Differentiated Curriculum Specialist / Speaker / Artist
I facilitate thinking, engage minds, encourage risks, and support struggle. I listen to questions, cultivate dreams and learn everyday. I teach.
Andre Daughty’s (pronounced dow-tee) educational journey began after hearing Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu state, “If you observe children, they will teach you how to teach them.” That phrase shifted his philosophy on how students learn. By observing students, he differentiated curriculum through rap, composing music, art, poetry and projects based on his students’ interests watching them soar to new heights. Using the same philosophy, he’s been able to provide meaningful experiences for students and educators in schools and conferences. Andre has been fortunate to speak to audiences across the nation sharing thoughtful and humorous stories about how all students can truly learn. His workshops develop authentic high-quality professional development through building culture while keeping it real. He enjoys inspiring tomorrow’s leaders today!
Speaker Menu Items
FROM PRESCHOOL TO PRISON: GOING FROM STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE TO SUCCESSFUL THRIVE
Each year, millions of preschoolers walk into classrooms for the first time excited about learning and elated to start their journey of education. By their freshman year in high school, those same students dread attending school, with many dropping out. Never developing college and career ready success skills, thousands of students transition from the joys of preschool to the dejected lows of prison. This pipeline can be conceptualized as a series of roadblocks and obstacles that hinder children, especially children of color, from academic success but funnel them into the criminal justice system.
This keynote explores where the gap originated and how schools, districts and communities are combatting the preschool to prison pipeline. It is possible to go from surviving to thriving! The general session provides awareness to help steer students away from preschool to prison but from preschool to prosperity using practical strategies to engage students using research based strategies, protocols, culture builders, technology and laughter!
(Keynote, General Session)
PBL ISN’T JUST FOR GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENTS
Have you wanted to do PBL but don’t know where to start or need some encouragement to make your units more authentic and engaging? If so, this is the session for you. Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.
The keynote explores how PBL is engaging and transformative for all students in any grade level.
The general session provides an overview of PBL using the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) model.
(Keynote, General Session)
OH! THE PLACES YOU CAN GO (AND THE THINGS YOU CAN DO) ON YOUTUBE
Everyone knows YouTube as the video manual capital of the world. However, did you know that there is so much more things you can do? Attendees at this session will explore different ways to use YouTube as well as discovering ways to save those YouTube clips that you have come to love. This is an interactive “Play with Me” session where attendees participate and learn several new strategies while using their devices. Devices are encouraged for this session.
(Keynote, General Session)
THE CLASSROOM STARTS WITH CULTURE!
Are your students not as engaged as you would like it to be? Could you use a few strategies to further engage your students within the classroom setting? This session provides practical ways to establish and maintain culture using energizers/brain breaks, anecdotes, examples and protocols. This is definitely not a sit and get session. Be prepared to have fun as we build culture and engage students.
(Keynote, General Session)
I’M SICK AND TIRED OF BORING PD!
Have you endured countless hours of ineffective boring PD? Have you wanted energizing strategies that could build critical thinking and collaboration while providing opportunities for students to make connections? This energizing session gets you engaged through conversations, out of your seat movement, laughter and critical thinking using protocols and energizers. Trust me, this session will not be boring!
FROM A to Z: HOW THE INTERNET CAN ENGAGE EVEN ME
There are new websites launched every day. How do we discover ones that will be most effective to help motivate our teaching and our classrooms? In this session attendees will discover websites that can help engage today’s students and help tomorrow’s leaders. This is an interactive Play with Me session where attendees participate and learn several new strategies while using their devices. Devices are encouraged for this session.
ENGAGING STUDENTS USING INTERACTIVE WHITE BOARDS
In this session, attendees will create and customize activities and games. Attendees will leave with several customized games, activities and templates for their classrooms. This is an interactive Play with Me session where attendees participate and learn several new strategies while using their devices. Devices and SMART Notebook software are strongly encouraged for this session.
CREATING COLLABORATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
Creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration are still important in the workforce. How can we leverage those 21st Century skills in today’s learning? This workshop is devoted to effectively integrating Google Suites and Apps to create student (and teacher) centered, creative, and collaborative learning environments. In this hands-on session, we will explore proven strategies, examples and approaches when using the Google Chrome browser and Google’s platform of apps and extensions that can go beyond the classroom and embed it into every day lives. Devices are encouraged for this workshop.
WHAT’S THE RISK OF MY DIGITAL FOOTPRINT?
From work to email to social networking, everybody is online. There’s greatness out there as well as pitfalls. Given this potentially dangerous conundrum, understanding how to interact online safely and effectively is, and will be, ever more critical. This workshop shares strategies and examples on digital citizenship and Internet etiquette to keep you safe on the Internet and keeping your digital footprint clean. Devices are encouraged for this workshop.
HOW FUN CAN INCREASE ENGAGEMENT IN ASSESSMENTS
Game-Based Learning (GBL) and Gamification are finally gaining some real traction in the teaching community. Using games allows subject-specific content and relevant educational standards to be embedded in an immersive game experience. Some teachers have been using video games for as long as they have had computers. They valued the strategy of presenting material in a variety of ways in order to reach different kinds of intelligences and learning styles, and this workshop uses that same approach. In this play with me session, we will play a game using the web tool, Kahoot, then customize or create a game you can use with your students, class, or organization.
WORKING SMARTER & HARDER WITH FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS
What happens when there is only one device in the classroom and you still want to formatively assess and engage students? Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. In this play with me session, we will play a game using Plickers, then create an assessment using the web tool you can use with your students, class, or organization.
What Others Are Saying
“When our school saw the need to engage in strategic ways to help our staff through professional development, we were fortunate enough to discover Andre Daughty. Andre clearly lived up to his phrase “awesome” throughout our workshop and helped us through the PBL process.”
– Terry F., Admin Curriculum Coordinator
“Working with Andre was amazing. He was extremely personable and easy to work with. His experience is evident, and the understanding he displayed for my specific classroom situation was greatly appreciated. Andre was professional, easily accessible, and incredibly helpful throughout the workshop and comes with high recommendations, definitely a 5 star experience!”
–Marie H., 1st Grade Teacher
“I like Mr. Dwtee (sic). He is funny and helps me lurn (sic).”
– Tyrell S., Kindergartener
“We had the fortunate opportunity to have Andre present. We were very interested in his inspirational stories and how they tied to all areas of excellence, leadership, collaboration and student engagement. He captured the participant’s attention with bold statements, vivid examples and humor in the climate he created was practical and memorable.”
– Michelle L., Instructional Media
“Andre had the unique ability to really understand our school’s culture as well as our needs and build rapport with our staff. Our school’s staff continues to apply the skills learned months later. We plan to have Andre back in the future to reinforce the skills and ideas he taught our staff.”
– Lacy A., Principal
“I like how he stayed and taught us how to use the iPads to make our story and we got to watch everybody’s movie like film premiere with popcorn and drinks. Then Mr. Daughty surprised us and showed us the movie he made!”
– Jayshawn R., 3rd Grade
(Reflection after completing a PBL project)
“#OTAEM16 Inspiring. Enlightening. Just what I needed to get going again! #FanClub.”
– Jenny M. (after attending a breakout session)
“Such great Web 2.0 Tools that we’re willing to it in aisles and stand in halls learning with @ardaughty at #OTAEM16.”
–Tami S. (after attending a breakout session)