Dr. 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.

Debbie Silver & Jack Berckemeyer Keynote:

Deliberate Optimism: Don’t Stop Believin’

How do teachers remain optimistic while facing today’s daunting challenges in education? Based on their book, Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education, Dr. Debbie Silver and Jack Berckemeyer discuss how educators can maintain a positive sense of self through proactive principles of working and living. They 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.

Hold On To That Feelin’ – Keep Moving Forward 

Teachers who champion young learners are the true heroes of education.  In this humorous and insightful presentation, Dr. Debbie Silver celebrates educators who “go outside the lines” to ensure that every student keeps moving forward in their learning. Come prepared to laugh, to think, and to be reminded of how important you are in the lives of children.

Keep Believin’ in the Power of Deliberate Optimism

Dr. Debbie Silver and Jack Berckemeyer follow up their keynote with this session on how schools can make their cultures and climates more positive.  Learn how educators can deal with the controllable challenges and minimize the effects of uncontrollable issues.  Discover the optimism within you as you discover how to cope with the obstacles teachers face.  This is a funny, heart-warming and uplifting look at reclaiming the joy in education.