Growing Leaders wants to equip not only students, but also the educators with whom they interact, creating an environment that fosters connection. To set educators up for success, we provide motivational speakers for schools who encourage, inspire, and teach educators practical, research-based ways to communicate with students that spark real change.
Most Popular Topics for Educators
Generation iY®: Understanding and Connecting with Teens & Young Adults
It is no longer accurate to refer to Generation Y as one collective generation. The Millennials born after 1990 are a whole new batch of students. They are being called Generation iY because their life is dominated by the iPhone, the iPod, iTunes, etc. They’ve been identified as the Digital Generation, Mosaics, Techies, Millennials and Screenagers. They are the talk of Human Resource professionals and newspaper journalists, they are the prize of their parents, and they are the market share every retailer covets. They are the kids born between 1990 and 2002 and are part of the largest generation in our history. The older you are, the more you’ll feel like an immigrant among natives with this new generation. They’ve shifted from our Gutenberg era into their own Google era. Their bias is for action and interaction. We have the privilege of shaping their future.
Marching off the Map
The Baby Boomers were the first generation who grew up with the one-eyed babysitter: the TV. Today, they are parents and teachers, and they’re now raising a generation of firsts—kids who are growing up with a portable device in their hands. How do we navigate this world that isn’t going away, but that is reducing the empathy, patience and emotional intelligence of our young people? This event provides a compass for leading a generation of “firsts” full of practical tips for marching into new territory while enabling our kids and students to embrace timeless values and soft skills.
Generation Z: Instructing the Next Generation
In 2,000, adolescent attention spans were 12 seconds. Today, they are six seconds. Students spend the equivalent of an eight-hour day in front of screens, which makes teaching them more challenging then ever. Faculty now compete not only with Hollywood, but with YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, Instagram and Snapchat. Do you feel it? While our content may not need changing, our pedagogy likely does. It is the job of the instructor to engage the student. If our students have not learned—we have not taught. This session is practical and research-based, comparing five generations of students and offering current best practices for communicating with Generations Y and Z.
Metacognition: The Secret to Engaging and Inspiring Students
One hot button topic in both higher education and secondary schools is metacognition. It enables students to not only engage in their learning but to own it. This session breaks down exactly what must happen for a leader or teacher to encourage metacognition in their learners.
Avoiding the Biggest Mistake Educators Can Make
Educators have more on their plate to accomplish today than ever before. Testing, discipline, classroom management…all on top of attempting to instruct today’s kids who are growing up with a portable device in their hands. In light of this exhausting reality, we are seeing teachers, coaches and administrators make a huge mistake with their students. It’s a survival mechanism. It’s a coping mechanism. But it is hindering student performance across the country. In this session, we will not only examine the data, but offer insights to correct the mistake we often make. This session includes practical shifts we must make in order to bring out the best in our students.
Artificial Maturity: Helping Students Meet the Challenge of Becoming Authentic Adults
Because of the pervasive technology available at our fingertips, we are educating a generation of students called Generation iY. They’ve grown up online and been impacted by the iWorld. They have been over-exposed to information far earlier than they are ready, yet have been under-exposed to real-life experience until it’s often too late. This over-exposure / under-exposure produces what we call “artificial maturity.” Students find themselves stuck, not self-sufficient to move to the next stage of life. During this session, we will discuss how to best connect with students to get them moving again and turn artificial maturity into authentic maturity.
Making Your Communication Simple, Sticky and Sharable
We live in the information age, but NOT in the communication age. More ideas are being transmitted but our filters are stronger than ever, screening out incoming data that feels irrelevant. If you teach students, you feel this tension every day. If you lead anyone, you recognize the six-second attention spans of our day. In this session, we will examine how to communicate, motivate and educate in a manner that is memorable. The dream of every teacher or communicator is that the audience gets it, remembers it and can pass it on. This event enables you to accomplish all three.
Adjusting the Sails: Five Changes That Can Be Game Changers with Students
Whether you lead a school or an organization, you likely see change in the wind. Our culture swooshes through our communities leaving many confused about how to manage the classroom or even manage the school. Like a good sailor, we’ve got to learn to adjust the sails—insuring we reach the desired destination, rather than giving in to the wind. This session is all about how change works, examining the five kinds of changes we can make and how to practically implement those changes as a leader or as a teacher. The event is practical and leaves room for discussion and application among audience members.
Becoming a Life Giving Leader
The new target for educators today is student-centered learning. But what does that look like in a classroom? In the lunch line? On the practice field? In this session, we will examine what it means to move from teacher to mentor—a life giving mentor—for your students. If we are to succeed at effective education, we must master the art of developmental relationships, then provide the gifts that life-giving mentors give.
In Other Words: The Power of Teaching With Images
We live in a culture rich with images. From phones, digital cameras, TV, movies, video, and hundreds of visual electronic devices, we can’t escape the power of the visual image―and most of us don’t want to. Images have significantly shaped this generation of students. Therefore we must change our teaching methods if we want to increase student engagement and student success. This session will help educators put their training on I.C.E: Teach with Images, which lead to Conversations, which lead to Experiences that have a lasting impact on the student.