Keynotes and Presentations: Tara Martin

Tara Martin is an enthusiastic educator, speaker, and author who thrives on change and refuses to settle for the status quo. She has served as a classroom teacher, an instructional coach for several years, and now a district administrator who leads the staff and school communities to meet the curriculum and instructional needs of the student body. Tara also mentors and supervises instructional coaches and provides job-embedded professional development for certified and classified staff.

Tara is a passionate educator who speaks at various conferences to invigorate teachers, administrators, and staff members to apply instructional practices that foster creativity, personalize learning and increase student engagement. She is passionate about discovering the neuroscience behind instructional strategies and believes individualizing adult learning will enhance their ability to flourish and empower students to be the key drivers of their education.

Martin is a connected leader who continually strives to grow professionally. She is always seeking unique ways to make learning fun, relevant and meaningful. In fact, she is the founder of #BookSnaps, the latest reading comprehension strategy that utilizes Snapchat for EDU-awesomeness, and has taken the world by force in less than a year! Currently, schools in twelve different countries have embraced #BookSnaps to increase student engagement and reading comprehension.

Tara is an inspirational speaker and writer who is currently writing a book titled R.E.A.L. the Heartbeat of Education, which will publish in 2018. She firmly believes machines and artificial intelligence will never replicate an individual’s R.E.A.L. identity–the unique strengths, talents and life experiences of every human.

Tara’s ambition is to lead a culture of innovative change and to motivate others to become the best they can be, all while staying R.E.A.L. and yet never reaching a plateau.

R.E.A.L. The Heartbeat of Education

Keynote/ Ted-type-Talk/ Ignite

While the latest technology provides us many new and extraordinary opportunities, artificial intelligence is passionless and will never replace our R.E.A.L. This inspirational message interweaves Tara’s overcoming experiences as an “at-risk” child and how they have shaped her role as an educator. Through stories, humor, science, and practical application, she empowers educators and students to stay true to their unique strengths, talents, and life experiences–their R.E.A.L.

This moving keynote will leave educators seeking out how they will keep our life source flowing with the R.E.A.L. heartbeat of education.

#BookSnaps – Snapchat for Annotation & Digital Visualization


During this interactive workshop, participants will actively explore the science, creation, and impact of #BookSnaps.

The Snapchat app is a primary form of communication for students of all ages. Why not teach them digital citizenship by showing them a relevant way to utilize the app for learning purposes, or as I like to call it–EDU-Awesomeness! Let’s speak the students’ language using Snapchat to share excerpts of a book while annotating with #BookSnaps.

This fascinating strategy engages both hemispheres of the brain and increases learning retention. Join this workshop session to explore how students AND staff create BookSnap reflections to make their thinking visible.

Since August 2016, school districts and students all over the world are creating #BookSnaps and sharing their love of learning.

*For non-Snapchat users, we will also explore creating #BookSnaps with Google apps, and you will leave with an abundance of resources to utilize the #BookSnaps strategy no matter the content area.

#BookSnaps are relevant, engaging, and learning disguised as FUN. You don’t want to miss this session!

Pirate-Up R.E.A.L. Group Discussions


Tired of professional book studies that feel like homework? Or, what about “open discussion” sessions when one person dominates the entire conversation?

Want your colleagues and/or students to express enthusiasm and build momentum around the content?

During this workshop, you will experience adventurous activities that embrace the REAL individuality of each participant. After this experience, you will be equipped to engage learners of all ages using gems such as large foam dice, treasure maps, secret envelopes, google apps, and more.

Whether you’re leading adult learners in a book study or having student discuss a familiar novel in the classroom, this session is for you!

R.E.A.L. + Innovator’s Compass


Tired of asking boring “interview-type” questions when getting to know your staff and/or students? Relationship building is at the heart of what we do as educators. Let’s make it meaningful.

Join this interactive session to discover how R.E.A.L. + The Innovator’s Compass will help one attain information and insights that once took weeks of face-to-face meetings to achieve.

In fact, after using R.E.AL. + the Innovator’s Compass you will not only know the individual dreams, ambitions, and what matters most to the one whom you’re speaking with but also how they plan to keep their personal passions and desires at the forefront of their work.

The innovator’s compass is a versatile tool initially developed by Ela Ben-Ur. I have tweaked it slightly to serve as a relationship building tool called R.E.A.L. + The Innovator’s Compass.

The Cannonball-In Theory

Keynote / Ted-type-Talk/ Ignite

Are you standing on the edge and considering whether or not to take a risk that will benefit those you serve, yourself as a leader, your students, or your family and friends?

No matter your walk in life, the Cannonball-In Theory is a message of hope, exposing vulnerability, and ultimately fulfilling life’s purpose.

Tara’s incredible at empowering others to embrace their R.E.A.L. and cannonball-in. She has a gentle way of motivating the crowd yet urgently challenges those listening to act. You don’t want to miss your opportunity to make a splash during this humorous yet inspirational session.

Lessons From The Rookie Administrator  

Keynote/ Ted-type-Talk/ Ignite

During this comical yet insightful session, Tara shares a few of her many lessons learned during the first year as an administrator. She broaches all of the hot topics from building relationships, cultivating culture, and learning how to make systemic decisions.  

If you’re new to school administration or entering your forty-fifth year in this role, this session will leave you giggling, nodding in agreeance and reminding you of the “Why’s and What’s” of our work as educational leaders.

This adventure is sure to take you sailing deep into the ocean from the eyes of a rookie administrator. Tara’s storytelling ability paints a beautiful picture of how she gradually retired her speedboat driving days and began steering the educational pirate ship.

R.E.A.L. Talk – Coach the Coach   

Tara has served many years as an instructional coach and most recently as a supervisor of district-wide instructional coaches. Coaching is at the heart of Tara’s character and collaborative leadership style.

During this engaging workshop, Tara will walk the participants through the treasure map of an effective coaching conversation.

After discovering the rare gems of a productive coaching conversation, the participants will feel confident to venture away from the shoreline and begin sailing in the deep, uncharted waters of meaningful instructional discussions.

Each educator will learn by doing; they will Coach the Coach with REAL scenarios and begin discovering precious jewels within these brief, productive conversations.

Whether you’re a coach, an administrator, or a teacher, this session will fill your treasure chest with conversational gems you can utilize immediately. In fact, it’s been said that educators leave Tara’s session and find their newly discovered treasures also work well when leading discussions with their spouse and/or children at home.