Leading the Education Revolution Conference

Congratulations Liz Jensen from Kettering Fairmont High School for being the 1st registrant! We’ll have a gift basket waiting for you at the conference.

In 2018, Education Week deemed the shortage of school leadership a global problem. Combined with the lack of graduate level career and tech preparation programs, it is imperative that we focus on the personal and professional development of CTE administrators. Leading the Education Revolution Conference has a clear leadership focus that shifts attendees’ participation from consuming information to producing and problem solving current national, state, and district initiatives. In order to bridge the gap between ideation and implementation, the conference program will deeply dive into leadership and the implementation of second order changes that will revolutionize a student’s CTE experience and the face of career and technical education.

The Leading the Education Revolution Conference offers unique branding packages and problem-solving sessions designed to get your message in front of key education professionals before, during, and after the conference to create intentional change within your district.

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General Session Speakers

Anthony Muñoz

Anthony Muñoz, is a former American football offensive tackle who played 13 seasons for the National Football League’s Cincinnati Bengals. Muñoz is widely considered one of the greatest offensive linemen in NFL history. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998. Anthony Muñoz has been actively involved in his commitment to make a difference in the lives of local youth in the Greater Cincinnati region. Anthony decided to bring all of his charitable initiatives together in April of 2002 to establish the Anthony Muñoz Foundation (AMF), a non-profit organization armed with the mission of engaging the Tri-State region to impact youth mentally, physically and spiritually. Along its journey, the Anthony Muñoz Foundation has touched the lives of over 30,000 youth. Now, over a decade later, the Anthony Muñoz Foundation educates, promotes, recognizes and rewards Tri-State youth who excel in all phases of life, while reaching out and empowering those who are struggling. No matter what adversity youth may face, the Anthony Muñoz Foundation programs teach young people that they can overcome their respective obstacles while maintaining a focus on higher education.

Michael J. Sorrell, Ed.D.

Ranked with the likes of Tim Cook and Bill and Melinda Gates on Fortune’s 2018 list of the world’s greatest leaders, Michael Sorrell transformed struggling Paul Quinn College in Dallas into one of the most innovative colleges in America. An attorney and former White House staffer, Sorrell brought a bold new vision to Paul Quinn, focusing on academic rigor, experiential learning and entrepreneurship. He also pioneered what he named the “urban work college model,” based on Paul Quinn’s dramatic success. Inspiring, straight-talking, and with a compelling and hopeful story to tell, Sorrell received a standing ovation at SXSW Education for his dynamic delivery and groundbreaking approaches to reinventing the future of American higher education. Read his full bio.

Justice Sharon Kennedy

Justice Sharon Kennedy joined the Supreme Court of Ohio in 2012, becoming the 154th Justice and the ninth female justice to serve on the court. She began her career in the justice system as an officer for the City of Hamilton Police Department, and went on to obtain her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Justice Kennedy maintained a private practice, during which time she served as General Counsel for the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #38, Special Counsel for the Ohio Attorney General’s office, Warrant & Compliance Officer for the Butler County Juvenile Court, and Magistrate and Warrant Officer for the Butler County Area Courts. She was elected to the Butler County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Relations Division in 1999, where she also served as the administrative judge from 2005 until her election to the Supreme Court.

Justice Kennedy has been the recipient of multiple awards, including The AMVETS Department of Ohio 2018 Past Department Commanders’ Civil Servant of the Year Award; The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Silver Good Citizenship Medal (2018), Leadership Ohio’s 2016 Community Leadership Award, and the University of Cincinnati College of Law’s 2014 Nicholas Longworth, III Alumni Achievement Award. Additionally, Justice Kennedy was featured in Trends in the Judiciary: Interviews with Judges Across the Globe, published in 2015. She was named one of 13 professional women to watch by the Cincinnati Enquirer in 2013 and was awarded Judge of the Year in 2006. In 2018, Justice Kennedy launched the “Lean Forward: Advancing Veterans Treatments Courts Across Ohio” initiative.

Shane Meeker

More than ever, there is one thing that truly separates many brands and companies today – that one thing is STORY. It’s no longer just what people buy, it’s what they buy into. When it comes to connecting, teaching, influencing, and inspiring others, a story will make whatever you say more impactful.

Nationally recognized storyteller, keynote speaker and author, Shane Meeker, knows the challenges that businesses and brands experience as they try to stand out in a crowded marketplace. After years of research and study in the film industry he created a way to take his favorite movies, books and TV shows and apply their story methods to the business and branding world. In fact, he often tells audiences that you can solve almost any business problem with what works in Star Wars (don’t worry, he will explain how).

