Thursday General Session Keynote

7:45 am – 9:00 am

“Teach Like a PIRATE”
Dave Burgess, Award-Winning Teacher, Author, Engagement Expert
Grades Pre-K-3

Join New York Times best-selling author Dave Burgess for a high-energy, entertaining, and inspirational program 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.

Using a unique combination of magic and humor, Dave will reignite your passion for the education 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.

Thursday Breakout Sessions, Round A

9:20 am – 10:35 am

Session Descriptions Coming Soon!


Thursday Author’s Luncheon, Round B

10:55 am – 12:10 pm (Separate Fee, Includes Meal and Speaker)

Available for those eating on the 2nd lunch shift

“Poetry Not Only Improves Students’ Fluency; It also Improves Students’ Active-Listening Skills”
Bruce Lansky, Children’s Author and Poet
Grades Pre-K-3

In this lively, interactive Author’s Luncheon session, best-selling children’s author Bruce Lansky will show you how you can engage both your struggling readers and your strong readers, teach them active listening skills, and build a love for poetry, all at once!  Bruce will perform poems with you, modeling the process he uses with kids. You will get at least 5 to 10 ideas that you can use in your classroom the very next day—and you’ll have a great time in the process!

Other Thursday Breakout Sessions, Round B, for 2nd Lunch Shift Attendees

10:55 am – 12:10 pm

Session Descriptions Coming Soon!

Thursday Breakout Sessions, Round B, for 1st Lunch Shift Attendees

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Session Descriptions Coming Soon!

Thursday Breakout Sessions, Round C

2:05 pm – 3:20 pm

Session Descriptions Coming Soon!