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19th Annual MLK Breakfast

Jan. 2024

Keynote speaker for the event.

YAMZ Teaching Artist Training

Jan. 2024

Led professional development with group of amazing artists; prepping them for their upcoming work a diverse range of students.


Define what constitutes clear and explicit expectations in an educational
setting and articulate their role in fostering a positive learning

Identify potential challenges or misconceptions related to setting
expectations and provide strategies for overcoming them.

High Impact Instructional Practice 4a

Oct. 2023

Facilitated professional development on writing composition and text structures.

High Quality Instructional Walkthroughs

Oct. 2023

Conducted high quality walkthroughs for several schools in South Carolina (Williamsburg Co.)

Understanding Gradual Release of Responsibility

Sept. 2023

Facilitated training with a group of secondary teachers in Alabama on gradual release of responsibility.

Model Guidance for Positive and Preventative Student Code of Conduct (Region 6 Training)

Oct. 2023

I was selected to facilitate "Model Guidance for Positive and Preventative Student Code of Conduct (Training)" for Region 6 in VA. The training is designed for division superintendents, central office administrators, and building principals.

The training is organized as a continuum of learning and focus on the following areas:
- Aligning local policy with the Model Guidance
- Assisting school divisions with developing and refining leveled response systems to student conduct,
- Developing capacity to analyze SBAR data to address school safety and climate issues,
- Assisting school districts with creating meaningful supportive relationships.

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Missouri State Public Affairs Conference 2023

Sept. 2023

The 20th annual Public Affairs Conference was a mix of free, in-person speakers and live virtual panel sessions that explores the theme, Navigating the Now: Tradition, Innovation and Wisdom in a World of Change.

I was a panelist for the following sessions:

- Cultivating Genuinely Safe Learning Spaces
- Mapping the Historical Narratives of the American People: What is National Identity?

Bringing it All Together: How We Can Make Schools Work for Everyone (Presented at the 2023 Virginia School Safety Training Forum)

July 2023

This breakout session will have participants examine the ways in which discipline, policies, and systems interact in relation to students. Participants will gain a greater understanding of how all aspects of the school system contribute to the overall school climate and student well-being and how to make all the pieces work together effectively for all students. This session will provide opportunities to reflect on current practices while incorporating strategies for improvement.

2023 Teachers of Promise

March 2023

Dig in as we explore research-based and high effective strategies, techniques, and perspectives employed by the world's most effective educators.

Guest Speaker for VCU's Edu Leadership (Administrative Internship) Class

March 2023

I was invited by Virginia Commonwealth University's (VCU) educational leadership professors to speak and create learning resources related to Master Scheduling.

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Educating Children of Color Summit (2023)

January 2023

Presentation Title: Make it Make Sense!

This breakout session will have participants examine the ways in which discipline, policies, and systems interact in relation to students. Participants will reflect on their practices while incorporating strategies for improvement.

Educator Resource Review: Creative Ways To Incorporate Media Literacy In Your Classroom

Oct. 26, 2022

I participated in a live panel discussion reviewing games and activities on the Cyber Citizenship Initiative site.

Guest Speaker for VCU's Edu Leadership (School Law) Class

Oct. 2022

I was invited by Virginia Commonwealth University's (VCU) educational leadership professors to speak and create learning resources for their aspiring Edu Leadership cohort📚📖.

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Missouri State Public Affairs Conference 2022

Sept 2022

I was a panelist for the following sessions:

- Educating for Active Citizenship in Divisive Times
- Society’s Children: Our Future, Whose Responsibility?

Episode #15: Unpacking Assumptions Through Teachable Moments (SEL in EDU Podcast)

Sept 2022

I had the opportunity to be a guest on Episode 15 of #SELinEDU! Sharing my thoughts on inclusiveness, social emotional learning, and much more!

Annenberg Learner Podcast: Episode # 13

Sept 2022

I had the opportunity to share my experience being a DEN STAR educator, my inspiration behind the "I Wanna Be" series, and give listeners a glimpse of my recent professional development course, Leading Out the Woods: Building Relationships.

KIPP Oklahoma (Literacy)

July 2022

Had the amazing opportunity to speak with KIPP Oklahoma staff (district leaders, principals, and teachers) about Educational Epiphany (the brand, impact data, and the finite strategies that can lead to improvement for student achievement).

