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As the U. S. grapples with educating its diverse students to higher levels, creative educators are taking them beyond the four walls of their classrooms. The “achievement gap” can be traced to an “experience gap.” Many of today’s students are growing up without the broad range of experiences to connect school life to real life and to propel their educations forward with purpose and passion.

In the title of filmmaker Ken Burns’ PBS series, the more than 400 National Park sites can be “America’s Best Idea” for education. These sites include the well-known, from Gettysburg to Yosemite to the Grand Canyon, as well as smaller parks, such as the Japanese-American internment camp of Manzanar to Frederick Douglass’s home outside of Washington, D.C.

Celebrating their Centennial Year in 2016, the National Parks emphasize place-based learning, where students can gain authentic experiences in restoring habitats, studying animal and plant behavior, and understanding how history connects to today’s events. The NPS website includes lesson plans as well as opportunities for virtual field trips and Ranger chats.

Milton Chen has been an education advisor to the Golden Gate National Parks in the Bay Area and the National Park Service. He will describe how National Parks are becoming an integral part of our nation’s new learning landscape and present examples of inspiring programs linking students to America’s most important places.

Liz Claman shares with audiences on how to soar both at professionally and personally in the new age of working mothers.

As a practicing ER physician, Dr. Sampson Davis focuses on steps needed so one doesn’t land in the ER. He speaks candidly about health issues plaguing our communities and addresses firsthand the preventative measures required to defeat diabetes, obesity, hypertension, cancer, prescription drug abuse, heart disease and much more. His speech embodies the philosophy, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Dr. Davis has chronicled these important health issues in his book Living and Dying in Brick City. He addresses ailments ranging from common medical issues to the most life-threatening circumstances. Here are some examples:

  • How to I avoid the common cold?
  • How do you treat the flu? Should I get the flu shot?
  • Should I vaccinate my children?
  • How do I know if I’m having a heart attack?
  • How can I recognize an addiction? Where do I find help? How do I tell my family?
  • What is depression? Is there a stigma? Why is it important to seek medical help?
  • When should I have a mammogram, a colonoscopy, a heart stress test and a check-up?

As the first member in his family to attend college, Dr. Sampson Davis speaks candidly about how education saved his life. Aiming to become “the Michael Jordan of education,” Dr. Davis inspires high school, college and graduate students alike to remain steadfast in their pursuit of academics. Referencing stories from his best-selling books The Pact, The Bond and We Beat the Street, Dr. Davis will inspire all students in their pursuit of academic achievement. His blueprint toward higher education has served as a resource for community-wide reads, grammar school and high school assemblies, college first year experience  lectures, college-themed talks and commencement speeches.

Christopher Dodd (Exclusively WSB)

Having led a wide-ranging, tireless and effective 36-year career, Chris Dodd speaks with authority on issues of vital importance to America’s future. As the author of some of the most significant pieces of legislation to be enacted over the last quarter century, Dodd discusses the impact that Washington will have on business, the economy, foreign policy and many other issues. Topic areas include:

  • Business, the Economy and Washington: A Look at Dodd-Frank’s Impact on America
  • Health Care Reform: The Effects on the Business and Consumer Landscape
  • Consumer Credit: Reform in the Age of Plastic
  • The Future of Latin America: Opportunities and Challenges for U.S. Policy in the Hemisphere
  • A Family Affair: The Impact of FMLA and Washington’s Role in Helping Families

The yearning to explore and learn new things is an integral part of our human DNA. Yet at a time when learning and educational opportunities have never been more abundant, the idea of children disliking school is so common, it’s become downright iconic in our society. Likewise, after graduation, our TGIF mentality extends to the workforce. Why?

Drawing on extensive research, experiences and intriguing stories, Peter Gamwell discusses how we need to update and energize our ingrained beliefs of human intelligence, human motivation and human learning. During this thought-provoking presentation, you’ll learn how our schools—as well as other organizations—are structured on outmoded theories and practices that not only literally set students up to fail but rob them and our society of their true talents.

