Keynotes and Presentations: Alice Keeler

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Alice Keeler holds a Masters in Educational Media Design and Technology and is a Google Certified Teacher, New Media Consortium K12 Ambassador, Microsoft Innovative Educator and LEC Admin & Online and Blended certified educator. She is  Co-Author of the books 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom and 50 Things To Go Further With Google Classroom, A Student-Centered Approach both of which continue to be top sellers on Amazon in the Computers and Technology Education section.

She taught high school math for 14 years and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology at California State University, Fresno. Alice Keeler has developed and taught online K12 courses, as well as the course for Innovative Educator Advanced Studies Certification ( She has participated on collaborative teams for Google working on projects such as YouTube teachers and Google Play for Education. She has served on the New Media Consortium Horizon report advisory panel for 2013, 2014, and 2015 ( and has been a lesson developer for Bing in the classroom.

As a believer in the importance of connectivity she founded #coffeeEDU ( and #profchat, two powerful communities for educators to collaborate and share innovative new ideas.  She is passionate about reaching all students and using technology to change the way we approach learning and grading. Alice tweets @alicekeeler and blogs at

In the Future Cars Drive Themselves (Keynote)

The future is now, cars already drive themselves so what does that mean about the possibilities for our students? Technology influences how we live our everyday lives, so it should be a part of the everyday classroom.  Students now have technology and Google Apps at their fingertips, let’s embrace these tools and use them in innovative ways to create amazing learning environments for our kids!

Introduction to Google Classroom

If you are using Google Docs with students or thinking you would like to, let me introduce you to Google Classroom. Google Classroom greatly simplifies your workflow by allowing you to easily share assignments and resources with students, and enables students to view and edit Docs and submit homework. Google Classroom helps teachers make the leap to blended learning. You will be up and running in seconds with this easy to use platform. This hands-on session introduces you to what Google Classroom is and how to navigate it to create and grade assignments. Participants will be able to see what Google Classroom looks like from both teacher and student perspective.

Hacking Google Classroom

If you are currently a Google Classroom user, this session will go beyond the basics to show you how to get the MOST out of Google Classroom. You will learn to use Chrome extensions to enhance your use of Google Classroom and dive into using Add Ons and Scripts to hack what you can do with Google Classroom. This practical, hands on, and fun session is a MUST for anyone who wants to take Google Classroom to the next level. Please note: The best device to have for this session is a laptop. Add ons and chrome extensions do not work on a tablet. Tablet users will learn great tips and tricks but many will need to be practiced later on a computer.

A Student-Centered Approach to Using Google Classroom

Sure, Google Classroom allows you to assign work and collect it, but let’s not use new tools in old ways! Technology allows us to rethink how the classroom functions. The person doing the work is the person doing the learning. Help students to have a voice and a choice in their learning. This session goes over strategies for how to shift from a traditional classroom to a student centered classroom when using Google Classroom.

Getting Googley: Using Google Apps for Education to Inspire Learning

Google provides a suite of tools to help teachers and students to be productive and to better connect. This session is for teachers who are not familiar with what Google Apps for Education (GAfE) has to offer. Participants will be introduced to Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings and Forms. This hands on workshop has participants creating Google documents, sharing them and collaborating. Ideas for how to use Google Docs to teach will be integrated into the workshop. *Not tablet friendly.

You Can Code!! Google Apps Scripts for Noobs

When using Google Docs have you ever wished it would do _____. Google Apps Script allows you to create custom applications for Google Docs and Drive. This session is for computer users who feel comfortable with copying and pasting. You will be AMAZED at what YOU can do! In this session you will write your own scripts and be able to brag to all your friends that you can code.

The Answer is Always a Spreadsheet

You may not realize it, but the answer is always a spreadsheet! This session is to get you started with using Google Sheets. Spreadsheets are a great tool for students to use, for collaboration, and for teaching the Common Core. Teachers are much more efficient when they are proficient with spreadsheets so let’s get started. Seriously this will be FUN!! Like for real! FUN!

Formative Assessment and Google Forms

Google Forms are great for formative assessment, but now what? This session goes over tips to design better formative assessments in Google Forms and what to do with the data once you have it.

Advanced Collaborative Writing with Google

If you are using Google Docs to collaborate, this session will help you fine tune your workflows to increase productivity. We will discuss how to find comments, suggest changes, link to comments, message collaborators, look at revision history and more.

Google Forms and Pivot Tables

Now that you’ve collected data in a Google Form… now what? Formative assessment, survey of students, peer evaluation are all excellent uses of Google Forms, but Forms are the most powerful when you’re able to sort, filter and organize the information. If you’ve never heard of a pivot table, this session is for you! Pivot tables allow you to take your Google Forms data and summarize the information quickly, easily and dynamically. This session will cover tips for creating Google Forms that create good data, pivot tables, sorting and organizing the data and if time permits how to mail merge the information to get information out quickly.

Using Badges in the Classroom

Gamification and badges can help motivate students, aide in differentiation and just make the classroom more fun. This session will go over creating badges in Google Draw, how to publish them and a system for using them to provide choice and differentiation for students.

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Teach Like a PIRATE

by Dave Burgess @burgessdave

tlap bookTeach Like a PIRATE is the New York Times best-selling book that has sparked a worldwide educational revolution. It is part inspirational manifesto that ignites passion for the profession and part practical road map filled with dynamic strategies to dramatically increase student engagement. Translated into four languages, its message resonates with educators who want to design outrageously creative lessons and transform school into a life-changing experience for students.

