Aug. 5 & 6
Pre-Conference, Aug. 4

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

Registration will open in May


Neuroscience, Discipline and MTSS - Lori Desautels

Dr. Desautels received rave reviews as a previous SAI’s Annual Conference and workshop presenter. She is a regular contributor to Edutopia. Read one of her most recent posts, Supporting Students Affected by Trauma to gain an understanding of her work.   

She is also an assistant professor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Butler University in Indianapolis. Before coming to Butler, Desautels was an assistant professor at Marian University in Indianapolis, and earlier taught children and adolescents with emotional challenges in the upper elementary grades, worked as a school counselor in Indianapolis, was a private practice counselor and co-owner of the Indianapolis Counseling Center, and was a behavioral consultant for Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on the adolescent psychiatric unit.

Her passion is engaging students through neuroscience in education, integrating mind-brain teaching and learning strategies into her courses. She has conducted workshops throughout the United States and abroad. Her second book, Unwritten, The Story of a Living System, was co-authored with Michael McKnight.


The Tension between Innovation and Equity - Ruha Benjamin

Ruha Benjamin will examine the tension between innovation and equity and how school leaders can influence approaches to health and well-being that don’t simply substitute technological fixes for wider social change. Fixes that do more to widen the gross inequities that already stratify life chances. How do we advance life sciences without reinforcing popular conceptions of biological? destiny? Or disability... as tragic? What role does K-12 education play at the cross-section of innovation and equity, and specifically how do administrators lead this work?

Dr. Benjamin is a professor of African American studies at Princeton University and author of People’s Science. She has studied the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine for over 15 years and speaks widely on issues of innovation, equity, health, and justice in the U.S. and globally. She is also a Faculty Associate in the Center for Information Technology Policy; Program on History of Science; Center for Health and Wellbeing; Program on Gender and Sexuality Studies; Department of Sociology; and serves on the Executive Committees for the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and Center for Digital Humanities. Ruha is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the 2017 President's Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton.

The Hero Effect® - Being your best when it matters the most! - Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown shares ideas, strategies and principles that will inspire and equip you to show up every day and make a positive difference. At the heart of Brown’s message is a simple, yet powerful, philosophy for life that drives every thought, every action and ultimately every result we achieve both personally and professionally. You will be motivated to reach beyond what is required and do something remarkable!

This program is designed to help you:
- Achieve greater results by eliminating “ordinary" thinking and mastering the habit of excellence.
- Own the moments that matter (and they all matter) by taking responsibility for your attitude, your actions and your results.
- Create meaningful relationships and deliver an extraordinary experience for every “customer” at work and at home.

Brown is on a mission to help people and organizations embrace a simple philosophy that separates world-class organizations and high-performance people from everybody else. He is passionate about helping people expand their vision, develop their potential and grow their results. And, as the father of an autistic child, he knows firsthand how the principles of true success reach beyond the boardroom and into the lives of real people facing the challenges of everyday life.

Thought Leaders:

Better Decisions, Greater Impact By Design – Leverage Your School's PLCs - John Almarode

Permission to Feel - Marc Brackett

Dream Big, Live Colorfully, Lead Boldly: Developing Your Best Self in School, Life and at Home - Jessica Cabeen

Discipline for Improvement Instead of Punishment - Andy Jacks

Equity Literacy - Corrie Wallace

Teaching Critical Thinking - Daniel Willingham