Keynote Speakers

Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences That Impact a Lifetime
[Thomas Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools]

As an educator, you have the power to leave a legacy by 1) Making students’ learning experiences personal and authentic 2)Ensuring that the culture around you is personal and authentic 3)Developing and nurturing personal and authentic relationships and 4) Being personal and authentic.  In Personal & Authentic, Thomas C. Murray reveals the power of designing awe-inspiring experiences that are grounded in relationships and learner-centered by design. Inherently relevant and contextualized, it is this kind of learning that lasts a lifetime.

Pushing Back on Outmoded Beliefs
[Kim Marshall, The Marshall Memo]

Based on his article in Leaderboard: Michigan Association of School Boards, Kim Marshall's keynote will suggest updates to erroneous beliefs that persist among some educators and stakeholders including:

  • Intelligence and talent are fixed at birth
  • Poverty is destiny
  • Great teachers are born, not made
  • Principals are first and foremost managers
  • Teacher evaluation makes no difference
  • Student feedback can’t be taken seriously
  • Tests don’t enhance learning
  • Teachers can’t be held accountable for student learning

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