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by Don Wettrick @DonWettrick

For far too long, schools have been bastions of boredom, killers of creativity, and way too comfortable with compliance and conformity. In Pure Genius, Don Wettrick explains how collaboration—with experts, students, and other educators—can help you create interesting, and even life-changing opportunities for learning. Wettrick’s book inspires and equips educators with a systematic blueprint for teaching innovation in any school.

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by Dave Burgess @burgessdave
and Shelley Burgess @burgess_shelley

A is for Anchor, B is for Bungee… and P is for PIRATE! Teaching is an adventure that stretches the imagination and calls for creativity every day! In P is for Pirate, husband and wife team Dave and Shelley Burgess encourage and inspire educators to make their classrooms fun and exciting places to learn. Tapping into years of personal experience, and drawing on the insights of more than 70 educators, the authors offer a wealth of ideas for making learning and teaching more fulfilling than ever before.

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Learn Like a PIRATE

by Paul Solarz @PaulSolarz

llap coverToday’s job market demands that students be prepared to take responsibility for their lives and careers. We do them a disservice if we teach them how to earn passing grades without equipping them to take charge of their education. In Learn Like a Pirate, Paul Solarz explains how to design classroom experiences that encourage students to take risks and explore their passions in a stimulating, motivating, and supportive environment where improvement, rather than grades, is the focus. Discover how student-led classrooms help students thrive and develop into self-directed, confident citizens who are capable of making smart, responsible decisions, all on their own.

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Ditch That Textbook

by Matt Miller @jmattmiller

dtt front coverTextbooks are symbols of centuries of old education. They’re often outdated as soon as they hit students’ desks. Acting “by the textbook” implies compliance and a lack of creativity. It’s time to ditch those textbooks—and those textbook assumptions about learning! In Ditch That Textbook, teacher and blogger Matt Miller encourages educators to throw out meaningless, pedestrian teaching and learning practices. It empowers them to evolve and improve on old, standard teaching methods. Ditch That Textbook is a support system, toolbox, and manifesto to help educators free their teaching and revolutionize their classrooms.

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50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom

by Alice Keeler @alicekeeler and Libbi Miller @millerlibbi

50 things google classroomAdding technology to classrooms isn’t optional; it’s a must if students are going to be well-equipped for the future. In 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom, Alice Keeler and Libbi Miller shorten the learning curve by providing a thorough overview of the Google Classroom app. Part of Google Apps for Education (GAfE), Google Classroom was specifically designed to help teachers save time by streamlining the process of going digital. Complete with screenshots, this book provides ideas and step-by-step instruction to help teachers encourage student collaboration, seamlessly use other Google tools, such as Google Docs, provide timely feedback to students and more.

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The Zen Teacher

by Dan Tricarico @thezenteacher

zen teacher coverTeachers have incredible power to influence, even improve, the future. In The Zen Teacher, educator, blogger, and speaker Dan Tricarico provides practical, easy-to-use techniques to help teachers be their best—unrushed and fully focused—so they can maximize their performance and improve their quality of life. In this introductory guide, Dan Tricarico explains what it means to develop a Zen practice—something that has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with your ability to thrive in the classroom.

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Master the Media

by Julie Smith @julnilsmith

master the mediaWithout question, television, films, radio, and music, the Internet, social media, news programs, and books and magazines are part of our daily lives. And while some claim that all of this media consumption is detrimental to society, the truth is it doesn’t have to be. Times have changed. Technology connects us today in new and exciting ways. We have more choices and more control than ever, regarding what and when we will watch, listen to, and read. And, as Julie Smith explains in Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-in World, with that control comes a heightened level of responsibility to think critically about the content we consume. Written to help teachers and parents educate the next generation, Master the Media explains the history, purpose, and messages behind the media.

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The Innovator’s Mindset

by George Couros @gcouros

innovators mindset coverKids walk into schools full of wonder and questions. How you, as an educator, respond to students’ natural curiosity can help further their own exploration and shape the way they learn today and in the future. In The Innovator’s Mindset, George Couros encourages teachers and administrators to empower their learners to wonder, to explore—and to become forward-thinking leaders.  The Innovator’s Mindset includes practical suggestions for unleashing your students’ and teachers’ talent. You’ll also read encouraging accounts of leaders and learners who are innovating “inside the box.” 

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Explore Like a Pirate

by Michael Matera @mrmatera

Explore Like a PirateAre you ready to transform your classroom into an experiential work that flourishes on collaboration and creativity? Then set sail with classroom game designer and educator Michael Matera as he reveals the possibilities and power of game-based learning. In Explore Like a PIRATE, Matera serves as your experienced guid
e to help you apply the most motivational techniques of gameplay to your classroom using strategies that work with and enhance (rather than replace) your current curriculum.


Play Like a Pirate

Book Play Like a Pirateby Quinn Rollins

Students spend hours of every day bored. If they’re bored, they’re unlikely to remember what we’re trying to help them learn. Using tools they love – LEGO, Hot Wheels, action figures, Barbie, superheroes, and games – Rollins will help you make connections to your curriculum, bringing some fun back into your classroom. Rollins shares both big ideas and practical strategies for how to use toys, games, and comics to engage your students – and will show you how the best tools to reach those kids were within your reach all along.

Your School Rocks… So Tell People!

