Speaking Events and Conferences

Conferences/Keynotes

I frequently speak at education conferences around the world to share ways teaching can be more effective, efficient, and enjoyable. My session topics are typically a blend of inspirational/motivational principles and practical tips for improving classroom practices. I also present on educational consulting topics to support teachers in becoming entrepreneurs.

School-Based Staff Development Events

As owner and founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services, I am available for workshops, keynotes, seminars, and in-services for PreK-12 educators. All presentations will be customized for your school’s needs, and are available in 2, 4, and 6 hour formats.

Seminars can also be followed by individual or grade-level consultations, classroom organizational makeovers, and/or instructional coaching sessions.  Fees are flexible, with the lowest rates available in areas that don’t involve travel costs (the tri-state area of New York, eastern Pennsylvania, and Broward/Miami-Dade/West Palm Beach counties in South Florida.) Please submit a request via email to receive more information.

Professional Development and Speaking Engagement Topics

All workshops are completely tailored for your school or district, and can be modified to include or exclude specific concepts. The following are frequently requested presentation topics which I am truly passionate about, and for which I am excited to inspire that same passion in other teachers:

Passionate Teaching and Learning

Unshakeable: How To Find Joy in Teaching Every Day…No Matter What
Most teachers enter the profession full of excitement but see that enthusiasm quickly chipped away by increasingly stressful work conditions. In this session, you’ll learn teaching strategies, daily routines, and mindset shifts that will infuse your day with joy and help you uncover the FUN in teaching again. Reconnect with your passion for teaching and inspire students to uncover their passion for learning!

Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching
Do the never-ending pressures of teaching drain you emotionally? Is a lack of support and resources stealing your enthusiasm? Are the small daily hassles adding up and overwhelming you? This session will provide practical tips to help you develop a positive, flexible, and resilient mindset.You’ll learn ways to stay motivated when you don’t see results; change your perception of setbacks so they feel less stressful; let go of unrealistic expectations, standards, and comparisons; and realize a sense of accomplishment in a job that’s truly never done. Stress management is much more than just eating right and getting rest: learn how to change your mindset…and that will change everything else!

Using Biblical Principles to Renew Your Mind and Transform Your Teaching
[For Christian schools and organizations] In this session, you’ll learn how to apply scriptural truths to your everyday work in the classroom. You’ll also discover tips to help you develop a positive, flexible, and resilient mindset and put your beliefs into practice, no matter what the day may hold. Explore what God’s word has to say about renewing our minds and reconnect with your purpose and calling!

10 Practices That Promote Passionate Teaching
Learn new ideas and mindset shifts that will help you become unshakeable in your enthusiasm for teaching, including how to create “bright spots” in dull curriculum; incorporate play and humor into your daily routines; and gain energy from students instead of letting them drain you. Through a mix of practical and inspirational ideas, you’ll discover ways to reconnect with your passion for teaching and inspire your students to uncover their passion for learning.

How To Create a Vision for Your Classroom and Infuse Each Lesson With Real Purpose
Learn how to define your own success as a teacher by creating a vision for your classroom and turning it into a reality on a daily basis. Discover the qualities that make you invaluable as a teacher and use those qualities to make your interactions with students more meaningful. Learn how to uncover the “why” behind your teaching, make learning matter in the real world, and create the powerful impact on students’ lives that drew you into our profession in the first place.

Isolated No More: How to Build a Personalized Learning Community and Take Charge of Your Own PD
One of the hardest parts of teaching is feeling alone in the struggles you face each day. This session will empower you to develop a PLC of supportive, encouraging educators! Learn how to choose a social media tool you enjoy (be it Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter) and harness it for networking and idea sharing. Discover free professional development events in your area and dozens of ways you can connect with other educators in meaningful, fun, and free ways.

10 Things YOU Can Do To Create a Positive School Culture
Learn how to become a one-person force for good and overcome a toxic work environment. You’ll learn practical strategies for dealing with co-workers who constantly complain and learn how to build a personal learning community of educators who inspire and support you. Discover simple and easy ways to build morale in your school, encourage your colleagues, and bond together to create real change. You will walk away from this session feeling inspired, empowered, and armed with replicable ways to make a real difference in your school culture!

