Debbie Silver
Melissa, TX

With 30 years spent as a teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor, Debbie Silver doesn’t just know her way around the classroom – she is familiar with the challenges educators face at every level, from kindergarten to college. The former Louisiana Teacher of the Year has given presentations around the world (including 49 states, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia), helping audiences to interact with students on a deeper level. Her mission is to remind teachers of how important they are in the lives of children, highlighting both learning theory as well as tools for communication. She makes important points while sharing poignant stories and lots of laughs. She firmly believes that teachers need to be having fun, and staying in touch with their passion, to make their biggest impact in the classroom.


Fall Down 7 Times get up 8

Based on her best-selling book, Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8, Debbie Silver offers her wisdom and humor to answer the question, “How do we engage students from all backgrounds and experiences?” But first, educators and families need to get together, build partnerships on common ground, and then capitalize on student strengths to attain greater achievement and higher motivation among students. Dr. Silver shares her views on what she considers a non-negotiable in education – that every student deserves a reasonable chance at success.

Keynote Session with Jack Berkemeyer

Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education

How do teachers remain optimistic while facing today’s daunting challenges in education? Based on their book, Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education, Jack Berckemeyer and Debbie Silver discuss how educators can maintain a positive sense of self through proactive principles of working and living. Debbie and Jack share insights into how to maintain one’s sanity while providing every student the safe, encouraging environment they deserve. Join these two veteran educators for an enlightening and hilarious look at how teachers can take their power back.

Breakout Session for SPLASH 2018

Teaching Kids to Thrive: Building the Other Essential Skills

Based on her new book Teaching Kids to THRIVE: Building the Other Essential Skills for Success (co-written with Dedra Stafford), Dr Debbie Silver examines SEL skills needed for students to become self-motivated, satisfied life-long learners. In this lively presentation, Debbie leads participants through activities that promote mindfulness, self-regulation, empathy, gratitude and other skills students need to find success both now and in the future. Debbie conveys meaningful points about the importance of Thrive skills with significant data, poignant stories, and her trademark humor.