Keynotes & Presentations
I love bringing excitement, energy, and new ideas to organizations and offer a variety of presentations to best fit the needs of your district. Learning opportunities for administrators, staff, students, and your community are all available with one purpose: to push your school district forward in a positive direction. Follow-up consultation is always included.
“Job well done today! In the 15 years I have been in district I can honestly say we have never had so much energy, excitement and fun together as a district! What a great way to start the year!!”
High School Teacher
“Thank you, thank you, thank you! Today was one of the most, if not THE most refreshing PD days in over 20 years. Several of us were talking on the bus that most years we would be leaving with a headache, sore shoulders and neck because of all the stress and tension that we felt. We would feel defeated before barely beginning. Not today. There was laughter and a deep sense of relief and expectation! Thank you, again.”
Elementary School Teacher
“Just wanted to thank you for a great presentation yesterday. We haven't had that level of professional development in 20 years. Everyone left with the most positive attitude we've had here in a long time. Great job!”
“Dr. Smith - I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciated the day today. Your planning, positive spirit, and fun really set the stage for a good year."
Elementary School Teacher
The following presentations have been delivered to audiences of all sizes across the state of Iowa. Whether you are looking for an inspiring keynote, a thought provoking presentation, or an all-day team and skill building workshop, I am here to serve you!
Moments Matter: How Pivotal Moments Impact School Culture
Seemingly ordinary moments during childhood can have a dramatic impact on our lives - for better or worse. School districts must understand the importance of pivotal childhood moments, and explore opportunities for intentionally creating positive memories for their students. During this interactive presentation, attendees will:
Discover the power of emotion when it comes to forming childhood memories
Examine current research on how life’s defining moments are created
Revisit and analyze the “turning points” of their own K-12 career
Explore examples of how schools are intentionally creating positive moments for their students
Create a lasting moment for at least one student or employee in their current school district
Growth Mindset: Changing Attitudes About Failure
Growth mindset is the idea that individuals can be successful as mastering a concept regardless of background and educational history. All of us have that one aspect of our life where we say “I’ve never been good at this, and never will be!” This presentation will challenge those false assumptions, and dive deep into the “art” of growth mindset. Specifically, during this interactive presentation, participants will:
Reflect on their on their own perceived learning limitations
Examine current research on growth mindset
Challenge perceptions that some aspects of learning are fixed
Understand that mastery is possible when the conditions for learning are right
Most importantly… have fun!!
The Voice in Your Head: Dealing with Anxiety in Today’s World
Seemingly overnight, the number of students seeking mental health counseling has increased exponentially. While the medical community is working hard to combat this recent trend, societal forces such as smartphones and social media are making it nearly impossible to protect students from ongoing chatter in their lives. I have dealt with generalized anxiety for over two decades, and am excited to share my personal journey with you. During this interactive presentation, attendees will:
Learn about my personal struggles and successes in dealing with anxiety
Examine how smartphones and social media play a role in anxiety
Explore the possible warning signs of anxiety in adolescents
Understand why it’s important to acknowledge anxiety-related issues
Receive practical methods for helping individuals of all ages deal with anxiety
Culture Hacks: Transform Your Organization Overnight
There is a famous quote that says, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Transformational school leaders know this to be true, and are always looking for opportunities to promote and enhance their school’s culture. This fast-paced presentation covers dozens of ideas and suggestions for creating a culture where students look forward to coming to school and staff enjoy coming to work. Leaders at all levels will leave this presentation fired up and ready to implement a number of practical, creative ideas for improving school culture in their districts.
The Power of Habits
Many people realize the power of compounding interest. But how about compounding habits? Effectively identifying and tracking habits may seem insignificant, but when practiced daily habit management have a dramatic impact on our lives. This presentation highlights years of psychological research on the topic of habits - how to form habits, how to break habits - and everything in between. Audience members will leave with actionable steps that will immediately improve day to day life.