Student Engagement

10 Tips for Making Every Moment Count in the Classroom
Learn how to make the most of your limited time with students by infusing your routines and procedures with learning opportunities. Discover simple strategies for helping kids listen to and follow directions the first time you give them, as well as fun ways to teach during transitions and ideas for keeping kids on-task throughout your lessons. We’ll also explore active participation ideas, brain breaks, and tips for incorporating movement into your instruction.

Fun Tips and Tricks for Getting—And Keeping!—Students’ Attention
In this session, you’ll learn how to build anticipation for your lessons and get kids excited about learning! Discover creative and respectful ways to quiet a class and prepare students for learning, fun call-and-response ideas to get students’ full attention, and simple strategies for helping kids listen to and follow directions the first time you give them. Learn how to get kids fully engaged and full of excitement as they wonder what will happen next in your classroom!

101 Ways to Get Kids Actively Involved in Learning
Increase student participation and get kids excited about learning through these practical teaching strategies. You’ll discover tips for engaging kids in class discussions, enhancing cooperative learning, and using hands-on activities as well as manipulatives to help students construct knowledge for themselves. You will also learn ways to increase students’ intrinsic motivation by giving them real-world purposes for learning, providing authentic audiences for their work, and teaching kids how to take ownership over their learning.

Making Learning Fun Again: Incorporating Play and Humor Into Your Instruction
If you feel trapped in a test-centric school culture, don’t give up: there are hundreds of ways you can infuse fun into your curriculum without taking any time away from instruction! Learn how to liven up dull lessons and create playful routines that allow kids to be themselves. Discover ways to incorporate your passions and interests into instruction and make each lesson an event that you AND your students look forward to.

Student-Owned Learning: How To Gain Energy From Kids Instead of Letting Them Drain You
Change the flow of energy in your classroom from one way to cyclical by empowering students to take charge of their own learning! Discover ways to help kids develop intrinsic motivation and successfully complete student-directed and project-based learning activities. Explore tools that make it easier to differentiate students’ learning experiences and practices that ensure students truly own their learning. You’ll also learn dozens of ways to build rapport with and connect with your students to create a truly energizing, two-way relationship.

Making Math Instruction More Effective, Efficient, and Enjoyable

10 Classroom Routines That Get Kids Talking (and Writing!) About Math Strategies
Learn how to infuse your daily routines with opportunities for kids to think, talk, and write deeply about mathematics. You’ll discover how to use math journaling and partner games to help kids construct their own knowledge. Explore questions that support students in articulating their strategies and applying their learning to new contexts. You’ll also learn creative ways for students to share their strategies, including student-made books, posters, videos, and screencasts.

Using Math Partner Games to Help Kids Actively Construct Knowledge
Math games are one of the most enjoyable and simple tools you have to allow students to explore math concepts and uncover effective strategies. Learn how to create 5-10 minute daily partner game routines with your students, and use that time to differentiate math practice and informally assess what students are learning. Explore questions you can ask to help students articulate their strategies and ways you can hold students accountable for their learning during math games. You’ll also discover dozens of ideas for finding and creating fun games that meet your students needs.

Making Literacy Instruction More Effective, Efficient, and Enjoyable

Tips and Tricks for Getting Kids Excited About Reading
Instill a life-long love of reading in your students using these practical teaching strategies. Discover fun ideas for making books come alive, giving students authentic purposes for reading, and creating meaningful ways for students to share and discuss the books they love. Learn how to make self-selected reading (in class and at home) a meaningful time that students look forward to completing, and inspire students to WANT to read for fun.

Books from A to Z: Getting More From Your Classroom Library
In this session, you’ll be taken step by step through the process of creating and utilizing a classroom library to it’s full potential. Learn how to acquire inexpensive books and build your library over time, and how to easily organize, level, and store books. You’ll discover routines for introducing your class library to students and teaching them how to care for and check out books. Explore the power of self-selected “book bins” and how they can solve the problem of finding work for early finishers. You’ll also learn fun ways students can share and recommend the books they love to other students so that reading becomes a meaningful, collaborative experience and students can’t wait to read more!

