April 13, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Morning Breakout Session

Session Description

Kentucky’s Eminence Independent school district has redesigned its instructional experience as a next-generation “Dream School” rooted in personalized learning and centered around innovation and creativity for kindergarten through 12th-grade students. Known for its Framework of Innovation for Reinventing Education model, Eminence uses online, blended, and competency-based education in its quest is to be the “Disney World of Schools.” Eminence has utilized technology as the sustainable driver for their success combined with “Yes, And” thinking; “Surprise and Delight;” and a “Think Differently” approach to problem solving.

Who should attend: Educators, counselors, career coaches, CTE providers, community and workforce development professionals, and others.

Session Presenters

Superintendent Dr. Buddy Berry, Eminence Independent Schools. 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 11th full year of implementation and is seeing dramatic results. Dr. Berry is in his 13th 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 being filmed by Edutopia (George Lucas Films) for several video mini-docuseries. Buddy is married to Jessica Berry and is the father of four, Brooke, Blaze, Bryce, and Brax.