Keynote : What Schools Could Be: A Call To Action

jul 25, 2019: 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Cottonwood Ballroom

As we approach the cusp of 2020, our educational landscape presents unprecedented challenges. With the evolution of technology and its integration into our homes and schools, our world has shifted. Today's iGeneration students come to us needing and wanting a unique level of support that must be carefully crafted by each and every school staff member. And, we must act with urgency.

In Arizona, the statistics are alarming. In 2018-2019, suicide was the leading cause of death for young people ages 10-14 and 15-34. Help-seeking at one of our state universtities has�increased 168% in the last 3 years. We are facing one of the largest public and youth mental health crises of our time. To confront this, it is essential that we identify and use the very best practices that address the affective needs of our students in their early years and that we continue to provide a safety net of support while also ensuring student choice, agency, and independence.

This important keynote address will engage and equip educators for the new school year with brain-based teaching strategies, methods to support students through typical social aggression and conflict, and solutions that ensure student agency, coping, and resiliency.


Katey McPherson
Keynote Speaker