Services

I have had vast experience consulting teachers across the world. I have provided short-term and long term support to educators in a variety of areas from Project Based Learning to assessment and differentiation. I use adult-learning techniques to engage students in learning in a variety of formats that leverage technology, teacher capacity, and collaboration.

Workshops, Webinars and Keynotes

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Publications

Consulting Topics

Workshops and Webinars

Through modeling, humorous commentary, engaging activities, and direct instruction, I provide practical professional learning workshops aligned to best practices in design. Available as half-day or full-day sessions, as an in-person workshop or virtual webinar formats. Easily customized to your needs.

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Creating a Collaborative Classroom Culture

This workshop helps participants build an effective classroom culture for learning. Participants learn strategies for effective collaborative learning as well as assessing student growth in collaboration.

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Formative Assessment to Drive Instruction

This workshop helps participants select formative assessment techniques to drive instruction for individualized instruction. Participants also learn effective feedback techniques and general principles of assessing for learning.

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Introduction to Project Based Learning

This workshop provides an in-depth look for implementing PBL at all grade levels. Participants learn components of designing, assessing, and managing projects and create a project idea for the classroom.

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PBL and STEAM Education

This workshop helps participants design PBL projects to meet the needs of STEAM education. Participants learn how components of PBL and STEAM education can complement each other, and leave with a project idea to implement.

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Using Technology for Effective Assessment

The workshop helps participants align technology tools for feedback, formative assessment, and summative assessment purposes. Participants leave with strategies and a lesson plan to implement.

Keynotes

Keynotes on innovative topics in education that gets audiences excited, laughing, and inspired to take steps to better themselves and their classrooms. Topics vary, but are always tied to best practices in education.

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Freedom to Fail

This keynote reviews content from my recently published book. Participants learn strategies to make failure a learning opportunity in the classroom through carefully selected instruction, curriculum and assessment. In addition, participants learn why failure can be a valuable asset to learning.

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Embracing Games and Play in the Classroom

This keynote provides content on how games can be used to improve our classroom culture and learning. Sample games and implementations are highlighted and participants leave with practical strategies to use.

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Personalized Project-Based Learning

This keynote aligns Project-Based Learning and the tenets of personalized learning. Participants learn how the two can support one another and examine strategies and sample projects.

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Empowering Students With Project Based Learning

This keynote reviews why Project-Based Learning works in all classrooms at all grade levels. Participants learn the general framework for Project Based Learning and how to get started

Publications

“Freedom to Fail”

Buy my first book, “Freedom to Fail: How do I foster risk-taking and innovation in my classroom?”, published by ASCD Arias. I explain the many benefits of intentionally designing opportunities for students to “fail forward” in the classroom, providing strategies for ensuring that students experience small, constructive failures as a means to greater achievement, and offers practical suggestions for ensuring that constructive failure doesn’t detrimentally affect students’ summative assessments.

Speaking Schedule and Past Experience

I speak at a very limited number of client and conferences throughout the year. Future events will be posted here as scheduled. Otherwise, below is a full list of past events showcasing my experience by year.

2016

January
Arizona State University – Phoenix, AZ
Edmonton Catholic Schools – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Anaconda High School – Anaconda, MT

February
Lakeside School – Seattle, WA
Weledeh Catholic School – Yellowknife, NT, Canada

March
Anaconda High School – Anaconda, MT
American Creativity Academy – Kuwait City, Kuwait
Atlanta City Schools – Atlanta, GA

April
ASCD Annual Conference – Atlanta, GA
Options High School – Bellingham, WA

May
Arizona State University – Phoenix, AZ
Irrigon Jr/Sr High School – Irrigon, OR
University High School – Tolleson, AZ

June
Osage Community Schools – Osaga, IA
Boone County Schools – Florence, KY
PBL World 2016 – American Canyon, CA
Seven Arrows Elementary School – Pacific Palisades, CA
Camas School District – Camas, WA
ISTE 2016 – Denver, CO
San Diego State University – San Diego, CA

