JUNE 14 & 15, 2017 
MN STATE UNIVERSITY MOORHEAD

Join us for two days of hands-on, interactive presentations!  

This conference will cover a wide variety of topics to help you effectively 

integrate technology into your classroom instruction.



Keynote Speakers

Dr. Brad Gustafson 

is a 2016 National Distinguished Principal, author, and speaker. He shares a belief that schools should be spaces where relationships, creativity, and innovation thrive. His passion for leadership and learning is palpable.

 

Brad is a 2015 Digital Innovation in Learning Award (DILA) winner, and his school was also recognized with a Local Government Innovation Award by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Brad co-hosts the “UnearthED” program on the Bam Radio Network. His blog, Adjusting Course, was named a “Must Read” K-12 blog by EdTech magazine.

 

In addition to blogging, Brad recently released a new book, Renegade Leadership: Creating Innovative Schools for Digital Age Learners. Brad is a co-author of Personalized PD and earned his doctorate from Bethel University where his research focused on professional development and innovation.

 

Brad is a school leader who understands the importance of collaboration, school culture, and learner empowerment. Connect with him on Twitter @GustafsonBrad or find more information on his blog at www.BradGustafson.com


John Sessler is a passionate and experienced educator, program designer, and professional development facilitator. As the child of two public school teachers that taught art and music, educating and creating were part of his DNA.

After obtaining his degree in theatre from Northwestern University, John worked as an educator with The Kohl Foundation’s StoryBus, a Chicago-based early childhood literacy and creative drama program. John traveled throughout Chicago leading sessions for early learners and workshops for educators integrating story-based curricula. Throughout his time with the StoryBus, John also worked as an actor with several Midwest professional theater companies.

In 2008, John joined the education team at the Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis, MN. John managed the nationally recognized Neighborhood Bridges program and taught the 31-week curriculum in a fourth grade classroom in St. Paul. John left Minneapolis in 2012 to pursue his graduate studies at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and obtained his Ed.M. with a concentration in arts-based education. His coursework focused on arts integration and evaluation, teacher professional development, and educational technology. Internships at WGBH and The Right Question Institute in Boston allowed him to synthesize his research to design and evaluate curriculum that impacts student engagement and 21st century learning.

Since 2013, John has worked with the PBS education department as an outreach, training and professional development specialist. John leads virtual sessions and in-person workshops for teachers and PBS stations around the country and provides consultation for the PBS Digital Innovators program. John currently resides in Minneapolis where he teaches theater to Kindergarten classrooms at Folwell Performing Arts Magnet. He serves as an education consultant for multiple organizations and is a certified trainer through the Minnesota Center for Professional Development.