SARASOTA COUNTY - 56 influential speakers from 26 countries help Sarasota County students and teachers enter the school year Friday with a new mindset. It's all part of Sarasota Military Academy's inaugural "Inspire Education Summit.

SMA cadets as well as Sarasota County students and staff were invited to attend in–person and online discussion–based lectures hosted by experts across the globe. Prevalent issues in schools today were covered from equality to mental health to climate change.

Featured speakers included Dr. Pardis Sabeti, scientist and one of TIME Magazine's "Most Influential People" as well as Mote Marine Hydrologist, Dr. Tracy Fanara.