Liberating Genius is not an inspirational or utopian hope for our students; nor is it a quick-fix program to building a better system. It’s a movement designed to help leaders and learners break free from the addiction of security and acceptance of mediocrity and rekindle the genius within.
We can no longer afford as individuals or as a nation to allow our best talents to remain buried beneath well-intentioned but lifeless rules of school.
Liberating Genius is a framework and system that fuels innovation, creativity and ability to impact our learning and the world.
There is genius within; together let’s unleash it.
Life changes when we become literate. Our entry into the “literacy club” affords us power and privilege that is unprecedented, and yet we present the idea of literacy to teachers and students as a “set of skills” to be mastered. New literacies do not make past literacy obsolete, but it will require a new look at the way we nurture and teach our future readers and writers.
This presentation explores the differences and similarities between literacies of the past and new digital competencies and investigates how technology challenges those perceptions.
Emerging digital platforms give us new venues in which to assert our right, set forth in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Passion matters. Passion makes us curious, compels us to dig deeper, and sustains us as we persevere towards answers to questions that matter most Bridging the gap between what exists and what is possible with PASSION; in education, in our lives and in the world.
Session for an enlightening and insightful look at passion’s place in leadership, learning, and classroom success.
You will discover how to leverage the power of passion to achieve the extraordinary results with students, staff, and members of your leadership community.
We will explore important questions such as:
How can passion influence professional practice?
How do i organize/plan for passionproject work?
How do I sustain passion in disciplines or subjects my students find difficult or boring?
How do I keep myself and others passionately engaged in the work at hand—even in
troubled or difficult times?]
You will leave this session knowing and believing that PASSION has everything to do with our work. PASSION is the Difference Maker!
When we think of people who made the biggest impact in our live, it was not their expertise or accomplishments that provided me us with direction, guidance and reassurance to accomplish our goals; it was their sincere belief in us. They let us know through their words and actions that we mattered.
The humans in our lives want that same validation. In fact, every single person you will ever meet shares this common desire. They want to know they matter.
Mattering a universal human need, and it’s one you have the opportunity to satisfy. In this session, we will explore specific and actionable ways to answer yes to the following questions:
There is no doubt bravery is needed to lead and succeed.
For centuries bravery has been a crucible of leadership and a fundamental principle for battle of any type and kind.
But, what does BRAVE look like?
How does BRAVE act and behave?
And most importantly how big can YOUR BRAVE be?
This presentation seeks to answer these questions by putting these elusive concepts of leadership and learning in place to deliver better results faster for you and to those you seek to lead and serve.
“There is a reason that Angela Maiers is recognized as one of today’s most influential education thought leaders: her work resonates with teachers, school leaders, students and parents alike. At this year’s Microsoft Education Empowered E 2 Conference, Maiers delivered the closing keynote, How Big is Your Brave?. Not surprisingly, she focused on the importance of bravery, leadership and courage. And true to her unique and authentic style, she delivered. To say that Maiers blew the E 2 crowd away would be an understatement. “
Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Education - Worldwide Public Sector - Microsoft Corporation
“Within minutes of meeting Angela Maiers, I knew I wanted her to speak at BIF-9. Her passion is electric and infuses every room she enters with high energy and a sense of boundless optimism. Her talk at the conference exceeded even my high expectations for it. It received a well-deserved standing ovation and generated an intense and enduring buzz.”
Saul Kaplan, Business Innovation Factory
“When I began to assemble the program for my first Community Manager Conference, I was eager to bring in a closing keynote speaker who would attract registrants, create a buzz and send the attendees home on a high note. Angela Maiers was all of this and more. Her keynote was inspiring and actionable, and people still talk about it.”
Tim McDonald, Director of Community, Huffington Post
“Angela Maiers helped our educators realize they can change the world. She coupled her message with practical ideas, equipping teachers with tools to unleash student potential. She taught us how to escape the ‘crab bucket’ and bring out the best in others. You Matter and Passion Driven are not slogans, but potent concepts that dramatically increase relevant learning. Few people have the ability to touch hearts and minds at the same time. Angela Maiers is one of these rare individuals.”
Mark Schneider, Superintendent, Mid-Prairie and Keotah, IA
Just blown away by Angela Maiers keynote at #neta14 Genius!
Angela Maiers embodies each of these descriptors with passion, commitment and fierce determination. She has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 25 years, teaching every level of school from kindergarten to graduate school and consulting with companies around the world.
She helps learners and leaders understand the transformative power of technology and the Internet. Her powerful message and down-to-earth style has made her a highly sought-after keynote speaker for education conferences, corporate events and innovation summits.
She is the author of six books, including Classroom Habitudes and The Passion-Driven Classroom, and her You Matter talk at TEDxDesMoines has been viewed several hundred thousand times.
Angela is the founder of Choose2Matter, a global movement that challenges and inspires students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems. She is an alumna of The University of Iowa, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Education and her Master’s in Educational Supervision and Reading.