It Starts with Us

Annual Conference - July 31 and Aug. 1, 2019 

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

Register today!


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 Dawson - Executive Functioning

Nancy Dome - Implicit Bias

Sheila Heen - Thanks for the Feedback 

(see video under Pre-Conference heading)

Anthony Kim - Personalized Learning

Ron Mirr - Family Engagement

Jonathan Supovitz - Distributed Leadership and TLC