June 18–20, 2018

Hilton Columbus/Polaris, Columbus, Ohio
We realize the challenge educators face as they ensure students have educational experiences that prepare them for success in college, in careers, and in life. Educators must not only provide for the acquisition of rigorous academic content, but must also be more intentional in cultivating skills, mindsets, and literacies essential for students to become lifelong learners and contributors in this complex, rapidly changing world. At the 2018 Connect for Success Conference, we will explore the following learning strands: ENVISION, EMPOWER, and ENGAGE to help you meet these challenges.

Monday, June 18

1–4 p.m.
Optional: Pre-conference
Limited Seating!

Tuesday, June 19

7:30–8:30 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast

8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Learning Sessions

4–6 p.m.

Wednesday, June 20

7:30–8:30 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast  
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Learning Sessions

National Thought Leaders


Ken Kay | EdLeader21

Ken is the Chief Executive Officer of EdLeader21, a professional learning community for education leaders committed to 21st century education.

He co-founded the Partnership for 21st Century Skills in 2002 and served as its President for eight years. Prior to his work on 21st century education, Ken served as executive director of the CEO Forum on Education and Technology.

Ken spent 28 years in Washington, DC, where he gained a national reputation as a coalition builder on competitiveness. He founded a landmark coalition of US universities and high-tech companies focused on research and development issues, and was the founding Executive Director of the premier CEO advocacy group in the US computer industry.

Along with Valerie Greenhill, he has authored The Leader’s Guide to 21st Century Education: 7 Steps for Schools and Districts, released in summer 2012 by Pearson Education. Ken has also written the foreword to the book, “21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn.”

Currently, he serves on the board of the Buck Institute for Education (www.bie.org).  


Sydney Chaffee | 2017 National Teacher of the Year

As Teacher of the Year, Sydney Chaffee is committed to taking risks for her students and, as National Teacher of the Year, will encourage all educators to take risks—on their students, on each other and on themselves.

Sydney Chaffee is a humanities teacher at Codman Academy Charter Public School in Boston, who takes risks every day to improve learning for all of her students. In the classroom, she strives to create lessons that demonstrate how education can be a transformative tool for social justice, and she encourages her students to see themselves as having the power to make change in the world based on lessons from the past.

“Education must be authentic. There is no use in studying history if we believe it to be static and irrelevant to the future,” she says. “Authentic learning enables students to see and create connections in the world around them.”

Sydney has taught for the past 10 years, nine of which have been in her current role. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and a Masters of Education from Lesley University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher.


Tom Vander Ark | Getting Smart

Tom Vander Ark is an advocate for powerful learning experiences that prepare youth for the automation economy. As CEO of Getting Smart, he advises school districts, colleges, and impact organizations on the path forward. A prolific writer and speaker, Tom is author of Getting Smart, Smart Cities, and Smart Parents and has published thousands of articles, co-authored more than 50 books and white papers. He writes regularly on his Education Week blog, Vander Ark on Innovation, and contributes to GettingSmart.com, Medium, HuffPost, and LinkedIn.

Previously he served as the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Tom served as a public school superintendent in Washington State and has extensive private sector experience. Tom is Board Chair of Charter Board Partners, Director for 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, eduInnovation and Imagination Foundation.

Tom received the Distinguished Achievement Medal and graduated from the Colorado School of Mines. He earned an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Denver, and continues his education online. 


Tim Hodges | Gallup

Tim Hodges, Ph.D., is Director of Research for Gallup Education. He consults with K–12 school districts and higher education institutions, and leaders in workforce development and policy. He leads research projects in strengths development, employee selection, employee engagement and well-being. His mission is to help ensure that our nation’s schools are great places to work and learn so our students are prepared for college, career, and life success.

Dr. Hodges has delivered presentations and written journal articles and technical reports on many topics, including the CliftonStrengths assessment, strengths-based development, positive psychology and leadership development. He has contributed chapters to the books Positive Psychology in Practice, Organizational Behavior (10th Edition), Positive Psychology on the College Campus and the Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work. His research has appeared in the journals Educational Horizons, Organizational Dynamics and College and University.

​Dr. Hodges serves as a reviewer of scholarly work submitted for publication in the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies and has often served on review boards for regional and national academic conferences. Dr. Hodges received a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness, a master’s degree in leadership education and a doctorate in business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Hilton Columbus/Polaris
8700 Lyra Drive, Columbus, OH 43240, United States
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Battelle for Kids is a national not-for-profit organization committed to collaborating with school systems and communities to realize the power and promise of 21st century learning for every student. Our team of experienced educators alongside communications, technology, and business professionals innovates and partners with school systems to offer an educational experience that prepares all students to become lifelong learners and contributors in an ever-changing world.

Buckeye Association of School Administrations (BASA) is a private, not-for-profit organization that serves school superintendents and other administrators throughout the state of Ohio. BASA, established in 1969, is an affiliate of the American Association of School Administrators. The mission of BASA is to inspire and support its members, develop exemplary school system leaders, and advocate for public education.
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The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University is composed of three academic departments that offer B.S., M.A., M.Ed., and Ph.D. degree programs: Educational Studies, Teaching and Learning, and Human Sciences. The College also offers numerous licensure and endorsement programs.

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