Numerous teachers approached me after our Superintendent Conference day and said it was the best one ever! Jimmy Casas has the energy, enthusiasm, passion and commitment to not only provide a motivating message but for us to also do some self-reflecting. He engaged the teachers throughout his presentation and left them with wanting more. The best comment: Can he come back next year? We will definitely be staying in contact with Jimmy and welcome him back to our school district. I strongly encourage educational leaders to have Jimmy speak with your educators. They will be forever grateful.
Edward Niznik, Superintendent of Schools, Adirondack Central School District, New York
Jimmy Casas is an engaging and motivating team builder! He found just the right mix between challenging our staff while still appreciating their hard work! #listentojimmy. Our hashtag #MCR1Pride has really taken off. One of our teachers came up with a Twitter challenge project that has really taken off around the county. We’ve had so many people say it was the best opening of schools ever! Thanks so much Jimmy for being an instrumental part of that!!
Angie Brewer, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, McDonald County School District, Missouri
Jimmy Casas is absolutely amazing! I was fortunate enough to hear him speak twice on two occasions. I bought and read his book, What Connected Educators Do Differently in one night. I highly recommend that you read the book. After listening to such a charismatic educator, I wanted to leave my current position and work with him. We invited Jimmy to Hancock County Schools to speak at our Principals’ Academy. He was dynamic and energizing. His passion for serving others is apparent the first time you listen to him. Jimmy has been working with our administrators as a mentor. We look forward to welcoming Jimmy back on August 23rd to spread his powerful positive message to all of the employees in the county. We appreciate you Jimmy! You truly are inspiring educators to be the change they want to see, one educator at a time.
Andrea Dulaney, Director of Student Services Hancock County Schools, West Virginia
Energetic, personable, and real! Jimmy Casas is a true inspiration and change agent. When booking a Keynote for our Tech2Teach conference, I wanted someone that would take us to the next level, and inspire our district to take ownership for the teaching, learning and change. Jimmy did just that! He spoke with passion, conviction and humor but kept it real. What impressed me most about Jimmy was his magnetic energy and sincere conversations with each person that stayed after to talk to him. Jimmy also took time to meet with my team and I, to establish purpose prior to the conference to ensure his message matched our needs. Our principals and teachers were still talking about Jimmy the very next day at the closing of SLC……and every presenter mentioned Jimmy in some form or fashion in their presentation. His message influenced other district leaders immediately! GREATNESS is hard to find but he is the real deal….we will definitely have him back and now consider him CCISD Family.
Cary K. Perales, Coordinator for Instructional Technology, Corpus Christi Independent School District, Texas
School and district leaders are constantly searching for innovative ideas to expand knowledge and build capacity as they improve their practice to impact student growth and achievement. Jimmy Casas, in his enlightening and engaging sessions at our 45th Annual CLAS Convention, provided timely and thought provoking strategies to “Expand the Possibilities” of Alabama administrators. He was highly professional in his approach, extremely personable, and possessed a genuine passion with his clear and compelling message. Jimmy not only delivered highly applicable content but provided humor and motivation to energize participants as they plan for the upcoming academic year.
Gail Morgan, Professional Development Coordinator, Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools
“WOW! Jimmy Casas is the principal at Bettendorf High School in Iowa. He spent three days with the Missouri Secondary School Principals at our spring conference and walked away to a standing ovation after his closing keynote presentation. His passion energized the attendees for three days as he interacted with individuals and small groups, provided a breakout session and closed the conference with his impassioned remarks. Jimmy challenged each principal to make all students active participants in something big and to provide a climate that makes each learner feel valued. He gave examples of how to build a collaborative spirit, a positive inclusive culture, and how the two continually feed a vision that today is part of becoming tomorrow. We can’t wait to have him back!”
Phil Lewis, Executive Director, Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals
“Jimmy Casas is a dynamic speaker who blends passion with practical experience. He is a master practitioner who emphasizers the power of relationships and modeling to help build and sustain school cultures that are relevant, meaningful, and most importantly, gets results. Jimmy weaves in powerful stories and examples of how he has and continues to help implement an array of strategies to enhance a school learning environment for the betterment of all students. What I admire the most about Jimmy as a presenter and speaker is that I walk out of his sessions with a can do attitude and a toolbox of applicable strategies that can be implemented immediately. Jimmy will inspire you to be better!
Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education
“Mr. Jimmy Casas spoke at a full-day professional learning conference our district planned recently. He delivered several sessions on school culture, teacher leadership, student-centered schools, and becoming a connected educator. The response to Jimmy’s presentations form teachers and administrators across our district were overwhelmingly favorable. Many teachers requested that Mr. Casas return to our district to provide additional training and/or to deliver motivational keynote addresses. As a presenter, Mr. Casas comes across as enthusiastic, student centered, solution oriented and genuinely interested in those with whom he is working. During his one day visit to our district, he connected on a personal and professional level with scores of staff in our district, many of whom are subsequently interacting with him via Twitter and emails to further their learning initiated by him at this conference. For any district interested in securing the services of an engaging, dynamic, genuine, and practical consultant or speaker, highly recommend Jimmy Casas.”
