General Sessions

Bring new ideas home to your district inspired by thought-provoking education keynote speakers.

Are you ready to be inspired? AASA’s National Conference on Education is announcing influential and knowledgeable education keynote speakers to headline each day of the conference in Daily General Sessions. Get a high-level view of education policy, transformational leadership strategies and more.

Thursday, February 16

All times are Central Standard Time (CST)

Change Your Words, Change Your Life
3:30-5:30pm

Alex Boyé
Entertainer and Speaker,
Boyé Central LLC, Sandy, UT

headshot of Alex Boyé
Alex Boyé

Good mental health is just as important as good physical health. You are what you feed your mind. Science shows that you can tell how the life of a person will turn out by just by listening to them speak for 10 minutes and hearing the words they use to describe their life. With respect to students well being; Alex gives tips and actionable ways to help students change their conversations about themselves.

Friday, February 17

All times are Central Standard Time (CST)

The Future of Leadership in Education
9–11am

Stephen Covey
#1 NY Times Bestselling Author
Salt Lake City, UT

Stephen Covey

“The world has changed, and continues to change at an unprecedented rate. Many district leaders are struggling to manage increased staff burn-out and attrition alongside a broad spectrum of educational challenges that range from the classroom all the way to the school board. This is a moment that calls for a different type of leadership. 

Join global thought leader Stephen M. R. Covey as he shares the language, framework, and process for moving from the traditional “Command & Control” structure to one of “Trust & Inspire.”

Saturday, February 18

All times are Central Standard Time (CST)

It's Not Either/Or: Leading for the Future While Valuing the Past
10:30am-12noon

Sue Szachowicz
Senior Fellow, Successful Practices Network,
Ballston Spa, NY

Dr. Sue Szachowicz
Sue Szachowicz

Three days of inspiring speakers, countless leadership strategies, many fabulous ideas – so NOW WHAT??? As you return to your districts filled with energy, enthusiasm, and a determination to lead change, you realize immediately that not everyone in your district is happy that you attended this conference. So how do you sort through all these ideas, select what works best for your district, plan for and lead what needs to be done? In this closing session, Sue Szachowicz will bring her many years in school and district leadership to help participants move forward in leading for student success.

Miguel Cardona

Miguel A. Cardona

United States Secretary of Education
Leslie Fenwick

Leslie T. Fenwick

Dean Emeritus and Professor, Howard University, Washington, DC