Designed for Middle, High and Special School educators and administrators, this conference offers over 40 workshops tailored to meet the professional development needs of our members, guests and visitors alike. This year in addition to the workshop sessions, we are delighted to have two outstanding speakers who are ready to INSPIRE us!
Keynote & 1st General Session - 9:30am
Inky Johnson, Founder and CEO, INKSPIRE LLC, September 9, 2006. It started as a normal college football game in Nyland Stadium. If anything, the event was an afterthought, dropped into the schedule at the last minute. For Inky Johnson, though, the game changed everything. A routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury, and nothing has been normal for Inky ever since. Not with a paralyzed right arm. Not with daily pain. Not with constant physical challenges. His dream had always been to play professional sports. You might think his injury would have destroyed his motivation and crushed his spirit. But that’s only because you don’t know Inky. Who is Inquoris “Inky” Johnson? He could be described as the survivor of an underprivileged past. He could be described as a refugee of poverty and violence. He could be described as a success story stained by tragedy. But if you look deeper, you’ll discover something else.You’ll see a man who looks in the face of defeat and says, “Am I really failing, or is God prevailing?” You’ll see a man gripped by the promise that God has purposes and plans far beyond our own. And you’ll be inspired by his relentless determination, which he loves to impart to others through his dramatic story.Inky has a master’s degree in sports psychology from the University of Tennessee. He devotes much of his time to mentoring athletes and underprivileged youth. He and his amazing wife Allison live in Atlanta, Georgia with their beautiful children, Jada and Inky Jr.
Featured Presenter & 2nd General Session - 3:00pm
Grace Dearborn,Conscious Teaching , is an education consultant, author, award winning teacher, and international presenter on classroom management and brain-compatible teaching techniques. She has been in education over 20 years and for most of it she taught at-risk students in elementary and secondary schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to being a veteran classroom teacher, Grace has worked as a mentor teacher, literacy coach, curriculum developer, and professional development coordinator. Currently, Grace runs herself ragged facilitating workshops for teachers across the country for Conscious Teaching, while also working as an instructional coach and volunteering at local schools near her home. But she loves every minute of it! Her skills at motivating and managing youth are daily put to their truest test by her two sons, Mason and Owen, ages 10 and 12.