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Hear . . . National Keynote Speakers

Keynote Kickoff

Creating an Emotion Revolution in our Nation's Schools

Dr. Marc Brackett, Director
Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence/
Emotionally Intelligent Schools, L.L.C.

Sunday, September 25, 2016 
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Emotions matter – and matter a great deal in school and everyday life. In this presentation, Dr. Marc Brackett will share the results of a large-scale survey – conducted in collaboration with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation – that unpacked the emotional lives of our nation’s teens – from how they currently feel to how they feel in school. The associations between school-based experiences such as bullying and quality relationships and different emotions also will be presented.

Listen and hear about:

  • The role of emotions in schools;

  • The development of emotional intelligence among teens;

  • How schools can better support teens with the integration of evidence-based practices to enhance the emotional intelligence and school climate. 

Link to Marc's PowerPoint here!

Sponsored by Premier Silver Partner Wendel 

Student Performance by the Chamber Singers
from Southside High School

Under the direction of Dr. Doreen Freyling, Music Teacher and Dr. Brian Zuar, Director of Fine and Performing Arts, Rockville Centre.

Thanks to Superintendent William Johnson, Rockville Centre for bringing his students to perform during the opening keynote.

  • Session includes remarks from the 2016-2017 Council President Patricia Sullivan-Kriss, West Hempstead. 

Monday Morning Keynote 

Why Black Girl Books and Voices Matter

Marley Dias, Founder

Monday / September 26, 2016
9 - 10:30 a.m. 

Hear from 11-year-old Marley Dias and her goal of collecting books about black girls and her organization #1000BlackGirlBooks. Her grassroots community foundation wants to provide a roadmap for inclusion.

Link to Marley's PowerPoint here!

Photo by Andrea Cipriani Mecchi

Session sponsored by Premier Silver Partner Renaissance Learning

Tuesday Closing Ideas Keynote 

State Education Department Leadership

MaryEllen Elia, Commissioner
NYS Education Department

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
9:45 - 11 a.m.

Interact with top leaders of the State Education Department
and discuss major issues confronting public education in our state. 

Session sponsored by
Premier Silver Partner Math and Movement


  • Includes a Special LEAF, Inc. Recognition Presentation