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I speak and lead workshops for teachers around the country.

I offer two speaking and professional development services:

  • An all-day literacy instruction workshop, ideal for grades 5-12 and applicable across the content areas. I call it The Non-Freaked Out Approach to Literacy Instruction.
    • For more information, click here. This workshop is born out of extensive study of a variety of literacy standards, including the work that led to my first book.
  • A range of keynote topics with accompanying, same-day break-out session options. Keynote packages allow for flexible, customized implementation of portions of my two all-day workshops.

Feedback from past participants

I appreciate your candidness and can only say please continue to deliver PD in the same straight-forward manner.

  • Matt of Attica, NY (high school ELA)

I most appreciated your total understanding of a teacher’s job because you ARE a teacher. What a difference that makes in PD.

  • Pattie L. of Turlock, California (6th grade, all subjects)

You are honest, and that means a lot since you are in the trenches like us. You know the challenges.

  • Heather N. of California (AgBio, Environmenal Horticulture, and Animal Science high school teacher)

I appreciated your wit, your sense of humor, and your relaxed sense of being. Your students must love you!

  • Jane D. of California (5th grade social studies)

I appreciated that you gave us just the right amount of time for table discussions and action planning; you also showed us video of some of the strategies as you use them in your own classroom.

  • Monica H. of California (English 9 teacher)

Key facts

  • I’m a 9th grade history and English teacher from Cedar Springs, MI.
  • I began my teaching career in 2006.
  • I’ve written two books: one on literacy (Jossey-Bass Wiley), and one on teacher mindset (self-published).
  • I’ve keynoted at state-level conferences and universities, led workshops around the country, received a national Teacher Innovator Grant from Character Lab, and been recognized as a finalist for Michigan Teacher of the Year.
  • My resume.

My experience as a speaker and PD facilitator

Here are the speaking/training engagements I’ve done since the start of 2013. These speak to my ability as a PD facilitator as well as to my ability to speak to larger audiences in keynote settings. To learn more about me, check out davestuartjr.com.

72. March 19: Annual NCRA Conference

  • Invited Institute: “A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Literacy Instruction: The Foundations Framework”

69., 70., & 71. February 13, February 22, and March 6: Powers Catholic High School, Flint, MI

  • Contextual professional development days with English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science departments, respectively; lab classroom set-up

66., 67., & 68. November 18 & 19, 2016: Annual NCTE Conference

  • Ignite Talk: “Defining Everest”
  • Panel Session: “Argument and Advocacy: Using Speaking to Bring Both to the Classroom”
  • Panel Session: “Doing More Isn’t Doing Better: How to Be a Teacher and Have a Life”

65. November 8, 2016: DeSoto, MS

  • Workshop, 6-12: “The Non-Freaked Out approach to Literacy Instruction”

64. October 17, 2016: Fire Up Conference for Student Teachers

  • Keynote: “The Four Non-Negotiable Teacher Mindsets”
  • Session: “Jedi Mind Tricks for Avoiding Burnout”

63. October 11, 2016: AMLE National Conference

  • Session, “Three Birds with One Stone: Addressing Speaking, Argument, & Technology,” with Erik Palmer and Sandy Otto

60., 61., & 62. September 12, September 26, and October 3: Powers Catholic High School, Flint, MI

  • Contextual professional development days with English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science departments, respectively; lab classroom set-up

59. August 26, 2016: Grafton, WI

  • Keynote (“Never Finished”) and workshop, all secondary staff

58. August 25, 2016: Genessee County Catholic Schools, Flint, MI

  • Keynote, K-12: “Never Finished”
  • Workshop, 6-12: “The Non-Freaked Out Approach to Literacy Instruction”

57. August 22, 2016: Dubuque, IA

  • Keynote, K-12: “Never Finished”
  • Sessions: “Character Strengths and the Science of Success,” “Reading Purposefully and Often”

56. August 19, 2016: Berwyn South, IL

  • Keynote, K-8: “Never Finished”
  • Sessions: “Writing Purposefully and Often” (middle school), “The Consortium Framework” (administrator’s lunch)

55. August 18, 2016: Round Rock, TX

  • Keynote, K-12: “Never Finished”
  • Workshop, 9th grade social studies and ELA: “The Non-Freaked Out Approach to Literacy Instruction”

54. August 17, 2016: Desert Sands, CA

  • Mini-workshops: “The Non-Freaked Out Approach to Literacy Instruction”

