Keynote Speakers

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 17

All times are Central Standard Time (CST)

4:15 – 6:15pm

Leaning In, Leading Forward: Public Education in 2022

Miguel Cardona
Miguel A. Cardona
Daniel Domenech
Daniel Domenech

Join AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech as he talks with U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. The work of a public superintendent is more complex and never-ending than ever before. Federal policy impacts all aspects of the daily work, and this fire side chat will weave through the important work of the American Rescue Plan investment and implementation, the role of data collection, the enduring teacher and staff shortages and the critical need to not only ensure continued support for public education, but to also proactively frame and drive a strong positive narrative around public education.

4:15 – 6:15pm

A New Story:  Children, Educators and the Future of Us

Timothy Shriver
Timothy Shriver

Tim will explore how divisiveness and polarization in our country are affecting children, families and schools and suggest strategies for responding and building toward a more just and unified future.

Friday, February 18

All times are Central Standard Time (CST)

9 – 11am

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Leslie Fenwick
Leslie Fenwick

Educational equity and racial equity are conjoined goals that most Americans report supporting. This session ignites a new understanding about how and why our nation’s history after the Brown decision matters now, especially at this time when educational leaders are crafting the future of public schooling. Informed by the presenter’s forthcoming book, Jim Crow’s Pink Slip (Harvard Education Press, 2022), this session examines the historic roots of current challenges confronting public school leaders and concludes with a series of practical and policy recommendations aimed at putting this history firmly behind us, diversifying the nation’s educator workforce, and redefining school reform to better support the world’s most diverse K–12 student population.

Saturday, February 19

All times are Central Standard Time (CST)

10:30am – 12noon

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Mark Edwards
Mark Edwards
Michael Fullen
Michael Fullan

COVID-19, racial inequality, polarizing politics, mass misinformation and myriad other challenges have made the future of education seem bleaker than ever. Spirit Work and the Science of Collaboration speaks directly to leaders’ hearts and advocates for the development of two qualities that will bring back hope for the future of education: spirit work and the science of collaboration. Fullan and Edwards will illuminate their new work with vibrant case studies and vignettes that provide powerful examples of current leaders. We cannot allow our best advocates for children to be consumed by today’s challenges. Spirit work and collaboration can pave the way to a brighter future.

Miguel Cardona

Miguel A. Cardona

United States Secretary of Education
Daniel Domenech

Daniel Domenech

Executive Director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, Alexandria, VA
Timothy Shriver

Tim Shriver

Chairman, Special Olympics International, Washington, DC
Timothy Shriver, Ph.D is an American disability rights activist, film producer, and former educator who has been Chairman of the Board of Special Olympics since 1996. Timothy Shriver leads the Special Olympics International Board of Directors, and together with over 5 million Special Olympics athletes in more than 190 countries, promotes health, education, and a more unified world through the joy of sport. Shriver joined Special Olympics in 1996. He has been a leading educator who focuses on the social and emotional factors in learning. He co-founded and currently chairs the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading school reform organization in the field of social and emotional learning.
Leslie Fenwick

Leslie T. Fenwick

Dean Emeritus and Professor, Howard University, Washington, DC
Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards

Leadership Today and Retired Superintendent
Michael Fullen

Michael Fullan

Professor Emeritus and former Dean of Education, OISE/University of Toronto