2017 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dave Burgess

Dave Burgess is the New York Times best-selling author of Teach Like a PIRATE, co-author of P is for PIRATE:Instructional ABC’s for Educators, and the president of Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. which delivers powerful, inspirational, and innovative books, keynotes, and professional development.

Dave specializes in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity.  At a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C., he was awarded the BAMMY for Secondary School Teacher of the Year by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.

Dave’s presentations are a unique blend of outrageously energetic performance art and magic, mixed with an inspirational message of how and why to become more passionate in the classroom. All techniques and methods are modeled and fully explained so as to leave no doubt about how to apply the methods in the real world. You will leave with a tool-box full of dynamic presentational ideas that you can immediately use to improve your lessons.

As a teacher in San Diego, California, Dave was a 2001 and 2012 Golden Apple winner in the Grossmont Union High School District and the 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year at West Hills High School. He was voted a faculty standout for 17 consecutive years in categories such as Most Entertaining, Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic.

Jack Hartmann is a nationally recognized children’s singer, songwriter, author, keynote presenter and workshop leader.

Jack received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Florida and his M.A. in Child Psychology from Assumption College in Worcester, M.A. He started his work with children’s music working with autistic children at University of Florida Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville, Florida.  As a counselor, social worker, and trainer, Jack worked for twenty-five years with children, families, and human service professionals in Pinellas County, FL.

Jack has written and recorded over one thousand songs for children on forty-two albums. His highly-regarded educational songs are used by teachers and sung by children in schools all across the United States and around the world.

His wife Lisa, a kindergarten teacher for fifteen years, was his motivation to write children’s songs and now manages their successful children’s music and book company, Hop 2 It Music and Press, Inc.

Children’s Authors

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New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka creates books with humor, heart, and a deep respect for his young readers—qualities that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries, and bookstores.

First published at the age of twenty-three, Jarrett has more than thirty published books to his credit. Titles include several picture books, his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels, and the Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novels. He also recently launched a new story arc in the Jedi Academy series with Star Wars™: Jedi Academy: A New Class.

Jarrett is a two-time winner of the Children’s Choice Book Awards Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year and has been a finalist for the prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. He has delivered two TED Talks, which have collectively accrued more than two million views online. He has been featured on NPR and can be heard weekly on The Book Report with JJK on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live, a show focusing on books, authors, and reading. His Punk Farm, Lunch Lady, and Platypus Police Squad series are all currently in development for film.

Realizing that his stories can inspire young readers beyond the page, Jarrett founded School Lunch Hero Day, a national campaign that celebrates school lunch staff, and Platypus Police Reading Squad, a program in which police officers read aloud to children in schools and libraries. A consummate advocate for arts education, Jarrett also established the Joseph and Shirley Krosoczka Memorial Youth Scholarships, which fund art classes for underprivileged children, in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Jarrett lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and children, and their pugs, Ralph and Frank. Learn more about Jarrett J. Krosoczka and his work at studioJJK.com.



Jarrett Krosoczka in Studio

Featured Speakers

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Gregory Coleman is an educational consultant.  For the past 14 years, he has dedicated himself to serving teachers and students as a K-5 math coach and classroom teacher in Atlanta, Georgia. He believes that math should be clear and simply fun!

Gregory holds an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership, a K-5 Math endorsement, and was awarded the prestigious Atlanta Families Award in 2010 for excellence in teaching. Over the past few years, he has presented at various local and national conferences, including Staff Development for Educators (SDE).

In 2013, he started the blog, www.mrelementarymath.com, as a platform to share resources that inspire, teach, and support all educators who want to feel successful teaching math and foster a love for math in their students.  In addition to blogging, Gregory loves creating engaging resources for elementary teachers as well as traveling to warm climates with his wife, Makini.

Matt Glover is a full time educational consultant and co-author, with Kathy Collins, of I Am Reading. He is the author of the Heinemann title Engaging Young Writers, co-author with Mary Alice Berry of Projecting Possibilities for Writers, and co-author, with Katie Wood Ray of Already Ready and Watch Katie and Matt…Sit Down and Teach Up, a video-enhanced ebook that combines video and text to examine conferring with young writers.

A nationally-known literacy consultant, Matt is a frequent presenter at conferences and in school districts on topics related to nurturing writers and supporting children’s intellectual growth and development. Matt has been an educator for over 20 years, including 12 years as the principal and instruc­tional leader of Creekside Early Childhood School. Matt lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife and four children.

Matt Glover

Amanda Morgan

Amanda Morgan is a proud graduate of Utah State University who holds a Bachelor of Arts in both elementary and early childhood education and a Master of Science in family, human, and child development. She has classroom experience ranging from preschool to 6th grade, along with teaching university students, parents, and early childhood professionals, and has taught in private, public, and migrant school settings.

In addition to her professional experience, nothing has been as challenging or as rewarding as her role of mom to four young (and rowdy!) boys. Amanda and her family are recent transplants to the Puget Sound area in northwestern Washington and enjoy exploring their new surroundings together. Passionate about applying what is known about child development to the areas of education and parenting, Amanda writes, speaks, and consults on the topic of intentional, whole-child development and is the creator of the blog, Not Just Cute–Because childhood’s not just cute. It’s so much more. It’s powerful, it’s priceless, and it’s over way too soon!

Lisa Murphy


State and Regional Speakers