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Registration is open for KPEC 2020!

Keystone's Premier Education Conference

June 23-24, 2020

Grand River Center, Dubuque


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About Keystone's Premier Education Conference

KPEC 2020 (Keystone's Premier Education Conference) attendees will connect with peers, hear keynote addresses from nationally-recognized speakers, and choose from dozens of breakout sessions.   The conference will feature hands-on sessions on leadership, technology, curriculum content, special education, and social-emotional behavioral health. Recertification credit is available. 

The early bird conference fee is just $109 and includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks. The fee increases to $139 on May 1.

Recertification credit is available for $85.


To obtain licensure renewal credit you must be registered for these two courses: 

  • #182046 (summer conference $109)
  • #182045 (licensure renewal $85)

After logging into the AEA Professional Learning Registration System go to the Courses menu > Search for KPEC or the course #s provided above. If you need assistance with registration please contact Kathy at 800-632-5918.  The 2019 conference sold out – register early!   



KPEC 2020 Keynote Speakers

June 23, 2020


Josh Shipp Announcement

Josh Shipp 
"Every Kid Is One Caring Adult Away from Being a Success Story"

Statistically, Josh Shipp should be dead, in jail, or homeless. But his success as a preeminent author, speaker, and global youth empowerment expert is living proof of the power of one caring adult. A former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate, Josh is renowned for the documentary TV series on A&E that followed his groundbreaking work with youth and families.

He has written two national bestsellers to date, “The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans” – winner of the Nautilus Gold Award for Parenting & Family – and “The Teen’s Guide to World Domination.”

Thanks to the support of teachers, counselors, and a wonderful set of foster parents, Josh went on to be listed on Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30 list, and is now a postgraduate student at Harvard himself, further honing his skills in persuasive communication.

Josh is regularly called on by OPRAH, CNN, FOX, The New York Times, 20/20, Good Morning America, and others to provide commentary on common challenges faced by parents and teachers. Over the years, Josh has keynoted events for countless groups of parents, educators, and social workers – with audiences as large as 55,000 – and to date has spoken live in front of more than two million people. Viral clips of his acclaimed presentations have been viewed an estimated 50 million times online through platforms such as UpWorthy, Goalcast, and BuzzFeed.

To serve his ultimate goal of reaching as many youth as possible, Josh trains other speakers through Youth Speaker University, helping them use their own stories to make an impact. His social and emotional learning curriculum, Year of Awesomeness, is in use in hundreds of classrooms all around the world, while his free newsletter offers practical strategies to 200K+ parents, educators, and social workers. 

Josh will share practical, evidence-based strategies on how to be the "one caring adult" to students and kids in your lives.  

Josh's story

Tricia McKale Skyles returns for an encore presentation at KPEC 2020. Tricia began her career in education as a middle school teacher in Delphos, Kansas. After several years in the classroom, she began working as an instructional coach with Pathways to Success, a GEAR UP project that partnered the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and Topeka Public Schools. In this role, Tricia provided on-site one-to-one professional development for teachers, coaching them in best teaching practices for instruction and behavior management.

Tricia McKale Skyles with book


Tricia co-authored Coaching Classroom Management: A Toolkit for Administrators and Coaches with Randy Sprick, Jim Knight, and Wendy Reinke.

In her role as a Safe & Civil Schools consultant, Tricia has provided training in:

  • CHAMPs: A Proactive and Positive Approach to Classroom Management
  • Coaching Classroom Management for Coaches
  • Coaching Classroom Management for Administrators
  • Foundations: Establishing Positive Discipline Policies
  • ParaPro: Supporting the Instructional Process

She consults with many schools in all areas of behavior management, schoolwide interventions, and best instructional practices.


June 24, 2020

2 human shadows

Stay tuned to hear who the June 24 keynote speakers will be !   Follow #KPEC2020



Conference Lodging
Blocks are being held at a variety of hotels in Dubuque. Please refer to this lodging list for details.  Most blocks release 30 days prior to the conference.