Debbie Silver

Debbie Silver

  • Louisiana Teacher of the Year
  • Author, Songwriter and Lecturer
  • Inspiring Communicator
Teaching Kids to Thrive

Bring best-selling author/educators, Dr. Debbie Silver and Dedra Stafford to your school or district to inspire your preK-12 educators and guide them in how to implement social-emotional learning...

Bring best-selling author/educators, Dr. Debbie Silver and Dedra Stafford to your school or district to inspire your preK-12 educators and guide them in how to implement social-emotional learning (SEL) concepts in the classroom. Choose from a 6-day, 3-day, or 1-day Thrive Initiative Package. Demand is high so act fast to book your sessions with these veteran professional development specialists now.

6-Day Thrive Initiative Model Includes:
Opening Day (1) with Dr. Debbie Silver and Dedra Stafford
• Includes inspirational and informational opening and closing keynotes
• Administration of pre-test measuring participants’ knowledge of SEL and commitment to its implementation
• Thrive activities to build camaraderie and model procedures
• Introduction to a Google Thrive Classroom that is set up for Thrive Initiative participants and is used throughout the year as ongoing support and follow-up to onsite sessions.
-- additional information, thought questions, teacher resources
-- ongoing access to the facilitators
-- group collaborations, discussions, questions, and solutions
• Distribution of Thrive Bonus Bags (50 participants or under are included in the price. Over 50 will be priced additionally)
--Teaching Kids to Thrive book
--Teaching Kids to Thrive bag
--Thrive t-shirt forms (for sizing)
--Other Thrive gifts
Follow-up Embedded Days (4) with Dedra Stafford
• Additional training on each of the Thrive skills
• Classroom visits and feedback to teachers
• Demonstration lessons
• Individual and small group support as needed
• Goggle classroom instruction and assistance as needed
• Meetings with administrators and school leaders
• Presents t-shirts to participants

Google Hang-out Sessions (2)
• Dr. Silver and/or Dedra host a questions and answer session for Thrive Initiative Participants

Closing Day (1) with Dr. Debbie Silver
• Administration of pre-test measuring participants’ knowledge
• of SEL and commitment to its implementation
• Share Fair involving all participants and invited guests
• Closing activities and planning for ongoing implementation
• Closing Keynote
• Presentation of Thrive (SEL) School banner

3-Day Thrive Initiative Model Includes:

Opening Day (1) with Dr. Debbie Silver and Dedra Stafford
• Includes inspirational and informational opening and closing keynotes
• Thrive activities to build camaraderie and model procedures
• Introduction to a Google Thrive Classroom that is set up for Thrive Initiative participants and is used throughout the year as ongoing support and follow-up to onsite sessions.
-- additional information, thought questions, teacher resources
-- ongoing access to the facilitators
-- group collaborations, discussions, questions, and solutions
• Distribution of Thrive Bonus Bags (50 participants or under are included in the price. Over 50 will be priced additionally)
--Teaching Kids to Thrive book
--Teaching Kids to Thrive bag
--Thrive t-shirt forms (for sizing)
--Other Thrive gifts

Follow-up Embedded Day (1) with Dedra Stafford
Choose from:
• Additional training on each of the Thrive skills
• Classroom visits and feedback to teachers
• Demonstration lessons
• Individual and small group support as needed
• Goggle classroom instruction and assistance as needed
• Meetings with administrators and school leaders
• Presents t-shirts to participants

Goggle Hang-out Sessions (1)
• Dr. Silver and/or Dedra host a questions and answer session for Thrive Initiative Participants

Closing Day (1) with Dr. Debbie Silver
• Share Fair involving all participants and invited guests
• Closing activities and planning for ongoing implementation
• Closing Keynote

1-Day Thrive Initiative Model Includes:
Day (1) with Dr. Debbie Silver and Dedra Stafford
• Includes inspirational and informational opening and closing keynotes
• Multiple break-out sessions provided by Debbie and Dedra (customized by client choice for grade levels, topics, or both)
• Distribution of Teaching Kids to Thrive Book (50 participants or under are included in the price. Over 50 will be priced additionally)

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Be a Teacher -- Be a Hero!

In this presentation Debbie Silver utilizes humor and thoughtful insights to remind audiences of how important teachers (and other educators) are in the lives of children. Through poignant stories...

In this presentation Debbie Silver utilizes humor and thoughtful insights to remind audiences of how important teachers (and other educators) are in the lives of children. Through poignant stories and hilarious characterizations, Debbie connects with the souls of all who work with students. Audience members laugh and cry as Debbie reminds them of the value of each and every child in the classroom.

Time: 50 to 90 minutes
Audience Options: Teachers, Future Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, and Administrators Note- All keynotes can be presented in workshop format

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Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers – Engaging All Learners

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...

