General Sessions

  • First General Session — Monday, January 28
    Sean Covey
    Sean Covey

    Sean Covey
    is a business executive, author, speaker, and innovator.
    He is president of FranklinCovey Education and is devoted to transforming education throughout the world through a principle-centered leadership approach. Sean oversees FranklinCovey's whole school transformation process, called Leader in Me, which is now in more than 4,000 schools and 50 countries throughout the world.

    In his presentation, Transformational Results: The 4 Disciplines of Execution, Covey will talk about the incredible challenges superintendents face, including government mandates, ever-changing priorities, staff engagement, and the unique needs of parents and students — just to name a few. It is harder than ever to accomplish a district’s top goals and create alignment in the midst of so many competing priorities. He will draw from his bestselling books — "The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX)" and "The Leader in Me" — to share how thousands of school administrators around the globe are achieving transformational results in the midst of a daily whirlwind of priorities. Covey says that 4DX is a proven methodology that can help individuals collectively focus on what matters most, align priorities, and execute schoolwide goals.

    Twitter: @seancovey
    Second General Session — Tuesday, January 29

    Jaime Casap
    Jaime Casap

    Jaime Casap
    is the chief education evangelist at Google.
    He evangelizes the power and potential of technology and the web as enabling and supporting tools in pursuit of promoting inquiry-driven project-based learning models. Casap collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation and iteration into our education policies and practices. He speaks on education, technology, innovation, and generation Z at events around the world.

    In his presentation, Iteration and Innovation in Education, Casap will discuss the fact that as the world gets more connected, it also gets more complex. We now operate on a global scale and our job in education is to help learners develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities they will need to thrive in this new environment. We are preparing them to solve global problems we haven’t defined yet, using technology that hasn’t been invented, in roles that do not exist. To thrive in this new era, learners need to know how to learn, problem solve, iterate, create, collaborate, communicate, and to think critically. What we need more than anything in education is a culture of innovation and iteration in order to build new learning models supported and enabled by technology to foster student focused learning.

    Twitter: @jcasap


    Third General Session — Wednesday, January 30
    Mike Morath
    Mike Morath

    Mike Morath is the Texas Commissioner of Education. He was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott and has served in the position since January 2016. Prior to that, he served on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees for more than four years. As commissioner, he heads the Texas Education Agency, which oversees pre-kindergarten through high school education for more than 5 million students enrolled in both traditional public and charter schools.

    In his presentation, Instructional Leadership that is Delivering for All Students, Morath will highlight some of the many examples of effective instructional leadership in Texas schools, while also sharing work TEA is doing to help support the hard work school systems are engaged in to improve instructional quality for all students.

    Twitter: @MikeMorath