Time TBD — Group hike through the trails of Turkey Run State Park (optional and free!)

Time TBD — Cookout and hangout in Turkey Run State Park (optional and free!)

Time TBD — Game night at Turkey Run Inn (optional and free!)


8:30-9:00 a.m. — Registration and coffee/pastries

9:00-10:00 a.m. — Opening keynote (“The Power of Analog in the Digital Age”, Matt Miller, Lusk Room)

10:10-11:00 a.m. — Breakout sessions (See session descriptions at the bottom of this page)

  • Introduction to Standards-Based Grading and Assessing (Kim Strobel, Lusk Room)
  • Shift the Culture of Your Classroom (Joy Kirr, Strauss Room)
  • BreakoutEDU (Matt Johnson, Dogwood Room)
  • Perspectives and Cultural Experiences through Skype and Virtual Field Trips (Gina Ruffcorn, Lobby)
  • Innovate and Grow … Because Kids Deserve it! (Chad LeDune, Veranda)
  • Infuse Your Classes with Creativity (Jed Dearybury, Outdoor Session)
  • DITCHing the Dull while Polishing our EDU Practices, Tech Coach Edition (Evan Mosier, Room TBD)
  • Walk and Talk Session (Self-directed, Turkey Run State Park trails)

11:10 a.m.-Noon — Breakout sessions (See session descriptions at the bottom of this page)

  • The Science of Happiness (Kim Strobel, Lusk Room)
  • Student-Directed Learning (Joy Kirr, Strauss Room)
  • STEAM Challenges (Matt Johnson, Dogwood Room)
  • The Courage to Make Big Change (Gina Ruffcorn, Lobby)
  • #ichallengeu17 (Chad LeDune, Veranda)
  • The Value of Failure in Education (Charlie Miller, Outdoor Session)
  • DITCHing the Dull while Polishing our EDU Practices, Teacher Edition (Sean Fahey, Room TBD)
  • Walk and Talk Session (Self-directed, Turkey Run State Park trails)

Noon-1:00 p.m. — Lunch and mini-keynote (Jed Dearybury, Lusk Room)

1:00-1:30 p.m. — Tribe sessions (find your tribe and find a place to chat)

1:40-2:30 p.m. — Breakout sessions (See session descriptions at the bottom of this page)

  • Introduction to Growth Mindset (Kim Strobel, Lusk Room)
  • Healthy Grading Practices (Joy Kirr, Strauss Room)
  • Incorporating Rube Goldbergs into the Classroom (Matt Johnson, Dogwood Room)
  • The Student-Led Classroom (Gina Ruffcorn, Lobby)
  • The 8 C’s of PBL with Tech (Chad LeDune, Veranda)
  • TBD (Jed Dearybury, Outdoor Session)
  • DITCHing the Dull while Polishing our EDU Practices, Admin Edition (Tara Martin, Room TBD)
  • Walk and Talk Session (Self-directed, Turkey Run State Park trails)

2:40-3:30 p.m. — Debriefing, door prizes and closing (Matt Miller, Lusk Room)

(Schedule subject to change. Conference is on Eastern time.)


Matt Miller

The Power of Analog in the Digital Age — Schools sink millions of dollars into technology. Teachers do their best to incorporate it into the classroom. People call technology a “game changer,” but it isn’t a silver bullet in education. In this keynote, we remember why the “analog” is still so beneficial to students. We talk about the power of balance, connections and sound teaching are so vital in schools.

Kim Strobel

Introduction to Standards-Based Grading & Assessing — What does a grade really mean? If we can answer that, we can dramatically raise the level of performance of our students and change their lives forever.
In this workshop, we will examine current grading practices and how they relate to student learning. I will give you an overview of standards-based grading and how it’s connected to existing curriculum, assessment, and reporting practices. We will explore the idea of prioritizing standards, creating proficiency scales, and ensuring our assessments align to both.

The Science of Happiness — For the past 20 years, I’ve studied and researched the topics of Happiness and Positive Psychology, which is the study of happiness and how we learn to thrive in both our personal and professional lives. It’s easy to lose ourselves in this very demanding career and to get so caught up in the “busy-ness” of school, that we lose the joy that brought us to choose this career in the first place. But we do have a choice to make. We can focus on everything that’s broken about the system and continue to let it wreak havoc on our stress levels and personal lives, or we can choose HOPE. We can learn to show up for ourselves in both our professional and personal lives. We can find our way back to happy once again.

Joy Kirr

Healthy Grading Practices — What is all this talk about grading? Teachers all around the world battle it out in 140 characters on Twitter – Let’s teach responsibility! Let’s get rid of the five-paragraph essay! No more grades at all! But what is behind all of that discussion? Key words and ideas will be looked at thoroughly by participants of this hands-on session, and decided if they are necessary in a classroom, nice to have, or if they should be trashed.

Shift the Culture of Your Classroom — What does “innovative” mean? Teachers who are labeled as “risk takers” and sometimes even ostracized by others in their own school learn a ton from their students’ failures and successes as they try new ideas. This session will expose you to lessons teachers have learned from their students. Depending on group size and participation, we’ll work through up to ten lessons, and you and your students will benefit from them when you get back to school.

Student-Directed Learning — We’ll be exploring teacher fears and uncertainties that arise when the words “genius hour,” “passion project,” or “20% time” are discussed. How DO teachers offer this time to students to pursue their own interests? Participants will discuss non-negotiables to make this time effective, and create a flowchart of how to navigate this valuable time in class.

Matt Johnson


Gina Ruffcorn


Chad LeDune

The 8 C’s of PBL with Tech — The 4 C’s are a popular topic around education. I think we can do better!! Let’s integrate technology into PBL and watch classrooms transform. This entertaining session will address the 4 C’s and introduce 4 more C’s that you can provide your students through technology used in PBL. Don’t miss out on this chance to learn researched benefits, awesome project ideas, popular methods, and some tech tools used to excite students through PBL.

Innovate and Grow…..Because Kids Deserve it! — Come join @Mr_LeDune in this fast paced and engaging session and learn how to become the teacher you have always dreamed of being! Learn how to be more innovative and how to open your mind up for the growth needed to engage and understand today’s students. Learn tips and techniques that will transform your classroom into one that you know your kids deserve!

#ichallengeu17 — As teachers, administrators, and students, we are all on this educational journey together! Join @Mr_LeDune as he challenges you, your classroom and your school to be innovative, take risks, fail, grow, provide kids what they deserve, and share through social media all of your experiences of the process. Get ready to accept the challenges and to take that step outside of your comfort zone, only this time with the support of your fellow educators.

Jed Dearybury


Charlie Miller


Evan Mosier


Sean Fahey


Tara Martin