Conference At A Glance

Conference At A Glance

Be prepared for the exciting and informative keynote speakers we have planned.  The committee has countless hours into the planning of this conference and they work hard to find speakers they feel will inspire you and bring you the latest information.

They are a must to hear!

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About Our Keynote Speakers

Opening Speaker

Tom Thibodeau

Professor of Servant Leadership.  Viterbo University and distinguished Keynote Speaker

Opening Inspirational Address:

The Good Work of Teaching is the Good Work of Justice

7:45-9:00am  •  Open Auditorium

Justice and teaching are the good, hard, and noble work of creating right relationships between children, parents, teachers, administrators and all community members. Justice is rooted in dignity and respect and a commitment to the common good, this is the foundation of all education. This presentation will be an affirmation and challenge to continue this good work.

Tom Thibodeau is the Distinguished professor of Servant Leadership at Viterbo University, where he has been teaching for thirty three years. He is a husband, father, grandfather, teacher, and active community member.

Tm Thibodeau

Keynote Speaker

Kristin Van Marter Souers

Licensed mental health counselor and complex trauma expert

KEYNOTE: What does it really mean to be Trauma Informed? Promotion of Resiliency Despite Adversity  •  9:00-10:15am  •  Room 8

AND Session 2A & 3A  •  Room 8  •  Times: 10:30-11:45am & 12:30-1:45pm

For over two decades, Kristin Souers has dedicated herself to the improvement of people’s lives. As a licensed mental health counselor, she has provided counseling services to individuals, couples, and families. With a history of working in the fields of early learning, law enforcement, education, and mental health, she has been able to develop an extensive knowledge base. This, partnered with her expertise in complex trauma, the impact of violence, crisis management, counseling, and trauma-informed care, has allowed her to partner with professionals around the development of trauma-informed practices in a multitude of settings.

 

As an independent consultant, adjunct faculty member at the Gonzaga University School of Education in the Counselor Education Department, and the Assistant Director of the Washington State University Child and Family Research Unit, Kristin now provides critical professional development, consultation, education, and training services to schools, school districts, and organizations throughout the country. She has presented to hundreds of audiences, facilitated group learning, supervised internships, directed programs, and supported the learning and growth of countless educators, caregiving professionals, and other individuals.

Kristin Van Marter Souers

Keynote Speaker

Kevin Gilbert

Executive Committee, National Education Association (NEA)

KEYNOTE: Racial Justice in Education  •  9:00-10:15am  •  Room 1

AND Session 2A & 3A  •  Room 1  •  Times: 10:30-11:45am & 12:30-1:45pm

Each session is LIMITED to 30 PARTICIPANTS

Kevin F. Gilbert, an educator for more than 18 years from Ridgeland, Mississippi, was elected to the National Education Association’s (NEA) Executive Committee in September 2013 for a three-year term.

Kevin has worked as an educator for more than 18 years. He currently serves as coordinator of teacher leadership and special projects for the Clinton Public School District in Clinton, Mississippi. Prior to serving on the NEA Executive Committee, he served as president of the Mississippi Association of Educators from 2007-13. Kevin has worked as a social studies teacher, coach, bus driver, and an administrator with the School Districtw of Clinton Public, Rankin County, and Hinds County. His Association leadership includes serving as vice president for governance for the National Council of State Education Associations and chair of the NEA Committee on Human and Civil Rights. Kevin earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi. He holds an Education Specialist degree in education leadership from Mississippi College. And in 2015, he received his doctorate in education leadership from Mississippi College.

Kevin Gilbert

Featured Speaker

Shelly Moore Krajacic

Executive Committee, National Education Association (NEA)

FEATURED SPEAKER: Racial Justice in Education – Engagement Session

Session 2B & 3B  •  Room 2  •  Times: 10:45-Noon & 12:45-2:00pm

Each session is LIMITED to 30 PARTICIPANTS

Shelly Moore Krajacic, an English and drama teacher from Ellsworth, Wisconsin, was elected to the National Education Association’s (NEA) Executive Committee in July 2015 for a three-year term. Shelly is a third-generation Wisconsin educator with 17 years of classroom experience. She is a National Board Certified Teacher.  Prior to her election to NEA’s Executive Committee, Shelly served in numerous national, state and local leadership capacities. She has been especially active in her local NEA affiliate.  She was also a candidate for the Wisconsin state senate in 2011.

In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), and served on NEA’s Board of Directors for six years. Shelly earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She received a master’s degree in English Education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where she previously served as an adjunct instructor.

The NEA (nea.org) is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers. The NEA Executive Committee consists of nine members—three executive officers and six members, elected at-large by the Representative Assembly. The committee is responsible for setting general policy and maintaining the interests of NEA.

Shelly Moore Krajacic