Speaking & Storytelling
Trevor offers the perspective of an author, speaker, project based learning expert, and most importantly -- a classroom teacher, to help educators find more ways to engage their students, transform their classrooms, and invigorate their careers.
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Top Requested Keynotes and Workshops.
Entertaining and equipping through inspiring stories, research, and even some spoken word poetry, Trevor passionately shares his expertise and insight to inspire every educator to thrive and transform.
Making Learning Epic.
Using Purpose to Inspire.
Purpose is a powerful motivator, for educators and their students. Using inspirational stories and researched-based strategies, Trevor shares how to use the power of story, brain science, and authentic learning to help teachers achieve true student engagement. Educators leave with proven practices to design authentic learning experiences, motivation to foster deeper student connections, and a compelling reminder of the impact they have on their students’ lives.
New Teacher Mindset
Being different in education isn't about abandoning tradition but embracing what works while staying open to change. It's a mindset that encourages creative risks and continuous improvement, making educators adaptable in a constantly evolving world. Education demands innovation and a willingness to evolve to become a different kind of teacher. This keynote is about developing this mindset and using it throughout your career so you AND your students can thrive.
Letting Go of Perfection
In an educational landscape that constantly demands excellence and unattainable perfection, it's time for teachers to liberate themselves from the shackles of unrealistic expectations. This keynote delves into the profound impact of letting go of perfectionism on both the professional performance and personal well-being of educators.Through engaging anecdotes, evidence-based research, and practical strategies, this presentation will inspire educators to reevaluate their self-imposed standards and rediscover the joy of teaching.
Trevor inspires and equips educators with actionable ideas and proven best practices to facilitate successful collaboration. Authenticity and trust are the heart of strong student teamwork. When students are engaged in meaningful, relevant group work, collaboration is no longer a struggle but transforms into an anticipated, dynamic practice with rich outcomes and deeper learning.
Purposeful Technology to Create Authentic Learning
Authentic learning leads to deeper learning. When used with intentionality, technology can help enhance authenticity and give tangible purpose to student work. 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 the rest of their lives.
Some students are written off as “bad kids” or “too far gone.” School and home experiences have made them difficult to reach and teach. However, by learning their stories, building trust, and engaging them authentically in the classroom, connections can be made and futures can be changed. With inspiration and SEL instruction, Trevor shares proven practices to create an engaged and meaningful classroom for all students.
Them Soft Skills!
A recent US survey shows that the main reason people are fired from their jobs is that they lack soft skills: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, adaptability, and confidence. Trevor equips teachers to craft learning experiences so that students develop these critical skills while learning 'hard skills’ and academic content. Students do purposeful work while becoming better communicators, collaborators, problem solvers, and citizens.
"I really enjoyed the positive message he presented. He was very personable and kept my attention. I would enjoy another session with him to hear more of his experiences, stories and advice."
"Trevor was great! I cried through the session! Great storyteller, he transported me through his stories. HE inspires me to continue in the teaching profession even when it is discouraging."
"I really enjoyed the positive message Trevor presented. He was very personable and kept my attention. I would enjoy another session with him to hear more of his experiences, stories and advice."
Project Based Learning Workshops and Consulting.
Trevor’s Epic Project Based Learning workshops were 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.
At its core Epic Project Based Learning (PBL) is about making learning authentic. PBL adds relevancy and real world challenges to the work students accomplish, and in the process makes learning more engaging and memorable. These workshops give concrete methods, practices, and resources to create a standards-based, skills and content-rich classroom in an innovative project based learning model.
1 Day Workshop
The goal of the 1 Day workshop is for teachers to leave feeling inspired, empowered, and equipped to plan and execute projects in their own classrooms. Along with the understanding of why PBL has a place in their classrooms, participants will begin planning their own projects based on standards from their specific grade level and content areas.
2 Day Workshop
Building upon the Full Day, teachers will fully plan a project based learning project for their students. Using the provided tools and resources, participants will collaborate with their peers as well as Trevor to design a complete PBL project. The goal of the 2 Day 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.
Coaching & Consulting
Once teachers have a firm grasp on planning, launching, and managing project based learning projects, consulting provides sustained support to deepen PBL practice in the classroom. Trevor meets one-on-one or with small groups of teachers to ensure their success. Consulting is based on the specific needs of teachers, but often includes brainstorming project ideas, creating authentic connections to content standards, & designing authentic assessments.