Your School Rocks... So Tell People

by Ryan McLane and Eric Lowe

Great things are happening in your school every day. The problem is: no one beyond your school walls knows about them. School principals Ryan McLane and Eric Lowe want to help you get the word out! In Your School Rocks… So Tell People! McLane and Lowe offer more than seventy immediately actionable tips along with easy-to-follow instructions and links to video tutorials. This practical guide will equip you to create an effective and manageable communication strategy using social media tools. Learn how to keep your students’ families and community connected, informed, and excited about what’s going on in your school.

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How Much Water Do We Have?

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If questions like these have run through your mind lately, chances are you’re feeling stressed out, overwhelmed, or fearful. Whether those questions are the result of positive changes, like business growth or the birth of a child, or unwanted circumstances, such as stress at the workplace or divorce, the right resources and support can help you successfully navigate those challenges.

In How Much Water Do We Have? Pete Nunweiler identifies five key elements that are necessary for the success of any goal, life transition, or challenge. He calls these elements the 5 Waters of Success, and like the water we drink, we need them to thrive in today’s rapidly paced world.

140 Twitter Tips for Educators

Get Connected, Grow Your Professional Learning Network, and Reinvigorate Your Career

By Brad Currie, Billy Krakower, and Scott Rocco

140 TwitterWhatever questions you have about education or about how you can be even better at your job, you’ll find ideas, resources, and a vibrant network of professionals ready to help you on Twitter. In 140 Twitter Tips for Educators, #Satchat hosts and founders of Evolving Educators, Brad Currie, Billy Krakower, and Scott Rocco offer step-by-step instructions to help you master the basics of Twitter, build an online following, and become a Twitter rock star.

The Classroom Chef 

Sharpen your lessons. Season your classes. Make math meaningful.

By John Stevens and Matt Vaudrey
DBC Classroom Chef flatIn The Classroom Chef, math teachers and instructional coaches John Stevens and Matt Vaudrey share their secret recipes, ingredients, and tips for serving up lessons that engage students and help them “get” math. You can use these ideas and methods as-is, or better yet, tweak them and create your own enticing educational meals. The message the authors share is that, with imagination and preparation, every teacher can be a Classroom Chef.


Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student

By John Spencer and A.J. Juliani
small LAUNCH-FLAT copyEducators John Spencer and A.J. Juliani know firsthand the challenges teachers face every day: School can be busy. Materials can be scarce. The creative process can seem confusing. Curriculum requirements can feel limiting. Those challenges too often bully creativity, pushing it to the side as an “enrichment activity” that gets put off or squeezed into the tiniest time block. We can do better. We must do better if we’re going to prepare students for their future.

Kids Deserve It!

Pushing Boundaries and Challenging Conventional Thinking.

By Todd Nesloney @TechNinjaTodd and Adam Welcome @awelcome 
KDI - FLATIn Kids Deserve It!, Todd and Adam encourage you to think big and make learning fun and meaningful for students. While you’re at it, you just might rediscover why you became an educator in the first place. Learn why you should be calling parents to praise your students (and employees). Discover ways to promote family interaction and improve relationships for kids at school and at home. Be inspired to take risks, shake up the status quo, and be a champion for your students.

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50 Things to Go Further with Google Classroom

A Student-Centered Approach

by Alice Keeler @alicekeeler and Libbi Miller @millerlibbi

50 Things furtherThis book helps you take Google Classroom further with 50 more tips. The book is chock full of ways to take Google Classroom further with tips, resources, and templates.  This book helps you consider ways to start moving towards a more student-centered approach to teaching and learning. Lisa Highfill, co-author of the book “The HyperDoc Handbook,” provides the foreword to give her view on shifting the classroom model.

The Writing on the Classroom Wall

How Posting About Your Most Passionate Beliefs Can Empower, Propel, and Lead.

By Steve Wborney


In The Writing on the Classroom Wall, Steve Wyborney explains how posting and discussing Big Ideas can lead to deeper learning. You’ll learn why sharing your ideas will sharpen and refine them. You’ll also be encouraged to know that the Big Ideas you share don’t have to be profound to make a profound impact on learning. In fact, Steve explains, it’s okay if some of your ideas fall off the wall. What matters most is sharing them.

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Instant Relevance

Using Today’s Experiences to Teach Tomorrow’s Lessons

by Denis Sheeran

Instant Relevance

Every day, students in schools around the world ask the question, “When am I ever going to use this in real life?” In Instant Relevance, author and keynote speaker Denis Sheeran equips you to create engaging lessons from experiences and events that matter to your students. Learn how to help your students see meaningful connections between the real word and what they learn in the classroom—because that’s when learning sticks.

Dunk Tank

Escaping The School Leader’s Dunk Tank:
How to Prevail When Others Want to See You Drown
by Rebecca Coda and Rick Jetter

Have you ever felt as if a supervisor, coworker, or even your own school board was trying to sabotage you?  No school leader is immune to the effects of discrimination, bad politics, revenge, or ego-driven coworkers. If you’ve ever worked in such conditions, you know that adversaries can make your job as a school leader miserable. But even if you’re lucky enough to be thriving in your current role, you’ve probably seen leaders whose careers have been tanked by difficult and demanding circumstances. You may even wonder from time to time, “Am I next?”  In Escaping the School Leader’s Dunk Tank, Rebecca Coda and Rick Jetter interviewed superintendents, principals, and other educational leaders across the nation who have faced “dunk tank” situations. Through real-life stories and by sharing insightful research, the authors (who are dunk tank survivors themselves) equip school leaders with the practical knowledge and emotional tools necessary to survive and, better yet, avoid getting “dunked.”  You’ll learn:

  • Which emotions may be triggering your adversary’s negative behaviors.
  • How to recognize the most common tactics used against school leaders.
  • Why building positive relationships is important to your survival.
  • What you may be doing to hurt others’ careers…or even your own.
  • How to redefine yourself and reclaim your life and career if you’ve ever been “dunked

Start. Right. Now.

