Innovate: One Day Events (Mid-America)

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Virtual Keynote Speaker

Local Keynote Speaker

John Stonestreet

John serves as president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He's a sought-after author and speaker on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education, and apologetics. John is the daily voice of BreakPoint, the nationally syndicated commentary on the culture founded by the late Chuck Colson. He is also the voice of the Point, a daily one-minute feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues. Before coming to the Colson Center in 2010, John served in various leadership capacities with Summit Ministries and was on the biblical studies faculty at Bryan College (TN). John has co-authored four books: A Practical Guide to Culture, Restoring All Things, Same-Sex Marriage, and Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview. John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (IL) and Bryan College (TN). He and his wife, Sarah, have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO. Connect with John at, or follow him on Twitter (@jbstonestreet). 

Local Keynote Speaker

Kim Bearden

Kim is the co-founder, executive director, and language arts teacher at the highly-acclaimed Ron Clark Academy, an innovative middle school and educator training facility in Atlanta. Over the past nine years, over 36,000 educators from around the world have visited Kim's classroom at the Academy and have attended her workshops to learn better ways to engage students, promote academic rigor, and create a climate and culture that promotes success. Kim was recently honored at the White House for being inducted into to the National Teachers Hall of Fame. She was selected from over 70,000 nominations to be honored as the Disney American Teacher Awards Outstanding Middle School Humanities Teacher. The Milken Family Foundation selected her to receive the Award for Excellence in Education, and she was the chosen from among 7000 teachers as Teacher of the Year in Cobb County, Georgia. Women Works Media Group has named her one of Georgia's Most Powerful and Influential Women.

Kim's book, Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me, made several bestseller lists.

 Featuring Live

Featured Speaker

Jeff Mattner

Mid-America Regional Director,
Featured Speaker

Randy Ross

Mid-America Field Director,

Schedule for the Day

8:45 AM-3:45 PM

Opening Keynote 
Innovation (Dr. Jeff Mattner)

Session One  Navigating Our Culture
(captured content by John Stonestreet)
We have a role to play-our students are called to thrive and lead in the culture. The measure of success in teaching our students is not today's behavior but how they live their lives throughout adulthood.

Session Two  Things Every Teacher Should Know (captured content by Kim Bearden)
From philosophy to implementation, learn how to focus on what is truly important for all educators to remember. In this session, participants will be motivated, inspired, and reminded of their significant, powerful role in the lives of their students. Kim shares methods for promoting student engagement, increasing rigor, developing relationships, and creating a climate and culture that inspires learning.
Peer Groups  Discussion about innovation in our classrooms.

Session Three  Creating a Culture that Promotes Success (Captured content by Kim Bearden)
Kim motivates, inspires, and reminds teachers of the powerful impact that they can have, despite the pressures and challenges of their profession. She will share how to ignite a passion for learning, provide support and encouragement, hold high expectations for student behavior, promote parental involvement, and ensure a safe, secure environment for all.

Peer Groups Discussion about innovation in our classrooms.

Closing Keynote  Final Challenge (Dr. Randy Ross)


Lunch is on your own at any nearby restaurant. 



  • Standard $99
  • Walk-in $119


  • Standard $129
  • Walk-in$139

Earn CEUs

You will receive continuing education units for your participation in this event. 
Your registration also includes 12 months of ConNEXUS Premium, providing access to on-demand courses and additional CEUs throughout the year.