College and Career Readiness Summit

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Thank you for attending the sixth annual College and Career Readiness Summit
at Murray State University!

June 12-13, 2018

This two-day event offers free professional development to teachers, counselors, school administrators, superintendents, and educators of all kinds. Participants are eligible to receive six hours of PD or EILA credit each day.  

View the 2018 Summit Program


2018 College and Career Readiness Summit Keynote Speakers

Adam WelcomeAdam Welcome

Adam Welcome is currently a director of innovation and technology and was formerly an elementary school principal for six years. He served as an elementary teacher for seven years and set up one of the first GAFE domains in his county. Welcome's list of achievements include: being recognized as Principal of the Year for his ACSA region; being named as part of the National School Board Association's "20 to Watch;" serving as a guest blogger for EdWeek, NAESP magazine, and ACSA; and maintaining his own blog on a weekly basis. He also consults and works with many education technology companies as a way to improve their products for others.

Welcome is passionate about technology integration with all educators and is a huge advocate of social media and connecting with other educators from across the country. He makes it clear that kids come first and has preached the message of "Team Kid" for many years. Welcome believes that leaders should stand on the tables, ride tricycles, and do whatever it takes to connect with students.

Additionally, Welcome is the co-founder of "Kids Deserve It," a blog that has gone on to inspire a book, which can be found on Amazon. Together, Welcome and his wife, Stacy, have two young children who help keep life at home exciting and active.

Mike RutherfordMike Rutherford

Mike Rutherford provides high-value training and development experiences for educators through his work as a teacher, speaker, author, and consultant. Rutherford’s work focuses on high-performance teaching and learning, leadership development, creating and leading team-based organizations, and results-based organizational improvement.

He has created and developed numerous award-winning educational programs for students, teachers, and education leaders, including The Artisan Teacher™, Developing the Artisan Teacher™, The Artisan Teacher:  A Field Guide to Skillful Teaching™, Creating the Learning Centered School™, Skillful Observation and Coaching Laboratory™, LeaderNext™, and Requisites of a Leader™.

Formerly a high school chemistry teacher, coach, and middle school principal, Mike received his B.A. in Education from Indiana State University, his M.A. in Educational Administration from Fayetteville State University, and his Doctor of Education degree from Morehead State University.

 Alice KeelerAlice Keeler

Alice Keeler is a passionate educator who believes that professional development is not always formally delivered. She is a technology missionary on a quest to inspire and help teachers try something new. More than idea sharing, Keeler works with teachers to make their visions a reality. She will not settle for the status quo, believes there is always a better way to accomplish a goal, and trusts that technology can help make it happen.

Keeler is passionate about students learning, understanding, and being able to apply their learning. She has interest in applying gaming principles to education to increase motivation and to meet each kid where they are at by customizing their learning experience to help them achieve their maximum potential.

Aside from being a passionate educator and technology guru, Keeler is the co-author of 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom, which can be found here on Amazon.

 Greg CokerGreg Coker

Greg Coker has over 25 years of experience as a senior-level executive with three different fortune 500 companies, where he led the training and development for over 80,000 employees. His clients include public education, healthcare, business and industry, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, and high-performance individuals who benefit from his executive/life coaching.

As author of  Building Cathedrals: The Power of Purpose (Amazon) and Moving the Needle: Appreciate, Activate, and Rehabilitate, Coker provides a powerful and life-changing, one-day workshop on the soft skills guaranteed to increase employee effectiveness while boosting your school’s productivity, retention, and "customer" satisfaction.

 Heather WarrellHeather Warrell

Heather Warrell is a champion of ruckus-makers, purple cows, and those who fly close to the sun. She also serves as a digital coach for the Office of Education Technology at the Kentucky Department of Education.

Warrell began her career as a middle school teacher, later became a library media specialist, and then served as a vice principal of culture and innovation. Her former school, Thomas Nelson High School, was the original host site for EdCampKY. She leads the Kentucky Online Virtual Network (KOVN), the #KYGoDigital initiative, and has served as a  presenter/keynote speaker for KYSPRAKASL, KYSTE, KASA, EdCampJCPS, ECET2, IFL, and now the College and Career Readiness Summit.

Warrell has three remarkable daughters and a husband who serves with the Kentucky State Police.

 Kathy SchrockKathy Schrock

Kathy Schrock has been a school district director of technology; an instructional technology specialist; and a middle-school academic, museum, and public library librarian. She is currently an online, adjunct, graduate-level professor for Wilkes University (PA) and an independent educational technologist.

She has been involved with technology to support teaching and learning since the early 1990s, and is an Adobe Education Leader Emeritus, a Google-certified Innovator, an Amazon Teacher Innovator, an Apple Teacher (2016), an Alpha Squirrel, a ThingLink-certified Educator, and a Discovery Education Guru. In 1995, Schrock created the award-winning site, Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators, to help teachers easily wade through the many resources on the Web. In 1999, she partnered with Discovery Education and maintained the site until late 2012, when the site was retired. Schrock's current online resources may be found on Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything!

In addition to teaching online, Schrock writes, speaks, blogs, tweets, and conducts professional development workshops, presentations, and keynotes, both nationally and internationally. She is known for her practical presentations dealing with pedagogically-sound practices for the embedding of technology seamlessly into teaching and learning. Schrock's passions are: online tools to support classroom instruction, the role of emerging technologies in the classroom, infographics, tablets in the classroom, assessment and rubrics, copyright and intellectual property, and gadgets of any type! You can find her on Twitter (@kathyschrock), Skype (kathyschrock), Google+, and on many other social networks!

This event is made possible by Murray State University's College of Education and Human Services, Teacher Quality Institute, Kentucky Academy of Technology Education, Office of Development, and the Kentucky Middle School Association.