July
ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence – New Orleans, LA
ILA Conference 2016 – Boston, MA
Aptakisic Tripp School District – Buffalo Grove, IL

September
HighScope Indonesia – Jakarta, Indonesia

November
ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership – Washington D.C.
International School of the Sacred Heart – Tokyo, Japan

2015

January
Wenatchee Public Schools – Wenatchee, WA
Edmonton Catholic Schools – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

February
Washoe County School District – Reno, NV
Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School – Minneapolis, MN
Weledeh Catholic School – Yellowknife, NT, Canada
Anaconda High School – Anaconda, MT

March
Shanghai American School Puxi Campus – Shanghai, China
ASCD Annual Conference – Houston, TX
Anaconda High School – Anaconda, MT
Bismarck Public Schools – Bismarck, ND

April
Bismarck Public Schools – Bismarck, ND
Rincoln Middle School – Escondido, CA
Anaconda High School – Anaconda, MT
Arizona State University – Phoenix, AZ

May
Anaconda High School – Anaconda, MT
Springfield Public Schools – Springfield, MO

June
Richland School District 2 – Columbia, SC
Evergreen School District – San Jose, CA
Arizona State University – Phoenix, AZ

July
International Reading Association – St Louis, MO
Aptakisic-Tripp School District – Buffalo Grove, IL

August
Jefferson County Schools – Charles Town, WV
Detroit Edison Academy – Detroit, MI
Ocala Middle School – San Jose, CA
Visitation STEM Academy – Tacoma, WA

September
Rose City Area Schools – West Branch, MI
Edmonton Catholic Schools – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Anaconda High School – Anaconda, MT
Arizona State University – Phoenix, AZ
Edward Roybal Learning Center – Los Angeles, CA
Charles City Community School District – Charles City, IA

October
Edmonton Catholic Schools – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Jefferson County Schools – Charles Town, WV
Edward Roybal Learning Center – Los Angeles, CA

November
Rose City Area Schools – West Branch, MI
Shanghai American School – Shanghai, China
(long-term residency)
Harford County Public Schools – Bel Air, MD

December
Edmonton Catholic Schools – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Edward Roybal Learning Center – Los Angeles, CA

2014

January
Orangevale Open School – Sacramento, CA
Bismarck Public Schools – Bismarck, ND
Orange County Department of Education – Orange, CA

February
Natrona County Schools – Casper, WY

March
Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
ASCD Annual Conference – Los Angeles, CA
Burbank School District – Chicago, IL

April
Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Bismarck Public Schools – Bismarck, ND
ASCD Regional Institutes – Philadelphia, PA

May
Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Round Rock ISD – Round Rock, TX
Options for Youth Charter Schools – Ontario, CA
ASCD Regional Institute – New York, NY
Bismarck Public Schools – Bismarck, ND

June
Metro Nashville Public Schools – Nashville, TN
Rockford Public Schools – Rockford, IL
Clover Park School District – Lakewood, WA
Wenatchee Public Schools – Wenatchee, WA
PBL World – Napa, CA
ISTE Conference – Atlanta, GA

July
Avonworth School District – Pittsburgh, PA
Rockford Public Schools – Rockford, IL
Chesterfield County Public Schools – Chesterfield, VA
ASCD Institute on FIT Teaching – Chicago, IL

August
Chesterfield County Public Schools – Chesterfield, VA
San Leandro Unified School District – San Leandro, CA
Detroit Edison Public Academy – Detroit, MI
Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium – Edmonton, AB, Canada
Weledeh Catholic School – Yellowknife, NT, Canada

September
Del Lago Academy – Escondido, CA
Edmonton Catholic Schools – Edmonton, AB, Canada
Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School – Minneapolis, MN
San Leandro Unified School District – San Leandro, CA

