2018 Administrators Conference

Don’t miss the 2018 Annual Administrators Conference, Monday February 12 – Tuesday February 13 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka. Download the 2018 Administrators Conference Registration Flier today!

This conference will focus on Servant Leadership for educators and how this may affect their classrooms, their school environment, the community and even the home. Plan to come, listen and take part in the discussion about the benefits and blessings of adapting this management theory – at all levels of engagement.

In addition to Tom Thibodeau’s encouraging and uplifting presentations, breakout sessions will feature helpful ideas about communicating with millennial parents and teachers and younger generations; how to have a Christian character when participating in sports; and what are some of the best practices in utilizing Social Media at your school.

The past several years have also included helpful meetings with our Kansas legislators and members of the Kansas Board of Education. Tuesday morning starts early as we meet with these two important leadership groups, but the discussions often prove to be fruitful and insightful. Save time at noon to go and visit with your legislator and begin to build a relationship.

Insights from our Keynote Speaker:

Keynote Tom Thibodeau writes:

“Servant leadership begins when one chooses to serve others including family members, co-workers, supervisors, customers, guests and the community. When you are committed to service, you begin to lead…. Every teacher is a servant leader… To educate is to lead from darkness to light, from despair to hope, from confusion to clarity. This is hard work, good work, noble work. Servant leadership is not a fad or a gimmick.

“Robert K Greenleaf, in 1970, developed a theory that defined the motivation of a leader as being of service to others. As much as the term ‘Servant Leader’ appears hypocritical, Greenleaf purposefully named his theory this in order to make people ‘pause for thought and challenge any long-standing assumptions that might be held about the relationship between leaders and followers in an organization.

“Servant-leadership begins when a leader assumes the position of servant in their interactions with followers. Authentic, legitimate leadership arises not from the exercise of power or self-interested actions, but from a fundamental desire to first help others.”


Servant Leadership Makes a Difference

KAIRS Annual Administrators Conference
February 12, 8:30 am – February 13, 11:00 am
Location: The Capitol Plaza Hotel
1717 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS 66612

Keynote Speaker

Tom Thibodeau is the Distinguished Chair of Servant Leadership at Viterbo University, where he has taught for 34 years. He is the founder of the master’s degree in Servant Leadership, which is the only master’s degree of its kind in the nation. He teaches in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy and is a member of the graduate faculty.

A popular teacher and presenter, Thibodeau is the past recipient of Viterbo’s Teacher of the Year award and the Sister Helen Elsebernd Award, which Viterbo awards for significant achievements and contributions to the development of the university.

Thibodeau is active in his community and in 1996 helped found Place of Grace, a Catholic Worker House in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Place of Grace is a house of hospitality where members of the community can come for a meal and fellowship. An article in the LaCross Tribune explains one of Thibodeau’s life principals, writing that he “lives by what he calls the 11th commandment – thou shalt not stand idly by.”

Watch Tom Thibodeau’s Tedx Talk.

Tom will deliver the morning Keynote Address: “Positive Power of Servant Leadership.”

Servant Leadership is meaningful, ethical and practical. Every teacher is a leader and every leader is a teacher. We impact people each and every day through our words and presence.

In the afternoon, Tom will speak again on “Leadership Development is Character Development.”

Building a foundation of character is building the further foundation for leadership. It is in the best interest of all Americans to have healthy, well-principled children. This is our work. 

Conference Breakouts

• The New World of Communications (With Millennials & Beyond)

This presentation will take a closer look at the younger generations, who they are and how they are shifting psychological and social norms through technology.

Matt Vainer, Director of Communications, Catholic Diocese of Wichita




• The Role of Social Media in the Exploitation of Children

Gain insights into the role of social media in the exploitation of children, which includes sexting and cyberbullying. Discussions will also include the exploitation of vulnerability via social media and understanding how students openly share their desires and dissatisfactions online.

Russ will offer guidance about specific apps to be avoided and how the worst-case scenarios can lead to domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST).

Russ Tuttle, President/Founder The Stop Trafficking Project



• Making Your Athletic Program an Asset to Your School

This session will look at athletic programs, what to do if you want to change and how to make your athletic program a place where young people grow in character, and in our religious schools create a climate where students can grow their faith. 

You will take home tools, ideas and a network of people that allow you to continue to improve your program.

Bill Meagher, Director of Campus Ministry, Thomas More Prep – Marian High School

Roundtable Discussions

• Creating Effective Partnerships Outside Our Schools

• Tax Credit Scholarship Updates

• Women Administrators Fellowship

Conference Highlights

• Legislator Discussions

For the past several years one or more legislative member has joined the conference for a lively update and give-and-take. KAIRS has appreciated the legislators sharing their time, and this discussion has become a highlight of the meeting.

• Kansas Board of Education Panel Discussion

In addition, members of the Kansas Board of Education have generously joined the conference in the early morning on the second day of the conference to discuss important issues pertaining to education in Kansas. Attendees won’t want to miss this valuable hour with the board members.

• Hall of Fame Banquet Honoring Distinguished Teachers

The Hall of Fame Banquet is the favorite and most moving event of the KAIRS year. During the evening, the KAIRS Distinguished Teachers are honored as well as inductees into the KAIRS Hall of Fame.  The administrators of the honorees introduce their teachers and the honorees share their motivational stories from years of teaching.

Register Today! Registration deadline is February 5.
Registration Fee: $80 (for first registration) $70 (additional attendees from same school)

download the 2018 Administrators Conference Registration Flier
includes registration form to print, complete and mail to Jamie Finkeldei.

Hotel Information

The beautiful Topeka Capitol Hotel has hosted our Administrators Conference for the past several years.

The Capitol Plaza Hotel
1717 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS 66612
Toll-free: (800) 579-7937
Local: (785) 431-7200
Email: topek@atriumhospitality.com