Make 2016-2017 Your Best Year!

2016 Powerful Educator Summit

July 20-21 | Chicago

The 2016 Powerful Educator conference will equip educators with research-based strategies to ignite student learning.

Throughout the conference, you will:
  • Gain practical tools to increase growth mindset in yourself and your students.
  • Learn from leading experts on social emotional learning and network with innovative educators.
  • Identify specific impact points that you can implement in your school in the following year.

ISBE credits available for Illinois teachers and administrators.

100% of past attendees have ranked the conference as 6/7 or 7/7 on impact and applicability!


Presenters Include:

Mawi Asgedom

President, Mawi Learning
Elmhurst, IL

A refugee turned Harvard graduate, Mawi has written eight books and inspired over 1,000,000 people with his uplifting speeches.

Janna Peskett

Director, Digital Content and Curriculum Design, Mindset Works

Janna will share best practices and cutting edge research on Growth Mindset, leveraging Mindset Works' experience with hundreds of schools and direct connection to Carol Dweck's research.

Dr. Nivine Megahed

President, National Louis University, Chicago

Dr. Megahed will share key lessons on educator and student empowerment, leveraging her years of leadership in higher education and her academic background in psychology.

Kwame Simmons

CEO, The Simmons Advantage
Detroit, MI

In his current position, Kwame Simmons is charged with turning around the state's most underperforming schools. An award-winning school principal, Kwame trains new principals at Teacher's College.
See Kwame honored by BET.

Brandi Gurley

Principal, Orange County Virtual School Orlando, FL

A visionary and pioneering leader, Brandi Gurley has overseen the rapid expansion of her school and built a staff-led culture of excellence.

Dave Danielski

Principal, Madison Elementary School Lombard, IL

Dave Danielski and his staff had a vision: that by time their students got to middle school, they would stand out as exceptional. With that in mind, they have super-charged the culture at Madison through the implementation of the Powerful Educator Framework.

Janice Wells

Head of School, South Shore International College Prep, Chicago

The leader of a large urban high school, Janice has won widespread recognition for her innovative approaches to growth mindset, touching on everything from grading to discipline to parent involvement.

Andy Neilsen

Training Director, Urban Initiatives, Chicago

At Urban Initiatives, a sports-based youth development organization working in Chicago Public Schools, Andy and the team have helped hundreds begin or reignite their journey in youth development through the power of positive play.

Pablo Sierra

Founding Principal of Pritzker College Prep and The Noble Academy, Chicago

Pablo Sierra has helped build Noble Network into one of the most high-impact charter school networks in the United States. A former classroom teacher, Pablo founded and currently leads two Noble high schools: Pritzker College Prep and Noble Academy.

Patrick Donohue

Director of Training, Mawi Learning
Oak Park, IL

Patrick brings over 20 years experience as a teacher, administrator and coach to his passion of developing leadership and character in young people. Patrick is a master facilitator who has created and led thousand of hours of training for both students and adults.

In addition to hearing from these Powerful Educator experts, this year we are adding structured time for attendees to network and also process how they can implement what they've learned. Attendees will walk away not only inspired, but empowered to create change.

Download the Conference Agenda


Sold out! Registration closed.

Dates: Wednesday, July 20 - Thursday, July 21, 2016
Times: 9-3:30 each day
Location: National Louis University, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 60603

Educator Feedback from our 2014 Conference:

"The keynotes were fabulous…learned so much from them!"

"You guys always bring it back to students & connecting with them, and our responsibility to use our power positively. I am taking things with me that will shape me personally and professionally…"

"The conference gave me powerful tools I use everyday to empower students to become resilient and believe in their future."


Who should come to this conference?

Any educator who wants to inspire youth using the innovative, evidence-based methodologies found in the Powerful Educator framework. If you impact students at any grade level—whether you are a teacher's aid or superintendent—you are welcome.

What can I do in Chicago?

Chicago is a great place to visit in the summer! Download a list of great activities you'll be able to do while here:

Summer in Chicago (pdf)

Where can I stay?

Click the link for a list of recommended hotels near the conference.

Hotels Near Conference.

Other Questions?

Contact Amanda Hofbauer at

Message from Mawi


When I first came to the U.S. as a refugee, I walked into school without knowing a word of English. I grew up on welfare for 12 years. Despite my challenges, because of Powerful Educators like you, I achieved my dream of going to college and earned a scholarship to Harvard University.

Mawi Learning is dedicated to giving Powerful Educators the tools they need to help their students realize their dreams. At our 2016 Powerful Educator conference, you will learn proven, research-based strategies to build a growth mindset, confidence, and success in your students. You will learn from Powerful Educator experts, while networking with passionate educators from around the world.

Thank you for everything you do. I look forward to meeting you in July!

Mawi Asgedgom

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