Inspiring educators to lead more compelling and engaging classrooms.
Using storytelling, giving examples from the classroom, and sharing proven and effective practices- Trevor inspires educators to lead a more compelling and engaging classroom. In the past few years, Trevor has traveled the globe giving keynotes and workshops to a variety of educators, including leading the Design Expedition at Fontys University in the Netherlands, a keynote about the need for Soft Skills in Bogota, Colombia, giving a TED Talk at TEDx San Antonio, and training teachers in Project Based Learning in rural Iowa.
Trevor offers the perspective of an author, speaker, project based learning expert, and most importantly- a classroom teacher, to help teachers find more ways to engage their students and transform their classrooms.
From short, day-long, and multi-day workshops to keynote speeches and in-classroom coaching, Trevor gives concrete tools, ideas, and inspiration to both educators, business professionals, and students.
Frequently Requested Keynotes/Workshops:
“Make Learning Epic: Teaching With the Power of Story”
Trevor shares how educators can design and shape learning experiences to make deeper connections with students, have a more memorable classroom, and transform their students' lives. Using the power of storytelling, brain science, and the principles of Project Based Learning, teachers can achieve real student engagement, and in return, learning that is permanent and unforgettable. When students are empowered to solve authentic problems and teachers become designers of meaningful learning experiences, school becomes a place where everyone can thrive.
Through inspiring stories, research, and even some spoken word poetry, this talk can help any teacher, in any subject area, and in any grade level learn practical and proven practices to transform their classrooms into settings where students are engaged, challenged, and transformed.
"How We've Grown: Teaching After COVID"
Challenges always have the potential to lead to growth. This keynote is about celebrating the work teachers accomplished during COVID, as well as discovering the wisdom and best practices uncovered during the unprecedented time as an educator. From adapting to new technologies to discovering authentic ways to engage students, the skills developed during the pandemic have the potential to transform how we teach forever.
"Creating a Collaborative Classroom"
This talk gives educators concrete ideas, practices, and inspiration to facilitate successful classroom collaboration. At the heart of strong student collaboration is authenticity. When students are engaged in purposeful, authentic work that requires working together, collaboration is no longer something students and teachers despise, but instead a necessary practice that leads to dynamic outcomes and deeper learning.
"How to Thrive as a Virtual Teacher"
Most teachers didn't train to be virtual teachers. But most teachers also didn't ask for a global pandemic to happen. However, just because virtual teaching may be different, doesn't mean every teacher can't be successful at it.
Trevor shares tested ideas, tools, and processes to thrive while leading a virtual classroom. From how to set up dynamic virtual meetings to how to create engaging virtual curriculums, every teacher can find new ways to thrive in the virtual classroom.
- Simplifying Your Work
- Mastering the Virtual Meeting
- Building Relationships in a Virtual Classroom
- Engaging and Empowering Students
- Maximizing Communication with Parents
- Suggested Tools and Resources
- Managing Assessment
- Practicing Self-Care as a Virtual Teacher
"Making Connections with Challenging Students”
Some students’ stories have made them hard to connect with and difficult to reach. They are often written off as “bad kids” or “too far gone.” However, by finding authentic ways to engage them in the classroom, as well as learning their stories and building relationships, connections can be made with the most difficult students. This talk is part inspirational and part instructional as it shares teaching practices that create an engaged and meaningful classroom for all students.
“Stop Calling Them Soft Skills!”
(Keynote and Workshop)
A nationwide survey showed that the top reason people are fired from their jobs is that they lack soft skills: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, adaptability, and confidence. People lack these skills not because they are incapable of learning them, but because they never had a reason to. So much of the education system is focused on technical knowledge and "hard skills," and very little on these essential skills. Essentially, there was not enough purpose to do the hard work of developing soft skills.
Trevor talks about how teachers can design learning experiences that require their students to develop essential skills. While still learning 'hard skills’ and academic content, students can do purposeful work that makes them better communicators, collaborators, problem solvers, and citizens.
Trevor was great! I cried through the session! Great storyteller, he transported me through his stories.
Trevor is an inspiration to continue in the education/teaching field.
-Teacher, New Mexico
I really enjoyed the positive message he presented. He was very personable and kept my attention. I would enjoy another session with him to hear more of his experiences, stories and advice.
“Epic Project Based Learning”
Workshops & Consulting
Trevor’s Epic Project Based Learning workshop was developed after years of working in a New Tech project based learning school, as well as his experience as a Buck Institute National Faculty member. Through this engaging and learning-intensive program, Trevor teaches any educator from any grade level how to implement project based learning in their school and classroom.
Epic Project Based Learning (PBL) at its core is about making learning- content and skills- authentic. PBL adds authenticity and real world challenges to the work students accomplish, and in the process making learning more engaging and memorable. This workshop gives concrete methods, practices, and resources to create a standards-based, skills and content rich classroom in an innovative project based learning model.
"Epic Classroom Discussions"
The CEO of LinkedIn says “Communications is the number one skills gap” for employees. On top of that, in an increasingly polarized world, it’s evident many people do not know how to speak and listen to each other. They don’t know how to discuss.
This workshop is about how to make discussion a bedrock in any classroom. When discussion is central to learning, not only are students learning an essential success skill, their academic performance increases as well. Whether a kindergarten or 12th grade teacher, a math or English teacher, participants will leave with new inspiration, ideas, and strategies to teach their students how to have rich class discussions.
"Using Technology to Make Learning Authentic"
Technology for the sake of having technology is pointless and a waste of time and resources. However, when ed technology is used to make learning authentic, it has an essential purpose in the classroom. This session is about how certain technologies can be used to enhance authenticity in the classroom, assist students in meaningful work, and teach them skills they will need throughout life.
