Offerings

Below are a list of offering topics for keynotes, sessions and workshops offered for your school, group, conference and/or association. 


RECENT PRESENTATION DESCRIPTIONS

FROM PRESCHOOL TO PRISON: Engaging Today’s Generation!

Each year, millions of preschoolers walk into classrooms for the first time excited about learning and elated to start their journey of education. By their freshman year in high school, those same students dread attending school, with many dropping out. Never developing college and career ready success skills, thousands of students transition from the joys of preschool to the dejected lows of prison. This pipeline can be conceptualized as a series of roadblocks and obstacles that hinder children, especially children of color, from academic success but funnel them into the criminal justice system.

  • This keynote explores where the gap originated and how schools, districts and communities are combatting the preschool to prison pipeline. It is possible to go from surviving to thriving!
  • The general session provides awareness to help steer students away from preschool to prison but from preschool to prosperity using practical strategies to engage students using research based strategies, protocols, culture builders, technology and laughter!

(Keynote, General Session)

 

PBL ISN’T JUST FOR GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENTS

Have you wanted to do PBL but don’t know where to start or need some encouragement to make your units more authentic and engaging? If so, this is the session for you. Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.

  • The keynote explores how PBL is engaging and transformative for all students in any grade level.
  • The general session provides an overview of PBL using the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) model.

(Keynote, General Session)

 

OH! THE PLACES YOU CAN GO (AND THE THINGS YOU CAN DO) ON YOUTUBE

Everyone knows YouTube as the video manual capital of the world. However, did you know there is so much more you can do? Attendees at this session will explore different ways to use YouTube as well as discovering ways to save those YouTube clips that you have come to love. This is an interactive “Play with Me” session where attendees participate and learn several new strategies while using their devices. Devices are encouraged for this session.

(General Session)

 

THE CLASSROOM STARTS WITH CULTURE!

Are your students not as engaged as you would like them to be? Could you use a few strategies to further engage your students within the classroom setting? This session provides practical ways to establish and maintain culture using energizers/brain breaks, anecdotes, examples and protocols. This is definitely not a sit and get session. Be prepared to have fun as we build culture and engage students.

(Keynote, General Session)

 

#NEW — WHO LIVES, WHO DIES, WHO TELLS YOUR STORY? — #NEW

The stories of our lives are not just about our social media timelines or the resumes we create. It is about the value that comes from every experience and the lessons learned from our lives. They connect meaning to our lives and the lives of others which creates an emotional file folder for us to store the facts and experiences. That deepens the Everyone has something important to say and everyone has a story that is powerful and unique. But, what happens if your story stays silent? Who is going to tell your story? Who will tell your students’ stories if their voices are silenced? There is power in your students’ stories. There is power in your story.

  • The keynote explores examples of transformational stories for schools and/or organizations culture.
  • The general session provides opportunity to create and to start sharing your stories online.

(Keynote, General Session)

 

I’M SICK AND TIRED OF BORING PD! 

Have you endured countless hours of ineffective boring PD? Have you  wanted energizing strategies that could build critical thinking and collaboration while providing opportunities for students to make connections? This  energizing session gets you engaged through conversations, out of your seat movement, laughter and critical thinking using protocols and energizers. Trust me, this session will not be boring!

(General Session)

 

FROM A to Z: HOW THE INTERNET CAN ENGAGE  EVEN ME

There are new websites launched every day. How do we discover ones that will be most effective to help motivate our teaching and our classrooms? In this session attendees will discover websites that can help engage today’s students and help tomorrow’s leaders. This is an interactive Play with Me session where attendees participate and learn several new strategies while using their devices. Devices are encouraged for this session.

(General Session)

 

CREATING COLLABORATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

Creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration are still important in the workforce. How can we leverage those 21st Century skills in today’s learning? This workshop is devoted to effectively integrating Google Suites and Apps to create student (and teacher) centered, creative, and collaborative learning environments. In this hands-on session, we will explore proven strategies, examples and approaches when using the Google Chrome browser and Google’s platform of apps and extensions that can go beyond the classroom and embed it into everyday lives. Devices are encouraged for this workshop.

(General Session)

 

HOW FUN CAN INCREASE ENGAGEMENT IN ASSESSMENTS

Game-Based Learning (GBL) and Gamification are finally gaining some real traction in the teaching community. Using games allows subject-specific content and relevant educational standards to be embedded in an immersive game experience. Some teachers have been using video games for as long as they have had computers. They valued the strategy of presenting material in a variety of ways in order to reach different kinds of intelligences and learning styles, and this workshop uses that same approach. In this play with me session, we will play a game using the web tool, Kahoot, then customize or create a game you can use with your students, class, or organization.

(General Session)

 

WORKING SMARTER & HARDER WITH FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS

What happens when there is only one device in the classroom and you still want to  formatively assess and engage students? Plickers  is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. In this play with me session, we will play a game using Plickers, then create an assessment using the web tool you can use with your students, class, or organization.

(General Session)

 

WHAT’S THE RISK OF MY DIGITAL FOOTPRINT?

From work to email to social networking, everybody is online. There’s greatness out there as well as pitfalls. Given this potentially dangerous conundrum, understanding how to interact online safely and effectively is, and will be, ever more critical. This workshop shares strategies and examples on digital citizenship and Internet etiquette to keep you safe on the Internet and keeping your digital footprint clean. Devices are encouraged for this workshop.

(General Session)