Dr. Debbie Silver
Tuesday Keynote Speaker
Dr. Debbie Silver is a former Louisiana Teacher of the Year, a best-selling author, and a highly acclaimed national and international speaker. This popular speaker has presented in 49 states, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Canada, Mexico and the Middle East.
Silver’s best-selling books include Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers, Fall Down 7 Times – Get Up 8, Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education, and her recently released Teaching Kids to Thrive: Essential Skills for Success. She is a multiple award-winning educator who has taught almost every grade level and every kind of student along the way.
Silver’s high-energy sessions address both the art and heart of teaching. Her extensive research background gives her keen insights into educational theory and practice, while her trademark humor and candor help her connect with all those involved in education. Audiences delight in hearing this 30-year veteran teacher whose presentations are described as “where learning collides with laughter.”
Dr. Maurice J. Elias
Wednesday Keynote Speaker
Dr. Maurice Elias is professor of the Psychology Department at Rutgers University, director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab, and academic director of the Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service at Rutgers. He has received APA’s National Psychological Consultants to Management Award, the Sanford McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education, and the Joseph E. Zins Memorial Senior Scholar Award for Social-Emotional Learning from the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).
Elias recently published Schools of Social-Emotional Competence and Character, a Laminated Guide, with Marvin Berkowitz, for school leaders and leadership teams on creating excellence in social-emotional competence and schools of character. Just published is The Other Side of the Report Card, a guide for how schools and districts can integrate social-emotional and character development systematically into their ongoing student report cards.
With colleagues at the College of St. Elizabeth, Elias is developing an online credentialing program for Direct Instruction of Social-Emotional and Character Development programs in classroom, small group and afterschool settings, and for School-Focused Leadership of Social-Emotional and Character Development and School Culture and Climate. Elias also writes a blog on social-emotional and character development for Edutopia.