Annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators

Keynote Speaker Announced - 60th Annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators

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Conference Agenda

Sunday, August 1
3:00 – 7:00     Registration Open
4:30 – 5:30     Commissioner's Advisory Council (by invitation)

Monday, August 2
6:30 – 11:30     Registration Open
7:00 – 7:55       Breakfast for New Superintendents (by invitation)
7:30 – 8:10       Breakfast Buffet

8:15 – 9:30       Opening General Session / Keynote
9:45 – 10:45     Breakout Session
11:00 – 12:00   Breakout Session

12:15 – 1:30    Pioneer Recognition Luncheon
1:45 – 2:45      Breakout Session
3:00 – 4:00      Breakout Session

                       Dinner on Your Own   

Tuesday, August 3
7:30 – 8:10      Breakfast Buffet
8:15 – 11:00    Closing General Session

                            • Governor Parson
                            • Finance Update

                            • Commissioner Vandeven

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Keynote Speaker

DESE is proud to announce Manny Scott as the keynote speaker for the upcoming Administrators Conference on August 2. You can see information about his keynote and background below.

Keynote: Even on Your Worst Day, You Can Be Your Student’s Best Hope
We have been in the midst of one of the most challenging seasons of education that our nation has ever seen. Many students, who were already struggling academically before COVID, have fallen even further behind in school. Their social, emotional, and academic needs are great, and they need our help! There are so many children, right now, whose only hope for getting out of poverty is through education, and you, as a school leader, have the power to help them. In this keynote, Manny Scott shares how he, through hard work, perseverance, and with the help of loving educators, went from being an “unreachable” and “unteachable” high-school dropout to becoming a Ph.D. candidate, husband, father, pilot, entrepreneur, public servant, and one of the nation’s most in-demand education speakers. This message will not only leave you awed and inspired, but also moved to make positive changes in how you live and lead.

Manny Scott’s early life set him up for failure. With an incarcerated father, dropping out of school at 14 years old, moving constantly, and having a best friend brutally murdered, 16-year-old Scott was ready to give up until he returned to school and met Erin Gurwell, an English teacher. She helped Scott change his grades from failing to excelling. Scott’s journey is, in part, documented in MTV’s 2007 hit movie “Freedom Writers”. Scott graduated from high school and eventually achieved a Ph.D. Now, Scott speaks to millions of leaders about ways to improve not only their lives, but the lives of others through his “Power of One” keynote, his “How to REACH Youth Today” seminar, and his “Turn the Page” assemblies. His company, Ink International, Inc., has helped thousands of schools raise student achievement, intercultural competence, and leader efficacy in 49 states and six continents, and even helped prevent thousands of dropouts and suicides.


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