KEYNOTE & FEATURED
Robert Jackson, 2019 Motivational Educator of the Year Award winner and author of six books, is one of the most sought-after speakers in the country, delivering keynote addresses and workshops to educators, administrators, parents, and students. He is an expert in teaching cultural diversity, restorative practices, socio-emotional learning, and how to retain troubled students in school. His goal is to teach educators and administrators how to use their power more effectively to educate, activate, and motivate all students to be successful. He challenges parents to take a more active role in their children’s education, and he works with students to overcome pain and hardships through discipline and accountability.
Mr. Jackson received his BS degree in Industrial Technology while lettering 4 years in both Football and Track. After being cut from the NFL Minnesota Vikings nearly 25 years ago, he began his teaching career. As an educator and coach, he didn’t allow his students to feel sorry for themselves or let their circumstances define their futures. Several of his students went from being low performing to successful pastors, lawyers, school administrators, teachers, sales reps, business owners, pro athletes, entertainers, and more.
Joe Sanfelippo, PhD
Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, home of the Fall Creek Crickets. The Fall Creek School District was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. Joe holds a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, an MS in Educational Psychology, an MS in Educational Leadership, and a PhD in Leadership, Learning, and Service.
Joe co-hosts the Hacking Leadership Podcast and co-authored “The Power of Branding: Telling Your School’s Story”; “Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age”; and “Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love.” He was selected as 1 of 117 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 and 1 of 50 Superintendents as a Personalized Learning Leader by the US Department of Education in 2016. Education Dive named Joe 1 of 5 K-12 Administrators to watch in 2018 and their National Superintendent of the Year in 2019.
Frank J. Kros, MSW, JD
Frank J. Kros, MSW, JD is a career child advocate, with over 30 years of experience. He is a worldwide speaker and has created more than 20 professional development, brain-inspired workshops for parents, educators, and social workers, focusing on “Helping Adults Help Kids.” He has co-authored two books, and in 2019 was named Advocate of the Year by Maryland’s State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect. In addition, he serves Maryland as an adverse childhood experiences master trainer.
Dr. Liz Berquist
Dr. Liz Berquist is the Director of Professional Learning for the Baltimore County Public School District (BCPS). Liz has been a classroom teacher, a central office staff member, author, and a faculty member in the Department of Special Education at Towson University in Maryland, where she received numerous awards for her efforts. She received the Towson University Outstanding Alumni Award in 2018. Liz is also a member of the CAST faculty cadre since 2010, traveling internationally to work with school districts and institutes of higher education.
Dr. Jim Ewing
Dr. Jim Ewing is an assistant professor at Stephen F. Austin State University. Jim’s teaching, research, and service focus on teaching math to Spanish-speaking English to emergent bilinguals (ELLs). He has published eight articles about math and EBs and a book titled “Math for ELLs. As Easy as Uno, Dos, Tres.” He is a national speaker and has presented at NCTM, ASCD, and was a guest speaker at Eric Jensen’s poverty workshop. Dr. Ewing partners with schools and gives professional development around the country.