July 31 and Aug. 1, 2019 

Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center at Veterans Memorial 
833 5th Ave., Des Moines

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July 31 - Engagement, Well-being, and Your Greatest Contribution

Tom Rath, author of six international bestsellers, will share his latest research about how small choices profoundly affect our daily well-being and effectiveness at work.  Drawing on the latest research from business, psychology, and economics, Tom's talk will focus on the most practical changes we can make to create better days for ourselves and others. He will address the importance of meaningful work, the influence of relationships and interactions, and discuss how we can create the physical energy we need in order to be our best every day.



July 31 - The Future Begins Now

Erica Orange will discuss several emerging trends for 2019 and beyond that are shaping and impacting the future. Using macro sociocultural, economic and technological trends as a catalyst, she will talk about how today’s major growth areas will uncover both the short- and long-term opportunities of tomorrow, and how all will disrupt the current educational landscape.



Pre-Conference - Tues., July 30 - Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.    Sheila Heen
Whether dealing with an underperforming student, negotiating with a supervisor, or disagreeing with a colleague, we attempt or avoid difficult conversations every day. This day-long workshop, led by Harvard faculty member and co-author of the NY Times bestseller Difficult Conversations, will provide key insights to managing the tough conversations you face as an educator with less stress and more success. You'll learn how to:

  • decipher the underlying structure of every difficult conversation,
  • manage defensiveness (yours and theirs),
  • listen for the meaning of what is not said, and
  • move from emotional reactions to productive problem-solving.

Thought Leaders - July 31

Jaime Casap - The Speed of Learning

Peg Dawson10 Things School Administrators Can Do to Support Executive Skill Development

Executive skills have become a “buzzword” in education and perhaps a source of frustration to school administrators who feel that they aren’t “up to speed” on this important topic. This session will describe 10 steps school administrators can take to familiarize themselves with these skills and the critical role they play in academic success. Dr. Dawson will also suggest ways that school administrators can support efforts to embed executive skills into classroom lessons and activities to help children become more independent and self-regulated learners.

Nancy Dome - Implicit Bias

Sheila HeenThanks for the Feedback 

(see video under Pre-Conference heading)

Anthony Kim - Personalized Learning: Are we there yet? And what to do now!

I’m frequently asked what personalized learning looks like. After visiting hundreds of schools, I’ve come to believe that personalized learning is best described as an educational belief and philosophy. This session is about shaping big-picture strategies and rooting them in day-to-day tactics. You will have an opportunity to think about 1) how your school or district can become a better learning organization, 2) elements of school model design which produce the most gains and how to get there, and 3) as administrators what are some daily practices which can keep the momentum going around personalized learning.

Ron MirrFamily Engagement

Jonathan SupovitzMeaningful and Sustainable School Improvement with Distributed Leadership

This session will introduce participants to the distributed perspective of school leadership and discuss the individual skills and school conditions that foster distributed leadership. Using interactive techniques and a small discussion format, the session will engage participants in a process of how distributed leadership can be used as a companion to continuous improvement efforts. The presenter will point out the advantages of using distributed leadership as a way of engaging school members in the improvement process, as well as how to manage some of the associated challenges and risks.