Speakers Bureau

Education

Gaming to Learn by Learning to Game

Gaming is a powerful learning strategy. Gaming is not about the games, it is about the gaming. It is about the collaborative process that rewards managing information, decisions and people. This presentation explores how gaming can provide a learner-centered problem-solving experience that educators are identifying as a 21st Century classroom. The audience will leave this presentation with a different perspective on how gaming can benefit learners. a 20-minute version of the presentation along with links to the resources used can be found at http://tinyurl.com/GamingtoLearn

Holistic Learning

How do we create learning environments that connect with all aspects of all students? From the historical and philosophic roots to the innovative new models, holistic education and holistic learning practices offer us many answers. Creating transformational learning opportunities that engage everyone involved in becoming a better person and to always strive to be a life long learner. Potential workshops or topics: Action Teaching/Action Learning, educating for self-actualization, transformational education/learning, historical/philosophical roots of holistic education/learning, innovative practices, project based learning, and many more possible topics.

Cooperative Learning and High Performing Teams

Creating highly effective teams whether it is in a PK-12 Classroom or in a corporation are essential for getting the most out of our cooperative potential. Regardless of the context creating high performing cooperative teams requires the same five basic elements and can be done in almost any context with the right preparation and scaffolding of the participants. Sessions might range from what are the 5 key elements of cooperative learning and highly effective teams, to advanced workshops with already intact work teams who are hoping to re-energize themselves. Possibility to work with people and groups ranging from Preschool to Senior Citizens and everyone in between, across almost any context. Potential topics: cooperative learning 101, advanced team building, peacemaking, constructive controversy, conflict resolution, moving from just a group to a high power team, social interdependence across contexts, and much more.

Educational Testing: Uses and Abuses, Winners and Losers

Current federal policies encourage national standards, more high-stakes testing, and tying teacher pay to test scores.  Do these policies help or hurt the education of our children?  Who wins and who loses as a result?

Educational Reform: Separating Fact from Fiction

Public education has been described as in need of significant reform for the past hundred years or more. Comparisons of test scores among countries, states, cities, and school districts are interpreted to suggest a need to adopt business solutions to "fix" education.  Current education policies call for identifying low-performing schools on the basis of test scores and "restructuring" them to improve performance.  Presentation will review evidence that strongly suggests current policies are hurting more than helping schools most in need.

Use of Elearning in the College Classroom

Discussion of how Elearning can be used for ongoing need assessment in the classroom. Additionally, the presentation will discuss students' perceptions of Elearning and the impact it had on their learning.

First-Year Students Beliefs about Literacy

Discusses research I conducted in a first-year writing course. Beliefs students brought from to the classroom were noted as were shifts in beliefs that occurred over the course of a semester.

Transitioning from High School to College

Discusses the disconnect between high school and college and offers solutions for easing this disconnect and making for an easier transition from high school to college.

Great Environmental Books and Lesson Plans for K-12 Grades

This presentation is targeted to those who educate in formal and non-formal settings.

High School Reform

Many of today's high schools haven't changed much since the 20th century.  An effort to reform America's high schools is underway, centering on rigor, relevance and relationships. 

The Achievement Gap – Going Beyond Socioeconomic and Cultural Factors

Students in the U.S. are falling behind in student achievement compared to other countries.  There are many issues that affect student achievement beyond socioeconomic and cultural competence.  Learn the roles schools, teachers, administrators, parents, government and researchers play in improving student achievement.

Teacher Work Samples, Character Education, Leadership and Followership Skills - Yemen

A Living Museum Those Who Can, Teach Those Who Can't: The Professional Teacher.

Teacher Education

What makes for a modern teacher education program in the preparation of classroom personnel for the 21st century?

Student Teachers - New Educators

Challenges and experiences of a young educator in rural, economically disadvantaged regions of Iowa.

Psychology of Forgiveness

Covers forgiveness in the contexts of deep, personal and unfair hurt. What is forgiveness and how do people forgive? What are the benefits of interpersonal forgiveness? Why are there so many misconceptions associated with forgiveness, and how do those misconceptions get in the way of people's willingness to forgive? A presentation to educate on how forgiveness can be healing for individuals.

Middle Level Education and the Developmental Characteristics of Young Adolescents

Information about middle level education programs and practices including interdisciplinary teaming, scheduling, teacher advisory programs, curriculum design (cross-curricular integration), intramural/interscholastic athletic programs, and parent connections with school including the transition to middle level schools.

Mentoring Today's Youth

Presentation can be adapted to a number of topical areas addressing youth, underprivileged youth, working with and developing leadership and esteem in youth. Discussion can lead to appreciation of opportunities and privileges many of us take for granted.

High School Leadership

A discussion regarding Young Leaders in Action, a project and leadership education program for high school students.

Education

Motivational presentation for educators to achieve success in the classroom and in professional development.

Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Issues include: developmentally appropriate practice, integrated curriculum, problem-solving based math curriculum, multi-age education, emergent literacy and curriculum writing.

Child Development

Can speak on numerous topics related to child and adolescent development.

CREATING AND USING COOPERATIVE EDUCATION/INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS. Discover what is involved in creating, filling, and managing cooperative education or internship positions within your organization and the benefits they offer to both employers and students.

Language Learning: By English Speakers & By Speakers of Other Languages

The social and cultural conditions under which children and adults learn languages.

The Structure and Use of Language

Discussion on language policy and attitudes toward languages in the United States and worldwide.

Marketing Education

Intended for superintendents and principals. A fast-paced how-to approach to maintaining and increasing your market share.