October
Edmonton Catholic Schools – Edmonton, AB, Canada
Round Rock ISD – Round Rock, TX
American School Foundation – Mexico City, Mexico
Kent ISD – Grand Rapids, MI
Bismarck Public Schools – Bismarck, ND

2013

Jan 22-24: Metro Nashville Public Schools – Nashville, TN
Jan 28-29: FETC – Orlando, FL
Feb 5-7: TCEA – Austin, TX
Feb 18-23: Galaxy Education System – Rajkot, India
Feb 27-Mar 8: TCEA – Austin, TX
Mar 16-18: ASCD Conference – Chicago, IL
Mar 19: Huntington County School – Fort Wayne, IN
Mar 29: Anderson SD 4 – Anderson, SC
Apr 20-21: IRA Conference – Las Vegas, NV
Apr 22-24: Santiago Charter Middle School – Orange, CA
Apr 29-May 3: Sea to Sky School District – Whistler, BC
May 7: Littleton Public Schools – Littleton, CO
May 13: Chicago Virtual Charter School – Chicago, IL
May 29-31: Wichita Public Schools – Wichita, KS
Jun 5: Madeira School – McLean, VA
Jun 7: Anderson SD 4 – Anderson, SC
Jun 10-12: Orangevale Open School – Sacramento, CA
Jun 14: Region 8 – Fort Wayne, IN
Jun 17-21: PBL World – Napa, CA
Jun 23-26: ISTE Conference – San Antonio, TX
Jun 28-29: ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence – National Harbor, MD
Jul 2-4: Edifide Schools – Ontario, Canada
Jul 8-11: Avonworth SD – Pittsburg, PA
Jul 14-17: SREB CCSS Conference – New Orleans, LA
Jul 21: AFT Summer Conference – Washington, DC
Jul 22-24: Orange County Dept. of Education – Orange, CA
Jul 30: Region 8 – Fort Wayne, IN
Aug 1-2: Franklin Central Supervisory Union – St. Albans, VT
Aug 5-7: Chesterfield County Public Schools – Chesterfield, VA
Aug 8-9: Queen Anne Elementary School – Seattle, WA
Aug 12-16: Oakland Unified SD – Oakland, CA
Aug 20-22: Chesterfield County Public Schools – Chesterfield, VA
Aug 27-29: Orange County Dept. of Education – Orange, CA
Sep 9-11: Education Service Center Region 11 – Fort Worth, TX
Sep 17: Littleton Public Schools – Littleton, CO
Oct 1-3: Hope School District – Hope, AR
Oct 7-9: Orange County Dept. of Education – Orange, CA
Oct 14-16: Orange County Dept. of Education – Orange, CA
Oct 24-25: Littleton Public Schools – Littleton, CO
Oct 27-30: iNACOL Virtual Schools Symposium – Orlando, FL
Nov 4-6: Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium – Orange, CA
Nov 13-15: PBL World Australia – Sydney, Australia
Dec 10-12: Orange County Dept. of Education – Orange, CA
Dec 20: California Military Institute – Perris, CA

2012

Jan 4-6: Los Angeles Unified SD – Los Angeles, CA
Jan 11-13: Central Okanagan SD – Kelowna, BC
Jan 26-27: EagleRidge High School – Klamath Falls, OR
Feb 13-15: PETE and C Conference – Harrisburg, PA
Feb 21: Central Okanagan SD – Kelowna, BC
Feb 27-Mar 1: Los Angeles Unified SD – Los Angeles, CA
Mar 6-9: Lucia Del Mar SD – Arroyo Grande, CA
Mar 16-17: Gwinnett Online Campus – Atlanta, GA
Mar 21-22: New Leaf in Learning Conference – Chicago, IL
Mar 23-Mar 26: ASCD Conference – Philadelphia, PA
Apr 4: Central Okanagan SD – Kelowna, BC
Apr 16-17: Scaling STEM Conference – Raleigh, NC
Apr 19-21: iZone New York – New York, NY

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