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In the Conference's third keynote address, school safety and security expert Michael Dorn (above) recommended a broad, all-hazards approach to preparing for campus crisis situations. “School has to be a harmonious balance between the data that we give you, and the heartfelt passion that you bring to your work,” Dorn said.

Keynote speaker Mawi Asgedom (above) encouraged leaders to refuse to be distracted by “victim” excuses and concentrate on resources and how to creatively use them.

Television journalist Joan Lunden addressed the Second General Session at the Joint Annual Conference, and visited with hundreds of school leaders afterward. Her message included helping children develop problem-solving skills to face the challenges of today's world. “We tend to solve problems for them, rather than let them figure it out for themselves.”

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017 / THE ILLINOIS SCHOOL BOARD JOURNAL

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The Illinois School Board Journal, January/February 2017