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Dr. Chris Emdin
Professor of Science Education, Author of For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood
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Heather Forbes
Founder of Beyond Consequences Institute, Author of Help for Billy
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Dr. Ronald Gonzalez
Student Engagement Advocate, Award-Winning Administrator in a High-Needs Environment
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"Stand Tall Steve" Bollar
Urban School Turnaround Specialist & Bestselling Author
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International Speaker, Consultant, Author of Thrive in the Hive
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Authority on School Culture & Safety, Author of Starting a Movement
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Larry Thompson
Supportive Discipline Innovator, Creator of Responsibility-Centered Discipline
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Dr. Marquita Blades
San Antonio
Award-Winning STEM Educator & Teacher Support Specialist
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Robert Jackson
Virtual & San Antonio
Award-Winning Author, Publisher, International Speaker
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Virtual
Creator of BraveBrains, Expert on Attachment Issues, Author of Riley the Brave
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Dr. Tommie Mabry
Virtual & San Antonio
Author of A Dark Journey to a Light Future, Ph.D. Who Was Expelled from 10 Schools
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Virtual
Son of Immigrants, Speaks to Students & Educators about the American Dream -- Education
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San Antonio
Award-Winning STEM Educator & Teacher Support Specialist

Innovative Schools Summit

The Innovative Schools Summit assembles internationally recognized innovators together with practicing educators and consultants who are currently finding success with cutting-edge best practices and research-based methodologies in education. These multi-day events provide an opportunity for counselors, teachers, administrators and other educators to learn about new insights and strategies for reaching and teaching students PK-12. In 2021, the Summit will be hosted in four great locations (OrlandoAtlanta, Las Vegas & San Antonio), each covering 5 topic-specific National Conferences – providing a unique opportunity for attendees to learn key insights from a broad spectrum of experts and colleagues from around the country.

What to Expect at the Innovative Schools Summit

What Educators Have to Say about the Summit

Recent Innovative School Summit Posts

Each Summit Location features up to 6 Conferences

Attendees to the Innovative Schools Summit are able to attend sessions from all Conferences (on a space-available basis).

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School Discipline Conferenc

The discussion around school discipline can be polarizing. But almost everyone agrees that students need to be in class in order to succeed academically, and that suspensions and expulsions should be as rare as possible. And almost everyone agrees that student and educator safety should be top priority. This Conference is a must-attend gathering for educators focused on improving academic performance by applying the most current innovations and research to behavior intervention and classroom management.

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Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference

For the past 13 years, this Conference has brought focus to the problem of relational aggression among girls. Many of the field-tested interventions presented at this unique gathering encourage friendship, sisterhood and building other types of supportive relationships – hence the added emphasis on female empowerment.

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School Climate & Culture Forum

This event features practical, real-world initiatives that are successfully transforming the quality, character and personality of schools. It showcases programs, assessments and tools proven to improve school culture and climate. Evidence-based and research-based interventions will be introduced, while the forum also highlights high-potential efforts currently being implemented in the laboratory of everyday school life.

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At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference

This conference focuses on evidence-based programs and strategies that educators can use to prevent dropouts and to help students experience success in school. More than 1.2 million students in the United States and Canada drop out of high school each year (with the percentages skewed toward males, low-income and minority students). 

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Wired Differently: Trauma Informed Schools

Now in its seventh year, the Wired Differently Conference will offer a wide array of critical insights and best practices for reaching and teaching students with a variety of emotional and behavioral challenges – especially trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), PTSD and related issues. Principals, other administrators, general ed teachers, special needs teachers, resource teachers and paraprofessionals attending the Wired Differently Conference will benefit from tools, recommendations and strategies for working with this often high-potential portion of the student population.

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Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference

This 3-day conference will provide an opportunity for teachers, administrators and other educators to learn about new insights and strategies for reaching and teaching students (PreK-12). It will emphasize evidence-based and novel instructional practices from national-exemplary programs currently being used in schools.

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NextGen School Safety Conference

Tragedies such as the shootings in Parkland, FL and Sandy Hook, CT have brought increased attention to school safety. The 2019 NextGen School Safety Conference will focus on steps that schools can take to prevent tragedies such as Sandy Hook, while also addressing steps that can be taken to prevent “everyday” tragedies – such as a teacher suffering a serious back injury, a teenager suffering a serious concussion or a second grader stepping in front of a school bus.

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Counseling Strategies & Resources Conference

The 9th Annual Counseling Strategies & Resources is being held in Orlando in 2020, and brings together well-known featured presenters. This conference will also feature best practices from educators and other professionals working with youth. Some programs will be research-tested, while others will be promising, innovative approaches created by practicing professionals to help them better connect with different types of students.

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Boy Brains & Engagement Conference

Recent education research has focused much more on the learning, social outcomes and schooling experiences of boys. Boys are more likely to be held back, suspended or expelled — or to drop out of school altogether. This conference helps educators support the unique neurochemistry of the male brain and improve academic outcomes.

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Social-Emotional Learning Forum

Truly effective schools not only help students pass their academic exams and state-mandated tests, but also prepare those students to pass the tests of life. Ironically, research shows that helping young people manage their emotions and build positive relationships not only prepares them for “real life,” but also helps them succeed academically. The Social-Emotional Learning Forum focuses on research-based and classroom-originated interventions, lessons and curriculums that help students manage their emotions, achieve goals, express heart-felt empathy for others, maintain positive relationships and make successful personal decisions.

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What Past Attendees Have to Say…

"This was my first time attending the Summit and I must truly say it was the best Conference I have ever attended. The sessions were very informative, inspiring, and motivating"
High School Principal
Colombus, OH
"I am ready to return to my classroom with a different mindset, being better now than in the past, and focusing on my students future not their present. Moving forward with great expectations and pushing them into their destinies by any means necessary."
Middle School Teacher
Cambridge, MA
"I've been a teacher for 15 years and I learned more from this Conference than I've learned from any other Professional Development I've ever attended. I can't wait to return to school and share with my colleagues!"
Middle School Counselor
Ventura, CA
"Wow! I loved all of the Keynote Speakers - each one was inspiring, thoughtful and reminded me why I got into teaching. I'm so glad I attended and learned strategies to help my most difficult students."
High School Teacher
Baton Rogue, LA
"I loved being able to attend sessions from the full variety of conferences occurring simultaneously."
High School Counselor
Des Moines, IA
"I am already planning to attend next year and plan on bringing more people from my school."
Middle School Vice Principal
Jacksonville, FL
"This is such a great conference. There were so many wonderful sessions that it was difficult to choose which session to attend."
Elementary School Teacher
Savannah, GA
"My attendance at this conference was the best experience I've had in my 27 years as an educator."
High School Teacher
Reston, VA

Who Should Attend?

– School Counselors (PK-12)
– Principals
– Classroom Teachers
– Special Education Personnel
– School Administrators
– Deans
– Psychologists

– Social Workers
– School Resource Officers
– Behaviorists
– Therapists
– Community & Faith-Based Youth Workers
– After-School Program Coordinators
– Other Professionals Working with Young People

The Innovative Schools Podcast features conversations with authors, researchers, consultants and nationally-recognized speakers & educators who will be presenting at upcoming Innovative Schools Summits.

These conversations also include discussions on student mental and behavioral health, classroom behavior, school climate & culture, innovative teaching methods, student safety and more.

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