Angela Maiers

Angela Maiers

  • Featured TedX presenter and expert at the forefront of web technologies for educators
  • Writer for Education Week, EduFuturist, Ecology of Education
  • Author of The Passion-Driven Classroom and Classroom Habitudes                                                                                                                          
  • Travels from Denver, Colorado
  • Fee: Contact Forte Speakers


Whether she is addressing an auditorium full of educators or sitting on the floor helping first graders find their way into the pages of a great book, Angela Maiers’ message is the same: literacy changes lives. As a teacher educator, author, keynote speaker and consultant, Angela has spent the past twenty-two years working diligently to help learners of all ages succeed by recognizing their power as readers, writers, and global communicators. Today, Angela is at the forefront of Web 2.0 technologies and keeping her eye toward Web 3.0. An active blogger and social media evangelist, she is deeply committed to helping learners of all ages understand the transformational power of literacy and the potential of technology as a vehicle and platform for their success in school and beyond.   Concerned that nearly a billion people in the world lack basic literacy, Angela believes the time is now to lay the groundwork for a new vision literacy education; one with world changing implications. Her outspoken and passionate advocacy for innovative education, has made her a featured contributor and author in the Employee Engagement Handbook, The Age of Conversations 1, 2, and 3, The Social Media Explorer Forum and Blog, a top contributor on Education Week’s “LeaderTalk”. Her latest books, Classroom Habitudes: Teaching Habits and Attitudes for 21st Century Learning and The Passion-Driven Classroom: A Framework for Teaching and Learning, have inspired readers everywhere with lessons and ideas necessary to find their way on the social web and this newly flattened world. Angela’s intimate knowledge of teaching and learning, down-to-earth style, and powerful message of literacy as change make her a highly sought-after keynote speaker.  She is a vibrant, courageous voice in both the business and education spaces.   Angela earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a minor in Biology from the University of Iowa and completed her graduate and post graduate work at Drake University. If you need someone who will connect—at a deep level—with your group,  Angela will maximize your personal and professional development and help your attendees achieve their goals.



MATTERING IS THE AGENDA As a young teacher, Angela had an epiphany: people need to matter. They need to be noticed, valued and honored. Significance is even more important than success. In a TedxDeMoines talk, Angela spoke of how saying “You Matter” can change minds and change lives…and ignited a global movement. MATTERING IS THE AGENDA is the perfect keynote presentation for education leaders and teachers as well as for parents and students.


LIBERATING GENIUS Liberating Genius is not an inspirational or utopian hope for our students; nor is it a quick-fix program to building a better system. It’s a movement designed to help leaders and learners break free from the addiction of security and acceptance of mediocrity and rekindle the genius within. We can no longer afford as individuals or as a nation to allow our best talents to remain buried beneath well-intentioned but lifeless rules of school. Liberating Genius is a framework and system that fuels innovation, creativity and ability to impact our learning and the world. There is genius within; together let’s unleash it.


DIGITAL LITERACY Digital literacy and global collaboration skills are needed for success in the 21st Century. This presentation offers bite-sized chunks that will allow educators to experience first-hand the transformative power of technology and social media as it will grow their ability to: – Find Relevant Information – Manage Tasks and Information – Research effectively – Engage more deeply in projects Workshop version: The day is divided into four themes or modules. We will explore two in the morning and two in the afternoon, offering you the background, research and context for each of the lessons. After each session, you will receive tips, strategies, and “assignments” you and your students can use immediately.


CHANGING THE CONVERSATION: GETTING TECHNOLOGY R.I.G.H.T In the world of education, more specifically the world in which our students are growing up, technology is a critical component to living our ‘best’ lives–both professionally and personally. It will be our responsibility, as educators, to help this generation make the “RIGHT” decisions about the technology they use and to apply it in ways that are real, impactful, and global. The goal, of course, is to amplify individual and collective talent. Angela will share how technologies (both analog and digital) need to be creatively repurposed by educators in order to develop and provide experiences essential for success in the new millennium. She will also offer examples of current research and practice as well as wider implications for education leaders, teacher professional development and policy.


PASSION-DRIVEN LEADING AND LEARNING Education driven by passion awakens us to new learning and a world bigger than ourselves. Passion makes us curious, compels us to dig deeper, and sustains us as we persevere towards answers to questions that matter most. In this presentation, we will explore how the principles and practices of a passion-driven work – disciplined study, imagination, active participation and community contribution — can and will transform the teaching and learning process.


HABITUDES OF A 21ST CENTURY LEARNER:  Keys for Lifelong Learning & Success Creativity, Innovation, Problem Solving… buzz words no longer! To meet the complexities of today’s world, our students need more than skills; they need “Habitudes.” Successful students, workers, and citizens have identifiable habits and behaviors which allow them to manage emotions, communicate effectively, and sustain themselves as independent and successful lifelong learners. This presentation explores intentional lessons and conversations that nurture and develop these habits and attitudes–i.e., the Habitudes that ensure our students’ success far beyond the classroom.


THE NEW BASICS: LEADERSHIP IN A DIGITAL AGE In today’s world we face technological applications in daily living that would have been inconceivable even a few years ago. This is a digital age, with interactive devices recording our life experiences and storing overwhelming amounts of knowledge. This has become the essence of life in the 21st Century, but more specifically the lives of our children. This session will instill awareness of the importance of today’s rapidly-changing world. More importantly, it will help both educators and organizations to understand and re-evaluate current practice. *This list of keynote topics is not all-inclusive. There are several other popular topics that have been very successful at a variety of education conferences.  They can all can be customized to suit your audience’s goals.


