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John D. Welty Center for Educational Policy and Leadership

Exemplary Practices in Educational Leadership Conference

Fresno State’s annual Exemplary Practices in Educational Leadership Conference brings together Central Valley leaders from schools, districts, businesses and community organizations to share best practices and challenges. Past conferences have focused on the following topics: 

  • social emotional learning
  • mental health
  • distance learning
  • human trafficking
  • equity in STEAM
  • multi-district collaboration

2021 Conference

For the 2021 Exemplary Practices in Educational Leadership Conference, we hosted the event virtually over three-days. The conference included four exceptional keynote speakers.

Mike Erwin

Mike Erwin: Am I Ready? Leading Yourself through Uncertain Times

  • West Point graduate and two-time Bronze Star medalist
  • Leadership consultant pro sports team, international corporations and government agencies
  • Founder of the Red, White and Blue veteran organization with over 200,000 members
  • Founder of the Character and Leadership Center

Yong Zhao

Yong Zhao: Developing Self-Directed Learners

  • Recognized international influential scholars on 21st century learning
  • Author of over 30 books and over 100 articles
  • American Education Research Association Award
  • Horace Mann Outstanding Public Educator

Shirly Stiles

Shirley Stiles: Collegial and Constructive Conversation

  • Born and raised in Namibia, South Africa
  • Graduated with distinction Napal, South Africa
  • Consultant in South Africa, Canada, Cambodia, U.S. and DND (US) Germany
  • Alberta, Canada Administrator of the Year

Alan November

Alan November: Cultivating a World-Class Work Ethic

  • Named top fifteen most influential thinkers
  • Top eigth top leadership designees
  • International speaker in over 40 countries
  • Speaker at Sweden's Nobel Prize festival
  • Original 5 national McAuliffe Educators
  • PLC Conference founder and Director

Stay tuned for details about the 2022 conference.

Past Keynote Speakers Include

Chip Heath

Chip Heath
Making Every Moment Count
Oct. 2019

Mike Erwin

Mike Erwin
Making Every Moment Count
Oct. 2019

Pedro Noguera

Pedro Noguera
Fulfilling the Promise-A Quality Education for All Students
Oct. 2018

Robyn Jackson

Robyn Jackson
Responsive Leadership: Creating Conditions for Student Success 
Sept. 2017

Mike Schnokersm

Mike Schmoker
Achieving Results through Equity
Oct. 2016

Robert Marzano

Robert Marzano
Awakening the Learner
Sept. 2015

Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott
Awakening the Learner
Sept. 2015

Michael Fullan

Michael Fullan
Maximizing Leadership for Systemic Change
Oct. 2014

DuFour

Richard and Rebecca DuFour
Marking Progress on the Professional Learning Communities
Oct. 2013

Richard Elmore

Richard Elmore
Leading World-Class Learning Building Coherence
Oct. 2013

Yong Zhao

Yong Zhoa
Leading World-Class Learning Building Coherence
Oct. 2013