Speaking and Consulting
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Inspire educators to lead more compelling, engaging classrooms.
Trevor's first passion is exciting students to become enthusiastic, engaged, and impassioned learners. His second love is inspiring others to do the same.
Using storytelling, giving examples from the classroom, and sharing proven and effective practices- Trevor inspires educators to lead a more compelling and engaging classroom. In the past few years, Trevor has traveled the globe giving keynotes and workshops to a variety of educators, including leading the Design Expedition at Fontys University in the Netherlands, to giving a TED Talk at TEDx San Antonio. Trevor offers the perspective of an author, speaker, project based learning expert, and most importantly- a classroom teacher, to help teachers find more ways to engage their students and transform their classrooms.
Please check out the Videos page for examples of some of his past talks.
From short, day-long, and multi-day workshops to keynote speeches and in-classroom coaching, Trevor gives concrete tools, ideas, and inspiration to both educators and non-educators.
Frequently Requested Keynotes/Workshops:
“Make Learning Epic: Teaching With the Power of Story”
Is there any point in learning something if you’re just going to forget it?
And this raises a bigger question: if learning is not memorable, should it even be considered learning?
Trevor shares how educators can shape their classrooms using the power of storytelling and brain science to achieve real student engagement, and in return, learning that is permanent and memorable. Any teacher, in any subject area, and in any grade level can use these practical and proven practices to transform their classrooms into settings where students are engaged, challenged, and transformed.
"Launching Rockets – Making Connections with Challenging Students”
Some students’ stories have made them hard to connect with and difficult to reach. They are often written off as “bad kids” or “too far gone.” However, by finding authentic ways to engage them in the classroom, as well as learning their stories and building relationships, connections can be made with the most difficult students. This talk is part inspirational and part instructional as it shares teaching practices that create an engaged and meaningful classroom for all students.
“Stop Calling Them Soft Skills!”
Most employers say the top reason people are fired or never hired in the first place is that they lack soft skills: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, adaptability, and confidence. People lack these skills not because they are incapable of learning them, but because they never had a reason to. So much of the education system is focused on technical knowledge and "hard skills," and very little on these essential skills. Trevor talks about helping students find purpose in their education and work and use that purpose to develop the skills needed to succeed. When we have a defined purpose, a goal that would cause us to self-destruct if we did not achieve it, we will obtain whatever skills necessary to overcome any obstacles to fulfill that purpose. With purpose, anyone can then move from fired to thriving in the modern education system, workforce, and society.
“Epic Project Based Learning 101”
1 & 2 hour, Half-day, Full-day, and 2 day workshop offered
Trevor’s PBL 101 course was developed after years of working in a New Tech project based learning school, as well as his experience as a Buck Institute National Faculty member. Through this engaging and learning-intensive program, Trevor teaches any educator from any grade level how to implement project based learning in their school and classroom.
Epic Project Based Learning is about using the power of story to engage students so that learning is memorable and transformational. Storytelling has not only proven to be the best way of sharing information, but also for learning and retaining that information. A class can be designed and taught in the format of a story, adding authenticity and real world challenges to the work students accomplish. This workshop gives concrete methods, practices, and resources to create a standards-based, skills and content rich, story-centric classroom in an innovative project based learning model.
In the half-day workshop, teachers leave equipped with a strong understanding of what project based learning is and how it can transform their classroom. They will also leave with the tools to brainstorm, plan, and implement projects in their own classes.
Full Day: The goal of the 1 day workshop is for teachers to leave feeling empowered and able to plan and execute projects in their own classrooms. Along with the understanding teachers gain as described in the half-day workshop, participants will begin planning their own projects based on standards from their specific grade level and content areas.
2 Day: Building upon Day 1, teachers will fully plan a project based learning project for their students. Using the provided tools and resources, participants with collaborate with their peers as well as Trevor (workshop facilitator) to design a complete project for their classes. The goal of day 2 is for teachers to leave with a fully planned, standards-based project ready for students, as well as confidence to plan further projects outside of the workshop setting.
Using Technology to Make Your Curriculum Authentic
Technology for the sake of having technology is pointless and a waste of time and resources. However, when ed technology is used to make learning authentic, it has an essential purpose in the classroom. This session is about how certain technologies can be used to enhance authenticity in the classroom, assist students in meaningful work, and teach them skills they will need throughout life.
Service Learning: Why and How?
Creating an Epic Setting for students to thrive in
Connecting your school with the community and beyond
What do you and your staff need?
Trevor can create a keynote and/or workshop to fit your school or conference’s needs. Want a project based learning workshop that focuses on the use of technology? Or how about a standards-based grading session that also talks about service learning?
If you have an idea that is not listed on this page, just send an email of what you’re thinking, and we will make it happen.
