Annual Conference

Houston Kraft

Keynote Speaker

Supporting the Mental Health of Students and Adults in Schools

Houston Kraft is the co-founder of Character Strong, which currently provides social and emotional programs to support students and adults in 10,000 schools across 50 states and 36 countries. His books, including Deep Kindness, which will be provided to conference attendees, takes an honest look at the significant gap between our belief in kindness and our actual ability to put good intentions into actions that make a difference in schools. Bridging the empathy gap and fostering the skills of emotional regulation, both essential for schools, are central to Houston’s message.


We all know kindness is a great thing. The question is, “What gets in the way?” This self-reflective and interactive keynote will focus on closing the gap between our beliefs and actions. His resource-packed follow-up session on Monday will provide simple but impactful ways to increase student and adult well-being in schools to decrease anxiety and increase hope.

“I mean this in all sincerity — Houston is the best Character Education presenter I’ve ever seen or heard. Believe me, I’ve heard thousands of them since 1992. In addition, his materials are terrific. He is the future of Character Education. I can’t put into words how much admiration I have for him,vhis character, and his work.”
– Dr. Hal Urban, Author, Teacher, Speaker

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Lake Placid Hotel Information

The 2024 SAANYS Annual Conference will be held at the Lake Placid Conference Center on Sunday, October 27 and Monday, October 28, 2024. SAANYS has secured hotel room blocks at several hotels in Lake Placid. The conference sessions will be held at the Lake Placid Conference Center. Please note that all hotel accommodation fees must be paid directly to the hotel at check-in and accommodation costs are not included in your conference registration. All hotel reservations for the 2024 SAANYS Annual Conference can only be made through the online central registration system. Upon completion of your SAANYS conference registration, you will receive a link to the available hotels with special pricing. Hotel availability is based on your selected arrival and departure dates. A credit/debit card is required at the time of booking to confirm your reservation. All reservations must be made by Friday, October 11, 2024.

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