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6-3-22 — Summer Conference Reenergizes Employees

June 3, 2022 ~ One week after the last day of school, class is back in session in Olathe Public Schools – this time, for Olathe employees. On June 1-3, more than 600 employees gathered together to attend the district’s Summer Conference, an annual professional learning event.

This year’s conference was offered in-person and open to district staff and the greater Kansas City education community. “A New View for 2022,” was the focus of the professional learning event, a timely conversation as school districts across the nation look to rebuild trust, reestablish norms and move beyond the pandemic. The three-day conference featured keynote presentations from a variety of educational leaders, including Jimmy Casas, Salome Thomas-El, Dr. Jeffrey Zoul, Joy Kelly, Tabatha Rosproy and Dr. Scott Fluke.

"Every year we look forward to offering this multi-day professional learning experience for our staff to come together, recharge and learn from one another as they set their sights on a new school year,” said Ann Addison, director of new teacher induction and university partnerships. “This year we are excited to be back in person for the full Summer Conference experience following a virtual format last year. We were fortunate to learn from some of the very best in education this year with presenters who shared inspiring stories and eye-opening strategies that have reenergized our Olathe team with a new view for 2022.”

A former classroom educator turned pioneer in the field of educational leadership, Zoul’s presentation focused on the idea of “excellence.” In his session, Zoul shared that excellent teachers lead and excellent leaders teach. He outlined four key behaviors that excellent leaders exhibit daily: “They Know the Way, Show the Way, Go the Way and Grow Each Day.” Summer Conference attendees explored the importance of teaching and leading from a framework of core values and ways to act upon these values to improve the climate and culture of their classroom, school, or district.

In addition to the keynote presenters, employees had the opportunity to participate in workshops, guided collaboration, networking and reflection on a wide range of topics. From instructional tools and resources to social-emotional learning and mental health to classroom management and more – there were learning opportunities available for all interests.

The Summer Conference is held following the end of each school year. For more information on staff development opportunities, visit the summer conference website.