Workshops

All Keynotes can be presented as Workshops, and all content can be modified to accommodate a variety of audience options and group needs.

 

Classroom Management Through Positive, Proactive Strategies

This session is a MUST for new teachers, teachers who are having difficulty with classroom management, teachers who need to be “recharged,” or administrators who want to help their staff work towards being more student-centered. Dr. Debbie Silver offers simple, practical, helpful tips on everything from how to begin the very best day of school to how to trouble-shoot with disruptive students. Included are tips on student-centered discipline along with basic classroom routines and procedures. Teachers in the session laugh, think, and go back to their classrooms with scores of ideas on how to establish a classroom environment that facilitates learning.

Time: 1-3 Hours:

Audience Options: Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, Administrators

Cooperative Learning For Generation 2.0

Recent research clearly demonstrates that students who frequently engage in well-structured cooperative learning settings are better prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  This workshop is designed to help teachers set up a learning environment that fosters collaboration and cooperation among class members.

In this session, participants work collaboratively on engaging tasks while practicing basic cooperative learning strategies.  Beginners gain confidence to try it, while experienced cooperative grouping managers acquire new ideas that are aligned with project-based learning and needed 21st century skills.

Time: 1-6 Hours:

Audience Options: Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, Administrators   

Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education

How do teachers maintain a positive learning environment while addressing increased emphasis on standards, new teacher evaluations, and other challenges in education? Dr. Debbie Silver discusses how educators can maintain a sense of self as well as help their students become independent, resilient learners. Through her research and understanding of human behavior, Debbie provides insights into how to maintain one’s sanity while giving every student a reasonable chance at success. Using her well-known candor and sense of humor, Debbie offers participants an entertaining and thought-provoking look at how to empower both teachers and learners.

Time: 1-3 Hours

Audience Options: Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, Administrators, School Board Members, Parents, and Support staff (bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodial staff, secretaries, assistants, etc.)

Engaging Parents in Today’s Business of Schooling

Today, more than ever, schools need parents as partners in the matter of educating their children. In this presentation, Dr. Debbie Silver offers proven procedures and basic, sensible methods for engaging parents at every level. Dr. Silver also explores the dynamics of interpersonal relationships when dealing with parents. She offers a twist in perspective in that she has five very different sons who went through the public school system with varying degrees of success. The importance of professionalism, positive interaction, and compassion are emphasized.

Time: 1-3 Hours

Audience Options: Teachers, Future Teachers, Administrators, School Board, Parents, & Support Staff

Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed

In the globalized, digital, common core world of the 21st Century, learners will be required to be more self-reliant and more self-motivated than at perhaps any other time. Dr. Debbie Silver explores what teachers and parents must do to ensure that students become the independent, resilient learners they need to be. Based on her book, Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed, Dr. Debbie Silver offers surprising breakthrough research to both inform and challenge audiences. Participants leave with a better understanding of internal motivation along with a myriad of ideas for helping students to become successful lifelong learners. This presentation is particularly helpful for those who work with gifted and/or struggling students.

Time: 1-6 Hours

Audience Options: Teachers, Future Teachers, Administrators, School Board, Parents, & Support Staff

Building a Positive School Culture – Helping Teachers Thrive

Come prepared to laugh, to think, and to leave with loads of ideas for improving school climate and helping teachers achieve their personal best. Empowering teachers is key to improving student outcomes. Based on her bestselling books, Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8 and Deliberate Optimism – Reclaiming the Joy in Education, Dr. Debbie Silver offers insights into what teachers most need from administrators in order to achieve personal and professional efficacy. She discusses the importance of effective feedback as a means to help teachers grow and foster a thriving classroom.

Dr. Silver also offers practical ideas and tips for helping teachers overcome anxiety and burn-out. She demonstrates how to lower stress in the work environment for both administrators and teachers. Filled with heart and humor, this workshop offers insights and practical solutions for learning to “listen with more than your ears.”

Time: 1-6 Hours

Audience Options: Teachers, Administrators, School Board, Parents, & Support Staff

 

Going “Outside the Lines” to Provide Every 21st Century Learner a Reasonable Chance at Success

Based on her best-selling book, Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers – Finding the Rhythm for Differentiating Learning, Debbie Silver offers her wisdom and humor to answer the question, “How do we engage students who march to the beat of a different drummer?” Debbie discusses how to give students multiple opportunities to internalize information and to demonstrate what they know and understand. She demonstrates how to use components of differentiated learning, technology, and standardized curriculum to maximize instruction for 21st century learners.

Time: 1-6 Hours

Audience Options: Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, Administrators, School Board, & Parents

Helping Teachers Find the “Beat of Their Different Marchers“ (D.I. for Grown-ups)

Does working with teachers sometimes feel like you are dealing with students – only they are taller and less flexible? This session will help you assist your staff in becoming true D.I. advocates as they embrace the its key components. Based on her work with the book, Because You Teach, co-written with Monte Selby, Rick Wormeli, and Kathy Hunt, Dr. Debbie Silver demonstrates activities that can be used to engage all staff members in meaningful discussions about how best to serve students. These music-oriented tools and strategies can be use for faculty meetings, in-service presentations, small group discussions, and individual assignments. Come enjoy the fun while learning a few “tricks of the trade” for promoting D.I. to other educators.

Time: 1-3 Hours

Audience Options: Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Anyone who works with Teachers

Helping Parents Give Their Students “Roots and Wings”

Today, more than ever, schools need parents as partners in the matter of educating their children. Dr. Debbie Silver offers proven procedures and basic, sensible methods to encourage parents to engage with schools in ways that will best benefit their offspring. She demonstrates how to help parents teach their kids to tackle challenges rather than avoid them by providing down-to-earth (and often humorous) real-life examples about fostering lifelong success. She offers a twist in perspective in that she taught for 30 years, and she also has five very different sons who went through the public school system with varying degrees of success. Debbie emphasizes the importance of focused attention and purposeful feedback to help students thrive.

