Danny’s "Weapons of Mass Instruction" speaking engagements for teachers, administrators, parents and students range from 20-minute keynotes to two-day seminars, and he speaks on a variety of topics for all ages. Here is a sampling of some of his most popular workshops:
75 Reading Strategies in 75 Minutes
Discover 75 ways to get your students to read! Danny demonstrates fun activities you can use throughout the day to motivate and inspire your students to become more proficient readers. You’ll learn how to transform your classroom into a literacy center. And, discover the secrets to helping all students develop a lifelong passion for reading.
Accelerating English Language Learners’ Literacy Skills
Boost vocabulary. Improve reading skills. Accelerate language acquisition. Join Danny to discover helpful tips, valuable strategies and outstanding children’s literature you can use to enhance the literacy skills of your English language learners. Plus, you’ll explore how to promote greater cultural understanding in your classroom by building on the varied backgrounds of your students.
Sparking Students’ Imaginations
Improve your students’ problem-solving and creative thinking abilities. In this innovative session, Danny shares outstanding activities you can use to challenge your students to think outside, inside and all around the box. Best of all, you’ll learn how to incorporate brain teasers, riddles and games into your daily routines to enhance your students’ imaginations.
Nothing But Poetry!
Improve literacy skills with poetry! In this session, you’ll learn dozens of poetry activities designed to enhance your students’ literacy development. Plus, discover how to incorporate poetry into your daily lesson plans to captivate students’ interest and create a passion for reading.
Songs, Games & Morning Meeting
Wake up your students with countless songs, games and activities! In this highly engaging session, you’ll discover a wealth of super activities designed to motivate your students and get them excited about learning all day long. Best of all, you’ll leave with a variety of ways to incorporate music and motion into your daily routine.
Vocabulary Strategies for All Students
Learn how to improve reading skills through stronger vocabulary. Join Danny to learn innovative ways to support vocabulary growth beyond a solid foundation of read-alouds and sustained silent reading time. You’ll learn strategies that build on your students’ prior knowledge. And, you’ll explore a variety of engaging activities to support strong vocabulary.
Dare to Differentiate: 50 Terrific Teacher Tricks
Reinvigorate your passion for teaching! Join Danny in this eye-opening session to learn 50 terrific tricks successful teachers have used to stimulate students’ interest in learning. You’ll learn how to incorporate standards without sacrificing fun. And, leave with new songs, games and activities you can immediately put to use in your classroom.
Books for All Occasions: Creating Readers for Life
Finding just the right books to inspire students to read can be a challenge, but it does not have to be. Join Danny as he shares his insights on a wide range of books for every grade level that are sure to be a hit with all of your students. You’ll leave with a list of popular titles plus scores of exciting strategies you can use to motivate every student to read.
Keep It Real! Jumpstarting Literacy with Nonfiction
Stimulate all students’ interest in reading with outstanding nonfiction books! You’ll learn how to find great books and ways to integrate them across the curriculum. Plus, Danny shares over 100 nonfiction titles you can use right away!
Comprehension That Works!
Comprehension is what reading is all about! Learn how to foster students’ comprehension by showing them how to: focus on relevant information, interpret it and integrate it with what they already know. You’ll learn how to create an instructional environment that promotes risk taking and involves students in a variety of real reading situations – and meets standards. Your students will learn to focus on meaning as thoughtful readers.
Boys and Books
Learn how to get even your most reluctant boy readers excited about books. Join Danny as he reviews popular titles and strategies, which he has used successfully with struggling and reluctant boy readers. You'll walk away from this engaging session with loads of practical, ready-to-use materials.
Parents as Partners
Students succeed when parents, teachers and administrators work together. Join Danny as he shows you how to attract greater parental involvement, utilize parental expertise and recognize parents’ efforts. Plus, you’ll learn an easy formula to boost students’ reading attitude and aptitudes.
The Power of Parents, Creating Readers for Life: 5 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Reading Aptitude & Attitude (for Parents)
Students succeed when parents, teachers and administrators work together. Discover great ways to motivate your struggling and reluctant readers to read! Dr. Brassell demonstrates strategies and books designed to help you increase interest in reading. And, you’ll explore a variety of titles you can use with your child right away.