Save the Date!

March 1-2, 2019
Gold Coast Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, NV

Hodge, John

Be the One

John Hodge

Saturday, March 2, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. 


SPEAKER BIO: Dr. John W. Hodge’s career has been defined by assisting students and teachers with overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. He has served as an inspirational speaker across the United States and has been a guest lecturer at Christopher Newport University, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T State University and George Washington University. Dr. Hodge is a trained facilitator for the (SREB) Leadership Initiative Modules “Leading Assessment and Instruction” and “Creating a High Performance Learning Culture”, and a trained assessor and facilitator in the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) “Developing the 21st Century Principal” program.
Dr. Hodge is the president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a reading teacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director of AVID Center Eastern Division. He served as Director of An Achievable Dream Academy, an inner city school that piloted many of the interventions used by Urban Learning and Leadership Center. An Achievable Dream Academy is a high performing, high poverty school that has received numerous national awards.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Dr. Hodge as he presents BE THE ONE! He will discuss how the education of America’s youth is a challenging prospect when one considers the many burdens faced by impoverished children and their families. Research indicates that poverty need not be a barrier to academic excellence. As co-author of the book Standing in the Gap, Dr. Hodge states, “Across the nation, schools are demonstrating that it can be done: That students can reach high standards, that all children can succeed, that the gap between white and minority students, poor and affluent, can be closed.” More often than not, one caring adult can make all the difference in the world. Dr. Hodge’s presentation will encourage all of us to  BE THE ONE!

Tentative Schedule

March 1, 2019

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration and Information Center Open

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Exhibits Open

10:00 am – 11:00 am

President’s Welcome with refreshments

11:00 am – 11:20 am

Exhibitor Break

11:20 am – 12:10 pm

Breakout Session 1

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Opening Keynote Luncheon with Tara Rolstad

1:30 pm – 1:50 pm

Exhibitor Break

1:50 pm – 2:40 pm

Breakout Session 2

2:40 pm – 3:00 pm

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Breakout Session 3

3:50 pm – 5:30 pm

President’s Reception with Exhibitors

March 2, 2019

7:30 am – 3:30 pm

Registration and Information Center Open

7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Exhibits Open

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Awards Breakfast

9:30 am – 10:20 am

Keynote Session with John Hodge

10:20 am – 10:40 am

Exhibitor Break

10:40 am – 11:30 am

Breakout Session 4

11:30 am – 11:45 am

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

11:45 am – 12:35 pm

Breakout Session 5

12:35 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch on your own

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm

Breakout Session 6

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Closing Keynote Session with Cass Dykeman

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!


Gold Coast Hotel and Casino

4000 W Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103


The Gold Coast Hotel and Casino has a conference rate of $45 plus tax on Thursday night and $110 plus tax on Friday and Saturday nights, which remains valid for reservations made by February 5, 2019, while rooms are available. There will be a resort fee of $20.99 added as well. Parking and Valet Service are provided FREE of charge.


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