John Norlin — Opening General Session
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
Erin Jones — Saturday General Session Luncheon
Erin Jones has been involved in and around schools for the past 26 years. She has taught in a variety of environments, and in some of the most diverse communities in the nation. Erin received an award as the Most Innovative Foreign Language Teacher in 2007 while working at Stewart Middle School in Tacoma and was the Washington State Milken Educator of the Year in 2008, while teaching at Rogers High School in Spokane. She received recognition at the White House in March of 2013 as a "Champion of Change” and was the Washington State PTA’s “Outstanding Educator” in 2015. After serving as a classroom teacher and instructional coach, Erin worked as an executive for two state superintendents. Later, as a candidate for state superintendent, she was the first black woman to run for any state office in Washington state. Erin has two children in college, one who works full-time and plays rugby, and a husband, James, who is a teacher in North Thurston School District. See two of Erin's Ted Talks: "Passion for Change
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2019 Washington State Teacher of the Year Robert Hand — Closing General Session
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. Learn more about Robert...