Keynote Speakers Announced

Robert Jackson is a former Minnesota Viking player who became an alternatively-certified teacher in Indianapolis and today is a nationally-known, highly-sought speaker and author of six books. An expert in teaching cultural diversity, restorative practices, socio-emotional learning and ways to retain troubled students in school, Robert’s goal is to teach educators and administrators how to use their power more effectively to Educate, Activate and Motivate all students to be successes.

Robert not only teaches the message, he has lived it, as a black youth who almost became a statistic instead of a phenomenal success. Robert will have signed copies of his 2019 book, "Becoming the Educator They Need: Strategies, Mindsets and Beliefs for Supporting Male Black and Latino Students" at the conference. You do not want to miss his inspirational talk at our opening session.

To help celebrate our 30th Anniversary conference, we are thrilled to have Dr. Michael McKibbin joining us. Retired from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and a current Board Member of the San Juan Unified School District, Dr. McKibbin is a charter member, board member and past president of NAAC. He is a California educator whose influence in alternative certification and credentialing reaches the entire nation. With a distinguished career spanning more than 45-years and includes teaching, research and administration, Dr. McKibbin’s work has touched teachers at every level. As part of our 30th Anniversary Conference, Dr. McKibbin will share his invaluable perceptions of the alternative certification field and changes education professionals might see on the horizon. As a bonus, Dr. McKibbin has agreed to host a breakout session as a follow-up to his presentation.

Megan Helberg the 2020 Nebraska Teacher of the Year, teaches English to 8th, 10th and 11th graders. She has been a teacher for 10 years and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Chadron State College. She received her teaching certificate through the Transition to Teach program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Helberg’s commitment to exposing students in rural NE to different cultures and diverse experiences contributed to her selection for the state honor. Megan will share the unique ways she has brought history and diversity alive for her students and community at large.