Objectives

The focus of our professional developments is to reach reluctant and/or struggling staff member(s) and provide a basis for their interactions with all constituents who are proponents for a culture rich learning environment.


The focus of our presentations is to learn creative ways to remove emotional barriers for student achievement. Increase emotional Intelligence and awareness. Gain tools to help students process and cope with emotional trauma and develop creative ways to build relationships and trust with students


Participants attending our workshops will be able to return to their schools/districts, review their school improvement plans with their leadership teams and begin to refine existing practices in teaching and reaching high risk youth.


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Professional Services

GED to PhD.: The Story Behind the Data

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Professional Development / Keynote 

This real-life inspirational story is a stimulating account of Craig J. Boykin’s inspiring journey from GED to PhD. In this session educators will learn how to help at-risk students succeed in their classroom. Learn WHY many at-risk students aren’t motivated to learn. Learn WHY many at-risk students gravitate towards sports and not education. Come learn what you as an educator can do to help the Craig’s you teach daily. It’s clear that students from poverty are habitually at a disadvantage when it comes to education, and educators can find it challenging to motivate such students become positively engaged in their own learning. Craig advises educators to avoid giving up on “difficult” students by deciding that certain students “can’t be taught.” 


Tools and Strategies for Schools to Dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline

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Professional Development / Keynote 

It is imperative that teachers make education count for ALL students. Across America, Craig conveys to educators that we must (1) educate ourselves about the “school discipline gap.” (2) Help students and colleagues unlearn misperceptions about students from poverty. (3) Continue reaching out to low-income families even when they appear unresponsive (and without assuming, if they are unresponsive, that we know why). (4) Respond when colleagues stereotype poor students or parents. (5) Fight to keep low-income students from being assigned unjustly to special education or low academic tracks. (6) Make curriculum relevant to poor students, drawing on and validating their experiences and intelligences. Most important, we must consider how our own class biases affect our interactions with and expectations of our students. Craig’s trademark slogan, GED to PHD is a concrete paradigm that educators should never give up on any student.

Student Trauma, Poverty, Detached Parents, and Apathetic Students, PLEASE HELP ME!

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Professional Development / Keynote 

Poverty is all too common in America’s schools. What's rare, is an opportunity for educators to sit an absorb first-hand from a former at-risk student who dropped out of high school, endured a mother abusing drugs, absent father and learning disability. In this engaging session participants will unlearn perceived fallacies about students from poverty. A school reflects society. Within a school's walls are especially vulnerable students, such as those with histories of neglect, trauma, or violence. Schools are well positioned to help these traumatized students. Although some might argue that teachers should focus solely on academics, the reality is that teachers can't teach effectively if their students are not able to focus on learning. Students cannot learn effectively when they are burdened by the effects of trauma and poverty.  Craig’s trademark slogan, GED to PHD is a concrete paradigm that educators should never give up on any student.

The Transformative Influence of a Trauma Conscious Educator!

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Traumatized students are all too common in America’s schools. What's rare, is an opportunity for educators to sit an absorb first-hand from a former at-risk student who dropped out of high school, endured a mother abusing drugs, absent father and learning disability. In this engaging session participants will unlearn perceived fallacies about students who deal with trauma. The impact of childhood trauma and chronic stress is one of the most pressing issues facing educators and society at large. If you work with youth there’s a good chance you work with trauma. Trauma prevents students from being able to engage fully in the present moment. In a trauma-informed school, the adults in the school community are prepared to recognize and respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress. Becoming a trauma-informed educator requires a layered approach to create an environment with clear behavior expectations for everyone, open communication, and sensitivity to the feelings and emotions of others. Craig’s trademark slogan, GED to PHD is a concrete paradigm that educators should never give up on any student.

Make College Count

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Keynote/Workshop 

Learn strategies and the best practices of how to become a successful college student from the perspective of a former high school dropout.

Make Education Count

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Youth Presentation 

This is a motivational session for youth who may need a little extra motivation. This workshop is intended to inspire youth to #RISEABOVE their current situations and circumstances and achieve desired greatness.