Beyond the Buzzwords Fostering Resilience & Growth Mindset from the Start For K–5th Grade Educators
Jan 30-31 2017 -- Franklin, TN
Two days of non-stop learning and inspiration brought to you by a team of education experts.
  • Classroom Culture
  • Academic Performance
  • Management & Ritual
  • Personal Experience
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Jeffrey Benson

Jeffrey Benson

During his 40 years in education, Jeffrey has worked as a teacher in elementary, middle, and high schools and as an administrator in day and residential schools. He has studied and worked side by side with national leaders in the fields of special education, learning theory, trauma and addiction, school reform, adult development, and conflict resolution.

Tara Brown

Tara Brown

Tara is an award‑winning educator, author, and speaker with 25 years of education experience. She has worked closely with at‑risk teens, many who were entrenched in the gang lifestyle, and helped empower them with leadership and life skills and reshape their view of the future. Tara has been the recipient of the “Pioneer Award” and “Teacher of the Year Award.”

Jan Miller Burkins

Jan Miller Burkins

Jan is a consultant, writer, and educator who has worked in education for more than two decades, as both an elementary school teacher and literacy coach. She is the author of two books about literacy coaching and co-author of a third book, "Preventing Misguided Reading", that was an International Reading Association’s book club selection and a best seller. She also co-authored with Kim Yaris the book, "Who’s Doing the Work?"

Sarah Cooper

Sarah Cooper

Sarah is an enthusiastic elementary teacher with classroom experience in lower and upper elementary. Her passion is motivating and encouraging students to grow as learners, both in and out of the classroom. An advocate for technology and digital tools, Sarah helps her students understand the importance of tailoring learning experiences to meet their needs and helps them learn in ways that are relevant and meaningful to them. Her focus is creating strong digital citizens who are college- and career-ready. Sarah is the author of the educational blog, "A Rocky Top Teacher."

Dr. Cynthia "Mama J" Johnson

Dr. Cynthia "Mama J" Johnson

Cynthia (“Mama J”) is a national consultant recognized for successfully reaching and teaching today’s youth. A former teacher and administrator, she is known across the U.S. for her ability to motivate educators. She is also a highly requested keynote speaker and professional development trainer, with a proven track record of nearly two decades.

Sarah Roberts

Sarah Roberts

Sarah is a classroom teacher in Franklin, TN, and has taught 2nd, 4th, and Special Education in elementary and high school settings. Sarah also serves as an educational coordinator for the non-profit Retouch, which works with schools on the coast of Kenya. She has a degree in Elementary and Special Education from Lee University and a Master's of Education in Literacy from Middle Tennessee State University.

Anni Stipek

Anni brings more than 30 years of teaching experience and a wealth of Singapore Math expertise to her trainings. She has led school districts in development of math curriculum and alignment of math curriculum to their standards. She has also developed several online courses and written books, such as "Word Problems to Practice Model Drawing: Level 6".

Kim Yaris

Kim Yaris

As an educator for 19 years, Kim has worked as both a classroom teacher and a literacy coach. Currently, she serves as Executive Director of Literacy Builders. She works daily alongside teachers in grades K–8 demonstrating lessons, coaching more effective teaching, mapping curriculum, and providing training seminars on reading, writing, and state standards. She co-authored with Jan Miller Burkins the book, "Who’s Doing the Work?"

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