Presentation and Workshop Topics

Below is a list of possible presentations and workshops that I can facilitate for organizations. This list is just meant to give you an idea of the flavor of my work and is by no means exhaustive. Basically I can do almost anything related to K-12 leadership, digital leadership, technology issues for postsecondary faculty, school law, and/or data-based decision-making. I’ve also been asked to give some presentations recently to small businesses, nonprofits, and local governments regarding social media and marketing. I always custom design my work to meet the individual needs of your organization. Please contact me if you have any questions about these topics.


  • Effective group facilitation (i.e., techniques to run a better meeting or PD workshop)
  • Shifts in learning and teaching
  • Shifts in assessment
  • Model schools: What do they do differently?
  • How should we think about ? (e.g., VAM for educators, retention, charter schools, teacher leadership, competency-based education, standards-based grading, anything else we come up with)

Digital leadership

  • Leadership for 21st century schools
  • Designing schools for a digital, global era (3 big shifts toward cognitive complexity, digital, and student agency)
  • Effective leadership in an era of disruptive innovation
  • What does effective technology integration look like?
  • Policy (re)alignment: Are your policies (and local decision-making) getting in the way of your progress?
  • Cyberbullying: Are principals’ hands tied? (or any other legal issue related to digital technologies)
  • The potential of the social Web for K-12 education
  • Connected administrators: The power of global networks
  • Blended learning (adaptive and/or online learning systems)
  • Rethinking video games
  • Classroom blogging
  • Overcoming our fear of digital technologies
  • Helping students create effective online presences
  • Enabling student voice and agency
  • Enhancing administrator communication with new technologies (blogs, wikis, podcasts, etc.)
  • Utilizing new technologies for effective staff development
  • Facilitating effective classroom technology usage by students and teachers
  • and many more…


  • The information society is here: Are universities up to the task?
  • Connected professors and students: The power of global networks
  • Innovative instructional uses of technology in higher education
  • Scholarship 2.0: Utilizing new media to enhance scholarship and visibility
  • Bad academic PowerPoint: How to be a more effective presenter

Social media and marketing

  • Enhancing your online presence: Making social media work for you
  • Social media marketing for small businesses, nonprofits, and/or local governments

School law

  • Digital technologies and the law (basically anything in this area)
  • Student discipline (due process, school rules, suspension/expulsion, zero tolerance, corporal punishment)
  • Basic student rights (speech, expression, cyberbullying, dress, press)
  • Search and seizure (student searches, dogs/metal detectors, drug testing, employee searches)
  • Employee discipline (due process, contracts, termination)
  • Basic employee rights (speech, expression, dress, association, privacy)
  • Discrimination and equity (race/ethnicity, gender, sexual harassment, disability, age, sexual orientation, etc.)
  • Curriculum and censorship (curricular challenges, health/sex education, academic freedom, censorship, copyright)
  • Tort liability (intentional torts, recklessness, negligence, defamation, civil rights liability, child abuse reporting)
  • School records and data confidentiality (access to records, sunshine laws, FERPA/FOIA,
  • Religion (Establishment Clause, Free Exercise Clause, teaching evolution, school prayer, use of facilities, accommodation of religion, aid to parochial schools)
  • and many more…

Data-based decision-making [I rarely do these anymore]

  • Effective data-based leadership
  • Technology tools for aligned assessment
  • The importance of formative assessment
  • Creating effective SMART goals
  • Establishing effective professional learning communities (PLCs)
  • Data safety and trust: Essential preconditions for employees’ data-driven practice
  • Transparent data-driven school organizations
  • Barriers to effective data-driven education
  • Giving educators control over their raw data (this hands-on Excel training session has been extremely popular!)
  • What we learned from the Minnesota Statewide Data-Driven Decision-Making Surveys (over 4,200 teachers, principals, superintendents, and district technology coordinators!)
  • Beyond DDDM: What might 21st century assessment look like?
  • and many more…

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