SPEAKING AND CONSULTING

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SPEAKING TOPICS (IN-PERSON OR VIRTUAL)

Note: I am available to do professional development in-person and virtually. I have been working on some specialized professional development tailored specifically toward those who are engaging in distance learning.

How to Empower Students in Virtual and Distance Learning Environments
We didn’t ask for this. We didn’t anticipate this. But now many of us are teaching online and virtually. In this workshop, we explore how to boost engagement, improve collaboration, and increase student ownership in distance learning environments. We explore, step-by-step, how to improve virtual class meetings, how to use choice menus strategically, and how to get students engaged in creative projects at home. By the end, you’ll have tools, strategies, and a clear plan for the future. I have additional distance learning options here as well.

LAUNCH Into Design Thinking
Despite the myth of “digital natives,” most of my students have very little experience using technology as anything more than a consumer device. It doesn’t have to be this way. By using a design thinking framework, teachers can foster creative thinking in every content area and help students develop a maker mindset. Click here for additional keynote and workshop options on design thinking.

Empower: What Happens When Students Own the Learning
Student choice is about more than just a menu option. It’s about student ownership. This includes ownership of the processes, the assessment, the strategies, and the metacognition. But how do we make this happen? How do we fit this into our standards and our curriculum map? Click here for additional keynote and workshop options on empowering students. 

Project-Based Learning for All
PBL can seem daunting when you have time constraints, standards, and a curriculum map. Often, the push for better test scores and “basic skills” means certain students (English Langauge Learners, Special Education students) fail to have access to these projects. However, PBL can work for all students and in this workshop or keynote, I lay out the blueprint for making this a reality. Click here for additional PBL keynote and workshop options.

This is the Future of Education
For all the talk of gadgets and apps, the future of education won’t center around a new content delivery system. The future is in your classroom. It’s with your students. Your school is packed with creative potential. In this keynote, we tackle what the future of education will look like as we shift toward creativity and innovation.

Vintage Innovation 
The best way to prepare students for the future is to empower them in the present. In this keynote or workshop, we explore what it means to use vintage ideas, tools, and strategies in new and relevant ways. Here, we focus on innovation as a focus on “what is best” rather than “what is next.”

Different from Day One: Innovative Practices for New Teachers
Often, new teachers want to empower their students and launch student-centered learning. However, they default to a more traditional teaching approach. In this workshop or keynote, we focus on what it means to use the “new teacher card” as an invitation for innovation. We focus on how to think differently about instruction, assessment, and classroom culture. I provide specific strategies and structures included in the New Teacher Toolkit.

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AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Project-Based Learning

As a teacher, I used design thinking for over a decade and spoke at the White House about one of our multidisciplinary projects. As a professor, I work with pre-service and currrent classroom teachers to help them launch PBL in multiple subject areas.

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Empowering Students with Voice and Choice

My journey as a teacher has been from a focus on engagement to a focus on empowerment. I love to share the stories, mistakes, and insights I’ve had along this journey. I also share practical tools and strategies you can use tomorrow to shift toward student empowerment.

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Design Thinking

I co-wrote the book Launch with A.J. Juliani. We are the founders of the LAUNCH Cycle, a student-friendly K-12 design thinking framework. As a maker and an entreprenreur, I am passionate about human-centered creativity and design thinking.

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RECENT AND UPCOMING SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

I am currently all booked for March, April, and much of June. However, I have some availability in May and July.

Better by Design

Keynote and Sessions at Texas A&M in College Station, TX (April 29, 2020)

PBL For All

Keynote and Sessions in Chestnut Hill, MA (April 25, 2020)

LAUNCH into Design Thinking

Workshop in Glendale Heights, IL (April 16, 2020)

The Power of Maker Challenges

Sessions at TLA Annual Conference 2020 in Houston, TX (March 26, 2020)

Maximizing Student Engagement

Sessions at TLA Annual Conference 2020 in Houston, TX (March 26. 2020)

The Seven Types of Creative Teacher Librarians

Sessions at TLA Annual Conference 2020 in Houtson, TX (March 26, 2020)

PBL for All

Keynote and Workshop in Klein, TX (March 21, 2020)

Getting Started with Project-Based Learning

Featured Session at #NCTIES in Raleigh, NC (March 4, 2020)

Empowering Students

Featured Session at #NCTIES in Raleigh, NC (March 4, 2020)

Launch into Design Thinking

Half-Day Workshop at #NCTIES in Raleigh, NC (March 4, 2020)

The Power of Vintage Innovation

Keynote in Oneida, IL (February 14, 2020)

Launch into Design Thinking

Workshops in Glendale Heights, IL (January 24, 2020)

Empowered by Design

Full-Day Coaching in Glendale Heights, IL (January 23, 2020)

Empowering Students with Voice and Choice

Keynote in Grand Forks, ND (January 20, 2020)

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