Peter discusses how we can structure new systems informed and built on emerging and fresh understandings of human intelligence, motivation and learning. In schools, businesses, governments and organizations, it is critical that we recognize, value and tap into the capacities of everyone, rather than valuing certain forms of intelligence over others. This presentation:

  • Exposes and challenges underlying assumptions that maintain a status quo delivery of education
    Offers alternative approaches based on emerging and fresh understandings of human intelligence, motivation and learning
  • Describes how exciting new discoveries in neuroscience and learning theory can help guide us to reshape learning environments in exciting and dynamic ways
  • Explores the connection between the experience of optimal learning, creativity and well-being
  • This presentation is also easily adapted to learning and optimizing employees’ capacities in the workplace.

Who’s teaching our kids about money? Though our high school graduates enter a world where job searches, salaries, expenses and an extraordinary array of personal finance decisions—both dangerous and opportune—await, very few of this nation’s high schools or universities offers even basic lessons on saving, investing, or planning for the future. 
As educators, The Motley Fool co-founders feel there are some things young adults should know about investing and finance. Experienced speaking to both student and parent audiences, they have put together a humorous and engaging speech, based on their successful book, The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens. Some of the practical advice they’ll share:

  • Money equals opportunity
  • Every dollar spent is an investment 
  • You don’t need to be rich to get into—or succeed at—investing 
  • You have more money to invest than you think

The Motley Fool will deliver the know-how young adults need to become more sophisticated investors, financial planners – and spenders.

Education is the single most important factor that will determine the future; for our children, our economy, society and ultimately our planet. Richard Gerver uses his unique, authentic and experience driven insights, to clarify the vision, thinking and processes that we must all go through, if we are to ensure that we all; teachers, administrators parents and policy makers, develop a system that prepares our young people for a world class future. Gerver uses his experiences as a former award winning teacher, globally renowned principal, school and university board member and government policy advisor, to mesh together, with clarity and deep insight, exactly what needs to be discussed and done; from high level strategy to classroom practice. He not only brings his reputation as one of the world’s most innovative and successful educators to his sessions but is uniquely able to bridge the connections between education, business, sport and culture, thanks to his ground breaking work in those fields; having worked with Olympic coaches, EPL Teams and Golf pros, as well as with some of the globe’s biggest companies and extensively in the music industry. Gerver is able to speak with precision about exactly what skills, behaviours and attributes our children will need to not only survive but thrive in their futures. His education speeches are noted world-wide for their humor, insight, provocations and practical application. They mirror his first best-selling book. Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today.    

Erin Gruwell found herself the teacher for a troubled group of students who had been dubbed “unteachable.” The tale of how this first-year teacher encouraged these wayward inner city kids to redirect their lives, forego rampant drugs and the violence that pervaded their neighborhoods is the story recounted in the best-selling The Freedom Writers Diary. From the stark reality of one seemingly innocuous event in the classroom, she sparked a chord in the students that led the class to name themselves the “Freedom Writers.” Over the course of a few months, Gruwell empowered the class to re-chart their future and go on to become college students, published writers and citizens for change.

In a powerful presentation that leaves audiences cheering, Gruwell parlays her story into ways the audience can improve their performance and productivity by asking "what can I do to make a difference?" Gruwell speaks to the authenticity and stamina needed to fuel change. An emotional connection with your work and life goals is a powerful force that can produce an unstoppable vision against all odds. Gruwell speaks from her heart, customizing every speech to her audience and shares:

  • How even little events can fuel transformational change
  • How to develop an environment of trust and communication
  • Ways that individuals can become catalysts for change in their own lives
  • How to harness your own personal power and determination to accomplish success that others may not think is possible

Jenna Hager (Exclusively WSB)

Whether an action large or small, everyone has the ability to make a profound impact on the lives of others. A devoted humanitarian, Jenna Hager calls audiences to action and shows they too can make a difference. Hager demonstrates the many positive contributions that people can have to impact their families, schools and communities. As a UNICEF volunteer, inner-city school teacher and a Today correspondent who shows stories of everyday people doing terrific things, Hager has ample experiences seeing the very best in human nature. Hager’s message of compassion for supporting those in need inspires audiences to help the disadvantaged and take a more active role in their community.

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