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

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Todd Nesloney

Todd Nesloney stands out as a transformative figure in the fields of education and leadership, celebrated for authoring seven pivotal books, including “Building Authenticity: A Blueprint for the Leader Inside You.” As an internationally acclaimed speaker, his journey through various leadership roles, notably as Director of the Get Your LEAD On conference and Principal of a school encompassing over 800 students and 125 staff members, showcases his profound influence on leadership. Currently, as the Director of Culture and Strategic Leadership for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association, he plays a critical role in shaping over 6,000 leaders statewide through his innovative content creation, professional development programs, and personalized mentoring.

Nesloney's work is a testament to his unwavering commitment to nurturing potential and fostering a culture of growth. With a unique blend of humor, transparency, and compelling narratives, he delivers messages that are not only impactful but also resonate with a wide audience. He champions the belief that leadership is an innate quality that flourishes under guidance and dedication, advocating for the importance of stepping out of one’s comfort zone to truly embrace personal and professional growth.

Holding a Masters in Educational Leadership, Nesloney’s contributions have been acknowledged by prestigious entities such as The White House and John C. Maxwell, highlighting his innovative solutions, fervent passion, and resilient 'no excuses' mindset. His influence extends far beyond the podium; over the last decade, he has reached hundreds of thousands with his forward-thinking ideas, heartfelt stories, and authentic humor, leaving a lasting impression that transcends both personal and professional spheres.

Through his visionary approach, powerful writing, and steadfast dedication to elevating others, Todd Nesloney continues to play a pivotal role in redefining the landscape of learning and leadership.

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Featured Keynote Programs

Unlocking the Leader Within

Imagine those exceptional leaders who've left a mark on your life—the ones who inspired you to reach further, aim higher, and strive harder. Ever wonder how they ascended to such influential heights? What strategies or principles did they follow to become sources of inspiration for many?

In this high-energy session, Todd Nesloney will guide you through the revelation that leadership resides within us all. Leadership isn't confined to our professional environments; it begins the moment we step through our front doors, influencing those around us with our actions and decisions.

This journey of discovery emphasizes that true leadership flourishes through personal growth. Regardless of where you find yourself in life, whether you're navigating the early stages of your career or holding a position of influence, the foundation of impactful leadership is understanding yourself.

Participants Will Gain Insights On:

  • The Transformative Power of Feedback: Learn to welcome feedback as a tool for personal and professional growth, turning insights into action.
  • Cultivating Supportive Relationships: Discover the importance of building strong networks that offer support, guidance, and encouragement.
  • The Strength in Vulnerability: Embrace openness and vulnerability as essential qualities of a relatable and inspiring leader.
  • Inspiring Leadership Strategies: Acquire practical approaches to lead in a manner that motivates others to achieve their utmost potential.

Embark on a transformative journey with Todd Nesloney, and unlock the leader that resides within you, ready to make a meaningful impact in every aspect of your life.

Mastering the Art of Difficult Conversations

In every facet of life—be it in our careers, personal relationships, or the roles we assume—there comes an inevitable moment: the need to engage in difficult conversations. These moments can define and shape our interactions, yet we rarely receive formal guidance on how to handle them effectively.

In this engaging session, Todd Nesloney draws upon his wealth of experience to unveil a five-step strategy for navigating challenging dialogues with confidence and empathy, regardless of the setting. This workshop is designed to empower you with the skills needed to turn potentially tense exchanges into constructive encounters.

Key Learnings Include:

• Strategic Preparation:
Discover how to meticulously prepare and plan for your discussions to not only ensure your own readiness but also to pave the way for a positive outcome for everyone involved.

• Understanding Your Role:
Gain clarity on your position within the conversation, including establishing clear boundaries and responsibilities to foster a productive dialogue.
Growth Through Dialogue: Learn to view each challenging conversation as a unique opportunity for personal and mutual growth, transforming potentially negative experiences into positive developmental moments.

