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Keynote speakers include author, SEL specialist and Commissioner Watson

Keynote speakers include author, SEL specialist and Commissioner Watson

Keynote speakers for the Great Ideas in Education Conference: Empowered Together Conference have been announced.

The conference will be Oct. 25-27 at the Wichita Hyatt and Convention Center.

Dr. Steve Constantino, a leader, teacher, speaker and best-selling author, will kick off the conference on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Constantino is internationally recognized for his work in family engagement and his innovative, nonconventional entrepreneurial and outlier approaches to leading organizations and acquiring results.

He began his career as a teacher and moved through the ranks to district superintendent. At the state level, Constantino served as a chief academic officer and acting state superintendent. Today, he is an executive professor in the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership Department at the William and Mary School of Education in Virginia.

Logan Taylor, of Y.B. Normal, will be the keynote speaker on Thursday, Oct. 26. Taylor grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was raised by his grandmother in low-income housing, and with an absent father and a mother who wasn’t around much, Taylor struggled as a child. Add to the mix sexual abuse, drug addiction, a horrific car wreck, multiple suicide attempts and crippling anxiety, it is hard to imagine how Taylor made it.

Taylor now has his bachelor’s degree and is the recipient of the president’s lifetime achievement award, certifications in adverse childhood experiences, Teacher and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Specialization and mental health first aid. He also has written numerous books. Taylor is currently working to obtain his master’s degree to become a mental health therapist.

Friday, Oct. 27’s, keynote speaker is Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson. Watson will highlight updates to education in Kansas. Friday morning also will include updates to the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) and important work centered around four fundamental elements that are crucial to student success.

Every educator in Kansas should attend this conference.

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Registration questions may be sent to Kelli Byrne at kbyrne@ksde.org.

Programming questions may be sent to Pat Bone at pbone@ksde.org.

Posted: Jul 13, 2023,
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Author: Ann Bush

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