Debbie Silver | Where Learning Collides with Laughter

Debbie Silver

Where Learning Collides with Laughter

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Debbie Silver

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.

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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.

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Featured Books

Teaching Kids to Thrive: Essential Skills for Successby Debbie Silver

Teaching Kids to Thrive: Essential Skills for Success

by Debbie Silver

There’s more to student success than standards and test scores…

Integrating Social and Emotional Learning into a curriculum has been shown to increase personal and school-wide growth. With lifelong success the goal over simply meeting academic thresholds, Teaching Kids to Thrive presents strategies, activities, and stories in an approachable way to develop responsible, self-motivated learners. Uniting social, academic, and self-skills this instrumental resource offers benefits to students such as:

  • Using mindfulness strategies to help students tap their inner strengths
  • Learning to self-regulate and control other executive brain functions
  • Developing growth mindsets along with perseverance and resilience
  • Cultivating a sense of responsibility, honesty, and integrity
  • Encouraging a capacity for empathy and gratitude
Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeedby Debbie Silver

Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed

by Debbie Silver

Failure is just one step on the path to success.

Failure is not only a possibility for learners during these challenging times, but a productive, concrete way of gaining ground. How can parents and educators teach kids to turn failure into progress toward success?  

This revised edition of the beloved bestseller, Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight, has sensible answers, including both what to say and what not to say to truly help kids self-motivate and become independent, lifelong learners. Rich with fresh insights, this new edition offers a deeper understanding of how motivation works along with new, practical, research-driven strategies for spurring learners to thrive. It features:

· The latest research on motivation theory, persistence, self-regulation, grit, and a growth mindset in learners.

· An expanded focus on equity and culturally responsive approaches to ensure that all learners maximize their full potential.

· A new chapter on giftedness, an updated discussion guide, videos available via QR codes, and a robust companion website.

Deliberate Optimism: Still Reclaiming the Joy in Educationby Debbie Silver

Deliberate Optimism: Still Reclaiming the Joy in Education

by Debbie Silver

A lot has changed in schools since Deliberate Optimism was first published, but one thing hasn’t: Attitude can make all the difference. When educators choose optimism―even in the face of the toughest challenges―they foster a school culture where students and staff feel safe, engaged, and productive, able to enjoy the healthy interactions that lead to real change.

Updated to address major changes in education since 2015, the second edition of this much-loved book features new doses of the same cathartic humor, plus

Revised, more succinct Principles of Optimism Expanded focus on leadership

  • Updated strategies and thought-provoking scenarios
  • Interactive "Action Step" exercises
  • A new chapter on mental health
  • QR codes leading to additional resources such as self-assessments and videos

    Optimism is the salve for overworked leaders and teachers, and this book delivers on outlining its indisputable benefits. Brimming with wit and honesty, the updated Deliberate Optimism demonstrates how changing your mindset can help you rediscover your motivation―and create a school environment bound for success.


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New Education Classic Enlivens SEL Teaching

Did you ever read the Table of Contents in a book and start hyperventilating because you’ew overwhelmed by the amount of material listed? I did! As I scanned the Table of...
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A Fresh Approach to Getting Kids to Work Smarter and Better, Not Just Harder [INTERVIEW]

Studio Interview with Premiere Vice President, Ryan Giffen. Inspiring communicator and educator, Dr. Debbie Silver sits down at our studio to discuss the...
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