Thought Leaders

Lori Alhadeff

Lori Alhadeff

President, Make Our Schools Safe

Parents Advocating for Change: From Grief to the School Board

Lori Alhadeff turned her grief into advocacy — a journey that led her to the school board of the sixth largest district in the U.S. Alhadeff champions Alyssa’s Law, calling for the installation of silent panic alarms in schools, leading to thousands of U.S. public schools having an added layer of security for all. From her school board seat, she’ll share the pillars of successful board and superintendent relationships.

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Shannon Buerk

Shannon Buerk

Founder & CEO, engage2learn

Connect the Dots: How Scaling Smart Support Retains Talent

In times of increasing complexity and change, every educator needs support, but not every educator needs the same type of support. We want differentiated learning experiences for learners, yet often, we provide one-size-fits-all PD to educators. Smart Professional Learning is the budget-friendly solution to providing job-embedded, individualized, differentiated support that can be scaled to every educator and has been correlated to double-digit gains in retention and optimized student outcomes.

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Dr. Travis Gayles

Dr. Travis Gayles

Chief Health Officer, Hazel Health

Championing Student Mental Health: Removing Barriers, Expanding Access, Improving Outcomes

The pandemic reshaped life for K–12 students across the nation. Inequity compounded as they experienced a loss of connection, financial hardship, and increased illness. The result is a youth mental health crisis that impacts short- and long-term outcomes. Join Dr. Gayles to gain insights into how the social determinants of health impact students and how to foster more equitable outcomes by expanding access to care grounded in cultural competence.

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Jennie Magiera

Jennie Magiera

Global Head of Education Impact, Google for Education

The Future of School, with Google for Education 

What should the role of education be and how might it look in the future? To begin to answer this question, Google collaborated with research partner Canvas8 to conduct an expert-led global study in 24 countries. The resulting report covers nine trends shaping the future of education. In this session, Jennie Magiera will share Google’s perspective on these trends through the lens of her own experiences in education and leadership. 

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Sam Nix & Sherese Nix Lightfoot

Sam Nix & Sherese Nix Lightfoot

Chief of Schools, Duncanville ISD (Sam); Executive Director of Communications & PR, Garland ISD (Sherese)

The 4 P’s of Successful Leadership

Education has consistently been related to performance, people, perception, and politics. This engaging presentation will help leaders understand the value of managing the 4 P’s of successful leadership while walking away with effective strategies to promote a positive narrative in each area proactively. Gain insight into the well-organized methods of creating a culture of accountability, investing in people, including multiple perspectives in decision making, and controlling your narrative.

Sam Nix

Sherese Nix Lightfoot

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Jim Quigley

Jim Quigley

Founder of School Leadership Alliance, Chairman of HESS, CEO Emeritus of Deloitte Touche & Tohmatsu Limited, Representing L.E.A.R.N

Inspiring Action through Leadership

Jim Quigley will give a presentation on leadership to action that will precede a panel of superintendents, lead by moderator David Vroonland, former superintendent of Mesquite ISD and executive director of Learning Environments Action Research Network (L.E.A.R.N), that will speak to Quigley’s presentation and what it means, especially in meeting the needs of students now and into the future.

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Dr. Quintin Shepherd

Dr. Quintin Shepherd

Superintendent, Victoria ISD

Where Do We Go From Here … and How Do We Get There?

In “The Secret to Transformational Leadership,” Dr. Shepherd writes about the power of compassionate leadership and the impact on organizational and community development. In this Thought Leader session, we will explore the various barriers that keep us from bringing our best selves and our best leadership forward. Practical guardrails with explanations will be provided and discussed as a roadmap for overcoming these barriers as we move toward authentic transformational leadership in our communities.

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Brad Stewart

Brad Stewart

Chief Technology Officer, Lufkin ISD

K-12 Cybersecurity Preparedness: Hope is Not a Strategy!

We all hope it won’t happen to us, but the odds are increasing that it eventually will. From restarting an HVAC system in the heat of summer to rebuilding a Friday night football roster without access to grades, the carnage caused by a cybersecurity attack is real. Join Lufkin ISD Chief Technology Officer Brad Stewart and Dell Technologies K-12 Education Strategist Suzanne Newell for a presentation and discussion of his experience in fall 2021 and how we can be prepared to (hopefully) avoid or (at the very least) mitigate the effects of a security breach.

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Dr. Georgeanne Warnock

Dr. Georgeanne Warnock

Superintendent, Terrell ISD

Leading the Whole Educator

Worsening working conditions, high stress levels, and low pay are taking a toll on teachers. Districts need to take an innovative approach to develop connections, build empathy, and prepare spaces to support educators. Dr. Warnock will present her ground-breaking work on teacher engagement and lead a discussion on strategies for developing a culture that cares for teachers and leads to transformational change.

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