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EPIC Project Based Learning Coaching
Trevor can help educators:
Brainstorm high quality Project Based Learning projects
Help design standards-aligned authentic curriculum
Observe and coach PBL processes
Provide tools and resources to sustain a PBL classroom
From brainstorming and planning projects, to setting them in motion with students, Trevor can work with educators throughout the entire project journey. Trevor will come to your school and work alongside teachers in any grade level and subject area and help them implement high quality PBL.
Recent and Upcoming Speaking Events
January 7: Keynote and Workshops, Lipscomb Academy, Nashville, Tennessee
January 22: Opening Keynote and Workshops, Freeport Schools Winter Kickoff, Freeport, Illinois
January 25-27: Keynote, Timber Wolf Lake Young Life Weekend, Lake City, Michigan
February 15: Featured Speaker, Learning and the Brain Conference, San Francisco, California
February 22-23: Featured Speaker, Notre Dame STEM Forum, South Bend, Indiana
March 8: Keynote, Michigan Reading Association Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan
March 27: PBL Workshop, Troy Elementary, Troy, Michigan
April 18: Keynote, Sallie Jones Elementary, Punta Gorda, Florida
May 2: Keynote, Michigan Occupational Special Populations Association Conference, Boyne, Michigan
May 4: Featured Speaker, Paul Mitchell Schools Education Leadership Training, Los Angeles, California
May 10: Keynote, EPIC Project Based Learning, Grand Rapids, Michigan
June 6: Keynote, AppleMania Conference, New Palestine, Indiana
June 7: Keynote, The Innovative Exchange Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana
June 12: Keynote, MSD Decatur eLearning Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana
June 17: Keynote, EPIC Project Based Learning, Grand Rapids, Michigan
June 21: Keynote, The Lead Learners Summer Institute, Warsaw, Indiana
July 9-10: Keynote & PBL Workshop, Upstate Technology Conference, Greenville, South Carolina
July 31: Keynote, South Back to School Kickoff, South Bend, Indiana
August 5: Keynote, Stafford Schools Fall Kickoff, Stafford, Virginia
August 7: Keynote & Workshops, Newport Grammar Back to School Kickoff, Newport, Tennessee
August 20: Keynote, Haslett Public Schools Back to School Kickoff, Haslett, Michigan
August 26: Full day Workshop, Kingsbury Country Day School, Flint, Michigan
September 9 & 11: Keynote and Workshops, Michigan Association of Independent Schools, Ann Arbor & Saginaw, Michigan
September 15-16: Workshops, Paul Mitchell the School, Jacksonville, FL
October 8: Workshops, Paul Mitchell the School, Detroit, MI
October 9: Featured Sessions, BAISD Ed Tech Fall Conference, Bay City, Michigan
October 14: Keynote and Workshop, Ironia Professional Learning Day, Randolph, New Jersey
October 16-17: Keynote and Workshops, Universidad De Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
October 20-21: Keynote, Paul Mitchell Schools Summit, Newport Beach, CA
October 28: Keynote, Kalamazoo Young Life Banquet, Kalamazoo, Michigan
November 1: Keynote, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
December 12: Keynote and Workshop, Region 14 ESC Gathering of Professionals, Abilene, Texas
June 29: Opening Keynote, Teach Your Heart Out Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada
July 30-31: Opening Keynote and Workshops, Kansas Association of Independent and Private Schools, Wichita, Kansas
August 7: Opening Keynote, Burton School District Summer Technology Institute, Porterville, California
August 15: Opening Keynote, Learning on the Lakeshore Conference, Muskegon, Michigan
August 16: Opening Keynote, Jackson Catholic Schools Kickoff, Jackson, Michigan
August 20: Opening Keynote and Workshops, Harrison Hills City Schools Kickoff, Cadiz, OH
August 24: Opening Keynote and Workshops, West Lyon Schools Kickoff, Ironwood, IA
October 1: Keynote, Rockford Young Life Banquet, Rockford, Michigan
October 10: Workshops, BAISD Ed Tech Fall Conference, Bay City, Michigan
October 26: Workshop, Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, Grand Rapids, Michigan
November 5: Keynote, Northeast Young Life Banquet, Grand Rapids, Michigan
December 12: Keynote and Workshop, Region 14 ESC Gathering of Professionals, Abilene, Texas
August 12: Opening Keynote, Michigan Virtual Academy Annual Conference, Brighton, Michigan
August 16: EdTech Kickoff Opening Keynote, Jackson ISD, Jackson, Michigan
October 10: BIE Summit, Denver, Colorado
December 20: Aquinas College Commencement Address, Grand Rapids, Michigan
January 20-23: Closing Keynote, Fontys Design Expedition, Eindhoven, Netherlands
February 12: Opening Keynote, ESSA Conference, Chicago, Illinois
March 9-10: Opening Keynote/Host, Teach Your Heart Out Conference, Nashville, Tennessee
April 16: Opening Keynote, VA State Chapter Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia
June 25: Keynote and Workshop, iFireUp Conference, Lansing, Michigan
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