Keynote Speaker - David Geurin


Full Bio

David Geurin has served as principal and lead learner of Bolivar High School since 2008. In 2013, the school was named a National Blue Ribbon School and Missouri Gold Star School. More recently, he was honored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) as a 2017 National Digital Principal of the Year. He's been recognized as a leader in civic service, student agency, and STEM career development.

David is author of Future Driven: Will Your Students Thrive in An Unpredictable World? He’s passionate about leadership, school culture, and authentic learning experiences. He believes we must always be mindful that we're educating students for the world they'll live in and not the one we grew up in. He’s on a mission to help others find purpose and build capacity for change and excellence. He earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri in 2008.

David shares insights with educators at the local, state, and national level through his keynotes, workshops, and presentations. He also shares his voice regularly via his blog,

Keynote - Saturday, March 2

Future Driven: Will Your Students Thrive in an Unpredictable World?
The world is changing faster than ever. There are immense challenges but also great opportunities. The status quo won't prepare students for what they will face. Learning should be an adventure. We need a bold vision for developing learning environments that inspire students to become stronger leaders and learners. We'll explore why achievement shouldn't be the chief aim of education, and how student and teacher agency should play a larger role in our schools. Preparing our students for the future means empowering them to do meaningful work now. We need more creativity, curiosity, and empathy in our work. Being a passionate learner should be just as important as being a proficient learner.