Meet the NPC19 Thought Leaders

The Innovator’s Mindset

Dr. George Couros, author and leading educator

As leaders, we need to focus not only on what we know, but what we do with what we know. Focusing on an innovator’s mindset, and our “why” is how we help others in our school community not only accept change but embrace it to create powerful learning opportunities for our students. Dr. Couros will discuss ideas and characteristics of “The Innovator’s Mindset” and share powerful examples on why this is so crucial for all educators. This presentation will push your thinking, and will connect to your heart first, in a way that will last with you long after this conference.

Dr. George Couros

Dr. George Couros

George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school for 20 plus years, and has worked in K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and assistant principal, principal, and district administrator, and is the author of the book, The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. He is a sought after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe.

Disruption: The Answer to Hyperchange

Dr. Tracey Wilen, author and researcher

Dr. Tommy Welch, instructional leader and principal, Meadowcreek High School

Dr. David Geurin, principal, Bolivar High School

The world is in disruption! You are at the forefront of hyper change. The continued accelerated pace of technology, and competitive forces is causing workplace environments to become more volatile and in need of disruptive leaders, employees to challenge the status quo, and educators to ensure student readiness. This multimedia presentation focuses on key trends that impact jobs, new skills that are needed today to remain relevant, and how to be disruptive leaders who help your students prepare for careers in a digital world. The presentation highlights insights from Dr. Tracey Wilen on societal changes, technology innovations, the future of work, and the evolution of education.

Dr. David Geurin, Bolivar High School, MO and Dr. Tommy Welch, Meadowcreek High School, GA will offer practical examples of disruption; how to help students be ready for the digital world and employed for life.

Dr. Tracey Wilen

Dr. Tracey Wilen

Dr. Tracey Wilen is a researcher and speaker on the impact of technology on society, work, and careers. A former visiting scholar at Stanford University, she has held leadership positions at Apple, HP, Cisco Systems and the Apollo Group. She has been an adjunct professor for Bay area colleges teaching classes in business, technology and women’s workforce topics.

Dr. Tommy Welch

Dr. Tommy Welch

In his six years as principal at Meadowcreek High School, Tommy Welch took one of Georgia’s largest and lowest-performing—yet most diverse—urban schools and raised the graduation rate from 47 to 73 percent, increased SAT scores over 40 points, and decreased the discipline over 50 percent. This body of work has granted him the honor of Georgia’s Principal of the Year, SREB Outstanding Leader Award, PTA Principal of the Year, and NASSP National Principal of the Year finalist.

Dr. David Geurin

Dr. David Geurin

David Geurin is principal at Bolivar High School in Bolivar, MO. He is also a writer, speaker, and social media enthusiast. He is the author of Future Driven: Will Your Students Thrive in an Unpredictable World?, in which he describes how to conquer the status quo, create authentic learning, and help your students thrive in an unpredictable world. Geurin was recognized by NASSP as a 2017 National Digital Principal. He earned a doctorate in education leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri in 2008.

Creating a Culture of Caring: The Ultimate Zone

Dr. Geoffrey Canada, author and children’s advocate

The work of Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) has become a national model on serving the whole child, creating an interlocking web of service and care that creates a safety net woven so tightly that no child can slip through. Dr. Canada believes that your leadership is only as great as those around you. Learn the importance of combining educational, social, and medical services, starting at birth and following children to college, careers, citizenship and life. Hear why you should mesh those services into an interlocking web, and then drop that web over your entire school community. You find these needs in urban and rural, rich and poor communities. The answers are not to be found in any one strategy: individuals, families, schools and communities must develop a plan of action to ensure each child succeeds.

Dr. Geoffrey Canada

Dr. Geoffrey Canada

In his 20-plus years with Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc., Geoffrey Canada has become nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem and as a passionate advocate for education reform. Canada founded the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), which New York Times Magazine called “one of the most ambitious social experiments of our time.” In October 2005, Canada was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by US News and World Report.

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