Dr. Mike Schmoker

 

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About the speaker

Dr. Mike Schmoker is a former school administrator, English teacher and football coach. He has written five books and dozens of articles for educational journals, newspapers and for TIME magazine.

His most recent book is FOCUS: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning. His previous bestseller is RESULTS NOW: How We Can Achieve Unprecedented Improvements in Teaching and Learning, which was selected as a finalist for "book of the year" by the Association of Education Publishers.

Dr. Mike Schmoker has keynoted at hundreds of state, national and international events and has consulted for school districts and state and provincial education departments throughout the US, Canada and Australia. He now lives in Tempe, Arizona with his wife Cheryl.

FOCUS: First Things First for the 21st Century
Participants will learn precisely where to focus their precious time, efforts and resources to ensure that all students are prepared for the 21st century demands of college, careers and citizenship. They will learn about the three most essential elements of good schooling, and how to implement them immediately, successfully and on a very clear, simple model. The three elements are:

  • Coherent curriculum
  • Authentic literacy
  • Soundly-structured lessons

Despite their unrivaled power for improving performance in any and every school, these elements continue to be misunderstood--and grossly under-implemented. For this reason, these simple, familiar elements should be our first and highest priority. If they are even reasonably well implemented, they will outperform any educational fad or program and yield immediate and dramatic results.

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