2022 Star Educator Conference

Leadership Seminar
Thursday, August 4 | 10am-4pm

PEI Conference Center
974 73rd St, Suite 30
West Des Moines, IA 50265
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Star Educator Conference
Friday, August 5

West Des Moines Marriot 
1250 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266
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Conference Summary
Keynote Speakers
Conference Schedule
Hotel Information
Sponsors & Donors
Silent Auction
Conference Registration
Make it a Family Weekend!

Conference Summary

Can physical activity improve the academic achievement of your students? Can motion enhance general health and wellbeing? Can movement decrease stress, anxiety, depression and other symptoms such as ADHD in an individual?

Just 50 years ago the idea that the adult brain can change in any way was considered nonsense. Researchers accepted that the immature brain is malleable, but also believed that it gradually hardens into a permanent structure by the end of childhood. Also, it was generally accepted that humans were born with a finite number of brain cells, and that the brain was incapable of regenerating itself. Damage or injuries could never be fixed.

Nothing could be further from the truth! The brain's ability to change is called neuroplasticity.

Dr. Joe O'Tool will be our guest speaker at the Leadership Seminar and Star Educator Conference on August 4-5.

Those in attendance at the Leadership Seminar will receive the book "Spark, The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain", by John J Ratey, MD. The Leadership Seminar will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Thursday).

Dr. O'Tool will continue developing the presentation on Friday, August 5th at the Annual Star Educator Conference.

Make plans now to join us on August 4-5 for this one-of-a-kind conference experience!

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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Joe O'Tool

Dr. Joe O'Tool will  be our guest speaker at the  Leadership Seminar and Star Educator Conference on August 4-5.

Those in attendance at the Leadership Seminar will receive the book "Spark, The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain", by John J Ratey, MD. The Leadership Seminar will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Thursday).

Dr. O'Tool will continue developing the presentation on Friday, August 5th at the Annual Star Educator Conference.

Dr. O'Tool structures his life and work based on the phrase, "step up. Change lives. Inspire hope."  He will be speaking from his passion and belief that no one is too old to grow and everyone should love their life.  He will inspire all those in attendance to consider how their own life's journey can be transformed through the body-mind connection.

As a clinician, Dr. O'Tool loves working with patients with complex or unsolved brain issues. Bringing cutting edge research-informed care to central Iowa is one of his many passions. He is founder of Lifestream Brain & Body Clinic (Ankeny) and co-founder of Brain Performance Pro (2022), the only clinic in Iowa offering a concussion-prevention NeuroVisual Training program.

Dr. O'Tool holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree and is board-eligible for his post-doctorate in functional neurology.

Special Speaker

Sally Shaver DuBois

Sally Shaver DuBois is an educator, entertainer and professional speaker and author.

Sally has spent the last 30+ years helping people of all ages to live a healthy, active, joy-filled lifestyle. As a professional speaker, personal trainer, health and physical educator, certified laughter leader, and certified health coach, she has guided thousands of people to improve their lives.

Sally will be speaking in our afternoon session and will give participants some excellent ideas through her L.E.A.R.N. principles outlined in her book "Keeping Your Head Above Water" including:

L.aughter
E.xercise
A.ttitude of Gratitude and Giving Back
R.elax, Reflect and Recharge
N.utrion

Sally will discuss the importance of living an active, healthy lifestyle in a fun and interactive presentation. She will also highlight how stress, environmental factors and traditional sit and get activities negatively affect memory and learning.  Educators will walk away with many ideas they can incorporate into the classroom.

Sally will be available for book sales and signing.

Conference Schedule

Friday, August 5   -  West Des Moines Marriot

8:00 am -  Registration, Light Breakfast
8:45 am -  Welcome
9:00 am -  Neuroplasticity  with Dr. Joe O'Tool
11:30 am- Lunch
1:00 pm -  L.E.A.R.N  with Sally Shaver DuBois
3:00 pm -  Closing Remarks, Silent Auction Check Out
3:30 pm -  Annual Meeting of the Membership
4:00 pm -  Dismissal, Dinner on Your Own
7:08 pm -  Game Time - Iowa Cubs v. Toledo @ Principal Park, Followed by Fireworks

Hotel Information

With confirmed Conference Registration you will receive links to access discount rooms at the following hotels:

Marriott - Jordan Creek
1250 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266
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Courtyard of Marriott - Clive
1520 NW 114th Street
Clive, IA 50325
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Annual Silent Auction

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our 2022 Silent Auction and helped to make it a HUGE success!

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Make it a Family Weekend!

This year's conference is designed for the family!

PEI is excited to bring you exceptional leadership training, professional development, silent auction treasures to win and family fun to be enjoyed – all part of the 2022 Star Educator Conference Family Fun weekend.  We know summertime is especially valuable, and that is why we are pleased to offer you a conference event that not only provides you (our member) rich learning opportunities, but also engages the whole family for a “Stay & Play” mini-vacation in the Des Moines metro.

  • Take advantage all weekend of discount room rates at Marriott Jordan Creek or Courtyard of Marriott in Clive
  • Thursday, August 4 is Teacher Appreciation night at Smash Park or check out the Farmers Market in Valley Junction in the evening
  • Bring your family to watch the I-Cubs play at 7pm Friday, August 5 and stay for fireworks. We've reserved 100 tickets - free on a first come- first served basis.
  • Saturday is jam-packed with opportunities for fun! Discount admission coupons will be included in your conference registration packet.