This session is tailored for anyone who finds themselves either leading or participating in discussions that can feel daunting or overwhelming. With Todd’s guidance, you’ll learn that difficult conversations don’t necessarily have to be difficult. Armed with the right tools and mindset, you can approach these situations with confidence, turning them into opportunities for growth and understanding.

Cultivating Exceptional Workplace Cultures

The heartbeat of any organization is its culture—the invisible yet palpable force that determines not just workplace satisfaction but also the efficiency and enthusiasm with which a team operates. It's the difference between employees who count down the minutes until the end of the day and those who contribute with zeal, feeling a profound sense of belonging and appreciation.

But how do we cultivate such an enriching environment? How do we ensure that every team member feels genuinely valued, heard, and motivated to return each day with their best foot forward? The journey to inspiring and sustaining a vibrant workplace culture starts with us, the leaders and influencers at every level of an organization.

In this insightful session, Todd Nesloney will guide you through:

The Leader’s Influence: Unpack the critical role you play in molding and nurturing the cultural ethos of your workplace. Discover how your actions and attitudes set the tone for the entire organization.

The Art of Acknowledgment: Explore the transformative power of making team members feel seen, heard, and valued. Learn practical strategies for fostering an environment where every individual feels an integral part of the larger mission.

Actionable Strategies: Walk away with concrete, actionable steps that you can implement immediately to initiate a positive shift in your organizational culture. These are proven tactics that promise to make a noticeable difference from day one.

By the conclusion of this session, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to build a workplace where culture is not just an afterthought but a driving force—leading to enhanced employee retention, stronger interpersonal connections, and a significant uplift in job satisfaction. Transform your organizational culture into one that not only attracts top talent but also nurtures and retains it, creating a legacy of excellence and innovation.

Hire, Train, Retain

Navigating the complexities of hiring, training, and retaining top talent is akin to an art form, crucial for the vibrancy and longevity of any organization. It's about much more than filling positions; it's about discovering individuals who will contribute to and thrive within your company culture, equipping them for success, and ensuring their continued growth and satisfaction.

Todd Nesloney, with his distinctive blend of humor and honesty, will delve into the nuanced strategies that make hiring, training, and retention not just operational tasks, but foundational elements of a thriving organization.

Session Highlights Include:

The Critical First Impression: Uncover the pivotal role of the job interview, from preparation to execution, ensuring that you not only identify but also attract the right fit for your team.

Beyond the Hire: Discover effective training methodologies and expectation-setting practices that empower new hires to excel from the outset, setting the stage for mutual success.

Longevity and Loyalty: Learn how to foster an environment that not only attracts top talent but also inspires them to stay, cultivating a sense of loyalty and a long-term commitment to your organization.

This session is a must-attend for anyone looking to refine their approach to bringing in and keeping top talent. It’s about transforming your workforce strategy from a cycle of recruitment to a culture of retention, ensuring that you’re not just building a team but nurturing a community of highly engaged and motivated individuals. Remember, the strength of your organization lies in the people you choose to be a part of it—select wisely, nurture earnestly, and retain diligently.

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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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Featured Articles & Resources

Standardized Tests Don't Define You

My message to all students....standardized tests don't define you... My message to all...
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Enough Tears?

  If there’s one thing I’ve learned, to depth of my core, about being in education, it’s how deeply we get connected to our students and how much of what goes in their...
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The Work/Life Balance Show

Listen to the Episode HERE! Leadership in Education Rick was going through his Twitter feed and found the hashtag #leadupchat which lead him to his guest through his...
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Classroom chronicles: Stories, experiences woven into new book from Navasota school faculty

By Rebecca Fiedler Texas A&M graduate Todd Nesloney, who has served as principal at Webb Elementary for four years, didn’t just get...
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Meet Todd Nesloney of Kids Deserve It! in Brenham

Today we’d like to introduce you to Todd Nesloney. After forming a friendship over social media, Todd and Adam finally met face to face at the National Association of...
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Loving Recklessly - Hope Within Reach #KidsDeserveIt #LoveRecklessly

This post was co-written with Jeff Veal. You can check out his blog here. The Way It May Seem It seems these days that you can’t turn on the tv, radio, or surf the web...
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