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 from all backgrounds and experiences?" She demonstrates how to capitalize on student strengths and elicit greater achievement gains and higher motivation among students. Dr. Silver shares her views on what she considers a non-negotiable in education – that every student deserves a reasonable chance at success. Participants leave with new ideas for creative instructional and assessment strategies as well as ideas for preparing 21st century learners.

Time: 1-3 Hours
Audience Options: Students, Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, Administrators, School Board Members, Parents, and Support staff (bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodial staff, secretaries, assistants, etc.) Note- All keynotes can be presented in workshop format

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The Art and Heart of Education

Note: This keynote is a blend of "Be a Teacher -- Be a Hero," and "Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers.

In this presentation Dr. Debbie Silver utilizes humor and compassion to remind...

Note: This keynote is a blend of "Be a Teacher -- Be a Hero," and "Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers.

In this presentation Dr. Debbie Silver utilizes humor and compassion to remind audiences how important all adult advocates are in the lives of students. She demonstrates how to build relationships with students while challenging them to reach higher goals. Her belief is that all children have gifts, and educators hold the important key for getting students to “open them.” Audiences laugh and cry as they are reminded about the value of each and every learner and the joy of connecting with students.

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.) Note- All keynotes can be presented in workshop format

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

Do ask ever yourself, “Just how am I supposed to motivate these kids?” The real question, of course, is how to we get them to motivate themselves? Based on extensive research for her new book, Fall...

Do ask ever yourself, “Just how am I supposed to motivate these kids?” The real question, of course, is how to we get them to motivate themselves? Based on extensive research for her new book, Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed, Dr. Debbie Silver offers surprising new findings about fundamental ways we can change our teaching practices to help kids become self-motivated. Come prepared to have your thinking challenged and to receive a multitude of strategies that help learners develop internal motivation and resiliency.

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.) Note- All keynotes can be presented in workshop format

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Pay It Forward

In this celebration of educational employees Debbie Silver congratulates those who “go outside the lines” to ensure the best environment for all students. She utilizes humor and reflective insights...

In this celebration of educational employees Debbie Silver congratulates those who “go outside the lines” to ensure the best environment for all students. She utilizes humor and reflective insights to remind audiences of how important all the adults in school are in the lives of children. Through poignant stories and hilarious characterizations, Debbie connects with the souls of all who work with students. Audience members laugh and cry as Debbie reminds them of the value of each and every student at school.

Time: 50 to 90 minutes
Audience Options: Administrators, School Board Members, and Support staff

*Note: Modification of this presentation for counselors, bus drivers, school secretaries, librarians, parents, and/ or other educational support personnel can be customized.
Note- All keynotes can be presented in workshop format

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Classroom Management Through Positive, Proactive Strategies

This session is a MUST for new teachers, teachers who are experiencing difficulty with classroom management, teachers who need to be "recharged," or administrators who want to help their staffs...

This session is a MUST for new teachers, teachers who are experiencing difficulty with classroom management, teachers who need to be "recharged," or administrators who want to help their staffs work towards being more student-centered. Dr. Debbie Silver offers simple, practical, helpful tips on everything from how to begin the very first 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

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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...

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

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Student Presentation

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

In this motivational speech for students, Debbie entertains kids while challenging them to make their own dreams come true. Through...

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

In this motivational speech 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 that comes through loud and clear is that through commitment, courage, and character, students can set their own goals and achieve them.

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Leadership: Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: How to Help Your Team Succeed

Do you ever ask yourself, “Just how am I supposed to motivate these employees?” the real question, of course, is how do we help them to motivate themselves? Based on extensive research for her new...

Do you ever ask yourself, “Just how am I supposed to motivate these employees?” the real question, of course, is how do we help them to motivate themselves? Based on extensive research for her new book on motivation, Dr. Debbie Silver offers surprising new findings about fundamental ways we can encourage team members to become more self directed, resilient, and successful. Dr. Silver provides an entertaining and fact-filled session on the most effective use of feedback with workers. Laced with humor and practical applications, Debbie will have you laughing, thinking, and eager to try a proven approach to stimulating productivity.

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Leadership: Practicing “Safe Stress”- Finding Passion and Beating Burn-out

Do you and your team feel tired, over- burdened, and just about to snap? You need Dr. Debbie Silver to the rescue. With her trademark humor, Debbie presents simple but effective techniques on how...

Do you and your team feel tired, over- burdened, and just about to snap? You need Dr. Debbie Silver to the rescue. With her trademark humor, Debbie presents simple but effective techniques on how to deal with burn out and approach each workday with more energy and enthusiasm. With hilarious examples and heartfelt stories, she relates to audiences and provides insights that are well researched and grounded in practicality. You will learn, laugh, and leave with a myriad of ideas for approaching both work and personal situations in a more relaxed, productive way.