52. & 53. August 8 and 10, 2016: Flint, MI

  • Administrator PD Facilitation, Coaching, and Needs Analysis

51. August 2, 2016: Dublin, OH

  • Opening Keynote for two-day Leadership Institute
  • Topic: Never Finished – Continually Becoming the Teachers We Want to Be
  • Breakout Sessions: The Science of Success: Teaching Character in the Classroom; and Writing Purposefully and Often: Quantity, Quality, Feedback and Grading

49. & 50. July 19-20, 2016: Las Vegas, NV, National Differentiated Instruction Conference

  • Two days, four 1-hour sessions per day
  • Topics ranged from Jedi Mind Tricks for Avoiding Burnout to Pop-Up Debate to Reading Purposefully and Often to Developing a Never-Finished Mindset

48. July 14, 2016: National Network of State Teachers of the Year Conference, Chicago, IL

  • Invited speaker, Expanding Teacher Leadership strand
  • Topic: Leading from the Classroom through Teacher Blogging — The Most Important Lessons Learned in Four Years

47. June 21, 2016: Oshkosh, WI (virtual)

  • Keynote for two-day disciplinary literacy workshop
  • Topic: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Disciplinary Literacy

46. June 8, 2016: Columbus, OH

  • All-day workshop or Social Studies and English teachers
  • Topic: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Literacy Instruction Across the Content Areas

45. February 12, 2016: Centralia, IL; Tri-County Teacher Institute

  • Four sessions on various topics around literacy, teacher leadership, and teaching success

44. December 4, 2015: Glassboro, NJ; Rowan University, South Jersey Literacy Consortium

  • All-day workshop for English and Special Education teachers, grades 4-12
  • Topic: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Literacy Instruction and Student-Centered Learning

43. November 23-24, 2015: National Conference of Teacher of English

  • Presenter: “Doing More Isn’t Doing Better”
  • Round-table presenter: “Speaking and Argument in the Secondary Classroom”

42. October 3, 2015: Virtual Education Symposium

  • Opening keynote at event hosted by the American College of Education
  • Topic: More Learning and Less Stress in the Digital Age

41. August 31, 2015: Plainwell, MI

  • Keynote for entire district
  • Topic: Never Finished — Continually Becoming the Teachers We Want to Be (and Staying Sane in the Process)

40. August 18, 2015: Bethel, WA

  • All-day workshop for science, social studies, and career/technical skills teachers
  • Topic: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Literacy Instruction Across the Content Areas

39. August 17, 2015: Vancouver, WA; Language and Literacy Conference

  • Keynote and breakout sessions
  • Keynote topic: Character Strengths
  • Breakout topic: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Literacy Instruction Across the Content Areas

38. August 6, 2015: Mobile, AL

  • High school staff workshop
  • Topic: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Literacy Instruction Across the Content Areas

37. August 4, 2015: Cleveland, AL, Breakthrough Schools Network PD Conference

  • Breakout session for middle school and late elementary teachers across the content areas
  • Topic: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Literacy Instruction Across the Content Areas

36. July 19, 2015: St. Louis, MO, International Literacy Association Annual Conference

  • Session topic: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Literacy Instruction Across the Content Areas

34. & 35. July 9-10, 2015: Las Vegas, NV, National Differentiated Instruction Conference

  • Two days, four 1-hour sessions per day
  • Topics ranged from Jedi Mind Tricks for Avoiding Burnout to Debate Across the Content Areas to Reading Complex Texts

33. July 6, 2015: Parma, MI, NErD Camp

  • Topic: Disciplinary Literacies: Bridging the Department Divide
  • Co-presented with Erica Beaton

32. June 26, 2015: Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey

  • All-day workshop for secondary teachers across the content areas
  • Topic: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Literacy Instruction Across the Content Areas

31. June 10, 2015: Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL

  • Keynote & Breakout Session
  • Topic: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Literacy Instruction Across the Content Areas

30. May 22, 2015: Attica, NY

  • Entire district: 1 hour literacy keynote
  • Secondary math, science, business, and technology teachers: 1 hour literacy workshop
  • Secondary social studies, ELA, Reading, language, and Special Education teachers: 3 hour literacy workshop

29. April 3, 2015: Turlock, CA

  • 540 PK-12 teachers; 3 hour keynote-workshop hybrid
  • Topic: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy Instruction

