2018 CCOSA Summer Conference

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You won’t want to miss this year’s fantastic lineup of keynote speakers and thought leaders.

Derreck Kayongo
Harnessing Your Power to Create Change

With his trademark panache, Derreck Kayongo inspires and empowers with his courageous story of survival, social entrepreneurship and humanitarianism, and the life lessons he learned along the way.

Derreck is the founder of the Global Soap Project, which recycles used hotel soap and redistributes it to impoverished populations around the world. In creating this global humanitarian initiative, he demonstrated that a simple, yet novel idea has the power to transform the lives of millions. A Top Ten CNN Hero in 2011, his passion for helping others and commitment to innovative thinking earned him his current role as CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

From Ugandan refugee to successful entrepreneur and renowned human rights activist, Derreck inspires us to dream big as he shares his vision for harnessing the power of observation to identify issues and solve challenges in any community or organization.

With energy and enthusiasm, Derreck brings his personal guiding principles, coined as S.E.L.F. (Service, Education, Leadership and Faith), to life. He inspires a spirit of entrepreneurialism and creative problem-solving while asking us to invent our own self-made motto of success so we can create tangible change in the world.

Brian Woodland
Making Public Education and Your Leadership Matter in a Kim Kardashian World

 In this provocative keynote you’ll discover how to be an education leader who makes a genuine, authentic impact in a world dominated by the false and insincere. From the power of the story, to the art of humility, you will learn how to become the “anti-Kardashian.” RealityTV clips will provide examples and you’ll learn about key strategies for breaking through the clutter and delivering key messages, both internally and externally. Gain an awareness of new vs. old techniques and tools, understand the role of social media as integral to PR, and find out what will make an impact on a hard-to-reach public. You won’t garner huge TV ratings, but you will be able to deliver the message of public education – and have it heard and remembered! 

Brian Woodland leads his own communications firm, BrianInspires, with the mission to Speak-Consult-Inspire.  Brian is known for his practical. powerful, provocative, humorous and fearless presentations. He makes a strong emotional connection with his audience –one that inspires

Brian recently retired as Director of Communications and Community Relations for the Peel District School Board, one of Canada’s largest and most diverse school districts with 246 schools and 153,000 students. He has 32 years of experience in public education.

Jeffrey Zoul
What Connected Leaders Do Differently

Dr. Jeffrey Zoul is a lifelong teacher, learner, and leader. During Jeff’s distinguished career in education he has served in a variety of roles, most recently as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning with Deerfield Public Schools District 109 in Deerfield, Illinois. Jeff also served as a teacher and coach for 18 years before moving into school administration. He is the author/co-author of many books, including What Connected Educators Do Differently and Start. Right. Now. - Teach and Lead for Excellence. Jeff has earned several degrees, including his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts and his doctoral degree from the University of Alabama. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys running and has completed over a dozen marathons.  Jeff is President and Co-Founder of ConnectEDD, which provides coaching and professional learning services and hosts What Great Educators Do Differently conferences throughout the United States and Canada. You can follow Jeff's blog at or connect with him on Twitter @jeff_zoul

Andrew McPeak
Marching Off the Map

Leading today’s students often feels like being in a new country. The population in this new land has different attitudes (many entitled and narcissistic) and speaks a different language (emojis and social media). Attention spans are six to eight seconds. They multi-task on five screens. They often possess multiple personas on social media platforms. Understanding and connecting with this generation is often times frustrating and draining.

The old maps that helped adults navigate students through adolescence are now producing graduates who move back home, are afraid to take healthy risks, and are unwilling to start at the bottom of a career path.

We’re in new territory.

We need new strategies on how to navigate new land... to march off our old maps and create new ones.

In Marching Off the Map, Andrew shares practical, research-based solutions that help adults:

•   Lead students from an attitude of apathy to one of passion through metacognition

•   Enable students to push back from the constant digital distractions and practice mindfulness

•   Raise kids who make healthy progress, both emotionally and intellectually, through their teenage years

•   Give students the tools to handle the complexities of an ever-changing world 

•   Understand and practically apply the latest research on Generation Z

•   Leverage what is cultural to instill in teens the timeless truth you know they need to succeed in any stage of life.

Andrew is a millennial speaker and content developer with Growing Leaders. His experiences as both a presenter and curriculum designer have led him to become well versed in communicating to and about the next generation. In his role as Program Excellence Manager, he works closely with schools, universities, companies and sports teams on implementing Habitudes as a tool to teach life and leadership skills. This experience enables him to help leaders understand how to craft their message in a way that best connects with today’s student.

Most notably Andrew is a co-author alongside Dr. Tim Elmore on their latest book – Marching Off The Map. Marching Off The Map presents information on the world’s newest generation of students (Generation Z) and helps educators understand how to best connect with and lead them in the classroom.


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