Professional Links

Looking for organizations, membership, or materials to help you grow as a teacher, parent or organizational leader? Here are some of Debbie’s favorite professional links:

Teaching Kids to Thrive

This website was developed by Dr. Silver and Dedra Stafford to help educators and teachers explore classroom activities, recommended videos, websites, and other resources that compliment their recent book book chapter by chapter.

21st Century Fluency Project [formerly known as the Committed Sardine):

An innovative resource designed to cultivate 21st century fluencies, while fostering engagement and adventure in the learning experience.

Association of Middle Level Educators (AMLE) [formerly known as NMSA]:

International organization of those focused on middle level education (9 – 14 year-olds).

Dedra Stafford Presentations:

Debbie’s associate, educator, technology guru, keynote and workshop presenter.

Doug Johnson, Library-Media Specialist:

Speaker, writer, and consultant on school technology and library issues.


Home of Peter Reynolds, inspired company that develops K-12 media and resources dedicated to helping all learners discover their true potential.

Incentive Publications:

Debbie’s first publisher, innovative books and resources to help teachers in the classroom.

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE):


Dynamic websites and dependable web hosting for growing businesses.

Jack Berckemeyer:

Middle school advocate, humorist, presenter, consultant, author.

Joan Maute:


Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators:

The BEST technology tips for educators.

Knowledge Delivery Systems (KDS):

eLearning solutions for educators.

Middle School Matters – Middle School News for Middle School Educators who care:

MiddleTalk ListServ (sponsored by AMLE):

MiddleWeb SmartBrief:

Monte Selby:

Educator, singer, songwriter, author, presenter and consultant.

National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP):

National Science Teachers Association:

 National School Boards Association:

Nuts & Bolts Conference:

Annual middle level symposiums sponsored by Incentive Publications.

Premiere Speakers Bureau:

Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT):

Staff Development for Educators (SDE):

Customized workshops and conferences for educators.

Steven Layne, Ed.D.:

Passionate about reading, author, teacher, professor, presenter.

Susan Silverman’s Webfolio:

Instructional technology and classroom innovation consultant.

Texas Middle School Association:

The Book Whisperer:

Donalyn Miller writes about how to engage kids as active readers.

The Happy Racers:

Fast moving band that creates alternative music for kids.


Vicki Hannah Lein – Find the Funny Faster Website and books


Professional Training Opportunities

These national programs are offered to teachers and other educators for little or no cost. Books of activities linked to all grade levels, all disciplines, and hundreds of topics are given to participants who complete the training (usually 6 hours). Most activities are correlated to state standards and give teachers numerous ways to integrate the naturalist intelligence into lesson plans.


Project Learning Tree

PLT is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from PK-12. PLT uses the forest as a “window” on the world to increase students’ understanding of our environment; stimulate students’ critical and creative thinking; develop students’ ability to make informed decisions on environmental issues; and instill in students the commitment to take responsible action on behalf of the environment.

Project W.I.L.D./Aquatic

Project WILD is an interdisciplinary, supplementary environmental and conservation education program for educators of grades K-12. The program emphasizes wildlife because of its intrinsic and ecological values, as well as its importance as a basis for teaching how ecosystems function.

Project WET

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is a nonprofit water education program and publisher for educators and young people ages 5-18. The program facilitates and promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids and establishment of internationally sponsored Project WET programs.


Link Policy:
If Dr. Debbie Silver has not directly experienced the benefits of an individual, organization, or product then we will not list them on our website. If, however, the content is found to be credible and offers sound advice or benefits that affect a teacher’s ability to teach, a leader’s ability to lead, or a parent’s ability to parent we may mention the contents of particular articles or companies in other digital outlets, or refer to it in direct conversation or presentations.

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