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Keynote Speaker & Special Events

EdTech Academy @ Southeast Missouri State University - June 23, 2020

professional portrait of Michael Bonner with his hands behind his back posing in front of fall colored trees

Michael Bonner

Opening Keynote 8:35 am - 9:50 am

Seen on The Ellen Show and NBC Nightly News, educator, speaker, and author Michael Bonner has taken to more than 100 education conference, school district meeting and leadership development stages across the U.S. and Canada to share his "lessons learned" from teaching in a Title I school with children that experience high levels of trauma and adverse situations. His candid, enthusiastic seminars challenge listeners to create diverse, inclusive education plans "where students can see themselves within the lessons and assessments" as a means to increase student success rates. He empowers his audiences to build genuine relationships with their students because "you can't demand a withdrawal from someone you have never invested in."

Administrators and educators alike leave Mr. Bonner's presence ready to make an impact that affects eternity. Mr. Bonner is consistently seen as a visionary leader who strives to create a positive mindset among all of his students. His students come to class each day with diverse backgrounds, strengths, needs, and challenges. Therefore, he identifies strategies to ensure their growth socially, emotionally, academically, and psychologically. Due to his educational approach, students leave more hopeful, challenged, inspired, and forever a part of Bonnerville.

Today, Mr. Bonner lives in Atlanta, Ga. where he is beginning a new educational journey as a fourth and sixth grade English teacher at the famed Ron Clark Academy. You can learn more about Michael Bonner at and follow him on Instagram at @michaelbonner_

Michael Bonner was a mainstage speaker at ISTE 2019, and he made EdTech Magazine’s 2019 Honor Roll as one of 30 Must-Follow K-12 Education IT Influencers!

Ellen Surprises Incredible Teacher, Mr. Bonner

Memorable Moments with Rapping Teacher, Mr. Bonner

Inspiring America: Teacher Motivates Students with Music - NBC Nightly News

Book Signing

12:05pm - 1:05pm

Books available for sale on-site include:
  • Get Up or Give Up: How I Almost Gave Up on Teaching by Michael Bonner
  • Embrace It! by Michael Bonner

Michael Bonner will be available for a book-signing during lunch. Stop by to meet him, get your book autographed, snap a photo, and post it on social media with #edtechsemo!


12:05pm - 1:05pm

Lunch will be provided for all attendees in Dempster Atrium, with seating on upper and lower levels (Overflow seating in Glenn Auditorium).


Phone: 573-651-5161
Fax: 573-651-2380

920 Broadway St.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
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