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Upcoming Conferences:

Feb. 25- 26th, 2015 –  ICE, Chicago, IL

Feb. 28th, 2015 – EdCampMAdWI, Madison, WI

March 5-6th, 2015 – NCTIES, Raleigh, NC

March 22 -23rd, 2015 – WEMTA, Wisconsin Dells, WI

May 2nd, 2015 – LitEdCamp, Madison, WI

June 24-25th, 2015 – MCP Summer Institute, Chicago, IL

June 29th – July 1st, 2015 – ISTE, Philadelphia, PA

July 6-7th, 2015 – NERDcamp – Parma, MI

July 17-20th, 2015 – IRA – St. Louis, MO



I am fortunate enough to be invited to speak at conferences across the United States about passionate reading and writing instruction, global collaboration, how to empower our teachers and students, as well as creating passionate learning environments.  My workshops/sessions are interactive and blend story-telling with practical how-to’s that participants can implement right away.

Sample of Speaking Topics:

While every workshop/session/keynote or presentation are tailored to meet the needs of the environment in which it is presented, here are a few things that I am an expert in and passionate about sharing.

The Empowered School – A How-to For Change

Now is the time to change the way our schools are run.  A top down approach is no longer the answer and we must engage all of our stakeholders and not just ask for their feedback but actively listen and implement ideas generated by them.  Join us as we discuss shifting the power in not just our classrooms, but also our schools, as we discuss the changes we can make to  tear down the hierarchies of power and then rebuild it.  This workshop is meant to have you question your own hierarchies of power within your district, school or classroom, tear it apart and then help you rebuild it.

Passionate Learners – Giving Our Classrooms Back to Our Students

Breaking the rules is scary within the public school system, no matter how few or many years you have taught. We are indoctrinated about how a traditional classroom should look, starting with our own school days and then on through college classes and early professional careers. When we bring new ideas, or even just trust our instincts, we often think that what we want to try will never really work.  What I have discovered is this though: Even the smallest changes can make monumental differences.  This workshop is focused on working through the many small changes to bring the passion back in your classroom.  We will discuss what to change, from the little to the not-so-little things you can do to shift the responsibility for learning – the joy and wonder of it – to the kids themselves.  Whether you are just beginning or well on your way in your teaching career, this can inspire you to break rules, take risks, and eagerly pursue your journey toward a classroom filled with passionate learners.

Creating a Passionate Readers Workshop 

We have the books to help us do readers workshop but how do we create passionate reading environments?  This workshop focuses on all the extra things we can do and implement in our classrooms as we help students become passionate about books and reading.  Whether we start small  with choice and voice in the classroom, to creating global collaborative projects, passion is easy to re-ignite in reading as long as you have the ideas and the trust in yourself to try them.

Global Collaboration to Fit Your Needs 

We all seem to discuss the need for global collaboration and get excited when others do it, but how do we bring this into our own environments?  Global collaboration isn’t meant to make more work for you, but instead meant to engage students and staff in a more authentic manner in already pre-existing learning.  Come to this workshop and find ways to fit global learning and global connections into what you are already doing, without the need to be 1to1 or have crazy amounts of technology.

The Global Read Aloud – A Story to Inspire Change

Imagine a book read aloud, your class immersed in discussion, students excitedly urging you to read “Just one more page.”  Now imagine this same scene playing out across the world, 300,000 students worldwide  listening to the same book, all deep in discussion but instead of just discussing it within the class, turning to other students across the globe, reaching out via technology, sparking a global conversation, a global connection; all through a shared read aloud.  Come hear the story of The Global Read Aloud, a literacy initiative that since 2010 have connected more than 500,000 students.  Be inspired to connect, be inspired to read aloud, be inspired to create your own global project!

The Empowered Student -Yes,  Students Can Love School Again!

A workshop meant to facilitate change in our classrooms as we discuss the systems that rob students of the power they bring to school and how to start on a journey of change that makes sense for each individual teacher and student.  Areas discussed include technology tools to give students a voice, classroom design, as well how to create curriculum that students will want to be a part of.

Personalized Learning – A Journey Toward a Better Way of Teaching

For teachers and schools just starting out on their personalized  learning journey, this focuses on all of the small changes that lead t true personalized learning environments.  Using a blend of  personal experience, story-telling as well as practical how-to’s participants leave with ideas they can implement right away for immediate change.

How to Do Meaningful Student Blogging

Student blogging is becoming the most preferred way for classrooms to reach out and connect with others around the world.  While many have had some success, this presentation, with its 14 step program, will provide the why, the how to, safety plan, and finally making it meaningful for all participants.


Fees are flexible, as are sessions, consulting, as well as whether on-site teaching is desired.  All sessions will be customized to fit your needs, environment, and learning target.  You can also request a webinar to be conducted online.  To discuss further with me or request further information, please submit a request via email: p@globalreadaloud.com

Professional Development and Consulting

I have been fortunate enough to lead professional development across  the United States in-person as well as globally through webinars, conferences, and into-classrooms presentations.  I am also a co-founder of EdCampMadWI – one of the best days of free professional development you will ever come across.

I have done consulting for companies such as Adobe, Skype, Microsoft, and Fuhu as well as individual schools and districts.

Contact me

The best way to contact me is via email: p@globalreadaloud.com – thank you for your interest!



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