- Louisiana Teacher of the Year
- Author, Songwriter and Lecturer
- Inspiring Communicator
With 30 years spent as a teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor, Debbie Silver doesn't just know her way around the classroom - she is familiar with the challenges educators face at every level, from kindergarten to college. One of the nation's most popular keynote speakers and professional development presenters, this former Louisiana State Teacher of the Year has given presentations around the world (including 49 states, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Africa, and Asia), helping audiences to interact with students on a more meaningful level.
Debbie's best-selling book, Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers: Finding the Rhythm for Differentiated Learning, has been recognized for its insights into research-based models, teaching strategies, management tips, and inspirational "from-the-heart" lessons for addressing individual differences. It is her humor, her practicality, and her ability to connect with students, teachers, parents, and administrators, however, that has made her a popular choice for keynotes, workshops, and breakout sessions.
Her best-selling book, Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed, is heralded by parents, teachers, and administrators as a "fresh approach to getting kids to work smarter and better." In it, she explains the motivational theory and provides down-to-earth examples of concrete, applicable guidelines for helping students overcome setbacks and failure to foster lifelong success.
Debbie co-wrote the 2014 bestseller, Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education, which offers research-based strategies, practical examples, and thought-provoking scenarios to help recharge educators and schools. With a healthy dose of humor to make it fun, Deliberate Optimism demonstrates the difference a change in attitude can make.
In 2017, Debbie Silver and Dedra Stafford released another best-seller, Teaching Kids to Thrive: Essential Skills for Success, that focuses on how SEL (social and emotional learning) instruction can be woven into all subject areas at levels preK-12. This book describes what SEL-friendly classrooms look like and provides a wealth of tools and strategies for those who want to teach life skills beyond the standards.
Debbie Silver's mission is to remind educators of how important they are in the lives of children, highlighting both learning theory as well as tools for communication. She makes important points while sharing poignant stories and lots of laughs. She firmly believes that teachers need to be having fun and staying in touch with their passion, to make their biggest impact in the classroom.
When she's not working as an educational speaker and writer, Debbie enjoys spending time in Texas with her husband, Dr. Lawrence Silver, and spending time with their 5 sons and their families who live in 5 different states.
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