2014 Annual Conference

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Welcome to the Great Conversation: Building Public Support for Public Schools One Community at a Time

Keynote Sponsored by:

Jamie Vollmer
Author, Speaker, and President, Vollmer, Incorporated

Jamie Vollmer is an award-winning advocate of public education. He has worked for the past twenty years to help schools and their communities remove the obstacles to student learning, both in and out of school. His goal is to help public schools and the communities they serve create a climate that supports rising student achievement.

His presentations build on the themes presented in his book, School Cannot Do It Alone, proclaimed by the American School Board Journal as “One of the top ten education reads of 2010.”

In clear layman’s terms, Vollmer teaches his audiences how to effectively implement a public engagement strategy called The Great Conversation. This coherent, comprehensive program is designed to produce the prerequisites of student success:

1. Community understanding of the challenges facing our children and our schools,
2. Community trust in their local schools to accomplish the goal,
3. Community permission to make the changes needed to teach all children to high levels, and
4. Community support throughout the complex and emotional restructuring process.

Audience members will learn what they can do to improve local conditions for student learning. They will gain a practical understanding of the positive steps they can take to engage all community members – with and without children in school – in the creation of schools that unfold the full potential of every child.

Jamie Vollmer is president of Vollmer, Inc., a public education advocacy firm working to increase student success by raising public support for America’s schools.

Jamie is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Schools Cannot Do It Alone, one of the “top ten books of the year” according to the American School Board Journal. He received the 2012 Friend of Public Education award from the Ohio Federation of Teachers, and the 2010 Learning and Liberty award presented by the National School Public Relations Association. Both awards were given in recognition of his twenty year effort to strengthen school/community partnerships.

Brunch Keynote Thursday, February 20, 2014

Amplify Your Goals:  Understand the Difference Between Goal Setting and Goal Getting is in the Preparation!

Vincent Ivan Phipps, M.A.
Professional Keynote Speaker, Author, Coach/Consultant, President and CEO:  Communication VIP and Professor of Public Speaking, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Are you busy or are you productive? Busy people don’t set goals. Busy people are too busy to
track results. Busy people work hard. Smart people set short-mid-long range goals. Smart
people are aware of their progressions. Smart people work smart!

What Participants Will Learn How to:

  • Understand where you are within the Four Channels of Change©
  • Apply the 8 “Ws” of goal setting to increase the success of accomplishing goals.
  • Avoid the 4 most common problems that keep us from accomplishing our goals.
  • Use the 5 components of T.I.G.H.T. Goals© to prevent goals from having loose ends!

Vincent Ivan Phipps is “The Goal Amplifier! He earned his Bachelors degree in Speech/Language Communication and has a Masters Degree in Leadership and Management. Vincent has a passion for people improvement. He is a Professor of Public Speaking at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is a Certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (M.B.T.I.), and a DISC behavioral style analyst He is CEO of the leadership communication training company, Communication VIP. He is the author of 4 books. Vincent serves on the Board of Directors for the National Speaker’s Association of Tennessee. Vincent’s presentation philosophy is, “If I can get you to laugh, I can get you to listen. If I can get you to listen, I can help you amplify!