Kim Bearden | Best Selling Author, Co-founder at Ron Clark Academy, and National Teacher Hall of Fame; Organization Culture / Climate and Communication Specialist

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Kim Bearden

Best Selling Author, Co-founder at Ron Clark Academy, and National Teacher Hall of Fame; Organization Culture / Climate and Communication Specialist

Kim Bearden

Kim Bearden is the cofounder, executive director, and language arts teacher at the highly acclaimed Ron Clark Academy, an innovative middle school and educator-training facility in Atlanta. More than 115,000 educators from around the world have visited Kim's classroom and have attended her workshops to learn better ways to engage students, promote academic excellence, build relationships, and create a climate and culture for success. 

Throughout her career, Kim has received numerous accolades, such as being inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. She was chosen from over 70,000 nominations to be honored as the Disney American Teacher Awards Outstanding Humanities Teacher, and the Milken Family Foundation selected her to receive the Award for Excellence in Education. She is the winner of the InfluencHer Award, the University of Georgia Outstanding Educator Award, and the Turknett Character Award for Servant Leadership. Mercedes-Benz recognized her in their Greatness Lives Here campaign, and Women Works Media Group has named her one of Georgia's Most Powerful and Influential Women. 

Over the past thirty-six years, she has been a teacher, instructional lead teacher, curriculum director, school board member, staff development trainer, and middle-school principal. Kim is also a wife, mom, and bestselling author of three books: Crash Course, Talk to Me, and Fight Song: Six Steps to Passion, Power, Peace, and Purpose. 

Before Kim comes to the stage, please watch this video about where she spends her days at the Ron Clark Academy. 

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Music, Movement, and Magic!

Kim will share numerous ways to weave music and movement into lessons in a way that will engage learners while simultaneously teaching them the content standards. Kim will show how to correctly implement these strategies while also sharing mistakes that many teachers make when using movement and movement incorrectly. When done well, teachers can create a classroom full of enthusiasm and joy while using music and movement as a powerful learning tool, not just as a reward.

Successful Strategies for School Leadership

In addition to being the cofounder and executive director of the Ron Clark Academy, Kim has also been a middle school principle, a curriculum director, a learner support strategist, and even a school board member. Kim will motivate, inspire, and remind school leaders of the powerful impact that they can have, despite the pressures and challenges of their profession. An emphasis will be placed on ways to support staff and teachers while ensuring that they are creating classrooms that promote student engagement, increase academic excellence, and develop meaningful relationships. Kim will also share the importance of building relationships among staff, families, and students that will motivate, engage, empower, and create success for all. Participants will learn proven tools and techniques for creating a school climate that will create the optimal learning environment.

Language Arts for Lively Learners

In this session, Kim will share her powerful strategies for engaging students in writing, reading, speaking, and listening. An award-winning ELA teacher for over 30 years, Kim will share a wealth of lessons that engage students and instill a love for English while simultaneously teaching them the required content standards. Kim will share ways to teach concepts through songs, movement, kinesthetic games, and unique teaching strategies that can be implemented the very next day!

Talk to Me
Find the Right Words to Inspire, Encourage, and Get Things Done

This presentation is for those who wish to improve their communication skills and rapport with others. Through the use of stories and scenarios, Kim will share 6 principles for effective communication that will empower participants to be considerate, yet strong; they will learn how to stand firm and still support others. Participants will leave with tools that will help them develop rapport, gain respect, support others, engage listeners, develop insight, and increase productivity.
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Talk to Me: Find the Right Words to Inspire, Encourage, and Get Things Doneby Kim Bearden

Talk to Me: Find the Right Words to Inspire, Encourage, and Get Things Done

by Kim Bearden
Fight Songby Kim Bearden

Fight Song

by Kim Bearden

There Is a Song Within You Just Waiting to be Sung.

In most lives there is a moment when we need to rise through our pain, through self-doubt, fear, and mistrust, and reconnect with who we are meant to be. Fight Song recounts one acclaimed educator's journey through chaos into meaning-and shows readers how to reawaken connection with themselves and humanity.

Kim Bearden is an award-winning educator whose career has spanned three decades. She has been inducted into the National Teacher's Hall of Fame, selected as a Disney American Outstanding Teacher of the Year, and honored with the Milken Family Foundation's Award for Excellence in Education.

In Fight Song, Bearden recounts her personal journey from hopelessness to healing and how those steps soon coincided with her cofounding the renowned Ron Clark Academy. Over 15,000 educators visit the academy and Bearden's classroom each year to learn ways to engage students and create a climate and culture for success.

In this inspiring memoir, Bearden analyzes her own path and shows readers how they, too, can strip sorrow and passivity from their lives and thrive by rediscovering their significance and genuine life mission. The revealing and often humorous anecdotes illustrate a thoughtful process that invites readers to identify their true worth through unification with others and ultimately guides them to a sense of deep purpose-a fight song.

This is a revised edition, with bonus content.

Kim's wisdom and grace will help you find passion and purpose, and her capacity for love will capture your heart. You need this book. We all do. -Ron Clark, award-winning educator, bestselling author, cofounder of the Ron Clark Academy

Bearden's gift of helping one muster up courage and embrace their purpose is second to none. If the words on these pages don't renew your passion, uplift your spirits, and inspire you to stand up and press forward-fight-you might want to check your pulse. -Tara Martin, educator, director of PR and Communications, keynote speaker, author

Kim Bearden's latest book is a true testament in rediscovering the strength we have within ourselves to overcome and endure. Countless readers will find solace in this book and deem it as the battle cry they need to persevere.-Dr. Valerie Camille Jones, Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science winner

Crash Courseby Kim Bearden

Crash Course

by Kim Bearden

The inspiring true story of a teacher's experiences with her students and the life lessons she learned that can help others find joy and success. Crash Course chronicles the life lessons that Kim Bearden has learned during an award-winning career in education that has spanned three decades. Kim has taught more than 2,000 students, and each has shown her something about the world and the abundant capacity for love, resilience, and appreciation that we all possess. By sharing her students' stories, she teaches their inspiring lessons to us all. Throughout the ups and downs of her professional and personal life, Kim found that her students were the light that illuminated her path; they were her sanctuary in the storm. From her challenges as a first-year teacher to her triumphs as the cofounder of the highly acclaimed Ron Clark Academy, Kim shares how children can teach each of us the importance of building relationships, abandoning fear, embracing one's unique gifts, and living with passion. Full of honesty, humor, heartbreak, and humanity, Kim's experiences show how children can help any one of us, despite life's obstacles, find the joy and significance in both our personal and professional lives            

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Kim Bearden honored by Mercedes-Benz USA as a #GreatnessLivesHere hero.

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