John’s message resonated with teachers in all grade levels and subject areas. His theme of “Be the One” was quickly adopted as a hashtag in several Tweets in which teachers shared key points from his speech. I’m sure this will remain a theme for many throughout the year. In short, a common comment from employees was that John was the best keynote they had ever heard at this event! Ryan…thanks so much for recommending John to speak at our event. John…thanks for the passion you bring to educators
Standing in The Gap: 40 Days to Becoming a Deliberate Creator of abundance in Your Life
by John Hodge
We are all creators of the world we live in. What we are experiencing internally reflects into our outer world. Along with The Universe and God, we co-create everything that happens in our lives. We are in control, and our thoughts and feeling create what we attract.The reason I titled this book “Standing in The Gap” is because we are always in the gap. It’s the in-between part of where we are now and where we’d like to be. When we attract our desire, we have the next desire that we go after. When we attract that, we have another. We are constantly in that gap of getting there. We area always creating a new gap (the next gap) because we are designed this way to strive for more, want to be better or achieve something else. This is the gap we stand in every day.Journaling is one of the best ways to get clear about everything and anything and that’s why this book is created as a journal exercise. Writing things out by hand does so much to connect you to your true feelings and thoughts. Things will come up if you allow yourself to free flow and be uncensored. When you journal and just allow things to come, you’ll find blocks that you didn’t even know existed. The purpose of this book is to use these 40 days of journaling as a tool to create and attract what you want in your life. You will declare one thing that you desire to abundantly attract as your creation. Inevitably what will happen, if you stick to this daily, is that you will start to attract great things in other areas of your life as well. That’s just what happens when you’re at a high vibration.(Click BUY NOW to get this book today)
You Can Get in the Way: How You Can Become a ROADBLOCK to Risk Factors
by John Hodge
Is it possible for one person to make a noticeable difference in the life of a child?
Through stories, research, and strategies, Dr. John W. Hodge shows how children can be successful despite the risk factors that typically hold them back. Children who overcome usually have one thing in common: the presence of educators, counselors, social workers, community advocates, and family members - people just like you - who can see beyond demographic and social limitations to the unlimited potential that lies within the hearts and minds of all children.
This book will clearly explain how the actions of caring adults have been the difference between success and failure for children like the ones you see in your schools every day. As you read, you will gain a fundamental understanding of how the resilience phenomenon works and gain insight into ways you can foster resilience in students.
You'll Learn About:
- School Accountability and the Achievement Gap
- The Role of Resilience in Overcoming Obstacles
- Positive Actions that Can Reduce the Impact of Adversity
- The Long-Term Power of Relationships
- Developing a Collaborative Action Plan
The evidence is overwhelming that one person's willingness to act can enhance resilience in children to such an extent that they overcome obstacles and eventually thrive. That one person just might be YOU.
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Motivating Teachers to Motivate Students
Let's Talk About Belief!!!
The stakes in public education have never been higher. Now more than ever before, it is imperative that teachers and students are motivated to meet new challenges. This emotional presentation is designed to give teachers the push they need to re-enter classrooms with the desire to inspire every child they teach.
Educating Students Socially, Academically and Morally
This presentation teaches educators what it takes to create and sustain excellence in the classroom.
Helping Students Bounce Back
Resilience refers to the ability to overcome risk factors that increase the likelihood of academic failure. Today in the United States, a significant number of students experience academic failure due to multiple risk factors. The good news is that educators can help students to become more resilient and overcome a variety of challenges by using a few proven strategies. Today’s session will help participants understand the resilience phenomenon and learn strategies that are proven to help foster resilience in today’s students.
Higher Order Thinking
From Theory to Practice
It is safe to say that most educators believe that higher order thinking is necessary for educational success. We all know that this is a universal truth in education. Yet in classrooms throughout the United States, classroom instruction focuses on basic facts and relies on the ability of students to recall information and not think through challenging content.
The staff of the Urban Learning and Leadership Center has had the opportunity to work with educators throughout the United States. We fully realize what is driving instruction for many teachers: Common Core. But in attempting to prepare students for success on state testing, teachers are failing to teach students how to think. Please note the dramatic difference. Classrooms that focus on the ability of students to recall content are simply teaching students WHAT to think. We believe that if our focus is on teaching students HOW to think through problems, schools will meet and exceed state and federal academic standards. This presentation will provide teachers with tools they can immediately use to facilitate higher order thinking in all classrooms.
I felt that his presentation was tailor-made for Quest. He reiterated a lot of what I have been discussing in our staff meetings and everyone was engaged from start to finish. I believe I speak for everyone when I say that we enjoyed him tremendously.
John hit a homerun and set off a lot of fireworks! He is a very knowledgeable, motivational presenter who definitely "walks the talk," and the best part about the very practical suggestions he made was that they didn't COST anything.
Words can not express how much I enjoyed your presentation this morning at Ponchatoula High. Your presentation was a wonderful beginning to the new year. Thank you for all you do for the children and your love and dedication to education.
The teachers of ALL six schools were entertained, informed, laughed, shed tears, and left with a sense of renewal and excitement. Without a doubt, each of us will look at our students with new eyes and act accordingly.
John did an excellent job. He engaged the faculty and addressed sensitive issues with professionalism and compassion. The teachers responded well to his comments and have dedicated themselves to reaching and teaching all students. Excellent Job!