Northwestern plays host to professional development speaker John Draper about public schools

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Northwestern plays host to professional development speaker John Draper about public schools

January 6, 2016

John Draper
Speaker John Draper will discuss the topic of "Crucial Conversations About America's Public Schools" on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University will play host to a professional development presentation regarding “Crucial Conversations About America’s Public Schools” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20 in the Herod Hall Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. John Draper, speaker of the professional development presentation, earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Montevallo in Alabama and his Doctorate from Samford University. He is most proud of his doctorate from the school of "hard knocks" earned as a middle school assistant principal in charge of discipline for 1,400 students. He has done keynotes for hundreds of schools, school districts and associations across the country.

Draper has energized audiences of educators, school leaders and community members in over 40 states. His presentations are marked by thoughtful analysis, engaging narrative and a refreshing passion for the mission of public schools.

As the CEO of the Educational Research Service in Washington, DC, Draper spawned conversations among school leaders nationwide on engaging staff and communities in active support of our schools. His presentations are known for getting to the root of the research and translating it into focused, proactive leadership practices.

He is now a nation-wide consultant working with the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) to expand support for public schools. NSPRA is a membership organization dedicated to helping educational leaders build community support for schools and school districts.

For more information on this event please contact Dr. Bo Hannaford, dean of the School of Professional Studies at (580) 327-8455 or