August 13-14, 2019

Fergus Falls Kennedy Secondary School

Ignite Learning Summit Day 1

Tuesday, August 13

Launch into the school year with the Ignite Learning Summit. Get a spark of inspiration from 2019 ND Teacher of the Year and founder of Top Dog Teaching, Kayla Dornfeld (Delzer). Then engage with area educators as you fuel your learning with a variety of dynamic breakout sessions. From technology integration to educational innovation, this summit is just what you need to get fired up for the new school year.

Ignite Learning Summit Day 2

Wednesday, August 14

Educator Innovation Lab (optional add-on )

Put all your Ignite Learning Summit ideas into action with the Educator Innovation Lab. Through a variety of hands-on collaborative activities, you’ll use design thinking to create a lesson, outline a unit, or craft a solution to a classroom challenge. Working with peers and armed with inspiration from the Ignite Learning Summit, you’ll leave with concrete plans for your classroom.

-Come alone or come with your level/team.

-Combine with the Ignite Learning Summit for 1 continuing education credit.



Kayla Dornfeld (Delzer) is the 2019 North Dakota Teacher of the Year, as well as a two-time (2017 and 2018) Global Hundred honoree, recognizing her as 1 of the top 100 innovative educators in the world. The New York Times named her "one of the tech-savviest teachers in the United States".

She has eleven years of teaching experience in second and third grade. Kayla holds her master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Dakota. In September 2018, she received the University of North Dakota Sioux Award, the highest honor of achievement offered by her University.

Governor Doug Burgum has recognized Kayla for her contributions to education in North Dakota, and assigned her a chair on North Dakota's Innovative Education Task Force.

She has been recognized as both an "ISTE Influencer" and "HarperCollins Publishing Influencer". Additionally, in March 2018, she was named 1 of just 30 "All-Star Digital Innovators" in the United States by PBS.

Kayla frequently travels around the United States and other countries as a featured and keynote speaker. She has delivered hundreds of keynotes, one of note being at Twitter Headquarters. On July 23, 2015 she delivered her first TEDx Talk, Reimagining Classrooms: Students as Leaders and Teachers as Learners.

Her work with classroom redesign and flexible seating has become the standard worldwide. She is currently writing a book about classroom learning spaces and flexible seating, titled FlexED: Flexible Seating for Flexible Learners, set to release in 2019. She is also a co-author of the best-selling book Education Write Now, published in December 2017.


Day 1 breakout session presenters receive FREE conference registration, plus a $25 stipend for each session presented.

Interested? Please fill out this form as soon as possible. Presenters will be notified by June 30.

This event is made possible with the generous support of the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.