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Thursday, February 23
 

9:00am

Original Freedom Writer
TURN THE PAGE: THE MANNY SCOTT STORY.
Manny shares his story, and several eye-opening insights, of how, with hard work and the help of others, he went from being an “unreachable” and “unteachable” student to becoming a successful husband, father, Ph.D. student, entrepreneur, and public servant. This message inspires people to become change agents—“page-turners”—who help others write new, more fulfilling chapters in their lives.

“I’m a senior at this school, and I have NEVER seen anyone do that to this crowd. Ever!”
– Student, Hoffman Estates, IL

Manny shares, step-by-step, several proven practices and principles that engage, equip, and empower people everywhere to reach youth. Based on his doctoral research and own life experiences, Manny explains: how to develop real relationships; how to grab the attention of your intended audience; and, how to persuade others to turn the page and take proactive steps to improve the quality of their lives.

These are tools that others used to reach Manny, and tools that leaders can use right now to begin impacting the lives of others with incredible success.

“I have been in education for 33 years, and this is THE BEST presentation I have ever seen. ...
Mr. Scott did in an hour what many teachers have been trying to do for decades. He got 2000
students to do whatever he asked them to do. The atmosphere here has changed! Every student needs to experience this.”
– Superintendent, Oconto, WI

Speakers
avatar for Manny Scott

Manny Scott

By age 16, Manny felt his story was over:His father was incarcerated, he missed 60-90 days of school annually from 4th to 9th grade, he dropped out of school at age 14, he lived in 26 places by age 16, and his best friend was brutally murdered. Sensing that the end of his life was... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Main Stage-Arts Center

10:45am

Original Freedom Writer
TURN THE PAGE: THE MANNY SCOTT STORY.
Manny shares his story, and several eye-opening insights, of how, with hard work and the help of others, he went from being an “unreachable” and “unteachable” student to becoming a successful husband, father, Ph.D. student, entrepreneur, and public servant. This message inspires people to become change agents—“page-turners”—who help others write new, more fulfilling chapters in their lives.

“I’m a senior at this school, and I have NEVER seen anyone do that to this crowd. Ever!”
– Student, Hoffman Estates, IL

Manny shares, step-by-step, several proven practices and principles that engage, equip, and empower people everywhere to reach youth. Based on his doctoral research and own life experiences, Manny explains: how to develop real relationships; how to grab the attention of your intended audience; and, how to persuade others to turn the page and take proactive steps to improve the quality of their lives.

These are tools that others used to reach Manny, and tools that leaders can use right now to begin impacting the lives of others with incredible success.

“I have been in education for 33 years, and this is THE BEST presentation I have ever seen. ...
Mr. Scott did in an hour what many teachers have been trying to do for decades. He got 2000
students to do whatever he asked them to do. The atmosphere here has changed! Every student needs to experience this.”
– Superintendent, Oconto, WI

Speakers
avatar for Manny Scott

Manny Scott

By age 16, Manny felt his story was over:His father was incarcerated, he missed 60-90 days of school annually from 4th to 9th grade, he dropped out of school at age 14, he lived in 26 places by age 16, and his best friend was brutally murdered. Sensing that the end of his life was... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Main Stage-Arts Center

12:30pm

Rethinking Rewards and Awards in Schools

The vast majority of our students enter our schools in kindergarten with high motivation to learn but as they progress up through the grades, motivation and engagement tends to fade. Due to the many challenges facing our schools, educators often resort to a variety of incentives to try to motivate students to learn and improve behaviour to help create the optimal learning environment.  Schools also try to encourage students to excel by offering certificates, plaques, and trophies to those who do better than others. The use of rewards can become part of a school culture and awards are generally steeped in tradition… but what if we have this extrinsic motivation strategy all wrong? What if these tactics work in the short term but cause problems in the long term? What if there are students that go through our schools with strengths that are not valued nor honoured? Is there a better way to create the conditions for long-term motivation? Is there a way to move away from awards so more students are honoured, more students feel connected, and there is a more positive, inclusive school culture?

This session will challenge participants to rethink the use of incentives and awards; Chris will encourage you to look at ways to create the conditions for students to motivate themselves, including rethinking reward systems and traditional awards ceremonies. Participants will be challenged reflect upon their current views of human motivation and come away with ideas and strategies to move toward a more inclusive culture and increased intrinsic motivation for students in their classrooms and schools.


Speakers
avatar for Chris Wejr

Chris Wejr

Principal, James Hill Elementary
Chris is a father of 5 year-old twin girls and a former high school PE/Science/Math teacher and volleyball coach. He currently works as a teacher/principal of James Hill Elementary in Langley. Previous to this, he worked as a teacher/principal in the community of Agassiz in which... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Main Stage-Arts Center

2:15pm

Rethinking Rewards and Awards in Schools

The vast majority of our students enter our schools in kindergarten with high motivation to learn but as they progress up through the grades, motivation and engagement tends to fade. Due to the many challenges facing our schools, educators often resort to a variety of incentives to try to motivate students to learn and improve behaviour to help create the optimal learning environment.  Schools also try to encourage students to excel by offering certificates, plaques, and trophies to those who do better than others. The use of rewards can become part of a school culture and awards are generally steeped in tradition… but what if we have this extrinsic motivation strategy all wrong? What if these tactics work in the short term but cause problems in the long term? What if there are students that go through our schools with strengths that are not valued nor honoured? Is there a better way to create the conditions for long-term motivation? Is there a way to move away from awards so more students are honoured, more students feel connected, and there is a more positive, inclusive school culture? 


This session will challenge participants to rethink the use of incentives and awards; Chris will encourage you to look at ways to create the conditions for students to motivate themselves, including rethinking reward systems and traditional awards ceremonies. Participants will be challenged reflect upon their current views of human motivation and come away with ideas and strategies to move toward a more inclusive culture and increased intrinsic motivation for students in their classrooms and schools.


Speakers
avatar for Chris Wejr

Chris Wejr

Principal, James Hill Elementary
Chris is a father of 5 year-old twin girls and a former high school PE/Science/Math teacher and volleyball coach. He currently works as a teacher/principal of James Hill Elementary in Langley. Previous to this, he worked as a teacher/principal in the community of Agassiz in which... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Main Stage-Arts Center