Two Keynote Speakers Set for Summer Conference

March 27, 2017 ~ The 2017 Olathe Summer Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 31-June 2 at Olathe Northwest High School, 21300 College Blvd., in Olathe. Olathe staff and nationally known consultants will present a wide variety of concurrent professional development sessions for pre-kindergarten through senior high school educators, administrators, paraprofessionals and counselors.

Director of Instructional Support Programs Jan Heinen enthusiastically announced two keynote speakers for this year's conference. Keven Honeycutt will speak on "Connecting with Lost Learners" and Brian Davidson will present "Fostering Grit, Resilience and Hope."

Featured Presenters:

  • Kelly Gallagher: A Writing Journey for Students
  • Mike Dames, Ruby Payne Organization: Understanding the Framework of Poverty
  • Rick Wormeli: Racism: A Conversation for Educators
  • Jeff Dane, Kagan Cooperative Learning: Win-Win Discipline – Strategies to End Every Disruption and Thinking Skills – Kagan Structures to Develop and Engage 15 Thinking Skills
  • Frank Kros, the Upside Down Organization: Becoming a Mental Health Sleuth
  • LeAnn Nickelsen: Developing Trust and Calming the Raging Storms of Stress
  • Dr. David Hurford, Pittsburg State University: Dyslexia
  • David Eichler: Trauma-Sensitive Programs
  • Plus many technology sessions

Important Information:

  • College credit through MidAmerica Nazarene University is $90 per credit hour (district and non-district participants).
  • Olathe educators should register through their principals.
  • Olathe teachers new to the district in 2017-18 may attend at no charge.
  • Olathe community early childcare providers may attend for a reduced cost. Contact us for more information.
  • Non-district teachers may register for $375 for all three days or $150 for single day registration.
  • Olathe teachers pursuing a master's degree from Emporia State University should contact Ann Addison, (913) 780-8163, regarding which sessions they should attend at no charge.
  • Paraeducators will receive professional development points for 2017-18.
  • Classified staff who are not scheduled to work these days, but choose to attend these sessions will receive district professional development points.
  • Lunches will be provided by Café 233 for $7.50.
  • Participants should dress for varying room temperatures.
  • Participants may earn either staff development points (seven points per day) or two credit hours through MidAmerica Nazarene University (must attend three days of the conference).
  • Substitute teachers who work at least 20 days in Olathe in the 2016-17 school year receive a discounted rate of $200. Those who work 75 days (by May 15) will have their registration fee waived.

If you have additional questions, please contact Jan Heinen at or (913) 780-8036.