"Discovering Your Purpose: Finding a Reason to Overcome Anything"
A Keynote for Students
People don't quit because something is too hard. They quit because the hard work was not worth it. At the heart of overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles and developing perseverance despite difficult challenges, is having purpose. Trevor talks about helping students find purpose in their education and work and how to use that purpose to develop the skills needed to succeed. When we have a defined purpose, a goal that would cause us to self-destruct if we did not achieve it, we will obtain whatever skills necessary to overcome any obstacles to fulfill that purpose. Using storytelling, humor, research, and even some spoken word poetry, Trevor helps students discover purpose so they can thrive in education, career, and life.
What do you and your staff need?
Trevor can create a keynote and/or workshop to fit your school or conference’s needs. Want a project based learning workshop that focuses on the use of technology? Or how about a standards-based grading session that also talks about service learning?
If you have an idea that is not listed on this page, just send an email of what you’re thinking and we will make it happen.
“By far the best session I attended! Trevor was amazing and delivered such a great reminder about the power we have as educators. I could have listened to him tell stories all day.”
This was one of the best keynotes I’ve ever seen. Trevor made us laugh; he made us cry. And I left with tools to really put his ideas into practice in my own classroom.
— Maria Stevens, Teacher, Boyne City, Michigan
Every teacher wants to have the kind of impact that Trevor is talking about. Every teacher wants to create the kind of experiences in the classroom that he’s laying out. Today we’re learning how to do that. So we’re excited all of our faculty are exposed to this, so we can go back to our schools and recreate the same thing.
— Craig Hammond, Executive Director, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
Recent and Upcoming Speaking Events
January 3: Keynote, Christiana Middle School, Christiana, TN
January 5: Keynote, New Mexico Out of Time Conference, Virtual
January 15: Storytelling Workshop, VS America Sales Team, Virtual
January 20: Keynote, Paul Mitchell Pittsburg, Virtual
February 12: Keynote, Paul Mitchell Tulsa, Virtual
February 26: Keynote, VS America Experience Days, Virtual
March 23: Workshop, Paul Mitchell the School San Diego, Virtual
March 26: PBL Workshop, Parkway Schools, Virtual
April 9: PBL Workshop, North Huron School District, Kinde, MI
April 14: Keynote, Paul Mitchell the School Ft. Myers, Ft. Myers, FL
April 17: Featured Presentation, The Learning and the Brain Conference, Virtual
April 26: Keynote, Keep Indiana Learning Spring Speaker Series, Virtual
May 10: PBL Worksop, EMSD #37 Early Childhood Program, East Moline, IL
May 18 & 19: Keynote, Paul Mitchell the School Logan/Rexburg, Salt Lake City, UT
June 8-9: PBL Workshop, STAR NET Region VI, Virtual
June 17: Keynote, Irving ISD ESL & Language Services Department Summer Symposium, Virtual
June 29: Opening Keynote, Keep Indiana Learning Conference, Virtual
June 29: Keynote, ISTE, Virtual
July 2: PBL Workshop, Fulton Science Academy, Atlanta, GA
August 3: Back-to-School Keynote, Mount Dora High School, Mount Dora, FL
August 4: Back-to-School Keynote, Charlotte High School, Punta Gorda, FL
August 16: Back-to-School Keynote & Workshop, Sparta Community Unit District #140, Sparta, IL
August 24: Keynote and PBL Workshop, Ubly Schools, Ubly, MI
August 25, PBL Workshop, Creative Montessori Academy, Southgate, MI
August 26, PBL Workshop, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, Philedelphia, PA
September 27: CTE Educators Workshop, CESA#1, Pewaukee, WI
October 12: Keynote,Southwest West Central Cooperative, Virtual
November 18: PBL Workshop, CESA#1, Pewaukee, WI
January 3: Keynote and Workshops, Blessed Trinity Catholic School, Roswell, Georgia
January 7: Keynote and Workshops, Val Verde School District, Val Verde, California
January 8: Keynote, Paul Mitchell the School Temecula, Temecula, California
January 13 & 20: Workshop, WMCAT, Grand Rapids, Michigan
February 28: Workshop, Michigan Association for Non-Public Schools, Lansing, Michigan
March 2: Keynote, Paul Mitchell the School Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina
March 3: Keynote, Paul Mitchell the School Gastonia, Gastonia, North Carolina
March 6: Workshop, Creative Montessori Academy, Southgate, Michigan
April 7: Keynote, Sallie Jones Elementary, Punta Gorda, Florida
March 7: Keynote, Mid-Year Celebration for the New Teacher Network, Lansing, Michigan
April 14: Keynote, Paul Mitchell the School Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
May 6: Keynote, Paul Mitchell the School, Ft. Myers, Florida
May 19: Keynote, Paul Mitchell the School Logan, Logan, Utah
May 20: Keynote, Paul Mitchell the School Rexburg, Rexburg, Idaho
May 22: PBL Workshop, Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, Louisiana
June 4 Keynote and PBL Workshop, DuBose Middle School, Summerville, South Carolina
June 9: Featured Sessions, Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships Leadership Conference, Houston, Texas
June 15 Keynote and PBL Workshop, Region 10 ESC, Dallas, Texas
July 21: Featured Sessions, Frisco ISD Symposium, Dallas, Texas
August 4: Keynote, Personalized Learning Summit, Minneapolis, Minnesota
August 10-11: 2 Day PBL Workshop, Carver Center, Midland, Texas
August 18 Keynote and PBL Workshop, Harrison Community Schools, Harrison, Michigan
November 9: Opening Keynote, The National Convening of Personalized Learning, Milwaukee, Wisconsin