2019 International Conferences
July 27 - 28, 2019 - Southeast International Conference in Asheville, NC
U.S. Forum Session: June 28, 2019 - 2:15-4:15 PM, Expo Center
Principal, Chapin High
Empowering the Heart: Reviving & Renewing Today's Education
Title: Empowering the Heart: Reviving & Renewing Today's Education
Synopsis: The current state of education finds teachers, administrators, parents and students are drained by a system that demands more accountability of the school and less of an account for the student. Empowering the Heart is a framework for renewing any educator who is falling out of love of education. The blinding light of accountability focuses our attention on those metrics that are easier to measure at the expense of the most important metrics which do not show up on school report cards. Dr. Ross does not challenge accountability and testing, he challenges what we are testing. Life is full of test and Dr. Ross seeks to hold educators accountable for empowering children to pass the test of life. The attendee will learn that educating the whole child means maximizing the potential of a person’s mind, body and spirit. As a result, those who empower others are themselves empowered. Empowering the Heart will revive your passion for bringing out the passions of our children.
BIO: “He flunked the third grade. Now he’s the best high school principal in the nation.” This was the headline from the local newspaper after he was announced the National Principal of the Year. Dr. Akil Ross’ story is a testimony of the power a community has to transform a struggling student into a high performing student. Akil grew up in Washington, DC during the height of a drug and crime wave that claimed the potential of many young people in his community. In the midst of these conditions, transformational elements were made available that empowered him to maximize his potential. He credits his home, his elementary school and a recreational center for teaching him how to face adversity and overcome obstacles early in his life. As a result of the high expectations set in his home, school and on the playing field, Akil was able to earn a full scholarship to Duke University.
Upon graduation from Duke University, Akil moved to South Carolina, where he taught Social Studies for three years at Eau Claire High School in Columbia, SC. In 2005, he obtained his M.Ed. in Secondary Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina and joined Chapin High School as an assistant principal in July of 2005. After 5 years as an assistant principal, he was named principal in July of 2010. In July of 2012, he earned doctorate degree in Curriculum Studies from the University of South Carolina.
Chapin High School received many awards and recognitions under Akil’s leadership such the Palmetto’s Finest Award, Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Lighthouse Award, several national rankings in academics from Newsweek, Niche, Washington Post and US News & World Report. His school earned 20 State Championships in 8 Years (14 State Championships in Athletics, 4 State Championships in Marching Band and 2 NJROTC State Championship including 1 National Championship). As principal of Chapin High School, Dr. Ross was named the 2017 SC Secondary Principal of the Year and the 2018 NASSP National Principal of the Year.
He and his wife Jocelyn live in Columbia, SC and have two children, Alyssa (9) and A.J. (5). Dr. Ross started HeartEd, LLC, an educational consulting firm, to share lessons and strategies to further his vison of a future where every community Empowers every child.
July 10 - 12, 2019, 2:30 PM - Northwest International Conference in Des Moines,IA
U.S. Forum Session: Thursday, July 11
Iowa House District 86 Assembly Representative
Child Welfare from a Provider’s and a Legislative Perspective.
Topic: Child Welfare from a Provider’s and a Legislative Perspective.
We are pleased to have Iowa House District 86 Assembly Representative, Mary Mascher, as our keynote speaker at the U. S. Forum in Des Moines, IA on Thursday, July 11 at 2:30 p.m. Representative Mascher’s topic at the U. S. Forum will be Child Welfare from a Provider’s and a Legislative Perspective. Ms Mascher has been asked to speak to the Forum attendees about child welfare, both from a child welfare provider's perspective and from a legislative perspective. We’ve also asked her, "What is the state and national government doing to improve child welfare?” and “How can we, as an organization, support those efforts?"
Bio: Mary has been very active in her community. She helped organize the first girls’ softball league in Iowa City and served on its board of directors. Since 1988 she has sung and acted in numerous productions of the Iowa City Community Theater, and also served on their board of directors.
She has been a member of the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Commission, the Iowa City Riverfront Commission, and was president of the Iowa City Education Association. From 1992-1997 Mary served on the State Sesquicentennial Commission.
In 1994, Mary was elected to the Iowa House where she has been an advocate for women, children and families. Mary serves on the State Reading Recovery Advisory Board and Executive Committee. Mary was appointed by Governor Vilsack to the State Council on Continuous Improvement of Educational Excellence.
Currently Mary serves as an ex-officio board member of the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System and Early Childhood Iowa. Mary has received numerous honors/awards for her service and leadership. A few are listed below:
1996 – Iowa Counseling Associations’ Legislator of the Year Award
1999 - National Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Friend of Education
2003 – Girl Scouts of Mississippi Valley – Growing Strong Award
2010 – Corridor Business Journal – Women of Influence Award
2011 – Heritage Agency on Aging – Outstanding Elected Public Official
2012 – Iowa Physician’s Assistant Society – Outstanding Leadership Award
2013 – Iowa Pride Network – Roger Wendt Education Award
2014 – DAWN State Elected Official Award
2017 –Pioneer Lawmakers
2018- Cedar Rapids Gazette – HER Award
July 17-20, 2019 - Southwest International Conference in Costa Mesa, CA
U.S. Forum Session: Thursday, July 18 from 3:30 - 5:30 PM at the Hilton, Costa Mesa
President and CEO of Million Kids
Societal Shift: A World Without Borders, A Home Without Walls
Topic: Societal Shift: A World Without Borders, A Home Without Walls
The year 2020 will see the entire world connected by Internet. It will be the first time in history that our kids can reach the entire world and the entire world can reach them. Advancing technologies such as encryption, mass audience live streaming, vaporware, crypto currency and the Dark Net means that neither parents nor law enforcement will be able to prevent a child from taking risks on the Internet. A world without borders for our kids is also a world without borders for pedophile, pimps, predators, gangs, cartels and organized crime. Apps like Tik Tok and Live.me will put our kids on a global stage with hundreds of thousands of followers and give total strangers access to our kids’ text addresses to connect.
This presentation will focus on how to help our teenagers become leaders to use technology with respect and responsibility and create a world where we can all keep kids safe from predators.
Opal Singleton is the President and CEO of Million Kids and serves as the Training and Outreach Coordinator for the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force. She has trained more than 250,000 government and individual leaders about labor trafficking, child sex trafficking, sextortion, child pornography and social media exploitation. She often appears on television and radio talk shows across the United States.
Opal is an Instructor at USC Price Safe Communities Institute and a Co-Instructor at the USC School of Social Work for the Los Angeles Police Department LEAD program. She is an Instructor at Los Angeles Fire Leadership Training Academy and has served on the Peace Officers Standardized Training panel to develop the training curriculum on human trafficking for law enforcement for the State of California. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Rapha House International in Cambodia, Thailand and Haiti.
Opal is the author of “Seduced: The Grooming of America’s Teenagers,” and “Societal Shift: A world without borders… a home without walls”. She hosts two weekly radio shows. KTIE 590 AM broadcasts “Exploited: Crimes and Technology” throughout Southern California. “Exploited: Crimes against Humanity” is a weekly global internet human exploitation training program that broadcasts through Voice America to more than 170 countries.
July 30 - August 1, 2019 - Northeast International Conference in Mashantucket, CT
Forum Session: Thursday, August 1, 2019
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