Keynote SpeakersThursday, October 26th, First General Session
Join New York Times Best-Selling author Dave Burgess for a high-energy, entertaining, and inspirational keynote that will transform the way you look at your role as an educator. Learn how to dramatically increase student engagement, design wildly creative lessons, and build a course that is a life-changing experience for your students.
Dave is an award-winning teacher from San Diego, highly sought after professional development speaker, and the author of Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator. He has been voted a faculty standout for 17 consecutive years in categories such as Most Entertaining, Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic. In 2014 he was recognized by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences with the BAMMY award for Secondary School Teacher of the Year.
Using a unique combination of magic and humor, he will reignite your passion for the profession and show you exactly how to make school an amazing place that has students wanting to knock down the walls to get in.
Teach Like a PIRATE has sparked a full-scale revolution in the educational world and has inspired teachers from all over the globe to achieve new levels of excellence in their schools and classrooms. This program is your chance to experience the one-of-a-kind presentational style of unbelievable intensity and outrageous energy that has transfixed audiences at packed venues across the nation.
Saturday, October 28th, Closing Banquet
Derreck Koyongo, the son of a soap maker, was born in Uganda just before the notorious dictator Idi Amin began his brutal regime. When civil war erupted, Koyongo and his family fled to Kenya, where they struggled to survive as refugees.
From these stark beginnings emerged a young man who later traveled to the United States to attend university, went on to establish the Global Soap Project to save lives in impoverished countries, and currently is the CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. Today, Koyongo is a renowned expert in environmental sustainability and global health, and his journey from refugee to CEO is an incredible story of how an everyday person can change the world.