Epic Classroom Discussions
“Communication is the number one skills gap for employees.” LinkedIn CEO. In an increasingly polarized world, it’s evident many people do not know how to speak and listen to each other effectively.
In this workshop, Trevor teaches how to make discussion a bedrock of learning. As your students learn essential conversation skills, their academic performance increases as well. Whether a kindergarten or 12th grade teacher, a math or English teacher, participants will be equipped with new inspiration, ideas, and strategies to teach their students how to have rich class discussions.
SEL in PBL
This workshop is about discovering the embedded qualities of Social Emotional Learning found in Project Based Learning. Trevor shares stories and strategies to help any teacher plan PBL projects that connect with students at emotional level, unlocking deep engagement.
Leaning Into Literacy in PBL
Learn how to tie literacy and a love of reading into authentic learning experiences. This workshop explores strategies and practices to help students grow as readers and critical thinkers while completing purposeful tasks. We’ll discuss how to plan literacy activities during projects, as well as discussion strategies to talk about the reading in engaging and authentic ways.
Growth Mindset & Standards Based Grading
Trevor helps teachers understand the value of adopting a growth mindset when it comes to grading. In this discussion-rich, research-backed workshop, educators learn the value of standards-based grading as well as strategies to implement it in their classrooms.
Leading a Purposeful School
In this engaging session we delve into the concept of the "ideal graduate" and collectively identify the essential traits, characteristics, and skills we aspire for every student to possess. While knowledge is undoubtedly crucial, we recognize the significance of collaborative abilities, hard work ethic, confidence, empathy, and much more. Through discussion, storytelling, and research, we will explore practical approaches to designing instruction and fostering a school culture that aligns with the primary purpose of education: equipping students to confidently navigate the challenges of the real world.
Discovering Purpose: Finding a Reason to Overcome Anything
People don't quit because something is too hard; they quit because the hard work doesn’t seem worth it. At the heart of overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles is purpose. Trevor inspires students to find purpose in their education and work, and to use that purpose to persevere. With a defined purpose, they will obtain whatever skills necessary. Trevor helps students discover purpose so they can build resilience and thrive.
What Do You & 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.
Book Trevor today to inspire, equip, and encourage your team!
Recent and Upcoming Speaking Events
January 3: Keynote, Christiana Middle School, Christiana, TN
January 5: Keynote, New Mexico Out of Time Conference, Virtual
January 15: Storytelling Workshop, VS America Sales Team, Virtual
January 20: Keynote, Paul Mitchell Pittsburg, Virtual
February 12: Keynote, Paul Mitchell Tulsa, Virtual
February 26: Keynote, VS America Experience Days, Virtual
March 23: Workshop, Paul Mitchell the School San Diego, Virtual
March 26: PBL Workshop, Parkway Schools, Virtual
April 9: PBL Workshop, North Huron School District, Kinde, MI
April 14: Keynote, Paul Mitchell the School Ft. Myers, Ft. Myers, FL
April 17: Featured Presentation, The Learning and the Brain Conference, Virtual
April 26: Keynote, Keep Indiana Learning Spring Speaker Series, Virtual
May 10: PBL Worksop, EMSD #37 Early Childhood Program, East Moline, IL
May 18 & 19: Keynote, Paul Mitchell the School Logan/Rexburg, Salt Lake City, UT
June 8-9: PBL Workshop, STAR NET Region VI, Virtual
June 17: Keynote, Irving ISD ESL & Language Services Department Summer Symposium, Virtual
June 29: Opening Keynote, Keep Indiana Learning Conference, Virtual
June 29: Keynote, ISTE, Virtual
July 2: PBL Workshop, Fulton Science Academy, Atlanta, GA
August 3: Back-to-School Keynote, Mount Dora High School, Mount Dora, FL
August 4: Back-to-School Keynote, Charlotte High School, Punta Gorda, FL
August 16: Back-to-School Keynote & Workshop, Sparta Community Unit District #140, Sparta, IL
August 18: Back-to-School Keynote & Workshop, Cumberland County Schools, Burkesville, KY
August 19: Michigan Fitness Association Keynote, Virtual
August 24: Keynote and PBL Workshop, Ubly Schools, Ubly, MI
August 25, PBL Workshop, Creative Montessori Academy, Southgate, MI
August 26, PBL Workshop, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, Philedelphia, PA
September 27: CTE Educators Workshop, CESA#1, Pewaukee, WI
October 12: Keynote,Southwest West Central Cooperative, Virtual
November 18: PBL Workshop, CESA#1, Pewaukee, WI