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What’s Next Teacher? With Julie Warner

June 2022

Today I talk with Matthew Woods, administrator, children's book author, adjunct professor, speaker, and consultant about how to find and create opportunities in education outside of the classroom.

Matthew has worn many hats in the education space: high school social studies teacher, middle and high school assistant principal, middle school principal, and director of student support services. In addition to his K-12 work, Matthew has also served as an adjunct professor and field instructor at the collegiate level for student-teachers.

In this episode we talk about the unexpected benefits of networking and Matt's advice for pursuing your passions beyond the classroom.

Check out Matt's awesome K-12 podcast Leading Out the Woods and his children's book series I Wanna Be… , starring his one year old son imagining different occupations he would like to grow up to be.

Keep an eye out for Matt's forthcoming leadership book The Sandbox Mentality: Empowering Leadership.

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Keynote Speaker: Valor & Grace Literacy Cove's 2nd Annual Summer Series

May 2022

I was invited to kickoff the 2nd Annual Summer Series for Valor & Grace Literacy Cove. I read one of my children's books to the kids, and signed copies of them that Valor & Grace purchased for the participants.

Melody's Bookchat

May 2022

I was invited on Melody McAllister's book chat show to talk about my children's book series, 'I Wanna Be...'

#Growthmindset Twitter Chat

May 2022

In collaboration with Rutgers University Alternate Route Graduate School of Education, I co-facilitated a Twitter chat on #GrowthMindset chat on Saturday, May 7th at 10AM (EST). We were joined by nearly 300 teaching candidates, many of whom are very eager to have their thoughts validated or their questions answered.

2022 Teachers of Promise Institute

March 2022

Was a mentor for a group of Teachers of Promise Mentees, & also presented during a breakout session.

Unapologetic Leadership: Relationship Goals

March 2022

Matt Woods shares his insights on the importance of relationships. He also shares his work and the impact of a book series “I wanna be…”

Authentic (Whole Child) Communication

February 2022

George Bernard Shaw once said, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” When we talk about meeting the needs of all students and addressing the 'Whole-Child', it first starts with the way we are communicating with them. This session given at the "Washington State ASCD Whole Child Institute" leads participants on reflection and analysis of their processes and procedures for interacting with their students on a daily basis.

Meet Hilton! Learn the Story of Matthew Woods' Book Series "I Wanna Be..."

February 2022

Our own EL ('21) Mathew Woods has developed and published a unique children's book series "I Wanna Be..." Join Matthew to learn about the inspiration for the series, the stories Hilton encounters, and how this book can be a fantastic resource for educators and parents alike to inspire children to dream big!

'Stop Lowering Expectations'

January 2022

Educating Children of Color Summit (2022)

January 2022

Teachable Moments: Restorative Discipline

Matt will lead participants in examining the ways they can build-in restorative procedures within their current discipline practices to support inclusiveness for all students to be successful.

Family & Community Engagement Mastermind Circle

August 2021 through December 2021

I was a facilitator for several Mastermind Circles. Successful Innovations was the host for these Mastermind Circles as well as the FACE (family & community engagement) network. The purpose of the FACE Mastermind Circles is to support educators with ideas, strategies, goals, & challenges related to family engagement.

VASCD Annual Conference (2021)

December 2021

Presented the following presentation below:

Title-> Leading Out The Woods: Building Relationships

Tony Dungy once said, “No excuses. No explanation. You don’t win on emotion. You win on execution.” This professional development focuses on facilitating self-reflection, and analysis of key concepts that leaders should be mindful of when modeling equitable practices for building positive relationships with all stakeholders.

Diversity Training for Adjunct Faculty members at Elizabethtown College

November 2021 & January 2022

In support of the College’s continued commitment to development of a culture that fosters a sense of belonging and acceptance for all, we wish to make you aware of a timely professional development opportunity on diversity that has been designed specifically for adjunct faculty members. The session will be offered next Wednesday, November 17th at 5:00 pm via Zoom.

All adjunct faculty members teaching spring semester 2022 and beyond will be expected to complete this professional development session. If you are unable to attend the session scheduled next week, please be on the lookout for additional information about a session to be scheduled in early January 2022.

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