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.
Stop! Collaborate and Listen (75 minutes)
Why must students remain quiet while learning? We learn best when we collaborate, discuss, and debate. This session will make you talk! Join Adam as he takes you through some of his favorite collaborative activities like Speed Chats, Four Friends, and College Course Creation.
Teach N.A.K.E.D. (45-60 minutes)
Upon walking into most classrooms, it would be expected that one would see technology, manipulatives, and other curricular resources to enhance instruction. While these tools are valuable and important to engage and instruct, what happens if they all go away? What are you left with? The answer is YOU. Join Adam as he transforms the session into a classroom and experience how YOU can teach N.A.K.E.D.!
D@+@ is Not a 4-Letter Word (45-60 minutes)
An exciting session centered around data? It can’t be! But it’s possible when Adam shows you that data is not a boring or scary word. Join in on a conversation around ways to facilitate conversations, instructional improvements, and student-led activities around data!
Public speaking is often noted as one of the most feared and despised skill for many students. Adults who struggle with this skill often point to negative experiences growing up for the lack of ability to speak in others. What if we were to build the confidence in and ability to speak in front of others at a young age? Adam Dovico will take you through a series of lessons, activities, and strategies to get your students comfortable speaking up and with confidence!