Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker on Sunday, September 29 at 5PM


How To Set Your School on F.I.R.E.!

Dr. Buddy Berry will take us through his journey in re-imagining Eminence Independent Schools to design a next generation “Dream School” rooted in personalized learning, and centered around innovation and creativity. The Eminence Independent school district has redesigned its instructional experience for kindergarten through 12th-grade students with its Framework of Innovation for Reinventing Education model using online, blended and competency-based education in their quest to be the Disney World of Schools. Eminence has utilized technology as the main driver for their success combined with Yes, And thinking; Surprise and Delight; and starting to Think Differently about solutions.


Dr. Buddy Berry Bio:

Dr. Buddy Berry has a passion for reinventing the K-12 school experience. His School on FIRE (Framework of Innovation for Reinventing Education) model is currently in its seventh full year of implementation and is seeing dramatic results. Dr. Berry is in his 10th year as Superintendent of Eminence Independent Schools and his team’s success has allowed him to be invited to the White House twice, the first as one of the 100 top school Superintendents in America at their only National Connected Superintendents Summit. Dr. Berry’s work and school district has also been the focus of numerous media and news stories including Edutopia (George Lucas Films). Most importantly, Buddy is married to the amazing Jessica Berry and the father of four, Brooke, Blaze, Bryce, and Brax.  

Opening Keynote on Monday, September 30 at 8:00AM

Listening Beneath the Behaviors of our Most Troubled Students

Dr. Lori Desautels, has been an  Assistant Professor at Butler University since 2016 where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Education. Lori was also an Assistant Professor at Marian University in Indianapolis for 8 years where she founded the Educational Neuroscience Symposium.  In its 7th year, and now sponsored by Butler University College of Education, educators, parents and the community learn to implement the tools to help our students be successful, feel a sense of purpose and connection as they walk into our classrooms.  Because of her work, Lori has been able to attract the foremost experts in the field of educational neuroscience, trauma and adversity  growing the conference exponentially.

Dr. Desautels’ passion is engaging her students through neuroscience as it applies to education by integrating Mind Brain Teaching,  learning principles and strategies into her coursework at Butler.  The Applied Educational Neuroscience Certificate, created by Lori in 2016, is specifically designed to meet the needs of educators, counselors, and administrators who work beside children and adolescents who have, and are, experiencing  adversity. 

Lori has met with thousands of educators nationally and internationally on Neuro-Regulation and Relationship for Brain Development and the Well-being of all Children.  She has created webinars for educators, clinicians, and administrators illustrating  how educators and students alike must understand their neuroanatomy to regulate behavior and calm the brain.  She has authored a series of articles for “Inside the School,” an online publication providing strategies to administrators and educators alike.  Lori’s articles are published in Edutopia,  Brain Bulletin, and Mind Body Spirit international magazine.  She was published in the Brain Research Journal for her work in the fifth grade classrooms during a faculty in residence position with Washington Township Schools.  Lori developed the Social and Emotional Learning Competencies for Indiana’s  Department of Education which will be used by all educators throughout the State.

Dr. Desautels taught emotionally troubled students in the upper elementary grades, worked as a school counselor in Indianapolis, was a private practice counselor and was co-owner of the Indianapolis Counseling Center.  Lori was also a behavioral consultant for Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on the adolescent psychiatric unit where she learned that emotional and mental illness can be so challenging for youth, but the brain has the ability to repair and resilience through relationship is critical for emotional social and cognitive health. 

You can find Lori’s work, presentation videos, and latest research on her website  Her first book,"How May I Serve You, Revelations in Education" was published in March of 2012.  Her second book, co-authored with educator Mr. Michael McKnight, entitled “Unwritten, The Story of a Living System” had been shared and used as a foundation to create curriculum across the country.  Her newest book “Eyes Are Never Quiet; Looking Beneath the Behaviors of Troubled Youth,” will be out in November 2018.  

Lori graduated with a BS in Special Education from Butler University, an MS in counseling education from Indiana University and earned her Ph.D. in philosophy with an emphasis in early adolescence/ thought formation from Indiana University and American Institute of Holistic Theology.

Lori resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, Michael. She has three grown children, Andrew, Sarah and Regan.

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