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Educators Connect for Success is a professional learning experience that brings together educators—teachers, administrators, education leaders, researchers, and higher education faculty—to examine instruction, gain knowledge, share best practices, and develop strategies to advance student progress in their schools.

We had an impressive variety of sessions this year. There was something for everyone!

This year’s theme centered around Design Thinking—A creative process that helps you design meaningful solutions in your classroom, school, and community. Attendees this year had the opportunity to learn and engage on a variety of topics within the following strands:

  • Change Management
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Measures
  • STEM
  • Talent Management
  • Teaching and Learning
  • And More!


Each day began with an exciting speaker to energize and inspire the learning experience.



Michael McMillan has a well-deserved reputation for creative thinking and delivering innovative results. He shares his unique insights on creative thinking with business leaders, entrepreneurs and diverse organizations of all sizes. He is a perception catalyst and self-described truth seeker, inspiring others to question, think and see differently—balanced with respect for existing culture and frameworks. His messages connect with audiences of all ages, leaving them motivated and committed to embrace a future of endless possibilities.

Michael’s newest book, Pink Bat: Turning Problems Into Solutions, will turn your thinking upside down and have you seeing problems as solutions…and at the very least, opportunities. Readers discover that “Pink Bat Thinking” makes the impossible possible.




2014 National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb is an English, AVID, and staff development teacher at Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts in Baltimore, Maryland.

Sean’s belief in the power of education and our nation’s schools is deeply ingrained. It was mentoring from incredible teachers who allowed him to overcome a difficult adolescence, and he pays this forward each day with his work at Patapsco. Sean’s English courses are characterized by deep discussion and analysis of the human condition explored through literature and the rigorous building of communication skills to help his students apply those lessons to their lives. Sean says, “My teaching is built on the belief that relationships and engagement can turn challenges into opportunities for excellence for all students. As we embrace that truth, we help awaken students to their full potential and the possibility to live out the American dream.”




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