Acclaimed National Speakers to Address Leaders

Acclaimed National Speakers to Address Livingston Parish School Leaders at “True Grit” Leadership Conference
Posted on 07/19/2021
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LIVINGSTON, La. – Livingston Parish school leaders will hear from some of the nation’s top education motivational speakers over the next two days, July 20-21, at a “True Grit” Leadership Conference to be held at the Solomon Episcopal Center in Loranger.  Those speakers include:

Beth Houf

Beth Houf, keynote speaker from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Tuesday, July 20

Houf is an international presenter and consultant.  She is the principal of Fulton Middle School in central Missouri and is co-author of “Lead Like a PIRATE: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff.”  She serves as a facilitator for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Leadership Academy, providing monthly training to state educational leaders. Houf also is an adjunct professor at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

Brad Gustafson

Brad Gustafson, keynote speaker from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 20

Gufstafson is an award-winning principal, speaker, and best-selling author. He serves as a National Advisor with Future Ready Schools and a School Improvement Advisor with Scholastic. Gufstafson was recognized as a “20 to Watch” by the National School Boards Association and was Minnesota’s Principal of the Year in 2016. He co-hosts the “UnearthED” podcast on the Bam Radio Network, and he is the author of “Renegade Leadership: Creating Innovative Schools for Digital-Age Learners,” and his newest book, “Reclaiming Our Calling,” a genre-busting book that is helping educators hold on to the things that matter most in this profession.

Joe Sanfelippo

Joe Sanfelippo, keynote speaker from 8:55 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., Wednesday, July 21

Sanfelippo is a co-author of multiple books, including his most recent: “Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love.”  He was selected as 1 of 117 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 and 1 of 50 Superintendents as a Personalized Learning Leader by the U.S. Department of Education in 2016.  Other accolades include a national K-12 Administrator to Watch and National Superintendent of the Year in 2019.  He is currently superintendent of Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, Wisconsin.

Annette Breaux

Annette Breaux, workshop presenter from 11:25 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, July 21

Breaux is the author and co-author of several books, including the best-selling “101 Answers for New Teachers and Their Mentors.” She is a former classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator and teacher induction coordinator who currently travels across the country talking to educators.


              Those attending the two-day conference include school principals, central office administrators, curriculum coordinators and coaches, and teaching mentors in the district.


              “It is always our mindset in Livingston Parish to take time to reflect on our successes and to search out ways to improve upon our efforts.  This workshop will offer our leadership that opportunity,” Superintendent Joe Murphy said.


              Murphy noted that in addition to hearing from the speakers, the district’s leaders will participate in breakout sessions and workshops to explore the impact of new strategies on school systems across our nation and to explore best practices for local schools.


“We are committed to keeping our campuses safe and to implementing strategies that best benefit our students so we can make every learning opportunity count,” he said.

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