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 Unfinished Learning


Great Ideas in Education Conference: Unfinished Learning

November 15-18, 2021
Held virtually each day from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Online registration ends after November 10.

PLEASE NOTE: Registered attendees will receive an invitation via email after Nov. 1 to select the sessions they would like to attend. 

Great Ideas in Education Conference


Please send Checks, Money Orders and Purchase Orders to
KSDE Great Ideas in Education Conference

Attn: Tierney Kirtdoll
900 SW Jackson St., Ste. 653
Topeka, KS 66612
FAX: (785) 291-3791

Payment must be received prior to the conference. Invoices will be sent via email within 10 business days. 

Credit card payments are now accepted. Service fees apply. 

  • Each invoice will have a unique Payment Portal link for sending payment by credit or debit;
  • Payment can only be sent via the link provided on the invoice; and
  • At this time, we CANNOT receive a single payment for multiple invoices.


Cancellations made in writing up to 3 days prior to the event date receive a full refund.

Cancellations made within 3 days of the event date receive no refund, and unpaid fees will be billed to the attendee and/or attendee's school/organization.

No-shows are ineligible for a refund. 

Substitutions can be made at any time without penalty.

KSDE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CANCEL THE CONFERENCE. Every attempt will be made to send a notice to registered attendees no later than 2 weeks prior to the event. A full refund* will be issued in the event of cancellation by KSDE.

*KSDE requires that a W-9 tax form is received from the recipient prior to issuing a refund if they are not listed in the State Accounting System. 





Dr. Randy Watson, Kansas Commissioner of Education

Monday, November 15

Dr. Randy Watson
, Commissioner of Education, Kansas State Dept. of Education


Jon Gordon, Best Selling Author of The Energy Bus and The Power of Positive Leadership

Tuesday, November 16

Jon Gordon, Best Selling Author of The Energy Bus and The Power of Positive Leadership







Ed O'Malley, President & CEO, Kansas Leadership Center


Wednesday, November 17

Ed O'Malley
, President & CEO of Kansas Leadership Center

Tara Brown aka The Connection Coach, Award-Winning Educator and Author

Thursday, November 18

Tara Brown aka "The Connection Coach," Award-Winning Educator and Author




Tierney Kirtdoll
(785) 296-3142

Jan Williams
(785) 296-7931

Pat Bone
(785) 296-2303

Ann Yates
(785) 296-5140