2020 "Can't Miss" Keynotes



Adam Saenz, Ph.D., D.MIN.

Relationships That Work: The Four Must-Have Readiness Skills for Every Educator

Most of us already know that relationships matter in any field, but particularly in education. The question is: how? How do I build life impacting relationships with students? How do I build resourceful relationships with my colleagues on campus? How do I build supportive relationships with my students’ parents?Join Dr. Adam Saenz to learn about the practice of four essential skills that will posture and position any educator to a place of relational readiness.

As a licensed psychologist, author, and emotional intelligence expert, Dr. Saenz has worked in the education and mental health fields for over twenty years. He has worked in collaboration with the College of Education at Texas A&M University, including the Department of Human Resource Development, the Department of School Psychology, and the Department of Research, Measurement, and Statistics. Among Dr. Saenz’s publications are the best selling The Power of a Teacher, Relationships That Work, and his most recent release, The EQ Intervention: Shaping a Self-Aware Generation Through Social and Emotional Learning.

Tyrone Howard, Ph.D.

Equity in Action

Join Dr. Tyrone Howard for this interactive keynote address, which will focus on core concepts and evidence-based practices for creating equitable schools for all students. Let’s accept the challenge to engage in hard conversations about serving our most vulnerable students — namely students of color, students from low income backgrounds, language learners, and students with social-emotional challenges.

Dr. Tyrone Howard is a professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he also serves as Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. He has published several bestselling books including Expanding College Access for Urban Youth. As the director and founder of the Black Male Institute at UCLA, Dr. Howard leads an interdisciplinary group of scholars, practitioners, community members, and policymakers dedicated to improving the educational experiences and life chances of males of color. He was the recipient of the 2015 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2016 and 2017, Dr. Howard was listed by Education Week as one of the 60 most influential scholars in the nation informing educational policy, practice, and reform.

Hamish Brewer


Sometimes you have to hear the things you don’t want to hear in order to move forward, to be better, and to get results. Mr. Brewer will take you on a hard-hitting journey that will challenge you to rethink your practices, to disrupt the norm, and to change the game. Find out if you have or are willing to go one more round, if you’re willing to advocate for every single person and child. Find out if you’re willing to take your school or organization to the next level.

Hamish Brewer, the relentless, tattooed, skateboarding principal in Northern Virginia isn’t your typical principal. Mr. Brewer is high octane, constantly calling on his students to “Be Relentless.” Mr. Brewer has become known as an educational disrupter who transcends the status quo and typical educational norms. He was recognized as the 2017 NAESP Nationally Distinguished Principal and Virginia Principal of the year, and Prince William County Public Schools 2019 Principal of the Year. He has also been recognized with the 2016 VAESP School Bell Award and the ASCD Virginia Impact Award. Under his leadership, his elementary school was recognized as a Nationally Distinguished Title 1 School, and Mr. Brewer has since gone on to turn around one of the toughest middle schools in the state of Virginia.