A Conference Created Just for You

From keynote speakers that hit all the right chords to sessions that speak to the challenges and opportunities of our time, UNITED’s programming will draw you into the community, give you opportunities to share your experiences with others, and learn from your peers.

The lessons you’ll takeaway from this experience will help you deliver an aligned learning experience for students as they transition from level to level. Our programming meets you where you are and you can be certain that you will see yourself on the stage, in the content or participating in a thought-provoking discussion.

Keynote Speakers

Jon Gordon – Best-Selling Author and Keynote Speaker

Jon Gordon’s best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world.He is the author of 28 books including 15 best sellers and 5 children’s books. His books include the timeless classic The Energy Bus which has sold over 3 million copies, The Carpenter which was a top 5 business book of the year, Training Camp, and The Power of Positive Leadership.

Rehema Ellis – Chief Education Correspondent for NBC News
Rehema Ellis, an award-winning television journalist, is NBC News’ Chief Education correspondent. She has covered generation-defining stories, including the attacks on the World Trade Center and Hurricane Katrina. Ellis has distinguished herself as a lead correspondent, having won an Emmy for her reporting on the 2008 Presidential Election of Barack Obama and his historic inauguration and playing an integral part of NBC News’ “Education Nation” initiative.

Sal Khan – Founder and CEO of Khan Academy

Sal Khan is the founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a nonprofit educational organization that offers free lessons in math, science and humanities, as well as tools for parents, teachers and districts to track student progress. Khan Academy is piloting an AI guide called Khanmigo that is a tutor and teaching assistant. The organization partners with more than 500 public school districts and schools across the United States. Worldwide, Khan Academy has more than 150 million registered users in 190 countries, with free lessons available in more than 50 languages.

Luncheon Speakers

Luncheon tickets are $99.

Todd Whitaker – Luncheon Speaker: Motivating People During Difficult Times

Having high-energy staff members is critical to the success of every school and district. Everyone who works with students must come to school with a positive mindset each day, something that can be challenging during difficult times. This session will focus on no-cost ways for educational leaders to stay positive and motivate themselves and everyone in their organization.

Rehema Ellis – Women In Leadership Luncheon Speaker

Join us for an afternoon of inspiration and networking. This event is not your ordinary luncheon; it’s a celebration of the extraordinary achievements of women in leadership positions. From assistant principals to principals to district leaders, this gathering is a testament to your resilience, dedication, and ability to lead with compassion and strength.

Pre-Conference Workshops

The price for each Pre-Con session is $150 for members and $250 for nonmembers.

Add on a day of learning to your experience at UNITED with pre-conference sessions. On Sunday, July 14, 2024, four sessions will be offered in the morning from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and will repeat in the afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., allowing you flexibility to select what best meets your needs and availability.

Stop Leading. Start Building: How to Turn Any School Into a Success Story With the People and Resources You Have Right Now
In this session, you’ll learn how to escape the “school improvement hamster wheel” and finally create the school that you, your teachers, and your students deserve.

Presenter: Robyn Jackson, CEO of Mindsteps Inc., which helps schools improve schools by using the teachers and resources they already have.

What Is My Value to the Teachers That I Supervise, Instructionally?
In this session, you’ll learn strategies to maintain a focus on the instructional side of leadership in ways that will significantly improve teacher pedagogy and make student achievement soar.

Presenter: Baruti Kafele, an author, a speaker, a master teacher, and a transformational school leader.

Creating a Culture Where Teachers Can Teach and Students Can Learn
Creating a culture begins with all of us. In this session, you’ll learn ways in which schools can discover values as a school community and create consistency among staff around behavior.

Presenter: Kim Campbell, an author, a speaker, a middle-level teacher, and a dean of students who founded the afterschool program called Students on the Academic Rise, or SOAR.

Mastery Unleashed: Using AI and Khan Academy District Partnerships to Transform Education
Artificial intelligence (AI) has arrived in school districts. In this session, you’ll learn how classroom educators and central office administrators are already weighing what technologies like ChatGPT will mean for everything from students’ critical thinking and streamlining teacher lesson plans to risks of academic fraud.

Presenter: Dr. Jason Feig, from Khan Academy, which offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.


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