David N. Wilson Lecture Series

The David N. Wilson Lecture was initiated to honor an ISEP member who was very prominent in the organization and at the same time a world renowned scholar in the field of Vocational Education. Dr. Wilson was associated with the University of Toronto.

The Wilson Lecture was first given at the 2007 conference held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minnesota State Demographer, Dr. Thomas Gillaspy gave the first lecture on the use of demographic data in planning. At the 2009 conference ISEP Members voted to formalize these lectures by having a paid lecture given at each conference. Since that time, the David N. Wilson Lecture has been a standard feature at almost all conferences. The following individuals have presented the Wilson Lecture:

2007 – Minneapolis, Minnesota –Thomas Gillaspy, Minnesota Department of Education, “Using Demographic tools in Educational Planning”

2008 – Istanbul, Turkey

2009 – Savannah, Georgia –

2010 – Washington, DC – Ronald Lindahl and Robert Beach, Alabama State University, “Educational Planning Foci in ISEP Publications, 1974 to Present”

2011 – Budapest, Hungary – Glen I. Earthman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, “The Case of the Misplaced Student Bodies”

2012 – Kansas City, Missouri – William D McInerney, Purdue University, “ A GEM of an Idea: The Corporate Vision for School Reform”

2013 – Niagara Falls, New York – Zheadric and Sheadric Barbra, “Two Brothers, One Dream”

2014 – North Cyprus – Linda Lemasters, The George Washington University, “Improving Education through Planning: A Key to Educational Reform”

2015 – Baltimore, Maryland – S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools, “Blueprint 2.0, A Five Year Strategic Plan Focused on Improving Academic, Safety, Communication and Organizational Effectiveness”

2016 – New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Henderson Lewis, New Orleans Schools Superintendent, “Planning the Unification of K-12 Public Education in New Orleans, LA USA”

2017 – Toronto, Canada – Dr. Frank Calzi  “A Practical Look at the Personal and Professional Life of a School Leader.”

2018 – Charleston, South Carolina – Dr. Sushma Marwaha, Niagara University, “From Mississauga to Mississippi: Reflections of Developing and Sustaining a Diversity Appreciation Mindset for Personal and Professional Success”

2019 – Lisbon, Portugal –

2020 – Online – Dr. Walter S. Polka, Niagara University, “Managing Yourself and Others During “Punctuated Equilibrium Events” Like COVID -19: Surviving and Thriving as an Education Leader in Spite of It All!”