Todd Nesloney | Founder & Author Of "Kids Deserve It", White House Champion of Change, 2x TEDx Speaker

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Todd Nesloney

Founder & Author Of "Kids Deserve It", White House Champion of Change, 2x TEDx Speaker

Todd Nesloney

Todd Nesloney is the Director of Culture and Strategic Leadership for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). He has also served as an award winning principal of a PreK-5th Grade campus of over 775 students in a rural town in Texas. He has been recognized by the White House, John C Maxwell, the Center for Digital Education, National School Board Association, the BAMMYS, and more for his work in education and with children. Todd's first book he co-authored, Kids Deserve It!, was a runaway smash. Since then he has authored 6 additional books including his newest book, Building Authenticy: A Blueprint for the Leader Inside You with Dr. Tyler Cook. He's very active on social media and is passionate about doing whatever it takes for our students and helping others tell their story.

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Difficult Conversations

As leaders, we often find ourselves navigating challenging conversations, even in virtual settings. In this presentation, Todd will outline five essential steps for effectively managing difficult discussions, whether in a virtual or in-person context. Whether you’re leading the meeting or participating as an attendee, having a well-prepared game plan is key to success. Difficult conversations don’t have to be “difficult”.

Tell Your Story

Time after time we find ourselves getting lost in stories. We go on adventures, suffer heartache, celebrate wildly, and suspend belief as we consume the story of others. But how often do you find yourself sharing YOUR story? Letting others experience your journey. In this session, Todd Nesloney will share pieces of his story and how important it is for others to experience yours. He’ll share practical ways that you can take that first step, tools you can use, and ways to overcome that fear and self-doubt. Why? Because every story matters.

Family Engagement

Recognizing the significance of engaging families and community members in school affairs is crucial. However, many times, we find ourselves unsure of how to initiate this involvement, and it becomes convenient to justify the lack of participation. In this session, Todd will dispel any excuses and provide you with practical ideas that can be implemented right away to actively engage all stakeholders.

Tech Tools with Todd

For Administrators:
Everyone likes a good tech tool that will make their jobs easier, right? Todd knows a handful of tools that exists that can benefit any administrator who is looking to keep organized, get out of their office more, and save some time!

For Educators:
Throughout his career, Todd has utilized technology to increase his teaching capacity. In this session, Todd shares some of his favorite tech tools and uses personal experiences and stories to show the true impact of having kids (and adults) create with technology, share their story, and collaborate.

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Featured Books

Building Authenticity: A Blueprint for the Leader Inside Youby Todd Nesloney

Building Authenticity: A Blueprint for the Leader Inside You

by Todd Nesloney

There is a leader inside each one of us. Whether at work or inside the front doors of your home, you have influence and set an example through the life you live. That is why the call for true authentic leaders is greater than ever. In Building Authenticity, Todd Nesloney and Tyler Cook will take you on a journey of both discovery and action. You will explore the foundations of truly living and leading with authenticity, such as:

- Understanding your core values

- Increasing self-awareness

- Building relational support systems

- Welcoming feedback into your life

- Fostering growth within those you lead

- Prioritizing your life

- and much more

You have greatness inside you, and Building Authenticity will provide you with the blueprint necessary to become the leader you were meant to be–in every aspect of your life. No matter your season, position, or title, leadership development begins with personal development, because who you are is how you lead.

When Kids Lead: An Adult's Guide to Inspiring, Empowering, and Growing Young Leadersby Todd Nesloney

When Kids Lead: An Adult's Guide to Inspiring, Empowering, and Growing Young Leaders

by Todd Nesloney

Kids are capable of doing fantastic things!

It's time for educators--teachers, administrators, parents, mentors, coaches--to think differently about how we prepare students and encourage them to grow as leaders. We can equip students with the tools and skills that will allow them to identify, take on, and solve real-world problems.

Award-winning educators Adam Dovico and Todd Nesloney offer a helpful primer on the importance of student leadership and how to incorporate training for it into education every day. Packed with practical advice and helpful strategies, When Kids Lead is a vital addition to the shelves of K-12 educators, who will find not just a roadmap for training students as leaders but concrete examples of how to facilitate their growth and development in today's school environment. Throughout, Adam and Todd serve as helpful guides, explaining the benefits of leadership training while covering neglected topics, like the importance of discussing--and celebrating--leadership in the classroom and knowing when it's the right time to follow.

