Keynote Speakers

Sylvia E. Lyles, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Academic Improvement Programs, U.S. Department of Education

Hear from Dr. Lyles at the BSH General Session on Thursday, February 23. She will share updates on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the New Administration Transition. Learn more >


Wes Moore

New York Times Best-Selling Author & Youth Advocate

Acclaimed author Wes Moore is a veteran, Rhodes Scholar and the founder of BridgeEDU. Moore captivates audiences with his infectious zest for life. He has the rare ability to enthrall, inspire and engage. Hear his incredible stories at the BSH General Session on Friday, February 24. Learn more >


Dr. Damon A. Williams

Senior Vice President of Program, Training & Youth Development Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Damon Williams is a scholar, leader, and educator passionate about making organizations inclusive and excellent for all, creating equitable educational outcomes, and activating learning, youth development, and leadership in ways that are transformative and inspiring of new possibilities. Hear from Dr. Williams at the BSH General Session on Thursday, February 23. Learn more >


Dr. Gale K. Gorke

Executive Director, Kids Kan, Inc.

A dynamic speaker, trainer, and author, Gale is a veteran educator in the public school system for nearly 30 years. Specializing in both elementary and secondary levels, she has impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, and administrators. Join Gale at the Pre-Conference Leadership Institute (additional fee; pre-registration required) on Wednesday, February 22. Learn more >


Eric Rowles

President/CEO, Leading to Change

On the 20th anniversary of the Beyond School Hours National Education Conference, BSH legacy presenter and renowned speaker Eric Rowles from Leading to Change will "bookend" the entire event. First, Eric will pump you up at Thursday morning's general session. Then, he and his team will lead Saturday's BSH Grand Finale of music, speed-sharing, tools & resources! Learn more >


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