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Kim Bearden      

Best Selling Author, Co-founder at Ron Clark Academy, and Multi-Award Winning Educator

Kim Bearden is a nationally recognized teacher and public speaker. She was selected from over 70,000 nominations to be honored as the Disney American Teacher Awards Outstanding Middle School Humanities Teacher. The Milken Family Foundation selected her as one of 155 teachers from across the nation to receive the Award for Excellence in Education, and she was the chosen from among 7000 teachers as Teacher of the Year in Cobb County, Georgia. She was a Finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year, and has been honored throughout the state for her achievements in education.

Known for her creativity, Kim teaches the curriculum in innovative and inspiring ways. Her classroom has been transformed into a beach, Mt. Olympus, a poetry coffeehouse, and a mountain retreat. Her students have experienced thunderstorms, an Italian restaurant, a hospital emergency room, a colonial village, and life on a fictitious planet without ever leaving the classroom! She has held a Fashion Extravaganza to teach descriptive writing and has created Survivor tribal challenges and the All-Star Punctuation Bowl to teach grammar. Kim often teaches concepts through songs, kinesthetic games, and unique teaching strategies that motivate even the most restless learners. Her students consistently score among the highest in the state on standardized tests; she has proven that the required curriculum can be taught in a way that reinforces academic rigor while making learning an adventure.

Kim has taught over one hundred workshops to teachers on topics ranging from brain-based research and the Multiple Intelligences to authentic assessment, technology integration, and learning styles. She has given keynote addresses to audiences at numerous conferences and has served as a facilitator and emcee as well. Her speeches are often interactive as well as informative, and she is able to draw from her abundant experiences to customize her presentations to the needs of any kind of audience.

Over the past nineteen years, Kim has been a teacher, instructional lead teacher, staff development trainer, and middle school principal. She is currently the co-founder of Ron Clark Academy, an innovative, independent school that serves students from Atlanta’s low-wealth areas.

Kim is married to her husband, Scotty, and she has a sixteen-year-old daughter, Madison, who gives her firsthand advice about the needs and interests of learners. Together with her family, she resides in a suburb of Atlanta. In her spare time, Kim has sponsored every possible school club and activity, such as student government, school musicals, student and teacher talent shows, and academic pep rallies. Kim is also active in her community and has served as a school board member, Sunday school teacher, and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

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THE TOP TEN THINGS EVERY TEACHER SHOULD KNOW

From philosophy to implementation, learn how to focus on what is truly important for all educators to remember. In this session, participants will be motivated, inspired, and reminded of their significant, powerful role in the lives of their students. Kim will share methods for promoting student engagement, increasing rigor, developing relationships, and creating a climate and culture that inspires learning.

HOW TO KEEP THE JOY IN TEACHING

Discover ways to reawaken the joyful teacher and learner inside us all. This presentation will change your perspective and equip you with so much that you will look forward to going to school each and every day.

WORKSHOP: LESSONS FOR LIVELY LEARNERS

Learn powerful strategies and contagious ideas that will motivate all learners and inspire all kinds of creativity in the classroom.

CREATING A CLIMATE AND CULTURE FOR SUCCESS

Kim will motivate, inspire, and remind participants of the powerful impact that they can have, despite the pressures and challenges of their profession. Kim will also share the importance of building relationships among staff, families, and students that will motivate, engage, empower, and create success for all. She will share how to ignite a passion for learning, provide support and encouragement, hold high expectations for student behavior, promote parental involvement, and ensure a safe, secure environment for all.

CREATING A CLIMATE AND CULTURE FOR SUCCESS

Kim will motivate, inspire, and remind school leaders of the powerful impact that they can have, despite the pressures and challenges of their profession. An emphasis will be placed on ways to support staff and teachers while ensuring that they are creating classrooms that promote student engagement, increase academic rigor, and develop meaningful relationships. Kim will also share the importance of building relationships among staff, families, and students that will motivate, engage, empower, and create success for all. Participants will learn proven tools and techniques for creating a school climate that will create the optimal learning environment.

HOW TO HAVE A CREATIVE CLASSROOM AND STILL SCORE HIGH ON STANDARDIZED TESTS

Teachers often feel compelled to sacrifice creativity in order to prepare their students for standardized tests. Learn ways to instill a love for learning in your students while still teaching the necessary skills. In this session, Kim will share classroom techniques and lesson ideas that will engage all students while promoting creativity and innovation. Learn ways to teach concepts through songs, kinesthetic games, and unique teaching strategies that will motivate even the most restless of learners. Kim will show participants how the required curriculum can be taught in a way that reinforces academic rigor while making learning an adventure.

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