We are still in the process of selecting speakers and content, and will have major announcements coming over the course of the next several months. In the meantime, I encourage you to check out our programming from the 2019 conference, as it will give you a great idea of the kinds of workshops and speakers we offer at Convention.
In the meantime we encourage you to check out our 2019 convention highlights.
Click here to download the 2019 program book.
With general sessions every day of Convention, our keynote speakers inspire, educate, and engage participants. Check out our 2019 Keynote Speakers below.
Alton Fitzgerald White
Actor, Mufasa in Broadway's The Lion King
Alton Fitzgerald White is a triple talented singer, actor, dancer has starred in six smash Broadway hits, including over 4,000 performances as Mufasa in The Lion King and a stint Mister in Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple. With songs and performance throughout his keynote, Alton will kick off Convention with a powerful speech about giving your all, every day.
President and CEO, National AfterSchool Association
Gina Warner is president and CEO of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA). Gina began her afterschool career as a teen in 4-H programs in rural Alabama, and has continued to work at the intersection of education, youth development, public policy, and non-profit leadership throughout her career. She relies on her experience as a classroom teacher, an attorney, a U.S. Senate staffer, and a citywide out-of-school time leader to guide her work. As the leader of NAA, Gina works to meet the needs of both emerging and experienced afterschool professionals through enhanced training and development, increased communication, outreach, and membership engagement.
Author and Podcast Host
Gretchen Rubin is one of today’s most influential and thought-provoking observers of happiness and human nature. She’s known for her ability to distill and convey complex ideas with humor and clarity, in a way that’s accessible to a wide audience. She’s the author of many books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers The Four Tendencies, Better Than Before, and The Happiness Project.
Drama Teacher, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Tony Award Winner, Excellence in Theatre Education
Melody Herzfeld leads the drama department at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Melody understands the power of afterschool first-hand, having led over 50 theatrical productions since joining the school’s faculty in 2003. Tragically, on February 14, 2018, a school shooting ended the lives of 17 students and teachers. During the shooting, Melody sheltered 65 students in her drama classroom.
Education Evangelist, Google
Jaime Casap is the Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of technology and the web as enabling and supporting tools in pursuit of inquiry-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders around the world focused on building innovation into our education policies and practices. He speaks on education, technology, innovation, and generation z, at events around the world.