Teaching and Leading for Excellence

By Todd Whitaker, Jeff Zoul, and Jimmy Casas

In their work leading up to
Start. Right. Now. Todd Whitaker, Jeff Zoul, and Jimmy Casas studied educators from across the nation and discovered four key behaviors of excellence: Excellent leaders and teachers Know the Way, Show the Way, Go the Way, and Grow Each Day. If you are ready to take the first step toward excellence, this motivating book will put you on the right path.

Lead Like a PIRATE

Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff

By Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf (@Burgess_Shelley, @BethHouf)
In Lead Like a PIRATE, education leaders Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf map out the character traits necessary to captain a school or district. You’ll learn where to find the treasure that’s already in your classrooms and schools—and how to bring out the very best in your educators. This book will equip and encourage you to be relentless in your quest to make school amazing for your students, staff, parents, and communities.

Teaching Math with Google Apps

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By Alice Keeler and Diana Herrington

In Teaching Math with Google Apps, author-educators Alice Keeler and Diana Herrington reveal more than 50 ways teachers can use technology in math classes. The goal isn’t using tech for tech’s sake; rather, it’s to help students develop critical-thinking skills and learn how to apply mathematical concepts to real life. Packed with lesson ideas, links to downloadable templates, step-by-step instructions, and resources, Teaching Math with Google Apps equips you to bring your math class into the twenty-first century with easy-to-use technology. What are you waiting for?

Click here to purchase Teaching Math with Google Apps on Amazon! 

Table Talk Math

A Practical Guide for Bringing Math into Everyday Conversations
By John Stevens
Math is everywhere! From cooking (and eating) to playing games to estimating how much toilet paper is left on a roll to creating elaborate patterns with LEGO bricks, you don’t have to look far to find numbers to wonder about with your kids. In Table Talk Math, John Stevens offers ideas for initiating authentic, math-based conversations that can benefit (and be fun for) everyone at the table–no matter how young or old. The more often you can get your kids to notice and be curious about all the numbers, patterns, and equations in the world around them, the more likely they are to start thinking about math as something that is fun, even if it isn’t always easy. And that’s when you’ll really have something to talk about.

Shift This!

How to Implement Gradual Change for Massive Impact in Your Classroom

By Joy Kirr

Establishing a student-led culture that isn’t focused on grades and homework but on individual responsibility and personalized learning, may seem like a daunting task—especially if you think you have to do it all at once. But significant change is possible, sustainable, and even easy when it happens little by little. In Shift This! educator and speaker Joy Kirr explains how to make gradual shifts—in your thinking, teaching, and approach to classroom design—that will have a massive impact in your classroom. Make the first shift today!

 Unmapped Potential

An Educator’s Guide to Lasting Change
By Julie Hasson and Missy Lennard
Feeling overextended, discouraged, or stressed? No matter where you are in your educational career, chances are you have, at times, felt overwhelmed and overworked. Maybe you feel that way right now. If so, you aren’t alone. But the more important news is that things can get better! You simply need the right map to help you move from frustrated to fulfilled. Unmapped Potential: An Educator’s Guide to Lasting Change can help you find your unique path to becoming the kind of educator–the kind of person–you want to be.
The idyllic myth of the perfect teacher–the one who has it all together and breezes through the school year without fear or stress and whose well-behaved students always get straight As–sets the bar incredibly high for educators. The problem is that this myth also perpetuates unrealistic expectations that erode self-confidence and set teachers up for failure. Author and educator Aaron Hogan is on a mission to shatter the myth of the perfect teacher by equipping educators with strategies that help them THRIVE. You’ll learn how to shift out of survival mode and how to thrive.

Social LEADia

Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership

by Jennifer Casa-Todd
Equipping students for their future begins by helping them become digital leaders now. In our networked society, students need to learn how to leverage social media to connect to people, passions, and opportunities to grow and make a difference.  When people think of kids and their devices, it is often with dismay. But technology is here to stay, which means we must educate, empower, and inspire our students to use social media to …learn and share learning, address societal inequality, share their voices, and be a more positive influence in others’ lives.  Social LEADia addresses the need to shift our conversations at school and at home from digital citizenship to digital leadership. Inside, you’ll read about some amazing kids who are leveraging social media in positive and powerful ways. They are passionate and empathetic leaders online and offline, and they model the reality that students don’t need to wait for tomorrow to lead–they can be world-changers TODAY.

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Spark Learning

3 Keys to Embracing the Power of Student Curiosity

by Ramsey Musallam

Spark Learning, inspired by Ramsey’s popular TED Talk “3 Rules to Spark Learning,” combines brain science research, proven teaching methods, and his personal story to empower you to improve your students’ learning experiences with …
* Easy-to-implement ideas for sparking curiosity in your students
* Strategies for encouraging students to embrace the mess of learning
* Practices for effective reflection that propels future learning—and greater curiosity
* Technology tips to make it simple to collect and use your own inspiring ideas.

For author Ramsey Musallam, the journey to a better way of teaching began not in the classroom, but on the operating table where he underwent a new, lifesaving heart surgery. His surgeon’s confidence, dedication, and curiosity sparked an idea in Ramsey: What if teachers adopted the qualities his surgeon exhibited and were inquisitive, ready to explore, discover, try, and, yes, even fail? What if students could learn to adopt those traits as well? Those questions launched a quest to inspire inquiry and harness its benefits.

