Dedra Stafford

Dedra Stafford

  • Preparing students for the world of technology
  • Shows teachers how to engage students with technology
  • Uses humor to make learning technology fun

Travels from Oklahoma City, OK


Keynote and Workshop Fee: Contact Forte Speakers

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Dedra Stafford is a dedicated consultant and a proud member of the Association of Middle Level Education and National Association of Secondary School Principals Speakers Cadres. She is an educational speaker and has presented at international, national, state, and local conferences across the nation including NMSA (National Middle School Association) sharing inspirational ideas, from technology to school climate.

Stafford energized, motivated, and inspired to be their ‘best’ for the students they serve. As a former classroom teacher, she understands the need for professional development where practical ideas can be implemented immediately into the classroom. She creates fun-filled workshops designed to be hands-on and interactive. Stafford has a unique ability to put teachers at ease as she teaches concepts and beliefs incorporated with humor in a          user-friendly way.

Stafford is passionate about technology and all that it has to offer the students as we prepare them for the real world. The goal is to have technology seamlessly integrated into the curriculum. Technology should save teachers time and student projects should demonstrate learning of the curriculum, not overwhelm the curriculum. She shows teachers ways to use the technology to teach their content effectively, engaging the learners of today. In her sessions, teachers will walk away with specific strategies that will launch them into action.

You will laugh, learn, and have a new enthusiasm about technology, climate, curriculum, and teaching strategies in any of Dedra Stafford’s sessions.

Keynotes

Reaching and Teaching the Digital Learner

This keynote address is upbeat, motivational and informative. It can be a presented as a one-hour keynote to a full-day session.

The Digital Natives are not the students of the past. They learn and think differently which means teachers must learn to teach differently. In this keynote, Stafford will show teachers how to speak the language, use the tools, and make learning relevant to the 21st Century. She will showcase and explain blogs, wikis, and web 2.0. Done well, technology can be an awesome tool in the classroom, but it is not always easy. That’s why teachers need some support and motivation to rise to the challenge. This presentation will help teachers harness and hold the attention of the video game generation and help students to use the tech skills of their future.
Learn to:

  • Understand the reason why technology must become a part of the classroom.
  • Identify the difference between integration and seamlessly integrating technology
  • Use technology as a tool to facilitate communication, instruction, and performance in the classroom.

This keynote address is upbeat, motivational and informative. It can be a presented as a 45-minute format.

The “Best Stuff” is in the Middle

This keynote will remind educators how important we are in the lives of the middle school students we teach. Stafford will help teachers remember what a great job they really have. This session will be full of energy and audience interaction.

Stafford will share essential techniques that support teachers to stay connected to their passion for helping children and others.

Learn to:

  • Remember why you teach.
  • Avoid the negatives that pull you down.
  • Enjoy your opportunity to touch lives every day as a teacher.

Just like the Oreo cookie, middle level is where all the magic happens in education. A student’s journey is guided and misguided by the impact people have around them. Celebrate with Stafford as she makes you laugh, cry and remember the best kept secret of education .“The Best Stuff” is in the middle!

Pep Assemblies, Red Pens, and School Lunches

This keynote address is a hilarious look at attitudes and how choosing the right mindset can make all the difference. It can be presented in 45 min-2 ½ hr formats.

Teachers don’t really teach for the summers…Do we? This keynote will remind educators why we choose to walk through the doors of a school building even after we have received our diplomas. Stafford will help teachers remember what a great job they really have. She will talk the audience through making choices in their daily attitudes and how to avoid the “zappers” who negatively affect our attitudes. This session will be energetic and full of audience interaction. Stafford will share critical techniques that help teachers to stay resourceful, so that they can positively impact the lives of children and others.

Learn to:

  • Remember why you teach.
  • Avoid the negatives that pull you down.
  • Enjoy your opportunity to touch lives every day as a teacher.

You came into the education field full of hope, energy, and a desire to change the world! Now you catch yourself looking at the bank attendants, and door greeters wondering how hard it would be to make the transition. Educators are care givers who give until they can’t give anymore. Stafford will help you put yourself at the top of the list, create habits that will prevent burnout, and remember why you are where you are. This keynote will have you laughing and learning as you reconnect to your passion for teaching.

Testimonials

“Thank you for helping to broaden my perspective, encourage my thinking, and for your positive influence in growing my vision. I appreciate YOU!! “ – Kelli Rogers- Roosevelt Middle School – OKCPS

“I wish to thank you for the workshop lectures in Qatar Academy, Doha last week. I attended all your lectures and really felt motivated and transformed, better equipped mentally as well as physically to deliver more effective lessons in the middle year school.” – Rajeeve Sharma

“Thank you for making technology integration seem possible for a tech fearful teacher.” – Anonymous Attendee

“Your Session was FANTASTIC! So much I can take back, share, implement, THANKS!” – Marcia Porter

“Thanks again for being entertaining and inspiring as well as sharing some very practical classroom strategies.” – Jill Faith