GENERAL SESSION SPEAKERS FOR THE 2018 SCHOOL CLIMATE CONFERENCE INCLUDE:
November 4, 2018 – Dr. LaMarr Shields
Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields, best- selling author, inspirational speaker, and international educator provides a lively, positive look at what it takes to "Survive and Thrive" in tough teaching and leading situations. Infusing the brain and spirit using "talk therapy," each listener will have the opportunity to drink in a dose of healing words. Many educators, school administrators, counselors, and youth development coordinators harbor anxiety about "asking for help" because they do not wish to appear weak. Dr. Shields works from the premise that we are ALL exhausted and need support. Guided through a series of mini lessons on mindfulness, positive psychology, and motivation, the audience will emerge laughing, energized, and re-committed to the important work of saving lives, while saving themselves in the process.
Dr. Shields’ mission at is to collaboratively develop and sustain spaces of deep congruence where change agents can work both individually and collectively to (re)align their passions with their professional visions and purpose. He envisions a world where change agents, through deeply connecting with their purpose, can ignite real and lasting change within themselves, and their organizations.
November 5, 2018 – Davey Muise
A former school teacher and DIY musician, now standing on stages worldwide as the frontman of Boston based alternative punk rock band, VANNA - Davey Muise lives his life by not only following his heart and pursuing his passions without fear of judgment but taking those passions and sharing them with as many people as possible. Everyday for Davey is a mission to grow and conquer both personally and professionally.
Nothing short of a survivor, Davey and his message of empowerment and overcoming adversity reaches far beyond the classroom or concert setting. He's harnessed the lessons he's learned from weathering the storms of depression, divorce, abandonment, and failure and uses them to help not only fuel his own flames but to inspire future generations to strive for a better life.
November 6, 2018 - Student Voice: Can You Hear Me Now?
Moderated by John Vandenburgh
In this unique general session, participants will experience a candid conversation amongst students. Often time educators rely simply on quantitative data to create their action plans and very rarely bring student voice into their accountability planning. In this session, John Vandenburgh has brought together a diverse cross section of young people to have a conversation on the latest youth trends and the impact they have on school climate.