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Jed Dearybury        

Early Childhood Education Expert; Author, Illustrator & Consultant

Jed Dearybury began his education career in 2001. During his 13 year early childhood classroom tenure, Dearybury received numerous awards. He was featured in GQ Magazine as Male Leader of the Year, met President Obama as the SC winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and was named as a top 5 finalist for South Carolina Teacher of the Year because of his passion, love, and success in education.

Since 2015, he has become an educational leader by providing quality, hands-on, engaging learning experiences for students and teachers across the country. In 2020, he published his first book, "The Playful Classroom." His next book, "The Playful Life: The Power of Play in Our Every Day" will be released in October of 2022.

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The Power of Play for ALL Ages

Do you want your students to connect with each other as a team? Do you want your learning space to encourage collaboration? Does your teaching create learners who are risk takers? Do you want your students to build up one another? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join me for this keynote where we will dive head first into the deep end of social emotional learning that a playful classroom can provide. We will discuss tips and tricks, review resources, and practice our own bit of community building as we learn about the power of play for ALL ages.

You All Get An F

Sometimes educators need reminding why we do what we do. It is not just about grades, tests, homework. There’s so much more to the profession beyond the busyness of paperwork and meetings. Real teachers, who fully understand the depth of their work, get it. They know this and move mountains for their students. I know this, because many of mine did for me. Hear the story of their love for me, their passion for their work, and their impact on my life as a student and educator. Finally, I got to grade them like they did me all those years. Listen carefully as I explain why they all got an F. Great message for morale boost. Any time of the year speech! Top rated and most requested!

Tips and Tricks for Delivering the Best Read Alouds

Confronting the bad teachers, while motivating the great ones. This keynote is funny, inspiring, and challenging. An interactive message that will leave teachers motivated to rid the profession of bad practices by filling it with the best ones!

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