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Basic Training in Differentiated Instruction

Ready to start differentiating instruction but don’t know where to start? This session offers a quick overview of the basics of D.I. and tips for beginners and intermediates in implementing a...

Ready to start differentiating instruction but don’t know where to start? This session offers a quick overview of the basics of D.I. and tips for beginners and intermediates in implementing a student-centered program. Strategies, examples, and resources are presented and discussed. Bring your questions.

Time: 1-6 Hours
Audience Options: Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, Administrators

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Creating a Classroom Culture That Works for You

This session explores emerging brain research on the neurobiology of emotions and its links to learning. Dr. Debbie Silver demonstrates applications of classroom strategies designed to foster...

This session explores emerging brain research on the neurobiology of emotions and its links to learning. Dr. Debbie Silver demonstrates applications of classroom strategies designed to foster emotional health and enhance students’ ability to learn. From anti-bullying techniques to suggestions on how to improve interpersonal communication skills with and among students Dr. Silver offers helpful tips on creating a classroom environment that is safe for everyone (including the teacher). Her ideas can be integrated into any grade level or subject discipline. Audience participants join in activities that teach empathy, impulse control, and other fundamentals of emotional competence.

Time: 1-3 Hours
Audience Options: Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, Administrators

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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 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.)

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Differentiating Instruction to Provide Every 21st Century Learner with 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...

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 lesson design to engage learners of every sort.

Time: 1-6 Hours
Audience Options: Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, Administrators, School Board, & Parents

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Earth to Educator, Earth to Educator, Are You There?

This workshop is perfect for anyone involved in education. It is designed to improve the communication skills of educators in their many daily interactions with others. Dr. Debbie Silver leads...

This workshop is perfect for anyone involved in education. It is designed to improve the communication skills of educators in their many daily interactions with others. Dr. Debbie Silver leads audience members through activities designed to enhance the written and verbal communication skills needed for dealing with students, colleagues, administrators, and parents. Goal setting, empathy, listening skills, and interpersonal relationships are addressed.

**A special session for administrators, “Earth to Administrator, Are You Listening?” What Teachers Want Their Principals to Know, is also available.**

Time: 1-3 Hours
Audience Options: Teachers, Teacher Support Staff

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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...

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

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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...

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 new 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.

Time: 2 -6 Hours
Audience Options: Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, Administrators, School Board Members, and Parents

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Fear of Failure- Why Both Gifted & Talented and Struggling Students Stop Trying

Ever wonder why those who “seem to have everything” often fail to maximize their potential? Do you teach students who not only refuse to try but also become obstinate when asked to attempt new or...

Ever wonder why those who “seem to have everything” often fail to maximize their potential? Do you teach students who not only refuse to try but also become obstinate when asked to attempt new or novel concepts? Based on our research on student motivation this session will explore the phenomenon of learners whose mindsets literally immobilize their achievement and their ability to enjoy life. Dr. Debbie Silver discusses emerging research on attribution theory, self-fulfilling prophecy, “mind-sets,” and offers practical solutions for helping students achieve a life-long love for learning.

Time: 1-3 Hours Audience Options: Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, Administrators, School Board Members, and Parents

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Going “Outside the Lines” to Provide Every 21st Century Learner With 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...

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 show what they understand. She demonstrates how to use components of differentiated learning, technology, and common core curriculum to maximize instruction for 21st century learners.

Time: 1-6 Hours
Audience Options: Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, Administrators, School Board Members, and Parents

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Great Teaching Tips I've Stolen From My Friends

In this session Dr. Silver mixes her own considerable classroom experience, her background as a university methods professor, her observations as a supervisor of teachers, and ideas from 100's of...

In this session Dr. Silver mixes her own considerable classroom experience, her background as a university methods professor, her observations as a supervisor of teachers, and ideas from 100's of her colleagues. She offers numerous tips on everything from teacher time management to how to find and stick to one’s own personal rhythm for teaching. Mixed with both heart and humor this presentation is a wonderful gift for those new to the teaching profession as well as those who wish to be renewed.

Time: 1-3 Hours
Audience Options: Teachers, Future Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, and Administrators

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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 help your staff become true D.I. advocates as they...

Does working with teachers sometimes feel like you are dealing with students – only they are taller and less flexible? This session will help you help your staff become 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: Lead and Mentor Teachers, Administrators
Note: This is a great session for anyone who works with teachers

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Helping Teachers to “Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8

In this session Dr. Debbie Silver discusses surprising and fundamental ways teachers can help students become self motivated. She offers tips on how administrators can support teachers in their...

