Save the Date!
2020 APSRC Fall Conference
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
8:30 am to 4 pm
Hot Springs Convention Center
Early-Bird Registration Now Open!
Register today to receive a $40 savings for the 2020 APSRC Fall Conference.*
– Early-Bird Registration for APSRC members: $190
– Early-Bird Registration for non-members: $210
*Early bird registration ends Friday, October 2, 2020. Registrants’ payments must be submitted to APSRC by that date in order for attendees to receive the early-bird discount.
– Onsite Registration for APSRC members: $230
– Onsite Registration for non-members: $250
Previous Featured Speakers
Keynote Speaker 2019
Rodney Walker, author of A New Day One: Trauma, Grace, and a Young Man’s Journey from Foster Care to Yale
Rodney Walker is an author, educator and entrepreneur that travels both nationally and internationally, speaking at schools, corporations and conferences about the importance of character education, youth entrepreneurship, and trauma-informed mentorship aimed to uplift and support at-risk youth.
Rodney is the bestselling author of the educational memoir titled A New Day One: Trauma, Grace, and a Young Man’s Journey from Foster Care to Yale. Given the obstacles placed before him as a foster child, Rodney struggled academically and socially in school. Through trauma-informed mentorship and education, he overcame these adverse experiences and redirected his path. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, and went on to graduate with degrees from Morehouse College, Yale and Harvard University.
2019 Opening Session Speaker
Peter Hostrawser, owner of Disrupt Education and Department Chairman of the Glenbard East School of Business
Peter Hostrawser is the Department Chairman of the Glenbard East School of Business, an innovative department within Glenbard East High School in Lombard, Ill. In the Glenbard East School of Business, students are actively engaged in project-based learning and working collaboratively with companies like West Suburban Bank, Cleu, Yolobe, and NextWaveSTEM.
Peter began his career as a business entrepreneur in the fields of Video Production and Student Business Consulting. He spent 15 years at Oak Park and River Forest High School, where he founded the OPRF School of Business. He currently owns Disrupt Education, specializing in helping young people ignite their ambitions and take control of their learning.
2018 Keynote Speaker
Michael Bonner, author of Get Up or Give Up, How I Almost Gave Up on Teaching
Michael Bonner is an inspiring second-grade teacher at North Carolina’s South Greenville Elementary, where the majority of students have strenuous familial dynamics and many are homeless. The school is 100% FRL (free and reduced lunch) and is located in an impoverished neighborhood in Eastern North Carolina. In early 2017, Bonner was honored by Ellen DeGeneres in recognition of his positive and innovative educational approaches for children coping with the challenges of poverty.
His efforts to change the proficiency learning culture have also captured attention from other national news outlets. NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Flocabulary, and the Ashton Kutcher Foundation all have released stories on how Mr. Bonner is utilizing music as a tool to help counter the negative statistical data concerning children living in poverty. He’s had the privilege of speaking at NC State University, the American Association for Blacks in Higher Education, and various other institutions, delivering powerful messages on improving student performance and resilience.