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Robyn Jackson        

Founder of Mindsteps Inc.; Expert on Helping Educators Use the Tools They Have to Build Better Schools

Dr. Robyn R. Jackson is passionate about building better schools. As the CEO of Mindsteps Inc., she has helped thousands of K-12 administrators and teachers develop the clarity and confidence to turn their classrooms and schools into success stories.

Jackson combines her experience as a high school English teacher and middle school administrator and her work in thousands of schools and districts in the US, Canada, the Caribbean, South America, and Asia to help teachers and administrators develop rigorous instructional programs that provide students with the support and motivation they need to reach or exceed the standards.

After over 25 years in the profession, Jackson began to notice that even the most well-meaning, hard-working teachers and administrators struggled to reach their goals for their schools. So she developed a simple process that helps you get refocused on your vision, mission, and core values and build a better school with the resources you already have. As a result, she’s become the foremost expert in helping educators use the tools they have to build better schools.

Jackson is a prolific author, with books including the award-winning "Never Underestimate Your Teachers" and the international bestseller "Never Work Harder Than Your Students." She also hosts the popular podcast "School Leadership Reimagined" where each week, she offers free training on how to use feedback, support, accountability, and culture to build a bigger vision, develop a better process, and achieve a brighter future for your schools.

Jackson lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband.

Speech Topics

How to Help Every Teacher Grow One Level, in One Domain, in One Year or Less

We all know that the key to improved results for students is effective teaching, but is it really possible to help every teacher (even your most resistant or ineffective teachers) show consistent and tangible growth each year? The answer is yes and in this keynote, you'll discover how. Learn how to differentiate your support for teachers, overcome resistance, and inspire every teacher to invest in their growth and development. Plus, discover a specific system you can use to create consistent growth with EVERY teacher on your staff year over year. Whether your teachers are currently struggling, or already rock stars, discover how to create a culture where everyone continues to grow in order to ensure success for ALL of your students.

Is Success for Every Child Really Possible?

I bet when you first became an educator, you did so because you believed that every student deserved to be successful in school. But, for many of us, that belief has started to feel a little, well, naive. While we still hold onto the desire to help every child be successful, HOW to make that happen feels a little elusive. Is success for 100% of our students REALLY possible? And if so, how? In this keynote, we'll examine what it will really take to make success possible for every student you serve. We'll go beyond the general advice and platitudes and look at a very practical approach for deliberately engineering success for every child. Plus we'll dispel some persistent myths that are holding schools back from ensuring that every student is successful. You'll walk away with a framework you can use no matter what your current role so that you can turn your belief in success for 100% of your students into a reality.

The Most Powerful (and underused) Tool in an Administrator's Toolbox

If you're like most school adminstrators, you were taught to write a vision statement. Perhaps you even endured one of those excruciating "visioning" exercises and came out with a vision statement that sounded pretty, but did little to move your school or district forward or inspire your staff to commit to the work for ALL students. And that's a shame because your vision is one of the most powerful (and underestimated) tools you have to keep everyone focused on the right work, sustain their motivation over time, and ultimately ensure that every student you serve is successful. In this keynote, discover the 3 reasons most visions statements don't work, why our traditional concept of "shared vision" actually sets us up for failure, and 3 ways you can upgrade your current vision so that you can achieve for success for 100% of your students in the next 3 years.

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