Shane is a 23 year veteran at the Procter & Gamble Company where he is the Corporate Storyteller & Company Historian. Outside of P&G he has been presenting his StoryMythos content for over 13 years at hundreds of brands and conferences across the globe from Amsterdam to Australia. Shane has been a keynote speaker at great companies like Walt Disney, FedEx, Nike, Whirlpool, Ford, Starwood Hotels, USAA, Anheuser Busch, Columbia Sportswear and Exxon Mobil. He has been featured in numerous books, online articles and interviews discussing how story can be used as a strategic, inspirational and executional tool. He also teaches story development as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and the Illinois Institute of Technology. His presentations include surprising insights, engaging personal stories, fun movie references and tools that everyone will remember and use long after the event ends.

Shane’s book, StoryMythos: A Movie Guide To Better Business Stories, is available on Amazon and Kindle and was rated a #1 New Release Best Seller in Business Writing and Skills. He also has a TEDx talk online about the Power of Short Stories.  Please visit his site at www.storymythos.com for more information.

Jennie Hempstead: Communication Designer/Graphic Notetaker

Jennie is a creative content professional from Dayton,  Ohio with 15+ years of experience in design, communications and marketing. Her career supporting scientists and engineers often has her visually translating high-tech concepts into impactful pieces of communication that empower teams and enable research. She has worked with clients such as the U.S. Air Force, The Ohio State University, the University of Dayton, Butler Tech and The Child Poverty Collaborative. She’s member of the International Forum for Visual Practitioners (IFVP), International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA) and is passionate about visual literacy in education. Jennie will be our graphic notetaker during all general session speakers.

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Register Online

Member: $395
Non-member: $485

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Family Strand

We’re excited to announce the family strand portion of the conference. Designed with your family in mind, we’re offering activities for your family members while you attend workshops. Check out the agenda and start planning your trip for you and your family. Please note that these activities are for family members only as attendees will participating in workshops that occur at the same time as these events.

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Pre-Conference Workshops

Transition To Work Program Continuum
Pre-Conference: June 9, 2020
8:00AM – 4:00PM
Cost: $100

Providing Quality Educational Opportunities for All Students: Transition to Work Program Continuum/Project LIFE and Project SEARCH

In 2005, Butler Tech reached out to area high schools and community stakeholders and asked, “What can we do to provide educational opportunities for students in our district?” The answer received became the impetus we needed to ensure that all students, even those with developmental disabilities are receiving quality Career Tech programming.

The opportunity for these students to spend time learning and applying real-world work knowledge in authentic, community based learning environments began with the implementation of the internationally recognized and award winning Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Project SEARCH© at a local hospital in Middletown, OH (www.projectsearch.us). Quickly realizing that some students needed more time to build skills prior to participation in the one year Project SEARCH program, the Butler Tech Transition Team came back together and developed an additional transition focused program that they named, Project LIFE. Fast forward 12 years, and Butler Tech’s highly successful continuum of transition-to-work programs now includes three Project LIFE and three Project SEARCH programs serving up to 100 students per year. Outcome data collected over several years, confirms a positive correlation between participation in both programs leading to higher levels of overall independence and integrated, community employment outcomes.

A 2016 endorsement by the Project SEARCH administrators recognizing Project LIFE™ as the best program for preparing students with significant disabilities for greater success in Project SEARCH paved the way for Butler Tech to step outside of the traditional career tech district silo into national replication of this successful program.

Currently, Project LIFE is being replicated in Ohio, Kansas, California, Wisconsin and New York.

Pre-conference Day Proposed Schedule
Project LIFE and Project SEARCH personnel

8:00-9:30 a.m. Learn about the programs that are making such a positive difference in the lives of students with significant disabilities, their families, the local community, and the nation.

9:30-11:00 a.m. Review the Model Fidelity Components that make up these programs and participate in one of the following planning groups

  1. Assess how your district is currently meeting the needs of students with developmental disabilities,
  2. Begin a specific plan for future implementation

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Lunch In (consider bringing in past students to share their stories, demonstrate the building of Bern’s Feeders, etc.)

12:00-3:00 p.m. Break into small groups to visit 2 Project LIFE and/or SEARCH business partners

3:00-4:00 p.m. Q & A Wrap up back at BT

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High Tech High: Leadership for Equity and Deeper Learning
Pre-Conference: June 9, 2020

Essential Question: How do I show up as a leader who creates the conditions for equitable engagement in deeper learning for all students?

