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Michael Bonner        

Teacher of the Year, Featured on "The Ellen Degeneres Show" & "NBC Nightly News", Published Author

Seen on The Ellen Show and NBC Nightly News, educator, speaker, and author Michael Bonner is an energizing voice in education. Michael has presented to more than 200 education conferences, school district meetings and leadership development audiences across the U.S. & Canada to share his "lessons learned" from teaching in a Title I school with children that experience high levels of trauma and adverse situations.

Bonner's candid, enthusiastic seminars challenge listeners to create diverse, inclusive education plans "where students can see themselves within the lessons and assessments" as a means to increase student success rates. He empowers his audiences to build genuine relationships with their students because "you can't demand a withdrawal from someone you have never invested in."

Administrators and educators alike leave Bonner's presence ready to make an impact that affects eternity. He is consistently seen as a visionary leader who strives to create a positive mindset among all of his students. His students come to class each day with diverse backgrounds, strengths, needs, and challenges. Therefore, he identifies strategies to ensure their growth socially, emotionally, academically, and psychologically. Due to his educational approach, students leave more hopeful, challenged, inspired, and forever a part of Bonnerville.

Today, Bonner lives in Atlanta, Ga. where he is thrilled to teach fourth and sixth grade English teacher at the famed Ron Clark Academy.

Speech Topics


Improving Performance through Metacognition

There was one secret Michael Bonner withheld from the producers for the Ellen Degeneres Show and NBC Nightly News. Before he fell into the national spotlight as an advocate for education, he was determined to quit teaching. The toxicity of the work environment and the mounting responsibilities were beginning to take a toll. Bonner found myself projecting blame upon everyone else until he read a quote that changed the trajectory of his life. In this keynote, Michael Bonner breaks down important principles of environment & culture, the importance of purposeful collaboration, and how self-development can create a higher level of performance.

Be Better

We are on the brink of an educational revolution! The research shows that millennials are developing in a world that is quickly being transformed by technology and innovation. The world is transitioning swiftly as society continues to progress, but the education system is struggling to keep up. Now more than ever, we must understand it is going to take a joint effort to help all of our students succeed. In this keynote, Michael Bonner will highlight how student, teacher, parent, and community voices matter as we fight to propel our students to greatness!

Winning from Within

At the beginning of the school year, most teachers are beaming with excitement as students prepare to return to school. But, something happens between October and April. The wear and tear of being a teacher begin to seep in. The newness of the school year wears off and the demands of the profession begin to dominate our lives. What do you do when teachers who were initially once fired up about teaching, are now dragging to work every single day? In this keynote, Michael Bonner will break down 5 research-based concepts that educators can focus on in order to reignite their passion for teaching the future leaders of America.

By Design

A student will potentially have over 20 teachers as they progress through the K-12 education system. If we are not careful, a teacher who is not properly equipped could ruin the educational experience for multiple children Research indicates that there are 3 areas that have a direct impact on student performance. The diversity within our school systems is increasing and the methods of effective teaching have now been clarified. In this keynote, Michael Bonner will share 3 research-based methods that every educator should consider in order to effectively lead a classroom in today’s society.

Adapt and Elevate

The entire world was forced to stop due to Covid-19 as it wreaked havoc across multiple countries. It dismantled many institutions and most importantly forced educators into emergency online learning. In spite of all of the damage that has taken place, we have been presented with a prime opportunity to reimagine education from a new perspective! In this keynote, Michael Bonner will highlight 3 strategies educators can implement today that will increase efficiency within their respective spaces.

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