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Norman Conard (KS '92)

Chief Executive Officer

Lowell Milken Center
Fort Scott, KS

At the time of the Award, Norman Conard was:

Uniontown High School
Uniontown, KS

Subject(s) taught: Social Studies, Communications, Video Production
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

Norm Conard is the Chief Executive Officer of the Lowell Milken Center in Fort Scott, KS, which works with schools around the world to teach respect and understanding among all people by developing projects about unsung heroes whose actions promote these values, regardless of race, religion and creed. Prior to his work at the Lowell Milken Center, he was a high school social studies teacher.

Norman Conard's students at Uniontown High School in Uniontown created over 85 projects that teach respect and understanding through historical examples. In 1999, Conard encouraged four students to pursue a National History Day project which, among other goals, would illuminate the classroom motto: "He who changes one person, changes the world entire." While conducting their research, the students discovered the story of Irena Sendler, an unsung heroine of the Holocaust who smuggled 2,500 children out of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. Deeply inspired by Sendler's life, Conard's students wrote a play, Life in a Jar, and spread her story around the world, gaining national recognition through appearances on CNN, National Public Radio and CBS, as well as feature stories in hundreds of newspapers and magazines. Conard has written educational lesson plans to accompany films shown on HBO and PBS, and has served for more than a decade on the Education Advisory Board of Time Magazine. Besides teaching, he is director of the Life in a Jar Foundation and director of the Lowell Milken Center. A National Board Certified teacher, Mr. Conard was a 1992 Kansas Teacher of the Year and 1994 National Social Studies Teacher of the Year. He has also received the National Civil Rights Award, the 2004 Governor's Award and was named an All-American Teacher by USA Today in 2001. In 2007, Conard was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

Related Connections

Article: A ‘Life-Changing Experience’: 2023 Fellows Explore LMC’s Unsung Heroes

Article: Projects That Bring Unsung Heroes to Life

Article: Unsung Heroines

Article: History in the Making

Milestone: Norm Conard (KS '92) and Lowell Milken Center Mentor 10 National History Day finalists

Norman Conard In The News

2012 Kansan of the year to speak at Friday event in Pittsburg
The Joplin Globe  |  Apr 30, 2013  |   Joplin, MI

Distinguished Kansan: Educator's classroom has no boundaries
The Topeka-Capital Journal  |  Dec 29, 2012  |  Topeka, KS

Additional Information


1990 Pittsburg State University, M.S.

1976 Pepperdine University, M.A.

1970 Azusa Pacific University, B.A.

Video technology, Multicultural and diversity projects/National History Day, Educational advocacy, Grant Writing, History Standards, Mentoring, Racial Inequity, Social Studies, Teaching as a Profession