Friday, January 25th, 2019 Keynote Speaker

Lauren Shure, Ph.D., LMHC


Lauren Shure is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Program and currently serving as the MS Program Director in the Adrian Dominican School of Education at Barry University. Dr. Shure holds a B.S. in psychology, M.Ed. and marriage and family counseling, and Ph.D. in counselor education with a specialization in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Florida. Before joining the Barry Counseling Program, she planned and coordinated research and evaluation on the PBIS Indiana Project, a statewide network of culturally responsive positive behavior intervention and support programs (CR-PBIS) in K-12 schools. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida. Her professional interests include multicultural training and supervision, as well as issues of educational equity.

CA²: Using Counseling Skills to Create Safety and Inclusion in the Classroom

Teachers are often a first line of defense for our children’s well-being and safety. They also have a multitude of responsibilities on a day-to-day basis. As such, the CA² Model- Connect, Assess and Approach- provides a simple framework for applying basic counseling skills in the classroom in order to create a positive, safe and inclusive climate (Connect), observe changes in student behavior, demeanor, or relationships (Assess), and inquire about any observed changes to provide support and resources (Approach). This presentation will include discussion of this model and its application, as well as provide opportunities for participants to share their ideas for utilizing it in their classrooms.

Saturday, January 26th, 2019 Keynote Speaker

American Montessori Society

Executive Director 

Dr. Timothy Purnell

Dr. Timothy PurnellDr. Timothy Purnell is an inspirational leader, strategic planner and educator who proudly serves as the Executive Director of American Montessori Society. Striving for excellence in education has been of utmost importance to him for more than 18 years; filling roles as an educator, administrator, superintendent and now, executive director. In showcasing his devotion to the future of education, he has held numerous honors and awards throughout his career. These include, he was one of just 100 educators selected to attend President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative at the White House, he was selected as the 2016 NASS National Superintendent of the Year, honored as the 2015 Highest Rated Professor in the nation and received the “Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation School Leadership Award” (for studying public education in Italy). His passion and enthusiasm for education is palpable. Dr. Purnell holds a strong belief that children must have a voice in their own educational journey and provides advocacy for continuing the quality of Montessori education.

Using Your Montessori Voice to Build a Better World

Dr. Purnell will discuss the key elements needed to create a lasting, inspirational Montessori movement in both your community, and the world. He believes Montessorians are passionate change-makers, each fulfilling their own journey with the shared goal of a brighter tomorrow—one in which we respect and honor each and every person. He will share his thoughts and reflections on how we can stand united to amplify our voices to reach the masses and secure a humanity filled with grace and courtesy! This is our movement– a movement for a better world.