Butler Tech will host High Tech High’s PBL Design Camp for educators at the same time as the ACTE Leadership Conference. The HTH PBL Design Camp welcomes educators to develop, critique, and share authentic project-based learning curriculum for their own schools. Using project development systems from HTH K-12 schools, design thinking practices, and HTH protocols, PBL Design Campers will draft, critique, document, and take home original PBL curriculum. Participation is limited to 60 educators and is facilitated by HTH K-12 and GSE faculty. Come with a spark of a project idea. Leave with the fire that will sustain your next project in your school!

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Epluno Tour
Pre-Conference: June 9, 2020
8:00AM – 1:00PM

A new kind of uniform and apparel solution for staff, students, and CTSOs. epluno™ is a full-service e-commerce company that creates individual online stores for schools to order uniforms and apparel items. epluno’s™ founders have been helping schools with e-commerce solutions for years. We’ve learned that what works for one school isn’t necessarily right for another. That’s why we created epluno™, and it’s also why we work hard to match our solution to each school’s exact specifications. Whatever your story, epluno™ has an ordering solution for you.

Tour our new facility, participate in a hands-on demonstration on apparel decoration and silk screening, jump inside our mobile apparel unit, and begin your school’s apparel plan with one of our apparel experts.

8:00 a.m. Load charter bus for a trip to epluno’s facility in Miamisburg, Ohio

4501 Lyons Rd, Miamisburg, OH 45342

8:30-9:00 a.m. Welcome and tour of corporate office

9:00-11:00 a.m.  Visit our new warehouse for hands-on demonstrations, tour our mobile apparel

Unit, visit our onsite store, and meet with our apparel experts.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lunch and fun with our staff

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Return bus trip to Butler Tech

Pre-Conference: June 9, 2020
Jungle Jim’s Tour & Scavenger Hunt

Age range: 5 yrs + up
Explore the world of food at Jungle Jim’s International Market! Tour the store and enjoy food samples from around the world, explore miles of incredible sights, tastes, and smells while the knowledgeable tour guide leads you on a fun-filled, informational, and entertaining safari scavenger hunt and tour through the wilds of Jungle Jim’s! Jungle Jim’s is over 300,000 square feet (6½ acres or 26,000 square meters) of floorspace with several animatronic displays, such as a lion that sings Elvis Presley songs at regular intervals and a “rock band” composed of General Mills cereal mascots. Jungle Jim’s has been featured on the Food Network show Unwrapped, the History Channel show Modern Marvels, and ABC News’ Good Morning America. Participants will have an hour to shop after the tour or you may choose to stay later with your own transportation.

More information: https://junglejims.com/about-us/video-photo-gallery/

Photo of Market inside of Jungle Jim Photo of a gray jeep Photo of the entrance to Jungle Jim Photo of the inside of Jungle Jim

The tour is roughly 45 minutes with an hour for shopping. Tour runs 8:30 – 11 a.m.


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cincinnati North – Liberty Way
7750 Liberty Field Drive, West Chester, Ohio 45069
• Rooms on Hold
• $112 per night
• Local shuttle to Liberty Town Center
• Shuttle to Butler Tech Locations

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Four Points by Sheraton Cincinnati North
7500 Tylers Place Blvd, West Chester, Ohio 45069
• Rooms on Hold
• $139 per night
• Shuttle to Butler Tech Locations
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Hotels close to events with a Butler Tech Shuttle

Home2 Suites by Hilton Cincinnati Liberty Township
7145 Liberty Centre Drive, West Chester, OH, 45069,
(513) 644-2207
• $109 per night

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AC Hotel by Marriott Cincinnati at Liberty Center
7505 Gibson Street, West Chester, OH,
(513) 712-9054 Main: 513-759-6500

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With the number of educational leaders retiring and their replacements declining in number and experience, Education Week deemed the shortage of school leadership a global problem in 2018. When combined with the lack of graduate level career and tech preparation programs, it is imperative that we focus on the personal and professional development of CareerTech administrators to meet the national rising demand for CareerTech programming. Leading the Education Revolution Conference aims to address just that. This conference will have a clear leadership focus that shifts attendees’ participation from consuming information to producing and problem solving current national, state, and district initiatives.  In order to bridge the gap between ideation and implementation, the conference program will dive deep into leadership and the implementation of second and third order changes that will revolutionize a student’s CareerTech experience and will change the face of career and technical education.

We invite you to partner with us in supporting this revolution in career and technical education professional development. Knowing the importance of meeting with the key decision makers in our schools, tech centers and postsecondary institutions, we’d love for you to have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with district level administrators who are committed to innovation and change.

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Butler Tech’s five secondary education campuses: D. Russel Lee CTC, School of the Arts, Bioscience Center, Middletown Airport Aviation Hub, and our Natural Science Center. Butler Tech’s Adult Education Campuses: Lesourdesville Campus and Public Safety Campus.

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