Great School Speakers Bureau is
located near Rice University in Houston, Texas. Local touch. Global reach.
Great School Speakers Bureau has a strong tradition of achieving excellence and has experienced a great deal of success through the years. We are recognized for our innovations and achievements. Great School Speakers Bureau is a bureau that sets high expectations for speakers and provides a supportive atmosphere that produces student achievement. Our speakers are focused on academic rigor, real world relevance, and focused relationships with our schools, students, parents, and community. We are proud of the outstanding accomplishments of our speakers in the areas of academics, arts and athletics. I invite you to book your Author School Visit and experience the spectrum of subject-matter topics available for your students and PTO. We look forward to even greater accomplishments as we continue to enthusiastically prepare students PreK-12 for the 21st century.
April E. Day, Student Affairs
Department of Education
Great School Speakers Bureau
#Students #Literacy #Creativity
Below are examples of questions to ask your students to spark discussion, make them think critically, and encourage higher order thinking.
When reading a book:
From the Desk of Jenny:
reading this book (Love, Ocean) I thought a lot about my district. It is a large and
old school district with many educators that have been teaching a
certain way for a very long time. It isn't that they are resistant to
change, but they are uncertain of how to go about it. Just like with
students we need to give educators time to think, talk, and write about
change and how progress can look and work. We have had some conversation
about literacy across the content areas. Now with our district's
adoption of the Common Core standards, there is no avoiding the practice
or reading, writing, and speaking in all content areas. Our school has
recently hired an instructional coach to help with this process and
hopefully the transition goes smoothly with her guidance. Celia Anderson is also available for Professional Development and In-Service sessions. #AuthorCelia
Diversity as Solution
“Beyond changing the futures of individual students, investing in diversity is critical to the future of the world, let alone our country. Scott Page, who directs the Center for the Study of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan, has conducted research on the link between diversity and improved problem solving. In his book, The Difference, Page explains that the problems that we face in the world today are inherently more complex and more connected, and, therefore, more difficult to solve. His research shows that when solving large complex problems, diverse groups of thinkers outperform highly intelligent individuals working alone.”
Burlington-Edison School District and Great School Speakers Bureau recognize that, in order for groups to capitalize on the full benefits of their diversity, they must know how to work together. The only way that this can happen is if students are provided the time and opportunity to work together in diverse groups. This means that we must eliminate the sorting mechanisms inherent in our schools.