10 Time-Saving Tips for Grading Student Writing
Assessing writing can be extremely time-consuming. In this session, you’ll learn practical ideas for grading students’ writing more quickly, and in the process, make the experience more meaningful for students. Discover how a one trait rubric can free you and your students from getting bogged down with analyzing all the traits of writing at once. Learn how to make editing a collaborative process rather than a teacher-directed one, and how online tools like Google Drive can simplify the peer editing and teacher feedback process. You’ll also explore techniques for helping students self-asses their work and easy ideas for giving meaningful, personalized feedback

Enhance Your Writer’s Workshop with Google Drive (Google Docs)
Make writing a fun and meaningful experience for students through the power of Google Drive! In this session, you’ll see examples of Drive used in grade 2-12 classrooms across the country. Discover how Drive enhances the peer editing process and allows students to collaborate and share their work with others in new ways. Learn how Google Drive can be used to simplify assessment and reduce the amount of time you spend grading student writing.

Classroom Management/Leadership

The Cornerstone: Construct a Self-Running Classroom That Frees You to TEACH
This workshop will help you combine predictable routines with unpredictable instruction to create a learning environment that all students can be successful within. Learn how to develop and teach ANY classroom procedure, and transform needy, disorganized children into self-reliant, responsible students. You’ll also discover strategies for teaching kids work habits such as how to follow along, stay on-task, manage their time, and collaborate. Discover fun teaching techniques that help you get kids actively involved and that allow you to easily assess learning. You’ll walk away with dozens of practical ideas for developing a realistic vision for your classroom and creating the learning environment you’ve always dreamed of.

7 Steps for Teaching ANY Expectation
Learn how to create a vision for your classroom and teach for it! In this session, you’ll discover how to plan routines and procedures for every aspect of your day and set up your classroom to support your expectations. You’ll learn exactly what to say and do when communicating your expectations to students, and how to explain, model, and practice routines with them. You’ll also discover effective ways to create student buy-in and give kids ownership over the classroom. Learn how to respond when students don’t meet your expectations and stay focused on practice, not punishment. You’ll walk away with a concrete, easily replicable system for creating a creating the learning environment you’ve always dreamed of and teaching students how to be successful within it.

Tips for Teaching Student Responsibility, Organization, and Work Habits
Many of our students benefit from explicit instruction on the work habits they need to be successful in school. In this session, you’ll learn how to teach students to maintain an organized desk, care for their supplies, and clean up after themselves. Explore how to use your student job/helper system to foster a sense of responsibility and give students ownership over the classroom. Discover practical tips for teaching students how to pay attention, follow along, work collaboratively, and solve their interpersonal problems independently. You’ll walk away with dozens of ideas for supporting students in student-directed projects and helping kids take charge of their own learning.

Instructional Routines That Empower Self-Directed Learners
Learn how to create daily procedures and routines that equip students for taking charge of their own learning! You’ll discover ways to teach students how to manage their time, work independently, and problem-solve collaboratively with their peers. Learn tips for engaging kids in class discussions, enhancing cooperative learning, and using hands-on activities as well as manipulatives to help students construct knowledge for themselves. You will also discover ways to increase students’ intrinsic motivation by giving them real-world purposes for learning and providing authentic audiences for their work.

Why Do They DO THAT? Understanding and Responding to Student Behavior
In this session, we will de-mystify student behavior and learn the reasons why kids get off-task and act out. Learn how to quickly identify student motives and consider what unmet need is the child acting in response to, and discover dozens of intervention ideas that help meet those unmet needs. Explore ways of handling violent, defiant, and emotionally unstable children, and how to modify the learning environment to prevent stand-offs. You’ll also learn dozens of pro-active strategies that help you build rapport with kids and help them successfully meet expectations at school.

Fun Strategies for Using Class Meetings to Teach Academic and Interpersonal Skills
A daily 10-20 minute morning meeting with your class can be the most meaningful and learning-packed time of day! Learn how to create daily rituals that build a sense of classroom community and make students look forward to coming to class. Explore ways you can infuse your meetings with a wide variety of content-area skills as well as practical life skills. Discover how to use class meetings to model and practice social problem solving and head off conflicts between students. You’ll walk away with practical examples from real classrooms around the country!

Teacher Entrepreneurship

Is Anyone Reading This? Creating a Dynamic Teacher Blog and Community of Educators
This session will empower you to use your personal teaching blog to build a tribe of like-minded educators and collaborate together! You’ll learn how to find your niche and establish yourself as an expert within it. Explore ways to create truly useful content that teachers naturally want to share and engage with. Discover best practices around social media promotion, driving traffic organically, developing blogging habits that save time, and using your platform to make a real and meaningful difference in the lives of readers and their students.