Click here to purchase Spark Learning on Amazon!




by A.J. Juliani and John Spencer

In Empower, A.J. Juliani and John Spencer provide teachers, coaches, and administrators with a roadmap that will inspire innovation, authentic learning experiences, and practical ways to empower students to pursue their passions while in school.

Compliance is expecting students to pay attention. Engagement is getting students excited about our topics, interests, and curriculum. But when we empower students, they crave learning that is both meaningful and relevant to their life, now and in the future.

Empower is focused not only on what happens when students own their learning but also on how to reach a place where that is possible in the midst of standards, set curriculum paths, and realities of school that we all have to deal with. Written by real educators who are still working in schools and with teachers, Empower will provide ways to overcome these challenges and turn them into opportunities for our learners to be unabashedly different and remarkable.

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Ditch That Homework

Practical Strategies to Help Make Homework Obsolete

by Matt Miller and Alice Keeler

Students hate it. Parents wonder if it’s worth the tears, frustration, and nightly arguments. Teachers debate whether it’s really helpful or just busywork that consumes their precious time.

One thing everyone can agree on is that homework is a contentious topic.
In Ditch That Homework, Matt Miller and Alice Keeler discuss the pros and cons of homework, why teachers assign it, and what life could look like without it. As they evaluate the research and share parent and teacher insights, the authors explore some of the benefits for ditching homework:
  • Better education for all students
  • Reduced stress for families
  • More intentionality with lesson planning
  • Increased love of learning
  • More time for teachers to focus on learning at school and enjoying their after-school hours
And that’s just the beginning. Miller and Keeler offer a convincing case for ditching–or at a minimum greatly reducing–homework. They also provide practical guidance on how to eliminate homework from your lessons. You’ll discover strategies for improving learning through differentiation and student agency and by tapping into the way the brain works best.
Are you ready? Read this book and you’ll understand why it’s time to Ditch That Homework! #DitchHW


The Four O’Clock Faculty

A Rogue Guide to Revolutionizing Professional Development

by Rich Czyz

Author Rich Czyz is on a mission to revolutionize professional learning for all educators. In The Four O’Clock Faculty, Rich identifies ways to make PD meaningful, efficient, and, above all, personally relevant.

This book is a practical guide that reveals why some PD is so awful and what you can do to change the model for the betterment of you and your colleagues.

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Every Student. Every Day. Whatever it Takes.

by Jimmy Casas

Eradicate Average! CULTURIZE Your School. Average schools don’t inspire greatness–and greatness is what our world needs if we are going to produce world-changing learners. In Culturize, author and education leader Jimmy Casas shares insights into what it takes to cultivate a community of learners who embody the innately human traits our world desperately needs, such as kindness, honesty, and compassion. His stories reveal how these “soft skills” can be honed while meeting and exceeding academic standards of twenty-first-century learning.

You’ll learn…

  • How to reach those who seem unreachable.
  • What to do when students disengage or drop out of school.
  • How to ensure your learners feel cared for and empowered.
  • How to create an environment where all learners are challenged and inspired to be their best.

Click here to purchase Culterize on Amazon.

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Code Breaker

Increase Creativity, Remix Assessment, and Development a Class of Coder Ninjas!

by Brian Aspinall

Crack the code for your students’ success!

Future-ready students need to be creative. They need to know how to communicate their ideas and how to collaborate as problem solvers. To master these and other twenty-first-century requirements, they will need to be critical thinkers.

In Code Breaker, educator Brian Aspinall shares his insights on how to turn curriculum expectations into skills. Students identify problems, develop solutions, and use coding and computational thinking to apply and demonstrate their learning. From Aspinall’s collection of real-life examples and practical lesson ideas, you’ll discover how to:

  • Use computational thinking and coding across all subjects and grade levels
  • Encourage students to let their skills and passions shine
  • Teach learners to take risks so they can grow from failure and feedback
  • Make assessment meaningful–and fun–for you and your students

You don’t have to be a “computer geek” to empower your students with these essential skills. Code Breaker equips you to use computational thinking and coding in your classroom – regardless of your computer skill level – to increase creativity, remix assessment, and develop a class of coder ninjas!

Click here to purchase Code Breaker on Amazon.

Code Breaker is Coming soon to Barnes and Noble.

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Learn More About:   •  Denis Sheeran • Rebecca Coda & Rick Jetter

Learn More About:  •  Jimmy Casas   Matt Vaudrey • Joy Kirr

Learn More About:  •  Aaron Hogan  • Adam Welcome


Dave Burgess Consulting provides a variety of dynamic, high-energy, inspiring speakers to provide professional learning for schools, districts, events and beyond. For availability and/or pricing, use the contact form at the bottom of this page to contact Shelley Burgess for more information.

Dave Burgess

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Dave Burgess is a teacher from San Diego, California and a professional magician specializing in stand-up comedy magic. He was a 2001 and 2012 Golden Apple winner in the Grossmont Union High School District and the 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year at West Hills High School. He has been voted a faculty standout for 17 consecutive years in categories such as Most Entertaining, Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic.

He specializes in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity.  At a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C., he was awarded the BAMMY for Secondary School Teacher of the Year by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.  He is the co-author of P is for PIRATE: Inspirational ABC’s for Educators and the New York Times best-selling author of Teach Like a PIRATE which has sparked an educational revolution all over the world.  

