Approximately 900 teachers and administrators will converge on Brownwood High School today for a motivational back-to-school conference presented by the District XV Educational Service Center in San Angelo.

“It’s going to be awesome,” Liesa Land, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction with the Brownwood Independent School District, said Monday. “Aric Bostick will be our keynote speaker, and his topic will be ‘Unleash the Fire Within.’ We expect to host representatives from 10 to 11 different school districts.”

Bostick will offer keynote addresses before educators divide into breakout sessions on a wide range of topics. The motivational speaker from San Antonio will speak from 8:30 to 10 a.m. to secondary teachers, and then from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to elementary teachers. Breakout sessions will be ongoing through the day at different high school classrooms.

“Aric Bostick spoke to students at the school district I came from, and I’m excited to hear him again,” Land said. She came to Brownwood ISD this year from Brady, where she worked for 25 years as high school principal and in district administration. “Just his energy alone will rev you up.”

Today, Bostick will be directing his message to educators.

Land said while working in staff development in Brady schools, she always liked to start the school year with a motivational program.

“I wanted it to be motivational, but also I wanted some humor,” Land said. “I think this is going to be exactly that.”

Land said the District XV Service Center is holding three similar conferences through its region, which runs from Brownwood to Del Rio to Eldorado, so school districts in the Brownwood area will be primarily represented here today.

Bostick has spoken to more than a half million students and educators in high schools, middle schools and universities throughout the country, and he operates his own leadership camp for youth called The Camp of Champs.

He has been featured on television numerous times for his success in motivating youth to achieve in school and in life.

Breakout sessions will include topics on behaviors, technology, social studies, music, intervention strategies, science, drug awareness, parent-teacher conferences, basic Spanish needed by educators, drug awareness, speech and language eligibility guidelines, autism, under-resourced learners, making a difference with dropouts, art, career and technical education, counseling, early children, English and language arts, gifted and talented, health and physical education, library science, and mathematics.