Our most recent conference spotlighted those who inspire colleagues and students every day. The current educational landscape calls for 21st Century learning with more rigorous Common Core Standards. Last year’s conference offerings demonstrated how educators can meet these demands in ways that inspire students, colleagues and themselves. Each participant met over 3 days in one small-group session that focused on a single topic in teaching reading and writing. This focused attention on one area of interest allowed attendees to more deeply consider implementation of strategies discussed.