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I speak and lead workshops for teachers around the country.

I offer three speaking and PD facilitation 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.
  • An all-day character strengths implementation workshop, ideal for all grade levels and subject areas. I like helping schools and teachers consider how smart, sustainable implementation of character strengths work can improve not just student achievement outcomes, but student and teacher flourishing outcomes as well. This workshop is informed by my experiences as an inaugural Character Lab Teacher Innovator Grant recipient. Decidedly hands-on, this workshop’s key outcome is that participants leave with a working hypothesis for building character in their setting and an experiment design for carrying it out. This is highly customizable; contact me using the form at the bottom of this page and let’s talk.

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, and one on teacher mindset.
  • 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.

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

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”

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

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)

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

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

August 6, 2015: Mobile, AL

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

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

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

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

July 6, 2015: Parma, MI, NErD Camp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 31, 2015: Turlock, CA

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

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

November 15, 2014: Turlock, CA

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

November 7, 2014: New Lothrop, MI

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

October 24, 2014: Turlock, CA

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

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

October 4, 2014: Turlock, CA

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

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

August 19, 2014: Hartsburg, IL

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

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

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

July 19, 2014: Oak Brook Terrace, IL

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

June 12, 2014: Louisville, KY

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

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”

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”

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”

October 21, 2013: Grand Rapids, MI

  • Fire Up Fall Conference
  • Keynote address
  • Breakouts

September 23, 2013: Peterborough, NH

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

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

August 8, 2013: Harrah, OK

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

May 30, 2013: Cedar Springs, MI

  • Commencement Address
  • “Hard Work and Humility”

March 10, 2013: Grand Rapids, MI

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

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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