Keynote Speaker: Sir Ken Robinson

Keynote speaker, Sir Ken Robinson Sir Ken Robinson
Education & Creativity Expert, New York Times Best Selling Author, TED Speaker

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Sir Ken at Annual Convention, Thursday, Nov. 21

Opening General Session, 8 a.m.

Revolutionizing Education—From the Ground Up
Schools across Iowa and the nation are innovating to meet the ever-changing needs and challenges of the 21st century. Noted speaker Sir Ken believes a highly personalized approach to education that draws on today’s unprecedented technological and professional resources can and will engage the talents of ALL students. He will share inspiring anecdotes, insights and practical examples from around the globe and inspire YOU to rethink how you can help transform standardized education into personalized 21st century education. Special thanks to our sponsors: Iowa AEAs, Iowa Schools Employee Benefits Association (ISEBA), Reynolds & Reynolds and BLDD Architects.
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Education Session, 9:30-10:15 a.m.

An Informal Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson
Join keynoter Sir Ken Robinson as he goes deeper on his transformational ideas of personalized education for all students. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions in this small group discussion. This education session has limited seats available, so seating is first come first served.

Book Signing, 10:30-11 a.m.

Can’t Miss Opportunity: Sir Ken will be personally autographing copies of his books following his breakout education session. Stop by, meet Sir Ken and get your copies signed today. The Keynote Speaker Bookstore is located on the second floor next to the Registration Desk.

Don’t have a copy of one of his bestselling books? Order now through the Drake University Bookstore website. You can have your books mailed to you, or you can pick up your copies on-site at the IASB Convention at the Keynote Speaker Bookstore. Note: to pick up your pre-ordered copies on-site, when checking out on the Drake University Bookstore website, select “Pick Up (FREE).” Your book will be waiting for you at the Keynote Speaker Bookstore on level two on Thursday, Nov. 21.

New Series! Thoughts Posed by Sir Ken Robinson, Convention Keynote Speaker

At the Board Table LogoThese three new discussion exercises spotlight the board’s role in nurturing innovative and creative cultures focused on personalized learning for all students. Take time during your board meeting this fall to use these At the Board Tables as an extended learning opportunity prior to hearing Sir Ken speak at the IASB Annual Convention Nov. 20-21.

Education as a Grassroots Process
Discuss why positive changes in education must start at the local level, from the ground up, and how your board can be instrumental in this process.

Taking Responsibility for Change
For real change to occur, board teams must believe it is within their power to make it happen. Explore your team’s expectations, beliefs and past or planned actions that support environments where all students are able and want to learn.

Developing a Culture of Innovation and Creativity
Delivering on the promise of personalized learning has implications for instruction, curriculum and assessment. Take a deep dive and consider how your board uses time at the board table to promote (or inhibit?) this critical work.

Meet Sir Ken

Official Biography

An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries.

Sir Ken works with governments in Europe, Asia and the US, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and leading cultural organizations. He led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government, was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, and was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for a strategy to become the creative hub of SE Asia.

Called “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions. He was included in Thinkers50 list of the world’s leading business thinkers and has been named one of TIME/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts.

His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, was published by Viking in May 2013 and is also a New York Times best seller. His latest book, You, Your Child and Your School: Navigate Your Way to the Best Education, offers clear principles and practical advice on how to support your child through the K-12 education system.


Listen to the podcast, Sir Ken Robinson: The True Story of An Education Revolutionary. As a young child with polio growing up in post WWII England, Sir Ken shares how he learned why education would be his only pathway to success.