Meet Our Keynote Speaker: Dr. Manny Scott

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Attend NCCE 24 to experience a convergence of innovation and inspiration!

Dr. Manny Scott, our esteemed opening keynote speaker, will present on Thursday, February 15th, from 9:00 to 10:00 am. His exceptional life story embodies the qualities of hope and resilience, offering transformative insights that are sure to motivate you to greater heights in your own educational endeavors.

A Tale of Triumph Over Adversity

Dr. Manny Scott’s life began on the brink—trapped in a cycle of poverty and violence with seemingly insurmountable challenges. At just 16, he faced a bleak future, dropping out of school, living in 26 different places, and contemplating a path of self-destruction. His father was in prison, and his best friend was brutally murdered. Dr. Scott’s life hung by a thread.


Only when confronted with the depths of darkness did he make a pivotal turn, steering his life in a different direction. Through a series of fateful encounters, Dr. Scott returned to school, landing in Erin Gruwell’s English class—the renowned Freedom Writers, a tale immortalized in the hit movie. This turning point marked the beginning of a remarkable journey that saw him not only graduate high school but go on to earn a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree, and, most recently, a Ph.D. in Intercultural Competence.

A Life Devoted to Others

Driven by gratitude for the individuals who changed his life, Dr. Manny Scott has dedicated over 20 years to inspiring and empowering educators, students, and leaders. His tireless efforts have touched the lives of thousands, improving student achievement, teacher efficacy, and intercultural competence in over two thousand schools and organizations. More significantly, he has been instrumental in preventing thousands of suicides.


Dr. Scott’s impact extends beyond the classroom. As a best-selling author, his book Even on Your Worst Day You Can Be a Student’s Best Hope continues to inspire educators worldwide. Beyond his role as an educator, he is a mentor, pilot, ordained minister, and a sought-after speaker on education.

Join Us for a Journey of Inspiration

As NCCE 2024 unfolds, we invite you to join us for a powerful opening keynote that transcends the boundaries of conventional learning. Dr. Manny Scott’s story is not just one of overcoming adversity but a testament to the transformative power of education and mentorship.


His journey serves as a reminder that even when faced with students who are at the point of despair, we have the power to rewrite their narrative. Dr. Manny Scott’s keynote promises to be a source of inspiration, motivation, and a catalyst for change in professional learning.


Join us at NCCE 2024 as we collectively embark on a journey to unlock the potential within ourselves and our educational communities. For more information on our annual conference or to register for NCCE 2024, click here!