And, as I continue to celebrate with our teachers the impact of your message, Don't be afraid to take risks, I will continue to thank you in my heart for the ultimate result. inspiring educators to inspire students. Best to you on all of your future travels, be safe, and know that you are now an official Cyclone.. living in our classrooms every day!
Dr. Adam Dovico
Dr. Adam Dovico is an accomplished Nationally Board Certified teacher, curriculum facilitator, principal, college professor and director, speaker, and author. His work in school transformation, equitable instructional practices, and leadership has been shared with tens of thousands of educators from around the world through his decade-plus of delivering professional development to schools and districts, keynotes around the country, and numerous books and articles that he has written.
You can often find Adam standing on a table or chair dressed in one of his signature suits. He has taught at esteemed institutions, including the Ron Clark Academy and Wake Forest University, and has been recognized by organizations such as the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund, Learning for Justice, and the Atlanta Falcons for his leadership and teaching over the past twenty years. He continues to work for greater equity in schools through his culturally responsive pedagogy and research.
Dr. Adam Dovico
Featured Keynote Programs
Break the Script
One of the most dangerous phrases in education today is “because that’s the way we’ve always done it.” It can be heard echoed through the hallways and classrooms of schools across the country. As a result, the recycling of traditional approaches to schooling have isolated, oppressed, and created boredom for so many of our students. What if schools dared to break the script of what schools can do? What if students were addicted to coming to school? Join Adam’s keynote as he shares his journey of how he created a school that kids and staff were excited to come to each day. You’ll walk away with easy to implement ideas and motivation to begin your school’s transformation!
Houses for You (K-12)
All schools like to express that they are "a family," but what does that actually look like in a school? As a former teacher and director of school implementation at the Ron Clark Academy, Adam Dovico has helped hundreds of schools build culture inside their building. One of the most popular methods used to build family and togetherness inside of a school is the implementation of "Houses." As seen in Harry Potter, Houses can promote friendship, competition, and positive culture, when done correctly. Adam will explain how you can build Houses inside of your classroom or school and work with participants on bringing back a plan to present to school leadership!
Model Lesson (On-Site Live)
There are many speakers out there who will talk to you about best practices in the classroom, but few who can actually show it off live! Adam has modeled over 500 lessons in real classrooms across the country and internationally. Teachers watch their own students become engaged and excited about learning in a matter of minutes in a high-energy and rigorous environment that Adam creates. Afterwards, it is encouraged to arrange debriefing sessions so that those in attendance can reflect on the lesson and talk with Adam about his teaching.
Suggested time: 30-45 minute lesson + 15 minute debriefing
Suggested grade levels: 2nd-7th
When Kids Lead
Bold. Courageous. Innovative. Thoughtful. All leadership characteristics that we attribute to great adult leaders in our society. It should be unsurprising then that we have children in our classrooms, teams, and clubs with those very same traits. However, oftentimes these virtues go unnoticed or remain hidden. As adults, we have the ability to cultivate, empower, and refine these skills in our children to create powerful young leaders. Learn from Adam ways to build these leaders in your classrooms and schools so that we provide them the opportunities to become even better adult leaders.
I have noticed how teachers are more willing and less shy about doing something different just to make sure they No get their students' attention. It was an absolute honor having Adam here in our school and I am looking forward to his return visit in the future.
Teachers have already begun trying to apply new ideas to their classes as a result of the demos and workshops No given by Adam. I am visiting classrooms with a new lens and a stronger confidence about what to expect from teachers and students.
Thank you so much for the wonderful inservice on Friday. I have been inspired. I know that you met tons of us, I spoke with you before the inservice began (west coast girl, played volleyball, etc). I love your enthusiasm and passion. It was contagious. Today is a great Monday, and I am going to share my love of science with my students.