Our Keynote Speakers for QCE 2022 will be
Michael Bonner and Simon Jackson!
About Michael Bonner
Seen on The Ellen Show and NBC Nightly News, educator, speaker, and author Michael Bonner is an energizing voice in education. Michael has presented to more than 200 education conferences, school district meetings and leadership development audiences 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.
Mr. Bonner's 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. He 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 thrilled to teach 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_
About Simon Jackson
Simon Jackson, who shot to fame as the founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition when he was just 13 years old — is a storyteller, connector, and movement builder committed to improving our public discourse about the natural world. Discussing his personal story, as well as the intricacies of founding a non-profit, and navigating both business and politics, Jackson inspires audiences to realize the “power of one” to encourage change and challenges citizens to re-think how we tackle complex environmental challenges.
Jackson led the campaign to save the spirit bear for two decades, uniting the voices of six million young people, and helping create the largest land protection measure in North American history. For his efforts, he was named a Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine and was the inspiration for the movie, Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story.
Today, Jackson is the co-founder of Nature Labs – a virtual, storytelling-driven high school textbook that helps students build a foundation of nature literacy to aid them in all that they do. By making education and nature more relevant and more engaging, Nature Labs aims to build the critical thinking skills necessary to create a more thoughtful citizenry and a more creative workforce—one that strives to find a better balance between the needs of people and nature.