A Message Just for You from Danny Brassell

Hello, prospective Missouri Early Learning Conference attendees!  Our Thursday morning keynote speaker, Danny Brassell, recorded a short video for you about his upcoming appearance at the conference.  It’s just a minute long, so it won’t take much of your time to watch it.  I hope you take this opportunity to “meet” Danny prior to his appearance here in Missouri.  As I think you’ll see from the video, he’s a very upbeat, positive, and energetic guy!

Click here to check out the video.

Willy Wood
Missouri Early Learning Conference Coordinator

Posted 9/20/16

Prepared to Be Inspired by “America’s Leading Reading Ambassador!”

Dr. Danny Brassell, affectionately known as “Jim Carrey with a Ph.D.,” has held a variety of titles and worked with leaders from a variety of fields and disciplines, but he has always considered himself first and foremost a teacher.  He is a best-selling author of fifteen books, including Read, Lead, & Succeed and The Reading Makeover, based on his popular TEDx talk.  A gregarious, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Danny is a recognized authority on leadership development, reading, motivation, and communication skills.  His mission is to bring joy back into education.  Thousands, from school districts to association conferences, have enjoyed his energetic, interactive, and informative presentations.  He has spoken to over 2,000 different audiences worldwide.

Danny BrassellAt this year’s conference, Danny will deliver the Thursday morning keynote address, “Bringing Joy Back into the Classroom,” as well as two breakout sessions: “75 Reading Strategies in 75 Minutes” and “Comprehension That Works!”

If you’re not familiar with Danny, you might want to take a few minutes and watch this short video clip from one of his presentations.  You’ll see why audiences worldwide rave about Danny!

You can also find out more about Danny at

Willy Wood,
Missouri Early Learning Conference Coordinator

Posted 9/14/16

Get Ready for a Blast at the 2016 Missouri Early Learning Conference…Literally!

If you’ve never seen Steve Spangler before (or even if you have), you’re in for a treat!  On Friday morning, November 11, Steve will deliver a keynote address at the conference entitled “Best Day Ever: How to Create Unforgettable Learning Experiences.”  In this session, Steve will talk about how amazing teachers turn ordinary moments into unforgettable learning experiences. Steve says that “The secret to being an ‘amazing teacher’ is to learn to see the invisible possibilities in each of our children and to fill their lives with wonder.”

And there’s one thing I can guarantee you: when you watch Steve perform some of his hands-on science experiments, you will be filled with wonder.  Don’t believe me? Let me prove it to you.

StevSteve Spangler 2e has a regular gig on The Ellen Show as Ellen Degeneres’s “science guy.”  Take a few minutes to watch this video from one of his appearances on Ellen’s show last year to get a sense of the fun you’re in for when you attend his presentations at the conference.

Steve promises to turbo-charge your sense of wonder, rekindle your childlike enthusiasm for learning, and show you how to use the principles of building connections and engagement to create “best day ever” moments in your classroom day after day!

Steve will also present the breakout session, “Oooh! Ahhh! Awesome Science: Exploring Science through Children’s Literature” later Friday morning.

Willy Wood,
Missouri Early Learning Conference Coordinator

Posted 9/6/16

Welcome to the new Missouri Early Learning Conference Website!

For years, we have put up a basic website for the conference through our partners at the University of Missouri Conference Office, but this site represents a commitment to bring you regularly updated information about the coming year’s conference.

IMG_0090Each year, we will use this blog page to introduce you to speakers for the upcoming conference as we sign them.  No more waiting for an e-blast or a postcard or brochure in the mail to find out what’s in store for you (we’ll still send those out, of course, just to remind you that the conference is coming up).

We will also use this space to keep you informed about changes to the conference format (like how we’re adding lunches back into the schedule this year—Yay!); about new co-sponsoring organizations, about new Sponsors and exhibitors, and about special events taking place at the conference.

I hope you’re as excited about this new site as I am.  Please take a moment to bookmark us on your computer so you can find us with a simple click whenever you want to learn the latest about the conference.

I look forward to seeing you at the November 10-11, 2016 Missouri Early Learning Conference!

Willy Wood
Missouri Early Learning Conference Coordinator

Posted 8/31/16