2020 Keynote Speaker

Opening Keynote Speaker

Michael Bonner


Seen on The Ellen Show and NBC Nightly News, educator, speaker, and author Michael Bonner has taken to more than 100 education conferences, school district meetings and leadership development stages across the U.S. & Canada to share his “lessons learned” from teaching in a Title I school with children that experience high levels of trauma and adverse situations. His candid, enthusiastic seminars challenge listeners to create diverse, inclusive education plans “where students can see themselves within the lessons and assessments” as a means to increase student success rates. He empowers his audiences to build genuine relationships with their students because “you can’t demand a withdrawal from someone you have never invested in.”

Administrators and educators alike leave Mr. Bonner’s presence ready to make an impact that affects eternity. Mr. Bonner is consistently seen as a visionary leader who strives to create a positive mindset among all of his students. His students come to class each day with diverse backgrounds, strengths, needs, and challenges. Therefore, he identifies strategies to ensure their growth socially, emotionally, academically, and psychologically. Due to his educational approach, students leave more hopeful, challenged, inspired, and forever a part of Bonnerville.

Today, Mr. Bonner lives in Atlanta, Ga. where he is beginning a new educational journey as a fourth and sixth grade English teacher at the famed Ron Clark Academy. You can learn more about Michael Bonner at michaellbonner.com and follow him on Instagram at @michaelbonner_

Magical things begin to happen when educators take the time to step out of the dark and utilize technology to enhance student learning. The first time Michael Bonner decided to take a chance on enhancing his students’ learning, he ended up on the Ellen Degeneres show. This lead to a lifetime experience that exposed his students to how big the world truly is. Since that moment, Michael has begun implementing applications, robots, and other sources of technology in his classroom. Unique computer programs have helped transform his pedagogy so students can become thought leaders and entrepreneurs.

In this keynote, educators will:

  • Be able to walk away with free applications that will enhance the level of learning within their classroom.
  • Understand the larger scope of Digital citizenship and students can actively choose to be leaders.
  • See through examples and stories how connecting with students through technology ultimately provides them the opportunity to develop analytical/critical thinking skills.