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Be the Leader You Want to Follow!

Join us for the 2nd Annual Leadership Summit. Take your admin team to the next level at this high-impact event that will set the stage for a strong start in 2023!

This 2-day professional development will provide networking opportunities between leaders, colleagues, and friends from the NCESD region as well as host keynote speakers Hasan Davis, Steve Goodman, and KC Knudson.

The event will grow your leadership capacity and that of your school or district team. You will leave energized, with tangible strategies and tools to launch 2023. Multiple breakout sessions will keep you engaged and address a full range of issues facing leaders today.

Registration is limited to 125 participants.

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Date & Time

Thursday, August 10 | 8:00am – 3:30pm

Friday, August 11 | 8:00am – 11:30am


Wenatchee Convention Center
121 N. Wenatchee Avenue
Wenatchee, WA



10.5 Clock Hours Available for Purchase

Keynote Presentations

Thursday, August 10 | Morning Keynote

Calling All Hope Dealers! Everyone Has a Story, Every Story Deserves Heroes

Hasan Davis, CEO & Founder of Hasan Davis Solutions

Hasan will share his experience of often interrupted transitions through education, justice, and social support systems. Simultaneously navigating learning disabilities, poverty and delinquency, Hasan seemed destined to become another statistic. But, Hasan was lucky to find that on his journey there were champions, like his mother and alternative school teacher, who found ways to engage, encourage and empower him. With the support of these “Hope Dealers,” Hasan was able to transcend his mounting list of “failures” to become an advocate for himself and eventually a champion for others experiencing difficult times.

Breakout Session

Hasan will share some of the core strategies and creative thinking that these Hope Dealers deployed to help him find the courage to complete what he calls the “JD shuffle” going from Hasan Davis, Juvenile Delinquent to Hasan Davis, Juris Doctor. Come ready to celebrate, recharge and recommit to being the Hope Dealers that you are, the Heroes their stories deserve

For more than 25 years, Hasan has held to the belief that each child can and will succeed as long as adults in their world create hope. Starting as a counselor and a teaching artist, and through his years as a youth development specialist, Hasan has transformed the attitudes and strategies of school and facility staff, parents, and members of the community to help hundreds of children graduate from high school and go on to earn degrees from colleges and universities.

In addition to his work at schools, Hasan has been Commissioner of Juvenile Justice for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Vice Chair of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, and an organizational consultant. With this experience, he has transformed organizations and public systems to ensure they have the capacity to not only meet the needs of the children and families they serve, but also are transparent and set metrics and methods of accountability.

He brings to the process a powerful combination of passion, caring, and leadership to craft a refreshing, common-sense roadmap to help all youth achieve their dreams, no matter the odds.

Thursday, August 10 | Afternoon Keynote

Role of Leadership in Promoting Effective Implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

Steve Goodman, PhD., Co-investigator, Integrated MTSS Research Network

MTSS is a framework beneficial to supporting each and all students as education utilizing effective practices matched to student need. This session will discuss the leadership role in promoting MTSS while ensuring that implementation is correct and consistent. Dr. Goodman will focus on the critical role that leadership plays in communicating priority for MTSS implementation, and the role of leadership in promoting fidelity of implementation.

Steve Goodman, PhD is a partner with the Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and a co-investigator with the Integrated MTSS Research Network. Steve was the previous director of Michigan’s Multi-tiered System of Supports Technical Assistance Center. He serves on state, national, and international advisory boards for the implementation of MTSS. Steve has recently served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Positive Behavior Support. He has contributed to over 50 publications and has presented and worked with educators across the nation and in eight other countries on topics of PBIS and integration of multi-tiered frameworks.

Friday, August 11 | Keynote

Leading for Inclusion

KC Knudson, Senior Education Consultant, Novak Education

In a 1994 study, Leithwood et al found that “the problems leaders face in a school context are some of the most challenging you can find.” Earlier in 1973 Rittel and Webber described school problems as “wicked problems” being that they are difficult to define and even more difficult to solve. Over the course of the past decade the problems that leaders face in school contexts have become exponentially more complex. In this session, we will discuss how school leaders can bring clarity to the purpose of their work and to the problems that they are trying to solve.  We will examine the three problems of inclusion and consider possible solutions based on evidence and the work of other school leaders across the country.

KC Knudson is an accomplished educational leader and staff developer with expertise in highly effective, equitable pedagogies, leadership development, private facilitation and training, and public speaking. He is a student of team dynamics, adult learning, group motivation, and effective leadership practices; and he is committed to developing people and creating systems that work to create equitable outcomes for all.

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