- Lousiana Teacher of the Year
- Author, songwriter and lecturer
- Inspiring communicator
Be A Teacher -- Be A Hero!
In this presentation Debbie Silver utilizes humor and sensitivity to remind audiences of how important teachers are in the lives of children.
Going Outside the Lines
In this celebration of administrators and leaders Debbie Silver congratulates those who "go outside the lines" to ensure the best environment for all. This presentation addresses risk-taking and how to engage students/workers from all backgrounds and experiences. Relevant, applicable management strategies for reaching previously disenfranchised workers/students are modeled. Researchers tell us that leaders should no longer ask about employees, "How smart are
they?" but rather, "How are they smart?" Debbie discusses how to incorporate employee’s competencies into program design and assessment. Dr. Silver demonstrates an approach that engages workers/students and helps them maximize their full potential.
Pay It Forward
In this powerful presentation Debbie Silver focuses on the responsibility and privilege of leadership. She utilizes humor and sensitivity to remind audiences of how important leaders are in the structure of the community. Through poignant stories and hilarious characterizations, Debbie connects with the souls of all who reach outside themselves to make a difference. Audience members laugh and cry as they are reminded of the value of each and every individual in the community.
Reflections From An Educator Exemplar
In this spoof characterization of a 30 year teacher (a teacher with one year's experience thirty times), Rhodeena Culsmucker (AKA Debbie Silver), expounds on her philosophy of education, "My way or the highway!" and laments her troubles with everyone in education.
The Art and Heart of Teaching
In presentation Debbie Silver utilizes humor and sensitivity to remind audiences of how important teachers are in the lives of children (This keynote is a blend of "Be a Teacher -- Be a Hero," Going "Outside the Lines," and Reflections of an "Educator Exemplar."
Desperately Seeking a "Round Tuit'"-- Time Management for Educators
There is nothing so constant as change and little as challenging as organizing and managing our time in a world of the unexpected. Come and learn about your own psychological strengths and stumbling blocks when it comes to taking control of your schedule. Through proven techniques and insightful anecdotes Debbie Silver will present a step-by-step approach for connecting your individual needs to a system for attaining your life long goals and dreams. Loads of time saving techniques are provided. This workshop tackles the serious business of time management skills with humor and with fun.
"Do We HAVE to do this?" What Research Tells Us About Motivation
Do your subordinates often ask the question, "What will you give me for doing this?" Does that bother you? This session is a must for teachers and administrators struggling with the issue of using rewards as reinforcers as well as the question of how to motivate learners. Dr. Debbie Silver will offer the latest scientific research on implicit personality theory and other information related to student/employee motivation. Participants will laugh, think, and leave with scores of ideas on how to establish a working environment that truly facilitates lifelong learning.
A Workshop About Interpersonal Communication Skills
"Earth to Educator, Earth to Administrator, Are You There?"
This general workshop is appropriate for everyone involved in dealing with people. It is designed to improve the communication skills of leaders in their many daily interactions with others. Dr. Debbie Silver guides audience members through activities designed to enhance the written and verbal communication skills they need for dealing with students, colleagues, peers, and employees. Goal setting, empathy, listening skills, and interpersonal relationships are addressed.
Great Leadership Tips I've Stolen From My Friends
In this session Dr. Silver mixes her own considerable leadership experience, her background as a university methods professor, her observations as a supervisor of new teachers, and ideas from 100's of her colleagues. Designed as a new leader in-service presentation it gives neophytes time-saving strategies, practical tips, and great ideas to begin approaching their administrative goals. Mixed with both heart and humor this presentation is a wonderful gift for those new to leadership roles as well as those who wish to be renewed.
Learning About Learning Styles
An excellent workshop for those who need help in understanding the learning styles of others! (*It can be presented with or without the administration of a learning style inventory to audience members.) This workshop is designed to acquaint participants with different learning styles. Participants develop an understanding of the various ways people internalize information. While exploring their own learning styles, they examine how to positively interact with those whose styles are different. Dr. Debbie Silver uses humor, role-playing, and anecdotes, to demonstrate how best to deal with the varied learning styles of co-workers. She presents methods for adapting any lesson to the needs of individual learners.
A Stress Management Workshop for Leaders
The physical and psychological costs of stress can undermine our health, our sense of well-being, our spiritual growth, and our interpersonal relationships. This workshop offers proven techniques that can be used to deal with stress and burn-out. Humor, role-playing, and anecdotes are used to illustrate how anyone can reduce and manage unwanted stress. Learn to laugh, love, and live a more satisfying life.