C.J. Huff

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C.J. Huff currently serves as the superintendent of Joplin Schools, in Joplin, Mo., a position he has held since July 2008. Huff's wide range of experiences as a classroom teacher, building principal, superintendent and a family farmer prepared him to lead his district of 1,100 employees and 7,700 students through the recovery effort that has followed the devastating May 22, 2011 tornado that ripped through the heart of Joplin. The tornado destroyed or damaged 10 of the 19 buildings in his district leaving over half of his students without a school to return to on May 23. The Joplin Schools family suffered loss more precious than the buildings though; they lost a staff member and seven students to the storm. His declaration that “We will start school on time” is credited as a key factor that drew the community of Joplin together just days after the tornado and provided a positive light for the country to rally around in the midst of such tragedy and destruction. A native of McCune, Kansas, Huff earned his bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Pittsburgh State University, his master and specialist in education from Missouri State University. Most recently he earned his doctorate in education with a focus in educational leadership from the University of Arkansas in 2003.
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C.J. Huff and Vicki Arroyo on weather disasters

C.J. Huff and Vicki Arroyo on weather disasters

It’s hard for most of us to understand diasaster and resiliency quite the way C.J. Huff (PopTech 2012) does. He is the superintendent of Joplin Schools. He was also on the job on May 22, 2011, when the infamous tornado ripped through his home town. At PopTech 2012 Huff recently discussed the compelling resiliency in Joplin that followed the apocolyptic disaster.

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C.J. Huff on resilience in the aftermath of the unthinkable

C.J. Huff is the superintendent of Joplin, Mo., schools who led his district of thousand of employees and students through the recovery effort that followed the infamous Joplin tornado. Read more »

This week in PopTech: The battle for water and light in L.A.

This week in PopTech: The battle for water and light in L.A.

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

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Speakers announced for PopTech 2012!

Speakers announced for PopTech 2012!

How does a country in financial crisis rebound? How does a faltering company rally in the face of disaster? How does an individual spring back from personal tragedy?In an age marked by volatility of every kind, how do we help people and systems persist, and even thrive, amid disruption? How do we foster greater resilience?The answers could not be more pressing for companies, communities,

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