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Norman Conard is a third-generation educator who taught for over 30 years, during which time he developed non-traditional teaching methods that extend the boundaries of the classroom. One of his great sources of pride is having seen over 60 of his students achieve national recognition in the national history competition, and almost 200 students receive state history awards. He is known internationally for his development of projects that teach respect and understanding among all people and for innovation in project-based learning.

Norm’s leadership at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes is another step in the process of bringing innovative educational ideas to the classrooms of America and around the world. He mentors teachers in the development projects that feature Unsung Heroes, such as the Irena Sendler Project, Life in a Jar.

A member of the National Teachers Hall of Fame, Norm has received numerous local, state and national recognition for his work, including the Milken Educator Award in 1992. He is a Kansas Teacher of the Year, National Secondary Social Studies Outstanding Teacher, USA Today All-American teacher, Nationally Board Certified educator and the 2012 Kansan of the Year. Mr. Conard retired from classroom teaching in 2007 to become Executive Director of the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes.