On Wednesday, I had the honor of delivering the keynote speech at NEOEA’s Summer Leadership Conference.

It was an interesting situation: I still had operational responsibility for the SLC (for example, making some housekeeping announcements from the same podium and calling “Advocate Bingo” afterward), but the keynote speech provided a rare opportunity to speak to NEOEA’s leaders on my own behalf.

I’m delighted and humbled that so many people told me they appreciate the speech. I record many of my presentations (as well as many of the liturgies I play at church) for later study, and I recorded this one.

The keynote wasn’t a campaign speech, but since it presented an opportunity to set out a vision for public education I’m making it available here. Warning: almost twenty minutes!

Note: registration for our event started as 1.3 million people were celebrating the Cavaliers’ championship victory in downtown Cleveland just a few miles to the north. Some of the audience had just come from that event!

This post originally appeared on the website of my 2016 campaign for State Board of Education,

Author: StgCoach

Retired teacher and public education leader. Pastoral musician, community activist, parliamentarian, and photographer.