Get ready to be energized and inspired by our opening keynote speaker. John Norlin is the co-founder of CharacterStrong, a partnership of educators, speakers and students who believe in creating sustainable change in schools and helping young people develop the skills of service, kindness and empathy. As the Sumner School District Program Administrator for Student Leadership and Community Involvement, John helped create connections between students, schools and communities. John’s pre-conference workshop at last year’s conference was so well received, we invited him back to engage with as many people as possible. John will share, and probably ignite, a passion for empowering district leaders to create a culture of connecting within their schools. Learn more about Character Strong
2019 Washington State Teacher of the Year Robert Hand
Robert is a bundle of energy and positivity. At Mount Vernon High School, music spills from his classroom, and he is in the hall greeting kids with a smile, fist bump or a unique handshake. In his keynote address, Robert will encourage school leaders to remember the “why” behind their work in public education. He will share what it means to teach the whole child and why it is so powerful. His focus on the importance of relationships will leave you thinking about how you can deepen and strengthen your connections with others.
A third keynote speaker will be announced soon.