MAD about Mattering 2017 Keynote:

We are so excited to introduce our 2017 Keynote for MAD about Mattering - Kevin Honeycutt!

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Keynote Video: Kevin Honeycutt

Kevin grew up in poverty and attended school in many cities across the United States. As he witnessed education around the country he collected powerful experiences that still influence his conversations and his work with educators. He spent 13 years teaching art K-12 in public school and for 17 years spent summers leading creative adventure camps for kids of all ages. In 1991 he received the Making IT Happen Award which is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation.

Since 2007 he has hosted a creative learning site called ArtSnacks ( where he shares 150+ ten minute drawing videos that support standards curriculum. This social “learning” network is his Petri-dish for learning to mentor teachers and students in virtual environments. He was selected to be in the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2011 and spends time helping schools that use Apple’s powerful tools get the most out of them for students and teachers.

Since 2003 he has been a Technology Integration Specialist at ESSDACK, an educational service center based in Hutchinson, Kansas. At ESSDACK he researches and designs programs, training and staff development with a strong passion for helping teachers and learners become successful with educational uses of technology. He shares his thinking and learning on his blog Tradigital Learning and on Twitter (@kevinhoneycutt). He is a school board member in the town of Inman Kansas and is currently serving in his second term. He feels that one of his most important roles is to help vision what the future holds for learners and to help move schools in right, new directions. During his classroom tenure, he developed project-based approaches to learning that infused technology and problem solving skills. He created a film program for kids and developed it into a fully functioning curriculum at the high school level. He co-developed a PBL approach called the Life Practice Model with colleague Ginger Lewman and they provide training and certification in this powerful, student driven approach to learning.

Kevin has developed online safety, anti-bullying and cyber-bullying curriculum which he shares with parents, teachers and students around the country. He certifies instructors in this curriculum and supports trainers as they go out and do this important work. His recent book Don’t Stay Under The Couch Starbuck and The Bullyis the centerpiece of his Pre-K-6 curriculum. He continues to work with schools to develop innovative, engaging curriculum to better prepare learners for the world they will face when they graduate. He is passionate about meeting the needs of at-risk learners and works with kids in juvenile detention, developing approaches to re-engage the "lost" learner. Kevin travels the country and the world speaking at conferences and working with educators at the grassroots level and likes to promote a "tradigital" approach to education.

Kevin likes to bring his personal life experience and a sense of humor and creativity to the mission of helping prepare 21st century learners!

Here is what some folks have to say about Kevin:

“ Thank you for your inspiring and thought-provoking "keynote" presentation at our Wisconsin Association of School Boards State Convention today. I was so inspired that I also caught your follow-up "Visionary Leadership" break-out session. You are an extremely gifted and talented presenter. In 20 years of attending our state convention....I will admit that your presentation was THE best I have witnessed! “

Many of our teachers even though they have great hearts their minds are still in the 1980's traditional ways of teaching and they need to get over this way of thinking. It worked in the past but doesn't work now. We have different kids, a different culture, a different society, and we need to find different ways of teaching. What truly surprised me is when you spoke is how many of our "difficult" teachers were truly engaged in what you had to say. Surprisingly, these "difficult" teachers changed their sessions because you inspired them! We definitely need this type of guidance and help with our school environment and nothing has changed in the last 20 years but I feel you can definitely help. Plus, talking to our student body about where you can from and what you now are would inspire our poverty stricken population! They need to hear life isn't over just because you're in treatment. It would make such a difference in their lives. You definitely have a gift of speaking to the soul and we'd be honored to have you at our school. Thanks again for always inspiring and never stop what you are doing. You truly have a gift and change lives.