2014 Speaker Biographies

A message from the keynote speaker, Dr. Daggett.

Dave Larsen - Monday SpeakerDave Larsen

Dave Larsen is deeply grateful for the blessing of Christian education in his life and the lives of family. He began his professional life in youth ministry, served Trinity Christian College as vice president for student development for nearly 20 years, Timothy Christian Schools in Illinois as development director for 12 years, and since 2010 has served as the director of the Bright Promise Fund for Urban Christian Education in Chicago, which strengthens urban schools by generating new sources of revenue and through a recently established collaboration with Trinity Christian College.
Dave is a graduate of Calvin College (BA English), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (master's of religious education), and earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies at Loyola University of Chicago.

On Monday evening Dave will be addressing the conference on the topic Calling, Encouragement, and Affirmation. A key element of the conference is to be refreshed and encouraged as school leaders. Dave will address the call to leadership in Christian schools, encouragement to leaders (and their spouses), and affirmation of the call to advance the kingdom of God.

Dr. Bill Daggett - Tuesday Speaker

Dr. Daggett is founder and chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education, Inc. He is known worldwide for his efforts to move preK-12 education systems toward more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. Dr. Daggett has assisted states, school districts, and education ministries in other countries with their school reform initiatives. He is the creator of the rigor/relevance framework, a practical planning and instructional tool that is used in schools throughout the United States. Dr. Daggett helps people look at education differently. He encourages his audiences to embrace what is best about our education system and to make the changes necessary to meet the needs of all students.

  • 9:00 – 10:15 am      Preparing Students for Our Changing World
  • 10:30 – 11:45 am    The Skills and Knowledge Required for Success in the 21st Century
  • 1:00 – 2:15 pm        Our Most Rapidly Improving Schools – What Are They Doing Differently
  • 2:30 – 3:45 pm        Creating the Action Plan – Next Steps