- Professional Development Specialist
- School Technology Advocate
- Veteran Classroom Teacher
Dedra Stafford is an internationally known speaker, trainer, and author in Education. She is a former middle-level teacher and district professional development specialist who now consults and provides staff development in social and emotional learning, classroom management, differentiated instruction, technology integration, and teacher motivation.
Dedra has presented at 3 international schools and over 30 states. Much of her time is spent supporting high-risk schools in an embedded capacity. Ms. Stafford holds both an administrator's and a superintendent's license and collaborates with district leaders, principals, coaches and teachers across the country supporting their work in providing quality instruction that produces success in the classroom.
Dedra's newest book co-authored with Dr. Debbie Silver, "Teaching Kids to Thrive: The Other Essential Skills for Success" has instantly been recognized as one of the must-read books on creating an SEL culture with a common sense approach.
A regular contributor to professional journals and online teacher resources, she stays abreast of current educational issues as well as technology trends. As a former classroom teacher, Dedra Stafford understands the need for professional development that offers practical ideas, which can be implemented immediately into the classroom.