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Dr. Kevin C. Snyder
"Think Differently to Achieve Success"

Grand Opening Session: 8:00a - Wed. June 13, 2018

Dr. Kevin Snyder is a motivational speaker and author with a PASSION for helping individuals empower themselves and others. Through his motivational speaking career, Kevin has presented over 1,150 keynotes and leadership seminars in all 50 states and numerous countries.

Kevin has also presented keynote programs to hundreds of colleges, universities and schools in all 50 states. Prior to launching his two speaking bureaus, Inspir-Active Solutions and Empower YOUth, Kevin held a career in university Student Affairs and most recently served as the Dean of Students for High Point University. Kevin’s Masters and Doctorate degrees were both earned in Educational Leadership from the University of South Carolina and the University of Central Florida, respectively. His undergraduate degree was earned in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Kevin was honored by TEDx in 2013 to present, ‘The Ripple Effect,’ which was the largest TEDx event in the South. Kevin served as the curator for TEDxRaleigh in 2016 and continues to be a speaker coach for other TEDx organizations.

FUN FACTS: Kevin recently sold his house in Raleigh, North Carolina to live on a 40-foot sailboat (Why Knot?) which he docks off the coast of North Carolina. He’s also a certified skydiver, scuba diver and game show winner on the legendary television game show The Price is Right!

Book Titles Include: Think Differently to Achieve Success!
Empower Your Employees
Ten Keys to Extraordinary Leadership
Leading The Way: Stories of Leadership and Inspiration.


Elizabeth Smart
"I Am Elizabeth Smart"

1st General Session: 2:00p - Wed. June 13, 2018

The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Smart was abducted on June 5, 2002, and her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely returned Smart back to her family on March 12, 2003 after being held prisoner for 9 grueling months.

Through this traumatic experience Smart has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and National legislation. Elizabeth triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which led to conviction.

Founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, Smart has also helped promote The National AMBER Alert, the Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act, and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions. Smart has chronicled her experiences in the New York Times best-selling book, My Story. In addition, she and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivor’s guide, entitled, You’re Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment. This guide is meant to encourage children who have gone through similar experiences not to give up but to know that there is hope for a rewarding life.

Smart’s abduction and recovery continues to motivate parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. She emphasizes vigilance by everyday people and the believe that hope always exists to find every missing child. Smart’s example is a daily demonstration that there really is life after a tragic event. Smart attended Brigham Young University, studying music as a harp performance major. She married her husband Matthew in 2012.

2017 marks the 15-year anniversary of Smart’s abduction. Part of a cross-network event with A&E, Lifetime’s “I Am Elizabeth Smart” is the definitive, authorized movie about the harrowing kidnapping, told from her perspective and with her full participation.


Dr. Peter DeWitt

"Collaborative Leadership: Six Influences that Matter Most"

2nd General Session: 8:00a - Thu. June 14, 2018

Dr. Peter DeWitt (Ed.D.), a former school principal in Upstate, NY, previously taught elementary school for 11 years. His syndicated blog, Finding Common Ground, is published by Education Week and he is a freelance writer for Vanguard Magazine. Peter has traveled the world, developing content, visiting school sites, influencing policy, and presenting with John Hattie. He has worked with educators at schools, districts, educational service centers, and educational organizations, including the Council of Chief State School Officials. His presentations focus on school leadership, school climate, as well as safeguarding LGBT students and other social justice topics.

Peter DeWitt unpacks six leadership factors in Collaborative Leadership, all framed through the lens of John Hattie’s research. Adding insight, practical experiences, and vignettes, DeWitt paints a powerful scheme: meet stakeholders where they are, motivate stakeholders to strive for improvement, model how to do it. The meet, motivate, model blueprint will inspire you to: Transform your leadership practice; Identify where you can make immediate changes; Build and empower your leadership team; Incorporate all stakeholders into the conversation. His session is designed to shape collective teacher efficacy and foster teacher voice, Collaborative Leadership will leave you motivated to work together.


Kevin Carroll
"[email protected]: Unleashing Growth through Creativity and Innovation"

3rd General Session: 2:30p - Thu. June 14, 2018

Raised by his grandparents in Philadelphia, Kevin spent endless hours at the neighborhood playground where he found his calling: a red rubber ball. His subsequent pursuit of play and his ‘red rubber ball’ took him overseas with the Air Force, where he served as a language interpreter and translator, gaining fluency in Croatian, Czech, Serbian, and German.

After serving in the Air Force for ten years and earning his college degree, Kevin became an athletic trainer at the high school and collegiate levels in Philadelphia. His expertise in sport performance recognized by the 76ers organization and led to his job as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers in 1995. While at the 76ers, Nike tapped Kevin to bring his unique experiences to the sneaker giant in 1997. Although no job “officially” existed at the time, Kevin was directed to create a position at the company that would add value to the overall mission of the brand. Kevin accepted the challenge and stayed for seven years as “Katalyst” (the ‘K’ is for Kevin) – a creative change agent. At Nike, he was instrumental in helping the company develop a deeper understanding of athletic product performance, team dynamics and interpersonal communication. Kevin left Nike in 2004 to create his own company, Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC, committed to elevating the power of sport and play around the world.

In May of 2005, a notable moment occurred when Kevin addressed dignitaries from 31 nations at the United Nations about the importance of play in their developing countries. Kevin is also heavily involved with many social entrepreneur organizations that use sports as a catalyst to change lives.

Kevin holds a MS in Health Education from St. Joseph’s University, a BA in Speech Communication with a minor in Physical Education from Angelo State University, and an Associates Degree in Interpreting and Translating from the Community College of The Air Force. Kevin is also a frequent visiting adjunct lecturer across the United States.


