Dr. Steve Constantino

Teacher, Author and Leader in Family Engagement

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First General Session Speaker

Steve is internationally recognized for his work in family engagement and his innovative, non-conventional, entrepreneurial and outlier approaches to leading organizations and acquiring impressive results.

As a result of his experiences and his practical approach to engaging families, Steve has authored three books on the subject. His first book, Making Your School Family Friendly (NASSP, 2002) was published after being selected by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the MetLife Foundation to create the first-ever family friendly schools workshop, held in Washington DC. Steve was also selected to work directly with the American Business Collaboration on a national project to connect home and school to help employees be more engaged families.

His second book Engaging Every Family (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003) soon followed. This book expanded on the conceptual framework of the four domains of family engagement. In 2008, Steve released his third book 101 Ways to Create Real Family Engagement (Engage Press, 2008).

Steve’s fourth and newest book (2015) Engage Every Family: Five Simple Principles is published by Corwin Press and features his Five Simple Principles ™ model. .

Steve began his career as a teacher and moved through the ranks to district superintendent. Today, Steve is the Chief Academic Officer, Virginia Department of Education and an adjunct lecturer at the School of Education, College of William and Mary where he teaches a doctoral level class in executive organizational leadership. Steve continues to accept as many invitations as he can to speak and consult with schools, districts and business organizations around the world


Stone Phillips

Emmy Award Winning Journalist and Outstanding Missouri Public School Graduate


Second General Session Speaker

Mr. Phillips graduated with honors from Yale University where he majored in philosophy. He was the starting quarterback on Yale’s 1976 Ivy League Champion football team and won the University’s F. Gordon Brown Award for academic and athletic leadership. Mr. Phillips was born in Texas City, Texas and raised in Ballwin, Missouri, where he attended Parkway West High School, class of 1973. He has been married for thirty-two years to Debra Del Toro-Phillips, a Columbia University MSW and entrepreneur. They have one child, Streeter Phillips, founding partner of The Everything, a NYC-based creative agency.

Stone Phillips is a former co-anchor of the newsmagazine Dateline NBC. During his 15 years at NBC News, he also served as a substitute anchor on NBC Nightly News, Today and Meet the Press. Mr. Phillips also spent more than a decade at ABC News, where he served as a correspondent for World News Tonight and 20/20. In 2012, he launched StonePhillipsReports.com and served as a Special Correspondent to PBS NewsHour with a story about head impacts in youth football. In 2013, Mr. Phillips produced an independent documentary, Moving With Grace, about relocating his aging parents and onset of his mother’s Alzheimer’s Disease. The film aired on PBS stations around the country. He is currently working on a documentary about neurodegenerative disease and a new target for treatment.

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Mr. Phillips covered major stories including the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana and the trial of O.J. Simpson. He reported on the drug wars of South and Central America, the exodus of boat people from Vietnam and war in the Mideast. The list of newsmakers and celebrities he has interviewed includes President George H.W. Bush, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, former President Jimmy Carter, Michael Jordan, Walter Cronkite, Sofia Loren, businessman Donald Trump, New York subway gunman Bernhard Goetz, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, Abu Ghraib prison guard Lynndie England, Ellen DeGeneres, Mick Jagger, Howard Stern and Bill O’Reilly. Mr. Phillips has won national Emmy Awards for interviewing and continuing news coverage. His reporting in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina helped Dateline and NBC Nightly News earn the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award. Other honors include the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service, the Investigative Reporters and Editor’s Gold Medal, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and multiple National Headliner Awards. His work has also earned him distinctions from the Overseas Press Club of America, the National Society of Black Journalists, the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association.

Natalie Hammond

Educator & Survivor, Safe & Sound Schools

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Fourth General Session – Resiliency in the Aftermath of the Sandy Hook School Tragedy

In a morning meeting on December 14, 2012, Lead Teacher Natalie Hammond heard terrifying sounds outside of the main office at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Along with the principal and school psychologist, she ran toward the unknown. In this presentation, Natalie recounts her experience as the only surviving adult witness of the Sandy Hook School tragedy. Natalie tells of her profound journey of survival and recovery and shares how even through the greatest of tragedies, resiliency and hope are possible.


Chris Zimmerman

Executive Director, Weber School District Foundation

Pre-Conference Session Speaker

Chris Zimmerman is a long time Weber County resident. Chris has served as the Executive Director for the Weber School District Foundation since 2007. Chris grew up in a military family, which gave him the opportunity to live in four countries, and six states before settling down in Roy, UT. Chris is a Roy High graduate. He is a Weber State Alumni where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1978 and a Master’s of Criminal Justice degree in 2009.

Chris brings to the foundation vast knowledge and years of experience. Previous to working for the foundation, he spent twenty-nine years in law enforcement. Spending five of those years as Roy City Chief of Police, and four years as Chief Deputy of the Weber County Sherriff’s office. Chris’s influence on the community is extensive. He has served in a variety of leadership and volunteer capacities throughout the county and state.