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Episode 12: High Expectations and Authenticity

September 6, 2021


Season 2, Episode 2:

Power house speaker and author Debbie Silver joins Peter DeWitt to talk about the importance of reaching students with authenticity and empowering them with high expectations. Debbie is a well known speaker on resilience and cultivating intrinsic motivation - and never has there been a time when those are needed more! She shares how leaders can help to recognize the genius in all of their teachers and establish a learning culture of high expectations.

Her bestselling book, Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8 (2nd Edition), helps leaders and teachers cultivate a culture of high expectations and resilience in their schools.



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Debbie Silver


Debbie Silver

Debbie Silver is truly a “teacher’s teacher!” She is a former science teacher and an award-winning educator with 30 years of experience as a classroom teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor. Her numerous recognitions include being named the 1990 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year and the 2007 Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University. Along the way, she has taught almost every grade level and most every kind of student.

Debbie is one of the most popular keynoters and professional development presenters in the United States. Audiences everywhere respond to her use of humor and sensitivity to remind them of how important teachers are in the lives of children. Her insights into student, teacher, and parent/guardian behaviors are as enlightening as they are funny. Through research-based theory, poignant stories, and hilarious characterizations, she connects with the souls of all who are involved in the lives of children.

Dr. Silver has been an invited author for several educational journals and has given keynotes at state, national, and international conferences in 49 states (just waiting on Delaware.), throughout Canada, Europe, Mexico, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, and Asia.

Fall Down 7 Times Get up 8 2ed, Teaching Kids to Thrive, Deliberate Optimism

Check out her consulting services, and connect with him on Twitter.


Peter DeWitt


Peter DeWitt

Peter DeWitt (Ed.D.), a former school principal in Upstate, NY, previously taught elementary school for 11 years. His syndicated blog, Finding Common Ground, is published by Education Week and he is a freelance writer for Vanguard Magazine. Peter has traveled the world, developing content, visiting school sites, influencing policy, and presenting with John Hattie. He has worked with educators at schools, districts, educational service centers, and educational organizations, including the Council of Chief State School Officials. His presentations focus on school leadership, school climate, as well as safeguarding LGBT students and other social justice topics.

Learn more about Peter's onsite professional development consulting, Collaborative Leadership, his newest title, Collective Leader Efficacy, and connect with him on Twitter.




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fFall Down 7 Times Get up 8

Fall Down 7 Times Get up 8

Failure is not only a possibility for learners during these challenging times, but a productive, concrete way of gaining ground. How can parents and educators teach kids to turn failure into progress toward success? 
This revised edition of the beloved bestseller, Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight, has sensible answers, including both what to say and what not to say to truly help kids self-motivate and become independent, lifelong learners. Rich with fresh insights, this new edition offers a deeper understanding of how motivation works along with new, practical, research-driven strategies for spurring learners to thrive.

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