November 1-3, 2023
WE HAD SO MUCH FUN!
Dan Heath is the co-author, along with his brother Chip, of four long-running bestsellers: Made to Stick, Switch, Decisive, and The Power of Moments. The Heath Brothers’ books have sold over three million copies worldwide and been translated into 33 languages. Dan’s new book Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen was an instant Wall Street Journal bestseller, and it was included on “best books” lists from Apple, Amazon, the Financial Times, and others. Dan is a Senior Fellow at Duke University’s CASE center, which supports entrepreneurs who fight for social good. He is an entrepreneur himself, having founded Thinkwell, an innovative education company that next year will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Dan was named in 2013 to the Thinkers 50, a ranking of the world’s 50 most influential management thinkers, and also to Fast Company magazine’s list of the Most Creative People in Business. He has spoken to teachers, police chiefs, U.S. senators, interior designers, Navy admirals, health care leaders, marketers, ministers, and countless executive teams, across 26 countries on 6 continents. (He’s still waiting for that invitation from Antarctica.) Dan has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin. One proud geeky moment for Dan was his victory in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest, beating out 13,000 other entrants. He lives in Durham, NC.
Embracing the Future with Perseverance: Cultivating Safe Spaces, Empathy, and Connections in Education
Drawing from his own experiences as a former independent school student, a first-generation college graduate, and a D1 football player turned yogi, Reggie brings a unique perspective to the stage. With exceptional wisdom and contagious enthusiasm, he inspires positive change and motivates his audience to overcome challenges in the field of education.
In this keynote, Reggie explores the essential elements needed to create safe spaces in the classroom. By focusing on physical, emotional, and cultural safety, teachers can nurture the individualities of each unique student and foster an environment where growth and learning flourish. He emphasizes the importance of never making assumptions and becoming aware of preconceptions, urging educators to recognize that their best students may face struggles, and that there is no such thing as a "bad" student.
Moreover, Reggie highlights the power of making genuine connections with students. By showing up for them and understanding their backgrounds, teachers can establish meaningful relationships that empower students to thrive academically and personally. He reminds us all that our children are the future, and it is the educators who spend an extraordinary amount of time shaping them.
With his tailored approach and infectious passion, Reggie D. Ford leaves a lasting impression on his audiences. His transformative message resonates with educators, reminding them of their incredible impact and inspiring them to maintain passion and joy in their classrooms. Join us as we embrace the future with perseverance, cultivating safe spaces, empathy, and connections in education. Together, we can overcome the current struggles and shape a brighter future for our students.
Reggie D. Ford is a sought-after motivational speaker and bestselling author of Perseverance Through Severe Dysfunction. By sharing his captivating journey of turning pain into peace through the process of perseverance, Reggie motivates positive change in all those he encounters. He tailors a unique approach for each audience, complemented by exceptional wisdom and contagious enthusiasm, ensuring a lasting impression.
Through his work, Reggie help organizations embrace vulnerability and persevere through pain points impeding their success.
A first-generation college graduate and former D1 football player at Vanderbilt University, Reggie brings a diverse perspective to his roles as entrepreneur, philanthropist, mental health advocate, and social activist.
In addition to speaking, Reggie is a certified yoga instructor and runs RoseCrete Wealth Management. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Katie and their Rottweiler, Rosie.
The Year is 2039. The Setting is Commencement. Current preschool students (age 2) will graduate from our schools. We will be proud. We will be in awe. We will be ready to follow their lead. Like any other generation before them, these young, energetic learners will run, skip, and even charge into their preschool classrooms with intense excitement, bold naivete, and pure joy, ready to take on the world. Unlike alumni before them, the pathways, experiences, and classroom settings enroute to 2039 will probably be less familiar, not as linear, more ambiguous, yet even more of a purpose-driven adventure filled with creative possibility and exciting opportunities. Navigating a complex world, how will they be ready? How will an intricate network of educators, parents, industry experts, non-profit leaders, and civic officials adapt to support the journey for future generations of our students to discover their purpose and make their own impact? While we cannot predict the future, the rapidly changing contexts in the world will require something different from the learner, from the teacher, from the parent, and from the community. We must ask new questions. We must create new insights. We must design new ideas with integrity and quality. Wherever you might find yourself on the journey, join Dr. Jacobsen to learn more about how to frame the future around your school’s position, people, protection, practice, and programs. Developing a realigned picture of future opportunities will set the conditions for continuous improvement, transformation, and sustainability.
Dr. Jacobsen is CEO of The Mount Vernon School, MVOnline – The Global Online Campus, and Mount Vernon Ventures. Leading Mount Vernon through a transformational period since 2009, the School has gained a national reputation for innovation in education, including launching a research and strategy lab known as Mount Vernon Ventures. In August 2022, MVOnline, Mount Vernon's online high school, welcomed its first cohort of students to the School. He frequently shares his journey of innovation and entrepreneurial impact at national and international conferences. Dr. Jacobsen was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the 2017 Most admired CEOs in the education category. He is also a proud member of Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2013.