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Debbie Thompson Silver

Silver, Debbie

Deb Silver is an award-winning educator with 30 years experience as a classroom teacher, professional development expert, and university professor. She has delighted audiences in 49 states, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East with her insightful observations and astute ideas for helping assure every learner a reasonable chance at success.

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Areas of expertise
  • Resilience
  • School Culture
  • Teacher Retention


  • Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed: This seminar is focused on what educators can do to ensure that students become independent, resilient learners. The presented offers surprising breakthrough research about fundamental ways we can change our teaching practices to help kids become self-motivated. Participants leave with a myriad of ideas, strategies, and tools for helping students improve their ability to persevere in the face of adversity. Through well-established understanding of human behavior, the presenter offers participants an entertaining and thought-provoking look at how to empower even the most reluctant learner.

What People Are Saying

"The 2017-2018 school year started off with a great excitement in Roxbury this year! With the support of Corwin, our district was delighted to welcome Mrs. Debbie Silver, author of Teaching Kids to Thrive, Deliberate Optimism, and Fall Down 7 Times, Get up 8, as keynote speaker. She delivered an exhilarating address to over 500 staff members getting them excited about the prospect of a new school year, mindfulness strategies, and self-efficacy. She then led independent breakout sessions for our elementary and secondary populations with a focus on stress management and deliberate optimism. I can't imagine a better way to have kicked off our school year and gotten our staff excited about the return of our students than Debbie. She was entertaining, heart-warming, and knowledgeable, what a perfect combination. I would recommend Debbie to any school looking to establish these skills without hesitation."

—Charles Seipp
Assistant Superintendent
Roxbury School District, Massachusettes