STORY POWER – RECLAIMING THE PLACE OF STORY IN EDUCATION AND LIFE Great leaders and teachers are natural-born storytellers. Without realizing it, we change lives by the stories we tell, not from the content we dispense. Like weavers, we combine ordinary and significant events alike into stories that tell us who we are and where we belong in our world. When we answer the questions, “Why do we need to know this?”  or “Why do we “have to” do this work?,” we are telling a story. This engaging presentation will inspire you to embrace your gift as a storyteller and guide you in the process of telling new stories.


“When I began to assemble the program for my first Community Manager Conference, I was eager to bring in a closing keynote speaker who would attract registrants, create a buzz and send the attendees home on a high note. Angela Maiers was all of this and more. Her keynote was inspiring and actionable, and people still talk about it.” Tim McDonald, Director of Community, Huffington Post

“Her message, filled with passion and enthusiasm, details a ‘Greatness Framework’ which emphasizes the use of literacy for creative thinking, critical thinking, and problem-solving.  Angela outlined the explicit cognitive skills students need in becoming independent critical consumers of the 21st century. We look forward in our continued relationship with Angela Maiers in raising the achievement bar of our students from proficient learners to GREAT learners.” Deborah Olson: Director of Curriculum, Clinton, IA

 Angela Maiers…understands how to shred out the essence of what we need to talk to kids about every day. Her ability to quickly build relationships demonstrates how important it is for teachers to do this with our students. Many of my teachers have shared with me that learning with Angela and her team has been a ‘life changing experience ‘.”  Makano Kawasaki: Principal, Honolulu, Hawaii

“Within minutes of meeting Angela Maiers, I knew I wanted her to speak at BIF-9. Her passion is electric and infuses every room she enters with high energy and a sense of boundless optimism. Her talk at the conference exceeded even my high expectations for it. It received a well-deserved standing ovation and generated an intense and enduring buzz.” Saul Kaplan, Business Innovation Factory

Angela is a special ‘one of a kind’ professional. She has established herself as an outstanding reading teacher and consultant for numerous states, school districts and Area Educational Agencies. Angela not only possesses knowledge but has the style and strategies to connect with professionals. It is an honor for our University and as a colleague to have the privilege of being associated with such a talented individual. Earl Bridgewater, Iowa Viterbo University Director

 “There is a reason that Angela Maiers is recognized as one of today’s most influential education thought leaders: her work resonates with teachers, school leaders, students and parents alike. At this year’s Microsoft Education Empowered E 2 Conference, Maiers delivered the closing keynote, How Big is Your Brave? Not surprisingly, she focused on the importance of bravery, leadership and courage. And true to her unique and authentic style, she delivered. To say that Maiers blew the E 2 crowd away would be an understatement. “ Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Education – Worldwide Public Sector – Microsoft Corporation

 “She amazes teachers and communicates with clarity complicated concepts such as teaching cognition. Teachers connect with Angela. Administrators respect her expertise. She is in one word, ‘amazing’ and I recommend her to any district seeking quality, expert, professional development that will actually make a difference for student learning.” Amy Sandvold: Literacy Coach and 3rd Grade Teacher – Cedar Falls, Iowa

 “My work with Angela has advanced my career and professional development opportunities in ways I could have never imagined.  As a literacy strategist, I have been lucky enough to collaborate with Angela in district staff development and summer institutes.  I can say with confidence that Angela continues to synthesize the latest literacy research and creates an environment that supports learning through reflection and application. Angela often talks about ‘growing’ students; taking students from where they are and nurturing them so they can reach their highest potential. My experience with Angela proves that she commits to this premise every day.” Molly Boyle, Literacy Resource Strategist, Waukee, Iowa

Angela’s Summer Literacy Institute, Weaving the Threads of Literacy: Creating the Readers of Tomorrow, was engaging, relevant, and fun!  This was truly the best professional development that I have ever attended—and I have attended many! I am using the strategies I learned in my classroom daily and the results are: I am a better teacher and my students are better learners!” Terry Wilson, 6th grade teacher, Ewa Beach, Hawaii

 “Angela’s ability to make learning applicable to everyone in the room is amazing!  Her positive rapport with teachers, administrators, and students makes her an effective staff developer. Her immense knowledge about education has built her reputation as an authority on student learning.  Angela is a hard-working, caring consultant! Denise Wood, Staff Developer, Urbandale, Iowa

“Angela Maiers is my hero.  In addition to bringing a persuasive message detailing the power of hope and passion in the classroom through practical ideas such as the ‘Genius Hour’ and ‘2-5-2’ she equips teachers with effective tools to unleash unlimited student potential. In a world dominated with the quest for more, Angela demonstrates how ‘to be’ is more important than ‘to do.’  She provides wisdom on how to bring out the best in others and to assist them in escaping the ‘crab bucket.’ She not only espouses the infinite potential of children, adolescents, and young adults, she lives it. ‘You Matter’ and ‘Passion Driven’ are not slogans to Angela, they are potent concepts that can dramatically increase relevant learning. Few people have the ability to touch hearts and minds at the same time.  Angela Maiers is one of these rare individuals” Mark Schneider: Shared superintendent Serving Mid-Prairie and Keota CSDs



* Forte Speakers is  happy to work with education groups to combine funds/events and bring Angela to larger audiences.

Check out Angela’s TedX DeMoines talk