Innovative Institute

2021 Innovative Institute - Mission Innovation

2021 Innovative Institute

June 14-15, 2021 • Virtual Event • $50

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Keynote Speaker: Beth Houf

Beth Houf portrait

Innovative Institute attendees will learn to lead like a pirate.

Beth Houf, co-author of “Lead Like a PIRATE: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff,” will provide the keynote address for this year’s conference that will be held online June 14-15.

As the Innovative Institute keynote, she will share some of her methods that inspired her to collaborate with Shelley Burgess, an award-winning educator, on the book and subsequent support guides that offer additional guidance from expert practitioners.

Houf strives to help educators develop “schools where students and staff are running to get in, not out.” As principal at Fulton Middle School in central Missouri, she tries to make coming to school exciting by interacting with teachers and students in fun, meaningful ways. She wears costumes, sings karaoke or incorporates dancing when she greets students each morning, and she inspires her staff through innovative learning time and celebrations.

Her leadership helped the school be recognized as a Missouri Exemplary Professional Learning Community and Solution Tree Model Professional Learning Community in 2019. Houf also earned numerous individual accolades, including being named a 2011 Missouri Exemplary New Principal, 2016 Missouri National Distinguished Principal and 2019 National Association of Secondary School Principals Digital Principal of the Year.

In addition to her principal role, Houf also serves as a facilitator for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Leadership Academy. She also shares her insights at local, state and national workshops and conferences, including the International Society for Technology in Education Conference, the Association for Middle Level Education National Conference and the National Principal Conference.