Dave delivers the ultimate professional development experience for your teachers that is perfect for all circumstances from truly inspirational opening keynotes to full-day hands-on workshops.It is a high-energy, interactive, and entertaining experience that will leave your staff unbelievably inspired, motivated, and with the practical skills to dramatically increase student engagement.

His presentations are a unique blend of outrageously energetic performance art and magic, mixed with an inspirational message of how and why to become more passionate in the classroom. All techniques and methods are modeled and fully explained so as to leave no doubt about how to apply the methods in the real-world. Participants will leave with a tool-box full of dynamic presentational ideas that they can immediately use to improve their lessons.

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Shelley Burgess

Shelley burgess: Lead Like a Pirate

Shelley has served as an award-winning teacher, principal, Director of Student Achievement, and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Leadership. Her highly respected work focuses on building leadership capacity through coaching, collaboration, and building a positive culture of change which leads to dramatic improvements in teaching and learning. She now works as a full-time partner in Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. and is the co-author of P is for PIRATE: Inspirational ABC’s for Educators.

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George Couros

George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school–from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator, school and district administrator, and is the author of the book “The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. He is one of education’s most sought after speakers, and speaks on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe. George is also the creator of, an initiative that brings educators and leaders together from around the world to create powerful learning opportunities for students.  

Although George is a leader in the area of innovation, his focus is always the development of leadership and people and what is best for learners. His belief that, meaningful change happens when you first connect to people’s hearts, is modelled in his writing and speaking. His keynotes are known for making you laugh, cry, and think, and will inspire you to become a better educator.  You can connect with George on his blog, “The Principal of Change” or follow him on Twitter (@gcouros).

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Don Wettrick

don wettrickDon Wettrick is an Innovation Specialist at Noblesville High School, just outside Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the author of Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level. Wettrick has worked as a middle school and high school teacher; educational and innovation consultant; and educational speaker. Don is passionate about helping students find their educational opportunities and providing them with the digital tools they need to give them a competitive edge.

Don has lectured across the United States and Europe about collaboration, social media use, and work environments that enable innovation. He also hosts an internet radio program, InnovatED, for the BAM! Radio Network.  Most importantly Don works with educators and students to bring innovation and collaborative skills into education.

His keynotes are built around real student examples and not rhetoric. While the keynotes are passionate and energetic, they all have steps to take action… today.

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Alice Keeler

Alice Headshot resized small size copyAlice Keeler holds a Masters in Educational Media Design and Technology and is a Google Certified Teacher, New Media Consortium K12 Ambassador, Microsoft Innovative Educator and LEC Admin & Online and Blended certified educator. She is  Co-Author of the books 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom and 50 Things To Go Further With Google Classroom, A Student-Centered Approach both of which continue to be top sellers on Amazon in the Computers and Technology Education section.

She taught high school math for 14 years and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology at California State University, Fresno. Alice Keeler has developed and taught online K12 courses, as well as the course for Innovative Educator Advanced Studies Certification ( She has participated on collaborative teams for Google working on projects such as YouTube teachers and Google Play for Education. She has served on the New Media Consortium Horizon report advisory panel for 2013, 2014, and 2015 ( and has been a lesson developer for Bing in the classroom.

As a believer in the importance of connectivity she founded #coffeeEDU ( and #profchat, two powerful communities for educators to collaborate and share innovative new ideas.  She holds a Masters in Educational Media Design and Technology and is a current Doctoral student at Boise State University in EdTech with a focus on gamification. She is passionate about reaching all students and using technology to change the way we approach learning and grading. Alice tweets @alicekeeler and blogs at

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Matt Miller

matt conference cropped bigMatt Miller is a teacher, blogger, author and presenter from West Central Indiana. He is the author of Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom. Matt has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He writes at the Ditch That Textbook blog about using technology and creative ideas in teaching. He is a Google Certified Teacher (Austin ’14), a Bammy! Awards nominee, and winner of the WTHI-TV Golden Apple Award.

After trying to do the traditional “teach by the textbook” for a few years, he launched into a textbook-less path where learning activities were often custom-produced for his students as well as infused with technology. He likes the results a lot, and his students do, too.

Matt has presented to thousands of teachers at dozens of workshops on a number of topics related to educational technology, world language instruction and more. He combines a conversational, engaging speaking style with loads of resources, leaving teachers equipped and inspired to move forward.

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Julie Smith

Julie picJulie Smith is recognized both nationally and internationally as a leading expert in media literacy. Her highly sought-after keynotes and professional development programs help educators, parents, and students alike make sense of the digital world we live in today. With digital media now an integral part of our daily lives, Julie makes a strong case for ensuring media literacy is an integral part of our schools and classrooms. She teaches audiences across the country how to access and utilize Web 2.0 tools, and she supports educators in understanding how to embrace and leverage new concepts such as social media rather than fear them. Her confident, engaging, and down-to-earth style ensures the information she shares is highly accessible to all participants and that people leave her workshops inspired to be a part of this digital revolution.

As a professor at both Southern Illinois and Webster University in St. Louis for the past 15 years, Julie specializes in media literacy, advertising analysis, social media, digital literacy, and web 2.0 approaches. Her can’t miss keynotes and workshops will change the way you think about the world we live in today and the significant role you play in it!