Time: 1-3 Hours

Audience Options: Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, Administrators, Board Members, Parents, & Anyone who works with Teachers 

Middle School Matters

In this celebration of middle school educators Dr. Debbie Silver congratulates those who “go outside the lines” to ensure the best environment for all middle level students.  She addresses the specific developmental levels of young adolescents as well as their unique attributions and peculiarities.  Dr. Silver believes that middle school is “the last best hope” for many of our students, and she is passionate about preparing them for the next phase of their lives. Debbie offers specific strategies, engaging techniques, and proven activities to “go in after” every middle level learner.  Through her poignant stories and humorous anecdotes she connects with the souls of all who have taught, who currently teach, or who hope to teach middle school in the future.

Time: 1-3 Hours

Audience Options: Teachers, Future Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Administrators, School Board Members, Parents, and Support staff (bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodial staff, secretaries, assistants, etc.)

Practicing “Safe Stress!”  Building Resiliency in Educators

*This session is also a great Keynote

Are all the changes going on in education driving you crazy?  Do you feel that you have been stretched as thin as you’re going to stretch?  In order for teachers to have a profound educational and personal impact on the lives of students, they must meet and take care of their own needs.  This session offers practical ideas and tips for recognizing and dealing with anxiety and burnout. This empowering, interactive, and entertaining presentation helps teachers discover the keys to honing their personal strength areas and to lowering stress in the work environment.  New research, audience participation, and humor are used to illustrate how educators can learn to reduce and manage unwanted stress. Learn to laugh, love, and live a more satisfying life.

Time: 1-3 Hours

Audience Options: Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, Administrators, School Board Members, Parents, Support staff (bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodial staff, secretaries, assistants, etc.)

Note:  This session can also be used as a KEYNOTE.

  

Science As A Verb – STEM/STEAM in action 

Dr. Debbie Silver is a former classroom science teacher who has remained active in science reform teaching for over 30 years as well as STEM since its inception. In this lively session, Dr. Silver demonstrates proven techniques for engaging all types of learners in the science processes. Her belief is that the best science teaching starts with active, engaging learning. She gives “how to” tips on everything from safety to managing materials to how to set up cooperative groups. With technology, integrated instruction (math, and engineering), differentiated instruction, alternative assessment, cooperative learning, the learning cycle, discrepant events, and other established strategies, Debbie takes the audience through a myriad of ways to use science as a natural springboard for re-engaging and challenging all types of learners. She offers numerous ideas and gives helpful technology resources.

Time: 2-6 Hours

Audience Options: Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, Administrators

Square Pegs/Round Holes – Why We Need to Pay Attention to Learning Differences

Differentiating learning involves more than ascertaining levels of mastery. Teachers need to understand who their learners are. Extrovert or introvert? Concrete or Abstract? Sequential or Random? Visual or Tactile? What’s a teacher to do? Dr. Debbie Silver offers tools and strategies for identifying how individual students learn best and how to maximize their classroom experience. She provides simple, direct methods for addressing learning differences and giving every student a reasonable chance at success.

Time: 2-6 Hours

Audience Options: Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, Administrators

Teaching Kids to THRIVE: Building the Other Essential Skills for Success

For students to thrive in their frenzied, high-speed, hyper-connected environments, it is imperative for them to learn important competencies that go beyond academic standards. In their new book, Teaching Kids to Thrive: Building the Other Essential Skills for Success, Debbie Silver and co-writer, Dedra Stafford, explore topics such as mindfulness, controlling executive functions, student agency, resilience, perseverance, responsibility, integrity, empathy, and gratitude. In this thought-provoking presentation, Dr. Debbie Silver examines how educators can help students develop their social and emotional learning (SEL) skills to find success both now and in the future. Debbie combines meaningful points about the importance of Thrive skills with tips on how to seamlessly integrate SEL skills into current curriculum.

Time: 1- 3 Hours

Audience Options: Mentor Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, 

Understanding and Dealing with “Difficult People”

Do you ever think about how much better your life would be if it weren’t for all those annoying other people? Dr. Debbie Silver explores some of the inherent traits people have and explains why they behave the way they do. She discusses learning styles, generational differences, and the differences between introverts and extroverts. This session is a fun, insightful, and great for working on a positive school climate. Teacher to teacher, teacher to parent, and teacher to administrator relationships are examined. Come see if you recognize yourself as well as those around you.

Time: 1- 3 Hours

Audience Options: Mentors, Coaches, AdministratorsTeachers, & Teacher Support Staff 

 


 

Specialized  Topics

 

Want to Design Your Own Professional Development?

Feel free to “pick and choose from the array of topics.”  Debbie will be happy to customize a presentation to suit the particular needs of your participants.  Just ask.

*Differentiated Teaching and Learning —

Each of Debbie’s keynotes and workshops is grounded in the principles of growth mindset and differentiated instruction. Titles can be modified to reflect the needs of your conference or meeting.

 


 

Student Presentation

 

Finding Your “North Star” – Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8!

In this motivational presentation for students, Debbie entertains kids while challenging them to make their own dreams come true. Through demonstrations, audience participation, stories, and comedy she involves participants in creative thinking and risk taking situations. Based on a theme by Fablevision’s™ Peter Reynolds, the message comes through loud and clear is that through choice, commitment, courage, and character, students can set their own goals and achieve them.

Time: 1-1.5 Hours

Audience Options: Students in grades 4 -12

 

Need a parent or administrator workshop? Ask about those presentation materials.

 

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