Are you looking to inspire your staff for the fall? Need a midyear pick me up? Have an upcoming PD day that could use some extra excitement?

Dr. Belinda George

Founder of "Tucked in Tuesdays"

Dr. Belinda George is a native of Chauvin, Louisiana.   After marrying the love of her life, Melvin George, she became a citizen of Beaumont, TX.  She is the fourth in a family of five girls.

Currently she is serving her last year as Principal of Homer Drive Elementary in Beaumont, TX.  She believes in her teachers, scholars, and parents.  She believes that building relationships is the best mode of communication.  Dr. George has been in education for 16 years serving as a substitute teacher, curriculum coordinator,  supervisor, assistant principal, and principal.  Belinda is also internationally known for reading to her scholars online via Facebook Live, which she has coined as “Tucked in Tuesdays”.

She has made appearances on the Steve Harvey Show, Good Morning America, Texas Country Reporter, local news stations, Strahan & Sara, ABC News Special: Pandemic: What You Need to Know, and Nightly News with Lester Holt. Her story has been shared in countless publications such as Essence Magazine, Faith and Heart Magazine, TEPSA Magazine, Washington Post, CNN.com, Good Morning America.com, and Texas Monthly to name a few. In addition, she has served in the United States Army prior to entering into education. To this date, her proudest accomplishment is her marriage, her campus, her family, and her ability to build quality relationships.

Dr. George Keynote and PD Topics
  • Changing Yourself to Change Your Culture and Climate
    Dr. Belinda George shares her stories of how she's learned to build relationships with students that have a long-lasting impact inside and outside of the classroom, and she shares about what it is to go "BEYOND" teaching.
  • Doing You When It's Not About You
    This session will help you to balance your work life with your personal life. As a educator we often lose ourselves in the professional sector. You'll learn strategies and tips to help you have fun, lead with compassion, and build a positive culture and climate.
  • How I Became the Me I Am Now
    Attendees will learn that a child's zip code does not determine their destination.
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Dwayne Read

Author and Educational Activist

Mr. Reed is an author, rapper, proud husband, father, and public school teacher in Chicago, IL. In 2016, he released his viral music video, “Welcome to the 4th Grade,” which garnered millions of views, and catapulted him into an educational spotlight. Reed believes relationships mean everything in education, and that every child, no matter their race or social status, deserves a fair chance at a quality education. His message to all is one of grace, love, and equity, and his aim is to rehumanize the learning experience for every scholar, everywhere. Mr. Reed is in love with his wife and junior-high sweetheart, Simone’, and lives happily on the Southside of Chicago.

Dwayne Reed Keynote and PD Topics
  • Being the Educator Your Scholars Need (50-60mins)
    This session will inspire your staff to be the educators their scholars have needed all along! Filled with tons of SEL (social-emotional learning) restorative justice practices, and trauma-informed talking points, Reed will help educators re-discover their WHY of teaching, and will emphasize the importance of building and maintaining positive relationships with scholars, both in and outside of the classroom. Each participant will work through a detailed presentation guide, and will leave with dozens of practical, relationship-building strategies which can immediately be implemented in their classroom or school environment.
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Nathan Maynard

Speaker & Restorative Practices Change-Agent

Nathan Maynard is an educator, youth advocate, and national and international restorative practices trainer. He is a co-author of the Washington Post bestseller Hacking School Discipline. Nathan also is the Co-Founder and CEO of Highfive - the first restorative behavior support software for schools. He was awarded “Youth Worker of the Year” through his work supporting underserved and underprivileged youth involved with the juvenile justice system.Nathan studied Behavioral Neuroscience at Purdue University and has facilitated restorative practices successful implementation for over ten years in a wide range of educational settings. He is passionate about ending the school-to-prison pipeline crisis and closing the opportunity gap through implementing trauma-informed behavioral practices.

Nathan Maynard Keynote and PD Topics
  • Creating a Restorative Culture
    Students, in many cases, have not been interacting with their peers, families, and teachers in the same ways as before the pandemic. The need for connection, belonging, and community has never been stronger. This session from the co-author of Hacking School Discipline - Nathan Maynard will focus on setting the stage for creating a learning environment around belonging and restorative practices. Participants will be given strategies for how to look at behavior as a form of communication and focusing on building empathy among students. Also, understanding how restorative practices supports students through the discipline processes.
  • Learning to be the "Kid Whisperer"
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