Jimmy Casas
"Culturize"

Closing General Session: 9:00a - Fri. June 15, 2018

Jimmy Casas core purpose is in serving others. He continues to give to his professional by speaking and presenting at the local, state, and national levels and school districts around the country. He was invited to the White House to peak on the Future Ready Schools pledge. Jimmy is the co-founder of EdCampIowa and of #IAedchat, a popular on-line chat. Jimmy is the author and co-author of several books, including What Connected Educators Do Differently and Start.Right Now. Teach and Lead for Excellence. Jimmy also serves on the NASSP Professional Development Faculty. 

  • 22 years of school leadership experience at the secondary level
  • Bachelors in Spanish, Masters in Educational Leadership, and Superintendent Endorsement
  • Adjunct professor at Drake University
  • 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year
  • Finalist for the 2013 NASSP National Principal of the Year
  • 2015 Bammy National Principal of the Year

Dr. Robin Battershell
"Women In Leadership"

Women In Leadership Luncheon: 12:00p - 1:30p Wed. June 13, 2018

Dr. Battershell was born and raised in Robinson, Texas and attended Texas Tech University, the University of Houston, the University of Texas, and Baylor University. She began her educational career as a third-grade teacher in Houston and Pasadena ISDs prior to becoming a special education counselor with the Bell County Cooperative. She continued her special education and counseling career in Killeen ISD, first as a Special Education Coordinator and then as the Coordinator of Guidance for KISD. This role evolved into the Coordinator of Special Programs eventually leading Dr. Battershell into the role as the Interim Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Killeen ISD. She then left public education for 5 years and became the Executive Director for the Greater Ft. Hood Communities in Schools. While in this position, Dr. Battershell completed her Doctorate Degree at Baylor University and also honed her skills on grant writing and school finance.

In 1990, Dr. Battershell began teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor and later as an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University in School Finance. She was selected as the Salado ISD Superintendent in 1998 and served in that capacity for 10 years. Dr. Battershell began as Superintendent of Temple ISD in 2008 and enjoys the camaraderie and diversity of Temple and Temple ISD!


TASSP Distinguished Lectures:

Set 1 • Wed. 9:00a-9:50a
Kevin Snyder, Author and Speaker
SUCCESS LEAVES CLUES: Best Practices Activities Empowering Teams

Larry Bell, Owner/President Multicultural America Inc.
Administrative Strategies to Help Struggling Students on National Assessments

Dr. Eric Landers, Associate Professor, Special Education, Georgia Southern University
Breaking the Social Structure of Bullying in Schools


(EH4) FLASH LEARNING: The Hub • Wed. 9:15a-9:45a
Adam L. Saenz, Ph.D., L.S.S.P., School Psychologist, Saenz Culture Architects
Relationships That Work: The Four Must-Have Relational Skills for Every Educator

(EH4) FLASH LEARNING: Chemistry Area:  •  Wed. 10a-11a
Dr. Kate Biberdorf, Professor - Fun with Chemistry,The University of Texas at Austin
Fun with Chemistry


Set 2 • Wed. 11:00a-11:50a
Larry Bell, Owner/President Multicultural America Inc.
Administrative Strategies to Help Struggling Students on National Assessments

Dr. Eric Landers, Associate Professor, Special Education, Georgia Southern University
Harnessing the Power of Conflict in Schools: A Practical Approach to Responding to Bullying

Adam L. Saenz, Ph.D., L.S.S.P., School Psychologist, Saenz Culture Architects
Mental Health First Aid: What Every Leader Needs To Know


Set 3 • Wed. 1:00p-1:50p
Sean Cain, Chief Idea Officer, Lead Your School; Michael W. Laird, Instructional Leadership that Works, LLC
The Fundamental 5: Delivering Quality Instruction to All Students

Dr. Eric Landers, Associate Professor, Special Education, Georgia Southern University
Positive Behavior Supports Has Nothing to Do with Being Positive

Adam L. Saenz, Ph.D., L.S.S.P., School Psychologist, Saenz Culture Architects
Harnessing the Power of Stress


Set 4 • Wed. 4:10p-5:00p
Sean Cain, Chief Idea Officer, Lead Your School; Michael W. Laird, Instructional Leadership that Works, LLC
Checkpoints 101: The Hardest Easy Thing in Education

Adam L. Saenz, Ph.D., L.S.S.P., School Psychologist, Saenz Culture Architects
Relationships That Work: The Four Must-Have Relational Skills for Every Educator

Robin Battershell, Superintendent, Temple ISD
Hiring Well: The 2, 10, 30 & 45-minute Check


Set 5 • Thu. 9:00a-9:50a
Peter DeWitt, Speaker and Author
Collaborative Leadership: A Q&A About the Six Influences

Jimmy Casas, Speaker and Author
Culturize - Every Student. Every Day. Whatever it Takes.

James Stronge, Heritage Professor, Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Qualities of Effective Teachers: Improving Schools One Classroom at a Time


Set 6   Thu. 11a-11:50a
James Stronge, Heritage Professor, Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Hiring the Best: What Works and What Doesn’t?

Sean Cain, Chief Idea Officer, Lead Your School; Michael W. Laird, Instructional Leadership that Works, LLC
Cultivate to Great: Leveraging the Formative to Summative Process


Set 7 • Thu. 4:10p-5:00p
Peter DeWitt, Speaker and Author
School Climate: Leading with Collective Efficacy

James Stronge, Heritage Professor, Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
World Class Schools


Set 8 Fri. 8a-8:50a
Sean Cain, Chief Idea Officer, Lead Your School; Michael W. Laird, Instructional Leadership that Works, LLC
Coaching 1 on 1: How to Coach Your Staff Better, Today