"Leaders make mistakes and teach others how to avoid them. Leaders are people who show respect and deserve it. They help you become who you want to be, no matter how good you are at something. They don't take 'no' or 'I can't.' They take 'I can' and 'I will.'"--Finn, age 10

"A true leader cares about the people around them and wants to see others succeed. They will have a passion for a cause bigger than themselves and focus on the well-being of the whole rather than the individual."--Lexi, age 18

"A leader is someone who always encourages others to be the best they can be. They also always hold themselves to high standards, yet they remain understanding and accepting of others. A leader doesn't always realize they are a leader."--Macy, age 16


Spruce and Lucyby Todd Nesloney

Spruce and Lucy

by Todd Nesloney
Stories from Webb: The Ideas, Passions, and Convictions of a Principal and His School Familyby Todd Nesloney

Stories from Webb: The Ideas, Passions, and Convictions of a Principal and His School Family

by Todd Nesloney

What's Your Story?  

Education isn't just a job; it's a calling. It's a role that comes with the responsibility to care deeply and to persist despite countless challenges--from state testing to budget cuts to long hours. It's a way of life that rewards us with milestone moments and fills us with pride for the children and communities we serve.

Stories from Webb goes right to the heart of education. Told by award-winning principal Todd Nesloney and his dedicated team of staff and teachers at Webb Elementary, this book will remind you why you became an educator. You'll be reinvigorated by these relatable stories--and you just may be inspired to tell your own!

Share your story! 

"The wisdom on these pages is at the same time deeply heartening and uplifting but also practical and instructive. We need more of these stories."
--Nichole Nordeman, Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter and author

"Stories from Webb will resonate in your head and heart and help you reclaim, reflect on, and share with colleagues your own stories about teaching and learning with students."
--Laura Robb, teacher, coach, and author of The Reading Intervention Toolkit

"Stories connect us. And readers of Stories from Webb will walk away from this book feeling connected to a new family of educators whose message is clear: you're not alone." 
--Jennifer LaGarde, school library media/digital teaching and learning specialist

"Stories from Webb is a gorgeous testimony to the power educators have in this important work we do."
--Travis Crowder, National Board Certified Teacher and author

Sparks in the Dark: Lessons, Ideas and Strategies to Illuminate the Reading and Writing Lives in All of Usby Todd Nesloney

Sparks in the Dark: Lessons, Ideas and Strategies to Illuminate the Reading and Writing Lives in All of Us

by Todd Nesloney

What sparks a lifelong love of learning?

Books have the power to shape the way we think. Stories--reading them, writing them, and sharing them--give us new lenses through which to view the world and the people we encounter. In short, words matter.

In Sparks in the Dark, Travis Crowder and Todd Nesloney share their experiences as educators who purposefully seek to spark a love for reading and writing in the learners they serve. The reason is simple: Writing and reading have the power to change the trajectory of a life.

Through the stories and real-life examples they share, the authors light the way to . . .

  • Incorporating literacy skills in every subject in engaging ways.
  • Empowering students and staff to ask and explore tough questions about the world.
  • Encouraging learners at all levels to choose to read books that challenge them.
  • Taking responsibility to seek and share learning for everyone's benefit.

More standards, tests, and mandates are not the answer to improving literacy. Sparking a fire--a passion--for words, stories, and self-expression in learners is the surest path to instilling a lifelong love of learning. Let's light up the darkness!

"Sparks in the Dark is a high-energy drink for teachers. Travis Crowder and Todd Nesloney invite readers to rethink (and, yes, discard) hidebound traditions and to open classrooms to choice, passion, and authenticity." --Thomas Newkirk, founder of The New Hampshire Literacy Institutes

"Sparks in the Dark won't stay long on your bookshelf; it will linger in your hands and will last longer in your thoughts." --Kylene Beers, coauthor of Notice and Note, Reading Nonfiction, and Disrupting Thinking

"Travis and Todd have crafted a beautiful (and practical) narrative of their teaching lives." --Sara K. Ahmed, author, speaker, and literacy Coach at NIST International School, Bangkok, Thailand

"Travis and Todd are both passionate educators who are continually rethinking and changing their teaching practices based on what they know about their students and themselves as readers, writers, and learners." --Linda Rief, author of Read Write Teach

Kids Deserve It!by Todd Nesloney

Kids Deserve It!

by Todd Nesloney

What if learning was exciting?     

What if students felt important and empowered every time they walked into the building?    

 What if parents looked forward to calls from their children's teachers and principals, instead of cringing when the school's number popped up on their phones? 

To Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome, those aren't far-fetched what ifs; they can (and should) be a reality for every teacher, school, parent, and student. 

In Kids Deserve It!, Todd and Adam encourage you to think big and make learning fun and meaningful for students. While you're at it, you just might rediscover why you became an educator in the first place. 

 Learn why you should be calling parents to praise your students (and employees).

 Discover ways to promote family interaction and improve relationships for kids at school and at home. 

Be inspired to take risks, shake up the status quo, and be a champion for your students. 


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Standardized Tests Don't Define You

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The Work/Life Balance Show

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Classroom chronicles: Stories, experiences woven into new book from Navasota school faculty

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Loving Recklessly - Hope Within Reach #KidsDeserveIt #LoveRecklessly

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