OPENING SESSION KEYNOTE: Alan Blankstein
Award-winning author and education leader
“Courageous Leadership for Districtwide Success” | Thursday, January 12
Educational leaders who succeed in serving the needs of all their students must find ways to pursue excellence and equity simultaneously, and to create conditions in schools that address the academic and non-academic needs of children. For all this to occur, leaders must have a clear sense of how to systematically build the capacity of their schools to meet the needs of the students they serve. This presentation will describe how such strategies are being implemented successfully, even in the most disadvantaged communities where the needs are great, and how the five principles of courageous leadership can unleash positive energy toward enhancing student success in your district.
CLOSING SESSION KEYNOTE: Alan Page
Former Minnesota Vikings standout and state Supreme Court justice
“Education is the Tool for Success” | Friday, January 13
Growing up in Ohio during the segregation era, Alan Page’s parents repeatedly reinforced the importance of education. Alan’s parents understood that education was a tool that allows people to achieve their “hopes and dreams.” Education helped propel Alan to his hopes and dreams throughout his remarkable life, culminating in a 23-year tenure as a Minnesota Supreme Court justice. Now Page is the one emphasizing the value of an education — believing every student has potential, but that many students need support to realize their hopes and dreams. Page’s devotion to education is manifested in his Page Education Foundation, which assists students of color in their pursuit of postsecondary education. Page will discuss character, race, education and a number of other topics interesting to school leaders.