How to Become an Educational Consultant
Discover how to turn your passion for helping other teachers into a career as a full- or part-time educational consultant! You’ll learn how to find your niche and establish yourself as an expert within it. Explore a series of replicable ideas that will help establish your platform and start earning money from it. You’ll walk away with practical strategies for building your online and social media presence, making inroads with local school districts, presenting at conferences, and creating products (such as books and webinars) that will increase your value to educators as well as your income.

Technology Integration

The 4 C’s and Beyond: Identifying the REAL Skills Our Students Need for the 21st Century
Explore why communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking are so important in the digital age. You’ll learn fascinating facts about the changing global economy and how we can prepare our students for jobs that don’t yet exist. Examine 21st century student learning outcomes and how to integrate them seamlessly into your “20th century” skills and teaching methods that are worth keeping. This session will help you examine your current instruction and determine which practices to maintain and which to adapt in your shift toward a 21st century classroom. You’ll also learn practical strategies for infusing your daily classroom routines with communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.

Enhance Your Writer’s Workshop with Google Drive (Google Docs)
Make writing a fun and meaningful experience for students through the power of Google Drive! In this session, you’ll see examples of Drive used in grade 2-12 classrooms across the country. Discover how Drive enhances the peer editing process and allows students to collaborate and share their work with others in new ways. Learn how Google Drive can be used to simplify assessment and reduce the amount of time you spend grading student writing.

Using What You’ve Got: Effective Technology Integration with Limited Classroom Resources
If you’d love to integrate technology more often in your classroom but don’t have the equipment or infrastructure you need, this session will provide practical ideas for making the most of outdated and sparse tech access. You’ll discover simple work-arounds for down wifi and how to prepare solid back-up lesson plans. Learn how to get parent buy-in and make use of the tech resources students have at home. You’ll also explore a wide a variety of meaningful strategies for the one iPad classroom and tips for teachers with only 2-3 computers: see how centers, stations, small group instruction, and projects can help you turn a tech shortage into an advantage!

How 10 Free Apps for Digital Storytelling Are Being Used in Real Classrooms
You’ve heard about lots of amazing content-creation app for kids…but how can they be meaningfully integrated into your existing instruction? In this session, you’ll learn best practices for a variety of free digital storytelling apps. See how Voicethread, Puppet Pals, Show Me, Toontastic, and more can be quickly mastered by even the youngest students to provide a powerful tool for sharing ideas. Learn how to choose one or two simple apps for your students and use them for multiple subject areas and lessons.

Finding and Evaluating the Best Educational Apps for K-2
Are you overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of apps on the market? In this session, you’ll learn the difference between a website and an app, when to use each, and where you can find trusted website and app recommendations online. Explore the characteristics of a high-quality app and practice evaluating real apps for developmental appropriateness and more. This session will empower you to minimize the learning curve so you can easily discover the apps that are best for YOUR students.

Using iPads to Revitalize Your Teaching
Discover the unique learning opportunities that iPads offer, and how they can enhance what you are already doing to make your teaching more effective, efficient, and enjoyable. You’ll learn management tips from real classrooms and discover how to find and evaluate high-quality apps.

Using iPads to Simplify Differentiation
iPads are a powerful tool for personalizing learning. In this session, you’ll learn how to use iPads to enhance what you are already doing to make your teaching more effective, efficient, and enjoyable. You’ll learn management tips from real classrooms, discover how to find and evaluate high-quality apps, and how to use apps to support ELLs and students with special needs.

Isolated No More: How to Build a Personalized Learning Community and Take Charge of Your Own PD
One of the hardest parts of teaching is feeling alone in the struggles you face each day. This session will empower you to develop a PLC of supportive, encouraging educators! Learn how to choose a social media tool you enjoy (be it Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter) and harness it for networking and idea sharing. Discover free professional development events in your area and dozens of ways you can connect with other educators in meaningful, fun, and free ways.

Simplifying Blended Learning [Flipped Classroom]
[Can include a focus on 1:1 implementation and/or tablets] You don’t have to be a techie to flip your classroom or blend traditional/online learning! In this session, you’ll learn a wide variety of best practices for blended learning and discover how to choose strategies that integrate into your personal teaching style. Explore easy ways to find and create videos for your instruction as well as tools beyond videos that make blended learning fun and meaningful. You’ll also discover how to hold students accountable for online learning, easily differentiate your instruction, and create routines and procedures that simplify the classroom management aspects of blended learning.

