Join the Journey. Chart Your Course.
Come together while staying apart, in an epic digital conference series.
You’ve had to rethink the entire way you work this year. Plus, Covid-based restrictions on travel and gathering have kept you from the educational conferences you rely on to energize and empower you in your work.
While you have (rightly) been focused on your students, we have been thinking about you. And we’ve got you covered! Spend some time with us and:
Join us for our Waterford.org Summit | ASCEND 2020, a FREE virtual series empowering you through Covid with quality content and opportunities for connection.
The event runs for six weeks, with several sessions each week. Choose the sessions that resonate with you, attend the sessions you can, and watch our speakers and panels on demand.
We’re passionate about supporting educators. But space is limited for this free conference series, so register today! Sessions begin October 21, 2020.
We know this year is tough, so schedule in some breaks to listen to and connect with amazing thinkers and peers. Now that the school year is underway, we hope you’ll enjoy a much-needed pick-me-up!
You’re busier than ever, and we get it! We kept that in mind while planning this exclusive series.
The series spans six weeks, which means you can plan ahead to attend the sessions that matter most to you. You may find you have time for a few more than you thought.
Chief Executive Officer Waterford.org
As a leader in educational technology over the last two decades, Edward “Benjamin” Heuston continues the Waterford legacy started by his father, Dusty. Benjamin is an active speaker in educational settings and is also a member of several boards and associations. Benjamin earned a PhD in psychology from Brigham Young University.
Executive Director of the Care Institute
Wayne Ysaguirre is a new member of the Waterford board of directors and the Executive Director of The Care Institute. Previously, he was the President and CEO of Nurtury, and prior to that, Wayne was a preschool teacher and director of numerous programs. He has dedicated more than 30 years to the care and education of young children and their families.
University of New York in Prague
Bethany Butzer, PhD is an expert in positive psychology and transpersonal psychology, which emphasize the development of human strength and potential. She received her PhD from the University of Western Ontario. Currently residing in Prague, she teaches and does research as a Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of New York in Prague. Her TEDx talk, “Stop Trying So Hard: Achieve More By Doing Less,” has been viewed by close to 1.5 million people.
Author, Former Publisher of the Miami Herald
David Lawrence Jr. is an American nationally known newspaper editor and publisher who retired at the age of 56 and subsequently became a leading national advocate for children, especially in the area of early childhood investment. He is the former publisher of The Miami Herald and the Detroit Free Press.
CEO of Executive Speaking Success
After absolutely blowing his first talk on the TED stage, John has gone on to train hundreds of TED/TEDx speakers. He also works with thousands of C-level executives at top global corporations to make their communications “TED-Worthy.” John founded the website www.executivespeakingsuccess.com and offers training that teaches not only what works, but WHY it works.
Julian Treasure is an author, expert, and top-rated international orator on powerful speaking, conscious listening, and audio branding. Collectively his five TED talks have been viewed more than 100 million times. His first book, Sound Business, is the seminal work on creating effective business sound. Julian has been widely featured as a sound and communication expert in prestigious media around the world.
CEO of Project Tomorrow
Julie A. Evans is the CEO of Project Tomorrow, serves on several boards and advisory councils, and is the founder of the heralded Speak Up Research Project, which annually collects and reports on the authentic views of 400,000 K-12 students, parents, and educators on education issues. Dr. Evans leads research efforts for Speak Up Project on the impact of digital content, tools, and resources in both K-12 and higher education.
Founder and Director of The Teaching Well
Kelly Knoche (she/her) is the Founder of The Teaching Well, a multi-leveled systemic approach to bringing wellness back into school systems. By building skills and focusing on educator stress resilience and communication, The Teaching Well has saved school districts two million dollars in attrition related costs. She brings a deep love for people and a clear vision for organizations to embody their values in ways that reach their students, staff and the entire system.
Director of Pre-Kindergarten, Mount Vernon City School District
Dr. Gayle White-Wallace is the Director of Pre-Kindergarten in the Mount Vernon City School District. A native New Yorker with a strong Caribbean background, she has always loved education. After earning her bachelor’s in early childhood education and completing a master’s in curriculum and instruction, Dr. Wallace began her tenure at the Mount Vernon City School District. During that time, she earned a master’s from Mercy College in school administration, as well as her doctorate from St. John Fisher College in executive leadership.
President and Founder, Wrenwood Group, LLC
Stephanie J. Monroe is President of the Wrenwood Group, a boutique Washington, D.C. health and education consulting firm. Stephanie served as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education from 2005-2009. Before that, she spent 25 years on the Senate HELP Committee as Chief Counsel and more than a decade serving as Staff Director for the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families, while contributing to many efforts related to children, youth, and families.
Jenni Torres, Vice President of Curriculum at Waterford.org, manages the development of research-based content, correlations to standards, and creation of teacher and family resources. Jenni spent 15 years in the classroom, receiving awards at the school, county, and district level. Jenni earned her master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently working on a doctorate in educational policy and leadership at American University.
Retired Adjutant General of the Utah National Guard
Jeff Burton served in the United States Army for more than 37 years, attaining the rank of Major General. In Utah, he has served on Governor Gary Herbert’s Cabinet twice and has taught Military Science and National Security Strategy at the university level. Jeff currently serves at Zion’s Bank as the Senior Vice President for Community Development. He holds degrees from the University of New York, The United States Army War College, and the University of Phoenix.
These sessions are specifically designed for your busy schedule. You don’t have to attend all of them, but we hope you attend as many as you can!
Every Monday, we’ll release new pre-recorded sessions available on demand. No need to plan or schedule — watch on your time!
During live sessions, you’ll interact with panelists, connect with peers in engaging workshops, and enhance your abilities in an unconference setting.
Join unique networking events that include icebreakers, one-on-one “brain dates,” breakout room group discussions, and interactive trivia sessions.
Pick and choose the sessions that mean the most to you! Look for new on demand content every Monday.
Wednesday, October 21st
Thursday, October 22nd
2:00 pm EDT
Friday, October 23rd
Ask the Experts
2:00 pm EDT
Dr. Gayle White-Wallace
Monday, October 26th
Tuesday, October 27th
2:00 pm EDT
Thursday, October 30th
9 am-9 pm EDT
Monday, November 2nd
Tuesday, November 10th
Wednesday, November 11th
Honing our Skills
9 am-9 pm EST
Thursday November 12th
(the myth, the legend, the guy who trained astronauts)
Tuesday, November 17th
Live AASA panel discussion
Thursday, November 19th
Monday, November 23rd
9 am-9 pm EST
Tuesday, November 24th
2:00 pm EST