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Jeremy Anderson


Jeremy Anderson
Keynote Speaker

Jeremy Anderson, is a leading educational expert, author, and one of the premier motivational speakers in the educational arena.

Years ago, Jeremy experienced many challenges, such as drug and alcohol abuse, repeated failure in school, a diagnosis of ADHD, and the absence of his biological father. Fortunately, Jeremy’s story didn’t end there. During his third attempt at the ninth grade, Jeremy came across a group of teachers who refused to give up on him. He eventually caught up with his right grade, received his high school diploma, and obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Today, Jeremy is the published author of six books and has been privileged to travel across the globe with his motivational speaking and training. Jeremy is CEO of The Jeremy Anderson Group, an educational consulting firm. His wife Traci is the president of their nonprofit company Next Level Living. Jeremy and his wife, along with their two children Jaxon and Jewel, live happily in Atlanta, Georgia.

Erin Bell


Erin Ball
Keynote Speaker

Erin Ball, an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Georgetown Middle School in Scott County, is the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. She is currently on sabbatical at the Kentucky Department of Education and is a GoTeachKY Ambassador.


Craig Kridel


Craig Kridel
John Dewey Memorial Lecture

Craig Kridel is the E. S. Gambrell Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Educational Studies and Curator Emeritus of the Museum of Education, University of South Carolina.

This session reconsiders our impressions of progressive education and classroom experimentation and introduces a now-forgotten project from the 1940s, the Secondary School Study, involving activities in black progressive secondary school classrooms in the American Southeast.

His research focuses upon laboratory schools, progressive education, and African American education of the 1930-1940s, and his various exhibitions and programs at the Museum of Education addressed contemporary issues in education through the use of historical artifacts, moving image footage, and oral history interviews. Publications include Becoming an African American Progressive Educator, Progressive Education in Black High Schools of the 1940s, the SAGE Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies, and, with R. V. Bullough, Jr., Stories of the Eight Year Study: Rethinking Schooling in America. He has received the AACTE Outstanding Writing Award, the AERA-Curriculum Studies Book Award, The Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award, the Educational Press Association of America Distinguished Achievement Award, and the AERA Curriculum Studies Lifetime Achievement Award.