The Myth of the Digital Native: What Our Students Still Need to Learn About Technology
Today’s students have never known a time in history without mobile devices and computers. This session will show you why assuming that kids have “native knowledge” about technology does them—and us—a disservice. Learn what the research shows about kids’ strengths with technology, and what skills we need to explicitly teach, model, and practice with them. Explore practical ways of integrating technology in the classroom that meet authentic student needs and draw on kids’ innate understanding of technology while supporting them in learning to use tech for research, professional/academic communication, and other purposes they’ll need throughout their lives.

The Cornerstone Pro-Active Behavior Management Webinar

I have created a webinar (web/online seminar) to make my behavior management ideas more widely available. A five minute overview video which explains the main components of this workshop’s topics is embedded here (with excerpts available on my YouTube page and sample pages from the notetaking guide available on the webinars page.) You can also purchase webinar licensing for a group of teachers, school, or district to participate in online, on-demand professional development. Increasingly, schools are using these videos in “flipped faculty meetings”, in which teachers watch the videos at home and then discuss during PD sessions.

A half- or full-day workshop on behavior management includes the following:

Session 1: Precise Expectations
Session 2: Consistent Procedures
Session 3: Instructional Routines
Session 4: Consequences and Rewards
Session 5: Meeting Individual Needs

Instructional Coaching

I currently work as an instructional coach in New York City.  I have experience as a Math Coach, Literacy Coach, and Instructional Technology Coach with a wide range of teachers in grades PreK-8.

In these capacities, I model demonstration lessons, support teachers in lesson and unit planning, provide informal observations and feedback, and help teachers transform their rooms into functional spaces that support both classroom management and student learning. I frequently help teachers create and utilize centers, incorporate cooperative learning strategies, integrate technology and web 2.0 teaching tools, and develop and implement the use of hands-on materials.

If you are interested in having me conduct these services in your area in conjunction with a speaking event, please email me.

Feedback from Workshops

Wow! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with fellow teachers; you are helping us become better at educating children.
-P., Kansas

Your technology presentation was great. I feel like now I understand why we need to change the way we teach kids in the 21st century. I like that you made the transition seem ‘do-able’ and not overwhelming, and helped us understand how to take baby steps from right where our school is now.
-M. Cohen, New York

Every moment of your workshop was valuable. I learned so much! It was awesome having you come to the classroom to set up my behavior plan and rearrange some spaces that weren’t working well. Thank you! Thank you!
-K., Florida

In your presentation, you shared so many ideas that I just never thought to try! My kids have responded so well to your techniques. I can actually teach a lesson now without being interrupted! It’s changed my whole classroom.
-E., New York

I just had to say thank you. I have had the smoothest start to the school unlike any other year and I have you to thank for that. The book is awesome and I have had trouble putting it down. I look forward to updates on your website and any new tips you have.
-T. Ring, North Carolina

I’m in love with your Webinar! I’ve already applied a number of techniques that I heard from it! I can’t wait to finish! It is so awesome to actually hear you talk about everything in your book! Thank you so much! This has been a very trying year, but with this I feel like I’m going to have an amazing class!”
–Stephanie S., Delaware

This was the most inspiring PD session I have ever attended. Usually I leave feeling overwhelmed with all the ideas, but you made me feel like I can really do this. And I have a solid plan for implementing everything.
-Dana R., New Jersey

Thank you for such an informative and practical workshop. I feel ready to take what I learned directly into the classroom.
-P. Baumstein, New York

Contact Information

The best way to get in touch with me is via email. Thank you for your interest!

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Angela Watson was a classroom teacher for 11 years and has turned her passion for helping other teachers into a career as an educational consultant based in Brooklyn, NY. As founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services, she has published 3 books, launched a blog and webinar series, designs curriculum resources, and conducts seminars in schools around the world. Check out the free teacher resource pages for photos, tips & tricks, activities, printables, and more.

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1 Kelley Lauderdale July 4, 2010 at 7:59 pm

How much do you charge for consultations? I need one more day of professional development. I teach in a life skills classsroom. I can’t find anyworkshops I am interested in. So I thought maybe I could talke my principal into letting me do a webconsult with you on classroom managemenet and organization. I purchased your book last year and I refer to it often. You are a great resource.

Thanks Kelley Lauderdale.

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2 Angela Watson July 10, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Hi, Kelley! Good to hear from you again. I’ll email you with rates. :-)

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