Join us at the ED-RED & Lake ROE Mini-Summit 2024, where educators can earn valuable professional development credits while connecting with peers and experts in the field. Our summit offers a dynamic opportunity for growth and collaboration, featuring a variety of breakout sessions tailored to enhance your leadership skills, explore restorative practices, navigate board and superintendent relations, strategize talent retention, foster positive school culture, and so much more! Engage in meaningful discussions, gain practical insights, and expand your professional network—all while getting credit. Don’t miss this chance to invest in your development and join us at our first-ever ED-RED & Lake ROE Mini-Summit!

Upcoming Events


  • The Cultural Journey with Erin Knoll of Schaumburg District 54
  • Leadership with Andy DuRoss of Schaumburg 54
  • A Superintendent, Board Member, and Lawyer Walk into the Board Room with Joe Perkoski of Robbins Schwartz, Dr. Pete Hannigan of Hawthorn 73, Carla Owen of Maine 207
  • AI in Education with Eric Santos
  • Board Focus Presentation with Brad Black of HumanEx Ventures
  • Talent XII with Matt Munson of HumanEx Ventures – Principals are encouraged to attend this session. Please note that we will send an assessment in advance.
  • TIF’s & How to Engage Your Community with Senator Mary Edly-Allen, Ares Dalianis of Franczek, Bill Harrison of Wheeling 21, Cathy Johnson of Mundelein 120, and Corrin Bennett-Kill of Mt. Prospect 57
  • Leading in Our Schools with Lake County Principal of the Year Kari Gedville & Lake County Teacher of the Year Jacob Wollner
  • Restorative Practices with Brian Peterson and Eric Apgar of Round Lake 116



John U. Bacon has worked nearly three decades as a writer, a public speaker, and a college instructor, winning awards for all three.

He started his journalism career covering high school sports for The Ann Arbor News, then wrote a light-hearted lifestyle column before becoming the Sunday sports feature writer for The Detroit News in 1995. He earned numerous state and national awards for his work, including “Notable Sports Writing” in The Best American Sports Writing in 1998 and 2000.

Bacon has also pursued his passions for radio, television, coaching and teaching. In 2007 he was invited to give weekly sports commentary on Michigan Radio every Friday morning, which he still does. He also appears weekly on WTKA Sports Talk 1050’s The Michigan Insider, Michigan Radio’s Stateside, and occasionally on National Public Radio, which awarded him the PRNDI prize for nation’s best commentary in 2014. He appears often on TV, including HBO, ESPN, Fox Business, MSNBC, and the Big Ten Network, where he is a frequent contributor to both “Icons” series.

Bacon has taught at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, and teaches at the University of Michigan, where the students selected him for the 2009 Golden Apple Award, given annually to the University’s top teacher.

A popular public speaker, Bacon delivers speeches on the themes taken from his books, and coaching and teaching experiences – including leadership, diversity, motivating millennials, and creativity – to corporations, universities, and other groups around the country and the world. In 2011, the Michigan Chapter of Meeting Planners International (MMPI) named him “Speaker of the Year.”

Bacon is now an average hockey player, a mediocre Spanish speaker, and a poor piano player – but this has not stopped him from enjoying all three. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and son.