’t just know her way around the classroom – she is familiar with the challenges educators face at every level, from kindergarten to college. The former Louisiana Teacher of the Year has given presentations around the world (including 49 states, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia), helping audiences to interact with students on a deeper level.
Debbie’s best-selling book, Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers: Finding the Rhythm for Differentiated Learning, has been recognized for its insights into research-based models, teaching strategies, management tips, and inspirational “from-the-heart” lessons for addressing individual differences. It is her humor, her practicality, and her ability to connect with students, teachers, parents, and administrators, however, that has made her a popular choice for keynotes, workshops, and breakout sessions.
Her newest release, Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed, is being heralded by parents, teachers, and administrators as a “fresh approach to getting kids to work smarter and better.” In her book she explains motivational theory and provides down-to-earth examples of concrete, applicable guidelines for helping students overcome setbacks and failure to foster lifelong success.
Her mission is to remind teachers of how important they are in the lives of children, highlighting both learning theory as well as tools for communication. She makes important points while sharing poignant stories and lots of laughs. She firmly believes that teachers need to be having fun, and staying in touch with their passion, to make their biggest impact in the classroom.
When she’s not working as an educational speaker and motivator, Debbie enjoys spending time in Texas with her husband, Dr. Lawrence Silver, and with their five sons and their families in five different states.