Jeff Zoul, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning, Deerfield, Illinois
Want specific qualities and practices from a great speaker? Jimmy Casas is one of the best motivational speakers I’ve have ever heard, and I continue to listen to him every chance I get. In one hour, Jimmy Casas will reach out and share the truth about the reality of teaching in a student centered educational environment. Jimmy reveals the most successful practices to be an effective teacher leader in a student centered educational environment through caring and compassion. His motto of “Be the change you want to see in the world”, (Gandhi) will motivate and inspire you to feel your best about dealing with difficult people including students, parents and colleagues. His passion for kids and service to others will challenge you and activate your “move forward thinking”, and he articulates it in a timeless way that all can laugh and have fun relating to. I sincerely recommend you have the chance to hear Jimmy Casas at least once in your life. He is an expert with a wealth of knowledge, is an exceptionally effective speaker and is always available for consultation. He will provide you with the best tips that will lead you to success in your classroom and your school!
Erik Buchholz, High School Principal, Washington, Iowa
The past year has forever changed the landscape of leadership in Katy ISD, and much of that credit goes to Jimmy Casas. After meeting Jimmy at the TX ASCD Ignite Conference in June 2014, a relationship was forged. Our shared belief in growing leaders and investing in people became the foundation for a year of unparalleled learning, transparency of practice and a newfound commitment to strengthening relationships amongst Katy ISD’s campus leaders.
Jimmy Casas’ message of leading with passion and purpose inspired action! This year has brought an atmosphere of “revival” in the many ways we lead and learn together. Small groups of campus principals visited Bettendorf HS to witness the dynamic culture of learning and academic success that has made BHS stand out in the crowd. In January, Jimmy and his AP, Joy Kelly, came to Katy ISD to spend a few days with us. In addition to large-group sessions designed to meet the needs of elementary and secondary principals, campus visits provided opportunities for deeper conversation and problem-solving. This was truly the tipping point for our principals. Tearing down the walls of isolated leadership, this amazing group of principals charged forward in their use of social media to grow their personal and professional learning networks and to tell their stories.
The adventure continues this summer as we use Twitter and Voxer to participate in an in depth study of What Connected Educators Do Differently, authored by Jimmy Casas, Jeff Zoul & Todd Whitaker. Jimmy and Jeff serve as moderators of this discussion which prepares our minds and hearts for personal and professional growth and a new academic year. Jimmy will be back in Katy ISD in July for Katy ISD’s 4-day Leadership Conference, when he will undoubtedly continue to inspire the greatest group of principals in the land to unparalleled action, on behalf of our students…the heart of our schools. Thank you, Jimmy!
Elisa Farris, Director of Professional Learning, Katy Independent School District, Texas
Jimmy was our sunshine on a cloudy day! His message was relevant in every aspect in today’s world of school administrators. The feedback from his keynote session was simple….Jimmy is the Best! Your parents should be so proud!!! I am proud of you and I just met you yesterday! Your message on the importance on being a “Connected Educator” was outstanding. At the end of the day we all wanted more “Jimmy”. You touched our souls with your passion in making everyday special for our students.
Manny P. Arvon II, Superintendent, Berkeley County School District, West Virginia
Jimmy Casas is a dynamic innovative school leader, who has broad leadership expertise to share with the profession. He is a mainstay presenter at NASSP’s annual conference and his professional colleagues flock to his sessions. His presentations are practical, exemplify best-practices and interactive. He uses his own leadership experiences to bring the message home to school leaders that there is thoughtful purposeful way to affect change, positively impact students, and cultivate teacher leadership. His integration of technology tools is engaging and his friendly and personal demeanor leaves everyone feeling comfortable with their ability to apply and implement the concepts learned in his training sessions. NASSP is proud to be have Jimmy Casas as a member of our Professional Development Faculty!
Beverly Hutton, Ed.D., Deputy Executive Director, National Association of Secondary School Principals – NASSP
Jimmy Casas was a breath of fresh, clean air during our In-Service in January. Furthermore, his message and the timing of it were a perfect mid-year revival for many going through the “Dog Days of January.” However, what is perhaps most exciting about Jimmy is his ability to connect the dots with passion and enthusiasm to such a wide and varying audience. I am confident the teachers and staff of our seven districts left much better than they were found after Jimmy was done. Connecting with him will forever change your perspective and life.
Kellen Adams, Principal, Assistant Superintendent, Logan USD, Logan, Kansas
Passion…Purpose…Pride…3 words that describe our keynote speaker in 2016. Jimmy Casas was the keynote speaker for our Cluster A Consortium (Cluster A is a consortium made up of seven Northwestern Wisconsin School Districts) in the fall and spring of this school year. His presentations are inspiring and motivating to educators and he brings a great network of resources to your fingertips. He is an author as well and we participated in a book study this year with his book, “What Connected Educators Do Differently.” A staff survey was completed shortly after his presentation and he overwhelmingly scored a 5 out of 5 with our over 450 staff members . Here is a comment from one of our teachers, “Jimmy refuels our desire to educate children.” I highly recommend Jimmy Casas for your school district~
Cheryl Bresina, Cluster A Coordinator, Wisconsin