When working with parents Dr. Debbie Silver offers a unique perspective.  She is an educator with 30 years spent as a teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor.  She is familiar with the challenges students and their parents face at every level, from kindergarten to college.  Additionally she is a mother of 3 sons and stepmother of 2 more, who had varying degrees of success with the public school system. She is a natural for helping build bridges between families and schools.

She is an expert who totally “gets it” about how hard it is to rear successful children in this challenging world.  She capitalizes on her own experiences as well as extensive research about motivation and achievement to bring together advice that is sound, practical, and extraordinarily useful.  Dr. Silver reinforces valuable information with practical examples as she recounts stories that relate to everyone who has had a role in child rearing.  Her candid observations and hilarious wit have made her a favorite among parents around the world.

Her first book, Marching to the Beat of Different Drummers, gives parents and teachers guidelines for valuing and supporting kids who see the world from a slightly different view.  She helps audiences understand how to identify and appreciate kids who have dissimilar learning styles as well as different ways of being smart.

Her newest release, Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed, is being heralded by parents, teachers, and administrators as a “fresh approach to getting kids to work smarter and better.” In it she explains motivational theory and provides down-to-earth examples of concrete, applicable guidelines for helping students overcome setbacks and failure to foster lifelong success.

Her most recent best-selling book, Teaching Kids to Thrive: Essential Skills for Success, is an essential read for all parents. Dr. Silver and her co-author Dedra Stafford provide methods for empowering and guiding children to becoming their best selves, working through the challenging times and finding the lessons to excel.

Debbie’s mission is to remind parents of how important they are in the lives of their children, highlighting both learning theory as well as tools for communication.  She makes essential points while sharing poignant stories, wisdom, and lots of laughs. She is not only a “teacher’s teacher,” but also a highly effective, “parent’s parent.”

Listen to Debbie talk about  “Building Resiliency in Students” On the School Leadership Briefing.


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