Look Who’s Added to the Innovative Teaching Strategies Lineup!

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Bestselling Author Paul Tough has just been added to the Innovative Teaching Strategies speaker roster in Las Vegas. He says that helping students who have been exposed to multiple adverse experiences (ACEs) acquire grit, self-control and optimism is not as simple as teaching them new skills.


Watch Paul Tough address how to help students succeed in school & life.

Paul Tough’s newest book is Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why. His previous book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, was translated into 27 languages and spent more than a year on the New York Times Bestseller List. He will present a plenary session at the Innovative Schools Summit in Las Vegas.


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Dr. Christopher Emdin
Paul Tough
How Children Succeed
Steph Jensen
Social Emotional Learning
  Dr. Yong Zhao
World Class Learners
Dr. Michael Gurian
Boys & Girls Learn Differently
  Dr. Peter DeWitt
Collaborative Leadership
Eric Clark
25 Tech Tools for Teachers


Why Attend an Innovative Schools Summit?

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Just Added: Kenneth Trump – School Safety/Crisis Management Expert

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Don’t Miss It:  Early Registration Available thru 2/28!NextGen

Following the Parkland, Florida shooting, NextGen School Safety Conference Speaker Kenneth Trump was asked what can be done to protect students.  He cautioned against “security blanket” efforts that make educators and parents feel better but do little to truly make an impact.


Listen to Kenneth Trump explain how communication, drills and school culture are fundamental in protecting students and teachers. 

Kenneth Trump is President of National School Safety and Security Services which works with schools throughout North America on security and emergency preparedness training.  Author of Practical School Security: Basic Guidelines for Safe and Secure Schools, Ken will present a keynote session at the NextGen School Safety Conference in Las Vegas.

In 2018, the NextGen School Safety Conference is coming to Las Vegas (July 10-13) as part of the Innovative Schools Summit.  At the NextGen School Safety Conference, school safety coordinators, school resource officers, principals, heads of school, superintendents, board members, student services directors, risk management directors, loss control coordinators, health services coordinators, school nurses and human resources personnel will come together to focus on all aspects of improving the physical safety of students and educators.  REGISTER NOW!

Principal Kafele: 3 Questions for Empowering At-Risk Males

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Boy Brains & Engagement Keynoter Principal Baruti Kafele says “to excel in school, at-risk male learners need role models and dreams.”  While principal of Newark Tech High School, Kafele established the Young Men’s Empowerment Program to help his students overcome obstacles and establish a vision for their lives.


Watch Principal Baruti Kafele share 3 questions to motivate and inspire at-risk males to to reach their potential.

Principal Kafele is an author, internationally-known motivator and urban school turnaround specialist.  He will present a keynote session at the Boy Brains & Engagement Conference in Atlanta.

Boys are more likely to be held back, suspended or expelled.  They are also more likely to drop out of school, and comprise only 43 percent of college students.  This conference will help educators understand and support the unique neurochemistry of the male brain.  REGISTER NOW!

Hip Hop & Science: Dr. Chris Emdin

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Innovative Schools Summit Plenary Speaker Dr. Christopher Emdin believes teachers should be trained to value the unique realities of minority students by incorporating their culture into classroom instruction — an approach that sets both students and educators up for success.


Watch Dr. Christopher Emdin explain how pairing #HipHopEd with science can help students plug into their learning.

Dr. Emdin, a professor at Columbia University, is founder of the #HipHopEd movement, and the author of the award-winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation, and The New York Times bestseller, For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood…and the Rest of Ya’ll Too.  He will deliver a closing session on the topic of STEM/STEAM at the At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference in Atlanta.

The At-Risk & Struggling Students 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). Millions more are considered at-risk because they exhibit ongoing disciplinary problems, impulsive behavior, truancy issues and have become frustrated or disengaged. The long-term cost of failing to engage these students is tremendous, since they are much less likely to transition successfully into adulthood and to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Join us in Atlanta to gain valuable insights and to explore practical ways to help this critical portion of your school’s population.  REGISTER TODAY!

Student Names & School Culture

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What is the value of a student hearing his or her name pronounced correctly?

Learning to pronounce students’ names correctly — even if it takes a lot of effort/practice — can be a huge step toward communicating respect and helping students understand that educators value and celebrate diversity.

My Name, My Identity ( is a national campaign launched by the Santa Clara County Office of Education.  Organizers note that many students can feel shame because of their names, and sometimes even opt to change their given names to nicknames to avoid unwanted attention.


Watch a PBS News Hour panel discuss the campaign, and how prioritizing proper pronunciation of each student’s name can promote positive school culture.

For educators and students who want to take action and practice pronouncing names correctly, the campaign website offers some helpful tools:

The School Climate & Culture forum 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.  REGISTER NOW!

Rosalind Wiseman: Balancing Popularity & Peer Relationships

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Rosalind Wiseman says that students can learn to channel popularity in positive, inclusive ways to better manage conflicts with peers.


Watch Rosalind  Wiseman describe the role of popularity in balanced peer relationships.

Social activist and author of bestsellers Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World and Girls & Other Hazardous Materials, Wiseman will open the Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta.