Networking Conference Keynote and Featured Speakers


Networking Conference Speakers

SREB is delighted to announce its keynote and featured speakers for the 2019 College- and Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference.

Keynote Speaker – Opening General Session

1 p.m., Monday, July 8, 2019

Rodney Flowers – Inspirational Endeavors, LLC

Rodney Flowers, Inspirational Endeavors, LLC

Rodney Flowers, founder and president of Inspirational Endeavors, LLC, inspires, motivates and encourages individuals to reach for their hopes and dreams with earnest expectations regardless of their limitations or challenges.

After a traumatic high school football injury, Flowers was paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Despite an unfavorable prognosis for recovery, he spent the next 18 years regaining his ability to walk and making a positive impact on the world. Today, Flowers is an internationally respected writer, communicator, influencer, thought leader and change agent for overcoming life’s adversities and maximizing individual achievement and success.

Flowers is a three-time international Amazon bestselling author, keynote speaker, CEO, entrepreneur, transformational leader and resilience trainer. To find resources and information on life practices that help individuals attain their personal and professional goals, visit

Featured Speakers

Robert Q. Berry, III

Robert Q. Berry, III, President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; Professor, University of Virginia

Robert Q. Berry, III, is president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and a professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, where he teaches mathematics methods courses in the teacher education program as well as graduate-level mathematics education courses and courses for in-service teachers seeking a mathematics specialist endorsement.

Berry’s research addresses equity issues in mathematics education, including:

  • understanding Black children’s mathematics experiences (mathematical identities and agency);
  • measuring standards-based mathematics teaching practices;
  • unpacking equitable mathematics teaching and learning; and
  • exploring interactions between technology and mathematics education.

Berry has published extensively in such publications as the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, the Journal of Teacher Education and the American Educational Research Journal. He is a two-time recipient of NCTM’s Linking Research and Practice Publication Award.

A former middle school teacher, Berry was twice named Teacher of the Year in Virginia.

Berry holds a bachelor’s from Old Dominion University, a master’s degree from Christopher Newport University and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jennifer Curtis – Emerald Education

Jennifer Curtis, Emerald Education

Jennifer Curtis, president and founder of Emerald Education, a school, district and state education agency collaborative, seeks to improve conditions and opportunities for success for each child.

Curtis contributed to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ new book, Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics: Initiating Critical Conversations. She recently served as section chief for mathematics at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

She holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Virginia.

Lorena Kelly – King’s Grant Elementary

Lorena Kelly, King's Grant Elementary

Lorena Kelly is principal of King’s Grant Elementary in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. She began her career as an elementary teacher and later became an instructional specialist and language arts curriculum coordinator. Kelly’s work focuses on literacy and job-embedded professional development to support teachers as they help all students reach their potential.

She is the co-author, with Alan M. Blankstein and Pedro Noguera, of Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student.

Kelly holds a Ph.D. in education with a concentration in educational leadership.

Zackory Kirk – Atlanta Public Schools

Zackory Kirk, Atlanta Public Schools

Zackory Kirk, director of curriculum and instruction for Atlanta Public Schools, has served as a teacher and educator for more than 15 years, including as a literacy coordinator, professional learning specialist and instructional coach. Kirk inspires teachers to adopt a continuous improvement mindset grounded in the responsibilities of teaching as a profession of service.

He holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Argosy University Tampa.

Keynote Speaker – Closing General Session


10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2019