CRAIG J. BOYKIN

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Craig J. Boykin

Craig J. Boykin is one of the most sought-after speakers in America. Craig endured numerous hardships which he credits for his passion for helping others. His father left Craig and his mother before Craig was even born. Craig’s mother began using drugs when he was in grade school. Craig was diagnosed with a learning disability and placed in special education in third grade. Due to his difficulties in school Craig repeated the third and fifth grade. Consequently, by the time Craig was in the tenth grade he was two years older than most of his classmates and he still did not hold the necessary skills to write a five-sentence paragraph. 


Overwhelmed, Craig ultimately dropped out of high school, thus continuing the cycle of high school dropouts in his family. Craig’s mother, father, brother and sister all dropped out of high school. Confused about life, Craig began engaging in dangerous activities that led him to land in jail and shot by a rival gang member of his brother. Craig decided to enroll in the Job Corps which allowed him to earn both his G.E.D. and a diploma in Retail Sales. Immediately upon graduating from Job Corps, Craig enlisted in the U.S. Army. It was in the military that Craig developed integrity and discipline. 


Craig later enrolled in one of the most challenging four-year universities in his home town. In spite of the educational challenges he faced with a G.E.D, learning disability, and the pressure of failing, three years later, Craig graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Auburn University Montgomery. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Theology and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, both from Faulkner University. Craig is currently working on his Ph.D. 

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School Climate and Culture

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Whether you need a 60-minute Keynote or a day-long intensive Professional Development that will inspire your educators, Craig will work with you to create a truly customized experience. Craig has tons of experience working with a diverse set of schools around the country, helping  teachers break free from their routine and discover their unrealized potential. 

Student Presentations

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Parental Engagement

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Adult Education

More than 1.3 million students drop out of high school every year in the US.  A high-school dropout is ineligible for 90% of jobs in America.

College Readiness

According to College Atlas, 70 percent of Americans will study at a four-year college but less than two-thirds will graduate with a degree. Thirty percent of college freshmen drop out after their first year of school.

Cultural Diversity

Promoting Respect for Cultural Diversity in the Classroom. ... Among its other goals, culturally responsive instruction aims to teach students that differences in viewpoint and culture are to be cherished and appreciated rather than judged and feared.

Differentiated Instruction

Differentiation means tailoring instruction to meet individual needs. Whether teachers differentiate content, process, products, or the learning environment, the use of ongoing assessment and flexible grouping makes this a successful approach to instruction.

Early Childhood Education

Simply put, a child’s early years lay the foundation for all that is to come. In recent years, researchers have learned that the human brain develops the vast majority of its neurons, and is at its most receptive to learning, between birth and three years of age.

Higher Education

According to the World Declaration on Higher Education for the 21st Century (1998), higher education is facing a number of important challenges at the international, national and institutional levels. ... Changes in universities as institutions and at the level of internal organisation.

Juvenile Justice

Over 60,000 youth receive correctional education in juvenile justice facilities each year. Education in juvenile facilities is often substandard and youth in adult facilities may receive no education at all.

STEM Education

By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field.

Whole Child

A whole child approach to education is defined by policies, practices, and relationships that ensure each child, in each school, in each community, is healthy,.

Circumstances Trump Curriculum

Craig's books

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