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Progressive K-12 leadership for college readiness

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Dr. Trent Grundmeyer, one of America's best kept secrets - In 2006 Dr. Trent Grundmeyer became a transformational high school principal in the State of Iowa. As one of America’s youngest and riskiest principals hired, (age of 25), Trent immediately went to the heart of the needs of students by blending his passion for students with their love of technology. Under Trent's leadership every freshman had a laptop issued by one of the poorest and most diverse high schools in Iowa. Rather than have the students turn off their smart phone during opening day orientation, Trent encouraged them to leave them on, and used them as an instrument of empowerment to engage with the students.  

Despite being a risky hire, Trent was instrumental in partnering with Dr. Scott McLeod and the National CASTLE program to tip the scales of success for students. Iowa became the second leading State in the U.S. with 41 high schools initiating laptop programs for every high school freshman.

Trent has spoken with college presidents at the League of Innovation and numerous other conferences. Trent is a visionary leader and co-author of the book ‘No Teacher Left Behind.’ Trent earned his Ph.D. from Iowa State University; dissertation entitled, ‘A qualitative study on the perceptions of first year college students regarding technology and college readiness.’  Trent is currently the K12 Principle of Indianola High School which is ranked as a U.S. News Top 10 High Schools.

Dr. Trent Grundmeyer will share the secrets of success as students prepare for college through the effective and transformational use of technology, and engaging teachers, administrators, and students. This is a message for all teachers and administrators who will want to listen to tips on how to engage both students and faculty as a means to better prepare them for a successful K12 to college transition.