In this session Dr. Debbie Silver discusses surprising and fundamental ways teachers can help students become self motivated. She offers tips on how administrators can support teachers in their efforts to give every student a reasonable chance at success. While addressing the variance in teacher personalities and approaches, she will demonstrate effective methods for positively communicating with all the adult advocates on staff. Through research, humor, anecdotes, and modeling Debbie demonstrates how best to deal with all types of teachers.

Time: 1-3 Hours
Audience Options: Administrators, Aspiring Administrators, Teacher coaches, Teacher Leaders

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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...

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 learners. 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

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A New Look At Learning Styles

Even though there is ongoing debate about whether or not learners tend to be one particular style or another, most educators agree that students seem to differ in the ways they best internalize...

Even though there is ongoing debate about whether or not learners tend to be one particular style or another, most educators agree that students seem to differ in the ways they best internalize information. Educators need to be aware of the primary learning styles so they can offer a range of opportunities to enhance student learning as well as appreciate the various ways students and other adults “make sense of their worlds.”

This workshop is designed to acquaint participants with the four learning styles identified and studied by Dr. Anthony Gregorc, as well as, with Susan Cain’s groundbreaking study of extroverts and introverts. While exploring their own learning styles, participants examine how to interact positively with those whose styles are dissimilar. Dr. Debbie Silver uses humor, role-playing, and anecdotes to demonstrate how best to deal with the varied learning styles of students and the adults who work with them.

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.)
Note: This is an excellent workshop for those who need help in understanding the learning styles of others!

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The Nuts & Bolts of Active Learning: Purposeful, Successful Strategies for Every Classroom

Active learning engages students cognitively and physically in the educational process. It encourages students to generate new information rather than simply receive it. This session is designed to...

Active learning engages students cognitively and physically in the educational process. It encourages students to generate new information rather than simply receive it. This session is designed to help participants explore, engage in, and reflect on active learning strategies that can be used to differentiate instruction and assessment. Dr. Silver’s strategies can be integrated into any grade level or subject discipline. Come prepared to experience a session of fun-filled learning!

Time: 2-6 Hours
Audience Options: Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, Administrators

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Practicing “Safe Stress!” Building Resiliency in Educators

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...

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!

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Revisiting Rewards – A New Look at the Pros and Cons of Extrinsic Motivation

Do your students 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...

Do your students 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 to motivate learners. Dr. Debbie Silver offers the latest scientific research on the impact of rewards on long-term motivation. Some researchers are now saying that extrinsic rewards have an appropriate place in student learning. Come hear what studies have shown about external rewards and make your own decision about their value. Participants will laugh, think, and leave with some challenging information on rewards.

Time: 1-6 Hours
Audience Options: Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, Administrators

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Science As A Verb – STEM 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...

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. Through the use of 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 loads of ideas and gives helpful technology resources.

Time: 1-6 Hours
Audience Options: Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, Administrators

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Taking Back the Lounge – Building a Positive Community of Educators at School

The important work of fostering a healthy, safe learning community for students starts with the adults at school. Faculty and staff need their own supportive, caring environment in order for them...

The important work of fostering a healthy, safe learning community for students starts with the adults at school. Faculty and staff need their own supportive, caring environment in order for them to provide a responsive community for young learners. This session is about building positive relationships among faculty and staff as well as negating the influence of those who are not so positive. Filled with both heart and humor this workshop offers insights about adults at school supporting one another as well as themselves. Come prepared to laugh, to think, and to leave with loads of ideas for improving your school climate.

Time: 1-3 Hours
Audience Options: Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, Administrators

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Welcome to the Most Noble Profession! Induction Presentation for New Teachers

Dr. Debbie Silver has worked in the field of education for over 40 years as a classroom teacher, staff development instructor, college educational methods professor, and professional development...

Dr. Debbie Silver has worked in the field of education for over 40 years as a classroom teacher, staff development instructor, college educational methods professor, and professional development presenter. Her favorite job is providing professional development for those new to the profession. Through inspirational stories, helpful tips and strategies, and “down to earth” advice, Dr. Silver connects with those new to teaching. She gives positive affirmation to those who have chosen this field and challenges them to do their personal best when it comes to students. Novice teachers laugh and cry as they are motivated to do whatever it takes for this “most noble” profession.

Time: 1- 6 Hours
Audience Options: Mentor Teachers, Teacher Support Staff, Future Teachers, University Professors, Administrators

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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...

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 isgrounded in the mindset and strategies of differentiated instruction. Titles can be modified to reflect this emphasis, if that is your preference.

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

In this motivational speech for students, Debbie entertains kids while challenging them to make their own dreams come true. Through demonstrations, audience participation, stories, and comedy she...

In this motivational speech 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 that comes through loud and clear is that through commitment, courage, and character, students can set their own goals and achieve them.

Time: 60- 90 Minutes
Audience Options: Students in grades 4 -12

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