Dr. Byron Ernest does professional development in leadership and education around the world. Dr. Ernest authored the book: The Hand In the Back of the Room: Connecting School Work to Real Life. He serves on the Indiana State Board of Education and is Chair-Elect of the National Association of State Boards of Education. Dr. Ernest is a former AgriScience Teacher who was named 2010 Indiana Teacher of The Year and 2011 Christopher Columbus Foundation National Outstanding Agriscience Teacher. Byron served as the Department Head for Agriculture Science and FFA at Lebanon Community School Corporation where he started the program from scratch. The program is now one of the largest in the state and is well respected nationally for its focus on teaching science in the context of agriculture. Byron holds Bachelor of Science Degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Education and a Master’s in Education from Purdue University. He received his Doctorate from Walden University in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning. In 2017 Dr. Ernest completed the Certificate for Advanced Educational Leadership program at Harvard University where he is continuing his Post-Doctoral Studies.