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Dan Tricarico

Dan Tricarico: The Zen Teacher

Dan Tricarico: The Zen Teacher

Dan Tricarico is an author, blogger, speaker, and teacher who has been a member of the West Hills High School English Department in San Diego, California, for over twenty years.  He is the author of The Zen Teacher:  Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Tranquility in the Classroom and the teaching methods text You’re a Teacher. . .So Act Like One!  Improving Your Stage Presence in the Classroom. Tricarico, who considers helping teachers thrive in the classroom a personal passion, delivers presentations that are conversational, engaging, humorous and most importantly help educators bring needed balance to their lives.

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Michael Matera

Michael Matera: Explore Like a Pirate

Michael Matera: Explore Like a Pirate

Michael Matera has taught for more than a decade using interactive play, passion and purpose-driven learning to transform the classroom in international, public and private schools.

He is a pioneer in the field of education, using gamification and technology to increase authentic student engagement and content acquisition.  Along with being a full time teacher at University School of Milwaukee, Michael is also a nationally-known presenter and international consultant of game-based learning. Additionally, he is the author of Explore Like a Pirate: Gamification and Game-Inspired Course Design to Engage, Enrich and Elevate Your Learners. He was named one of the ASCD Emerging Leaders in 2015 for infusing best practices in the field with accessible gamified teaching methods.  He is also an educational BamRadio talk show host and blogger, whose mission is to build connections among innovative, global educators.

Michael is driven to transform education through theoretical and technological applications that identify and inspire limitless learning thresholds in ourselves and in our students.

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Quinn Rollins

Quinn Rollins Play Like a PirateQuinn Rollins, author of Play Like a PIRATE: Engage Students with Toys, Games, and Comics has been a social studies teacher in Granite School District in Salt Lake City since 2004, where he currently serves as the social studies curriculum specialist. Whether teaching children or adults, he believes in engaging students with humor, pop culture, and new perspectives. As a result, he’s been honored to work with the educational programs for the University of Utah, Utah State University, Brigham Young University-Idaho, and Westminster College of Salt Lake City. Quinn has also served as master teacher and mentor for a Teaching American History Grant and for a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History Workshop in Chicago, Illinois.

In 2011, he received the Utah Council for the Social Studies Secondary Teacher of the Year award. In 2015, he was presented with “Utah’s Best of the West” award at the National Council for the Social Studies conference and the Best Historical Scene and Best Custom Minifigures awards at BrickSlopes 2015, Utah’s LEGO Convention.

Quinn loves presenting at local, state, and national conferences. His most popular presentations include student engagement, teaching with pop culture, the literacy of comic books and graphic novels, and using toys to teach.

Quinn’s hobbies include designing and playing with toys, doodling in staff meetings, reading comic books, and let’s say “running” to sound like a well-rounded person. He believes cheese is “an enemy to mankind” but won’t say no to pizza.

He earned his bachelor’s degrees in History Teaching and German Teaching and his master’s degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from the University of Utah.

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Beth Houf

Beth Houf Lead Like a PirateBeth Houf is a middle school principal passionate about innovative and transformational leadership to maximize school culture and student and staff learning. Beth is an eMINTS (enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies) trained educator. She is a facilitator for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Leadership Academy, providing monthly professional development to state educational leaders through the integration of 21st century learning skills. Beth has presented at ISTE, the Missouri PLC conference, Missouri PBIS conference, Interface Math and Science Conference as well as multiple district and local professional development sessions. She has been a guest lecturer at William Woods University, Westminster University and the University of Missouri.

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LaVonna Roth

LaVonna Roth is an internationally known author, keynote speaker and consultant whose passion is bridging neuroscience and education.  She is the author of  Brain-Powered Strategies to Engage ALL Learners which includes a series of Brain-Powered Lessons to Engage All Learners.  Thousands of educators, parents and students have profited from her wealth of practical, applicable and down-to-earth solutions for the most common challenges facing educators today. The strategies she shares are a direct result of years of research, as well as her classroom and consulting experiences. LaVonna facilitates interactive and engaging seminars and has done so across three continents.

As a teacher, LaVonna was recognized as Florida Council Social Studies Teacher of the Year, Hillsborough County Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year, Corr Elementary Teacher of the Year and selected by the state of Florida as a Mentor Teacher. Her sessions leave educators motivated and well-prepared to design and deliver engaging and impactful experiences for students!

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Ryan Mclane

unspecified-1Ryan McLane is the principal of Big Walnut Intermediate School, located in Sunbury, Ohio and co-author of Your School Rocks…So Tell People!  He is passionate about making learning fun and sharing those concepts with the community.

Ryan began his career as a high social studies and business teacher, where he taught for twelve years and coached football and wrestling before making the transition to administration.  He is a graduate of Muskingum College and Xavier University.

Ryan lives just outside of Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and two daughters.

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Eric Lowe

unspecifiedEric Lowe is the principal of Beaver Local Middle School located in East Liverpool, Ohio and co-author of Your School Rocks…So Tell People!. He began his career as an elementary teacher, where he taught for ten years while coaching baseball. He has served as the district athletic director for the past nine years and been involved in administration for the past six years. Eric is a graduate of Kent State University and Youngstown State University.

He is passionate about making school about learning and fun, while promoting the positives that go on in our schools. He also feels strongly that we must view the world of education with optimistic glasses in order to enable us to push others to reach their maximum potential.

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John Stevens

JohnJohn Stevens is an educational technology coach for Chaffey Joint Union High School District who has also taught high school Geometry, Algebra 1, middle school Math, Service Learning, and Robotics, Engineering, and Design since 2006. As the co-author of “The Classroom Chef”, he has served as the go-to guy for trying new, crazy, and often untested ideas to see how well they will work.