28. March 12-13, 2015: Sacramento, CA

  • School board members and superintendents; Small School District’s Association of California, Annual Conference
  • Topic:
    • A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy Instruction

27. March 2, 2015: Allendale, MI

  • Early Career Teachers; Fire Up Conference
  • Topic:
    • Jedi Mind Tricks for Avoiding Burnout
    • Never Finished: 10 Tactics for Being Better, Saner Teachers

26. January 31, 2015: Turlock, CA

  • Grades 5-12, Teachers across the content areas
  • Topic: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy Instruction

25. January 23, 2015: Dearborn, MI

  • Grades 9-12, Teachers across the content areas, excluding math
  • Topic: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Literacy Instruction + Afternoon PLC breakouts

24. November 15, 2014: Turlock, CA

  • Grades 6-12, Teachers across the content areas
  • Topic: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy Instruction

23. November 7, 2014: New Lothrop, MI

  • Grades K-12, all teachers in the district
  • Topic: Speaking, Listening, and Informational Texts

22. October 24, 2014: Turlock, CA

  • Grades 6-12, Teachers across the content areas
  • Topic: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy Instruction

21. October 20, 2014: Grand Rapids, MI

  • Student teachers, K-12 across the content areas
  • Three sessions:
    • Jedi Mind Tricks for Avoiding Burnout (and Thriving Instead)
    • Strategic Tips for Working Well with Adults in the First Year
    • A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy Instruction — What You Need to Know for Year One

20. October 4, 2014: Turlock, CA

  • Grades 6-12, Teachers across the content areas
  • Topic: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy Instruction

19. September 29, 2014: Dublin, OH

  • Ohio Council for the Social Studies, Annual Conference
  • Topic: Building a Classroom Culture of Argument: The Key to Literacy in All Spheres

18. August 19, 2014: Hartsburg, IL

  • Hartsburg-Emden Schools
  • K-12 audience, Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy Instruction

14., 15., 16., and 17. August 11, 12, 13, and 14: Independence, Bishop, and Turlock, CA

  • Workshops in various “small school” and continuation school settings
  • Topic: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy Instruction

13. August 6, 2014: Cleveland, OH

  • Breakthrough Schools Network
  • Keynote: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to the Common Core
  • Breakout Session: Literacy Strategies for the 6-8 Classroom

12. July 19, 2014: Oak Brook Terrace, IL

  • American College of Education
  • “Teacher Leadership and Small Wins” — Alumni Achievement Award Acceptance Speech

11. June 12, 2014: Louisville, KY

  • Archdiocese of Louisville
  • “The Six Non-Freaked Out Common Core Literacy Instructional Emphases,” all-day PD

10. March 3, 2014: Allendale, MI

  • Fire Up Spring Conference
  • “Thriving in the Early Years of Teaching”
  • “How to Use a Teacher Blog to Develop Yourself Professionally”

9. February 14, 2014: Cedar Springs, MI

  • Cedar Springs Public Schools All-District Professional Development Day
  • “Jedi Mind Tricks for Avoiding Burnout in the First Years of Teaching”
  • “How to Build a Rewarding Teacher Blog”

8. October 25, 2013: Royal Oak, MI

  • Elementary school, 3-hour PD session (co-led with Erica Beaton)
  • “Close Reading: From Theory to the Nitty Gritty”

7. October 21, 2013: Grand Rapids, MI

  • Fire Up Fall Conference
  • Keynote address
  • Breakouts

6. September 23, 2013: Peterborough, NH

  • Staff Development for Educators
  • “An Overview of the Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy Instruction”

5. August 9, 2013: Lebanon, MO

  • High school staff, 6-hour PD session with whole-staff and PLC breakout sessions
  • “A Non-Freaked Out Approach to the Common Core” + discipline-specific breakouts

4. August 8, 2013: Harrah, OK

  • Whole district, 3-hour PD session
  • “A Non-Freaked Out Approach to the Common Core”

3. May 30, 2013: Cedar Springs, MI

  • Commencement Address
  • “Hard Work and Humility”

2. March 10, 2013: Grand Rapids, MI

  • Michigan Reading Association Conference
  • “Using Close Reading to Light Student Minds on Fire”

1. March 4, 2013: Allendale, MI

  • Fire Up Spring Conference
  • “Jedi Mind Tricks for Avoiding Burnout” & “Strategic Impact, Starting Now: Tips for First-Year Teachers”

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