It was so good to see you this morning to kick off our in-service day at St Albert the Great! You are a bright light in a time when everyone here is showing signs of the tremendous stress and responsibility before us, you gave us what we needed...Optimism.
Dr. Debbie Silver is a brilliantly funny, beautifully insightful, and boldly authentic speaker, author, and educator. She has dedicated her life to understanding learning and growth behavior and has become a world-renowned and empowering speaker.
Through her research, her outreach, and her humor, Debbie seeks to help teachers find the joy in the daily job of teaching, so that children can embrace the satisfaction and pride of knowledge, growth, and self-worth.
With 30 years spent as a teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor, Dr. Silver doesn’t just know her way around the classroom – she is deeply familiar with the challenges educators face at every level, from kindergarten through college. One of the nation’s most popular keynote speakers and professional development presenters, this former Louisiana State Teacher of the Year has given presentations around the world (including 49 states, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Africa, and Asia), helping audiences to interact with students on a more meaningful level.
While inspiring educators to enjoy the job they once loved, she reminds them of how important they are in the lives of children, their families, and the world. Through her writing and her speaking, she highlights relevant and tested learning theory and tools for communication. She makes essential points while sharing poignant stories and lots of laughs. Debbie firmly believes that teachers need to be having fun and staying in touch with their passion to make their biggest impact in the classroom.
When she’s not working as an educational speaker and writer, Debbie enjoys spending time in Texas with her husband, Dr. Lawrence Silver, and spending time with their 5 sons and their families who live in 5 different states.
Featured Keynote Programs
Building a Positive School Culture – Helping Teachers Thrive
Come prepared to laugh, to think, and to leave with loads of ideas for improving school climate and helping teachers achieve their personal best. Empowering teachers is key to improving student outcomes. Based on her bestselling books, Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8 and Deliberate Optimism – Reclaiming the Joy in Education, Dr. Debbie Silver offers insights into what teachers most need from administrators in order to achieve personal and professional efficacy. She discusses the importance of effective feedback as a means to help teachers grow and foster a thriving classroom.
Dr. Silver also offers practical ideas and tips for helping teachers overcome anxiety and burn-out. She demonstrates how to lower stress in the work environment for both administrators and teachers. Filled with heart and humor, this workshop offers insights and practical solutions for learning to "listen with more than your ears."
Understanding and Dealing with “Difficult People”
Do you ever think about how much better your life would be if it weren’t for all those annoying other people? Dr. Debbie Silver explores some of the inherent traits people have and explains why they behave the way they do. She discusses learning styles, generational differences, and the differences between introverts and extroverts. This session is a fun, insightful, and great for working on a positive school climate. Teacher to teacher, teacher to parent, and teacher to administrator relationships are examined. Come see if you recognize yourself as well as those around you.
Teaching Kids to THRIVE
Building the Other Essential Skills for Success
For students to thrive in their frenzied, high-speed, hyper-connected environments, it is imperative for them to learn important competencies that go beyond academic standards. In their new book, Teaching Kids to Thrive: Building the Other Essential Skills for Success, Debbie Silver and co-writer, Dedra Stafford, explore topics such as mindfulness, controlling executive functions, student agency, resilience, perseverance, responsibility, integrity, empathy, and gratitude. In this thought-provoking presentation, Dr. Debbie Silver examines how educators can help students develop their social and emotional learning (SEL) skills to find success both now and in the future. Debbie combines meaningful points about the importance of Thrive skills with tips on how to seamlessly integrate SEL skills into current curriculum
Square Pegs/Round Holes – Why We Need to Pay Attention to Learning Differences
Differentiating learning involves more than ascertaining levels of mastery. Teachers need to understand who their learners are. Extrovert or introvert? Concrete or Abstract? Sequential or Random? Visual or Tactile? What’s a teacher to do? Dr. Debbie Silver offers tools and strategies for identifying how individual students learn best and how to maximize their classroom experience. She provides simple, direct methods for addressing learning differences and giving every student a reasonable chance at success.
I just saw Debbie in a Zoom meeting. She was absolutely phenomenal! Her energy, presentation, and definitely humor made a lasting impact on me. I really was able to identify with everything she was speaking of. As she was speaking, many of my colleagues were texting each other how great she is.My goal is to become a Dean of Students. I believe all of the tenets of her philosophy needs to reside in administration as well. Thank you for the awesome reminder and push for the new year!
Dr. Debbie Silver had a fabulous presentation; the teachers are still talking about the evening we spent with her. The presentation, "Teaching Kids to Thrive," by Dr. Debbie Silver is superb. The faculty and staff of Our Lady's School in Sulphur, LA are grateful for the valuable information.
My staff absolutely loved her. They laughed and cried. She spoke right to our hearts and souls as educators. We're using one of her books for a book study this year.
Debbie was a "GRAND SLAM!" We LOVED LOVED LOVED Debbie Silver. Debbie got us all laughing together. She provided much needed comic relief. Thank you for working with us in obtaining her.
Debbie is amazing, funny, engaging, and all around fantastic!! She brought the house down and was well received by all. Our crowd absolutely loved her and her story! All of the evaluations for her were very positive and at our highest ranking.
Debbie Silver was magnificent! There is no other way to put it. She brought the crowd to their feet and we were all left wanting more of Debbie Silver!