He co-founded and moderates #CAedchat, the weekly teacher Twitter chat for the state of California. He also is the co-founder and organizer of EdCamp Palm Springs, the first in the area.

In his free time that doesn’t exist, he runs a site called Would You Rather? which is dedicated to getting students talking about math. He is an author of Flipping 2.0, a resource that helps teachers take the flipped classroom to the next level. During recent summers, John has had the honor of presenting at CUE Rockstar events in California and various technology and math conferences.

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Denis Sheeran

Denis Sheeran DBCDenis Sheeran is an engaging, fun, highly requested nationwide speaker, delivering keynotes, full and half day workshops, and small group professional development to teachers and administrators. He is a Google Certified Educator, Chromebook in the Classroom trainer, Smartboard and Smart Notebook trainer and can customize PD for your school district. Denis can help you develop new courses and curriculum to fit the needs of your diverse student population.


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Rebecca Coda & Rick Jetter

Both Rick & Rebecca (R&R) are educational disruptors and forward thinkers with a passion to support ALL current & ALL future educational leaders (PK-20). Their mission and vision is simple: We must break the glass ceiling to eliminate the status quo to ensure equity for ALL students. R&R have faced adversity in their careers and are willing to do whatever it takes to call out ALL the “elephants” in the educational room so that educators, political leaders, and industry innovators can leverage talent and work together to best serve kids.

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Jimmy Casas

When a school is in need of transformation, leadership is at its most critical and the fate of a school rests on its leader’s ability to gain support.  If you’re the type of teacher or administrator who wants to inspire greatness in everyone who passes through your school’s halls, Jimmy Casa’s presentation is a can’t miss. You will learn what it takes to raise expectations school-wide, foster the belief in one’s ability to achieve, and create an environment where everyone—students, staff, parents, and the community—takes pride in supporting each other toward excellence!

Jimmy Casas is the co-founder and CEO of ConnectED. He served twenty-two years as an educational leader and was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year. In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge.  In 2015, he received the Bammy Award as the National Secondary Principal of the year. Jimmy is the co-author of the book, “What Connected Educators Do Differently,” and “START.RIGHT.NOW.,” which he wrote with Todd Whitaker and Jeff Zoul.

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Matt Vaudrey

A Google Certified Innovator and EdTech Coach from Southern California, Matt is a recovering math teacher who dresses in costumes, plays loud music, and stands on desks: anything to make content meaningful for his students. In risk-taking, he either succeeds or fails grandly. In either case, Matt asks for input via Twitter, and fellow educators from across the state, the country, and the world influence his pedagogy. His book, The Classroom Chef, is available on Amazon.

Matt encourages new and veteran teachers to step outside of what’s comfortable and utilize the resources freely shared online. This is a great time to be an educator, and Matt sets up the skills they need, gives a prompt, and gets out of the way.

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Joy Kirr

Joy Kirr, a National Board Certified teacher, is sought after for her workshops on how to bring student-directed learning into the classroom. Joy is passionate about students owning their own learning, and has even gone so far as to be the first at her school to try learning without using marks. She enjoys being known as a “Genius Hour Evangelist,” and is grateful for how her students have stepped up their learning while giving and receiving feedback in lieu of grades. Along with being a full-time seventh grade ELA teacher, Joy presents around the nation spreading the message that educators need to strive for all children to become lifelong learners.

Joy was nominated for a Golden Apple award in 2016 for excellence and teaching. In 2017 she was a Spotlight Speaker at the ICE (Illinois Computing Educators) conference, and a Featured Speaker at the University School of Milwaukee’s Summer Spark conference. She has both undergraduate (special education with an emphasis on deaf and hard of hearing) and graduate (reading specialist) degrees from Northern Illinois University. Teaching since 1995, she shares reasons WHY along with HOW she’s shifted her own teaching over the years in her presentations and in her book Shift This! How to Implement Gradual Changes for Massive Impact in Your Classroom.

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Aaron Hogan

Aaron Hogan  is a husband, a dad of three, and an educator who is committed to helping those around him be their best. Since he entered the classroom nine years ago as a high school English teacher, he has been trying to reimagine education within his sphere of influence to make school great for students. He currently serves as an assistant principal at Cypress Grove Intermediate School in College Station, Texas. He previously served in the same district as an assistant principal and classroom teacher at his alma mater, A&M Consolidated High School.

In addition, Aaron is a blogger, author, and speaker. He is passionate about social emotional learning, innovation in education, and connecting educators for professional growth. Aaron is the co-creator of #CSISDchat, a weekly Twitter chat that seeks to provide space for educators to connect with, challenge, and support one another (join the conversation Tuesdays at 8 p.m. CST).

Aaron Hogan is the author of the book Shattering the Perfect Teacher Myth

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Adam Welcome

Adam Welcome is currently a Director of Innovation and Technology, and former Elementary Principal for six years. Adam also taught elementary school for seven years and set up one of the first GAFE domains in his county. Adam was Principal of the Year for his ACSA region, a 20 To Watch for the National School Board Association, guest blogger for EdWeek, NAESP magazine, ACSA and also writes his own blog on a weekly basis. Adam also consults and works with many education technology companies as a way to improve their product for others!

Adam is passionate about technology integration with all educators and a huge advocate of social media and connecting with other educators from across the country. Adam makes it clear that kids come first and has preached the message of Team Kid for many years. Adam believes leaders should stand on the tables, ride tricycles and do whatever it takes to connect with kids!

He is also the co-founder of Kids Deserve It with Todd Nesloney and there book is currently on Amazon for order.

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