Conference Keynotes

Myron Dueck

Myron Dueck PhotoDuring his 24 years of teaching and administration, Myron has developed numerous grading, assessment and reporting systems with his classes in which students have greater opportunity to show what they understand, adapt to feedback and play a significant role in the reporting of their learning. Myron incorporates his practitioner and leadership experience as he shares his stories, tools and first-hand experiences with educators around the world. Recently his presentations have diverged to include global education trends and change. Myron's published work includes numerous journal articles and his best-selling book,Grading Smarter, Not Harder– Assessment Strategies that Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn(ASCD, 2014). His second book,‘Giving Students a Say! Smarter Assessment Practices to Empower and Engage’ was released in January of 2021. Videos include a project based in his own school district, ‘Smarter Assessment in the Secondary Classroom' and 'Ask Them'.

Myron lives in Summerland, BC, Canada with his family and was serving as Vice-Principal, and teaching a class, for Summerland Secondary during the COVID pandemic. He has since been reinstated as Vice-Principal for Communicating Student Learning in his local school district – Okanagan-Skaha 67

Dr. Kodey S. Hughes, Ed.D

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Dr. Hughes has three children and a wonderful wife, Jodie, who is also an educator. He is currently serving as the Superintendent of Schools for the Juab School District. Hughes briefly taught band in Las Vegas for one year and then Gunnison High School for three years, where he grew that program from 12 students to over 65. He served the students and community of the Tintic School District for 14 years as the band director, where he toured in and outside of the state with his music groups performing and creating experiences and opportunities for students.


In addition to teaching and coaching wrestling, Dr. Hughes has served as the principal at Eureka Elementary School, West Desert High School, and Tintic High School. He has spent over 17 years as a band director, five years as a building Principal, and 12 years as a District Superintendent for Tintic (10 years) and Juab School Districts (2 years). He graduated from Southern Utah University with a Bachelors in Music Education in 2002, his Masters in Educational Leadership in 2009, and earned a Doctoral Degree from Northcentral University in 2019.


Dr. Hughes was a musician and wrestler in high school and college and attributed those activities to much of his life’s success. “It was the impact of teachers, administrators, and coaches that kept me on a pass of success.” He has an unwavering belief that if we want the best efforts from the students, we must give our best efforts to them in everything we do. His work as an educational leader is seated in the belief that all students can learn and succeed if we provide them with an open, engaging, and steadfast learning environment. Dr. Hughes believes in honest “face to face” communication with students, parents, staff, and stakeholders and affirms that teaching is one of the essential occupations in terms of the future success of our society. His work is focused on community and fulfilling the mission of empowering students to discover and pursue their dreams by providing flexible, personalized, and blended learning pathways for each student.

John Arthur

John Arthur PhotoJohn Arthur is the 2021 Utah Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year Finalist.  He teaches 6th grade at Meadowlark Elementary, a Title I school in Salt Lake City.  John Arthur is a National Board Certified Teacher, a Utah Teacher Fellow with the Hope Street Group, and an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education at Westminster College.  His students have gained national recognition as advocates for children and immigrants through the videos they create and share on their YouTube channel, 9thEvermore.