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I am currently filling dates for this summer.  Please contact me below if you would like to have me work with your staff or be a part of your conference.  It is an incredible honor to do this work whenever I can.

Thank you for coming to my home away from home; this blog!  Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension started in June 2010 as a way for me to become a better teacher.  I knew I needed to change, I knew I had to throw most of my old ways out and I needed a place to reflect; thus this blog was born.  Now several years later, with many global conversations started, I am proud of the work that is here.

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A Personal Mission

I want students to love school.  This means that in my own classroom students are empowered in their learning journey in order to achieve a highly engaged and personalized learning environment.  As a teacher, it means that this blog, the books I have written, the speaking I do, and also the professional development I have been a part of centers around trying to create environments where not just students thrive, but staff as well.  I have a dream of schools where all stakeholders feel they have a voice; that is my driving force.

What type of speaking do I do?

  • Workshops for school districts, as well as in-service PD days.
  • Keynotes for conferences, as well as featured presentations and workshops depending on need.
  • A variety of other speaking based on need, if in doubt, ask.

I am fortunate enough to be invited to share this vision, and practical progress toward it, with many different audiences.  Some key areas I have focused on during keynotes, workshops, professional development, and coaching opportunities center around personalization, engagement, global collaboration, and meaningful literacy instruction.   My workshops/sessions are interactive and blend story-telling with practical how-to’s that participants can implement right away.  Working with other teachers is a thing I love and am honored to be asked to do.

My Areas of Expertise:

  • Creating a passionate literacy community
  • Personalized learning environments for staff and students
  • Student engagement and empowerment
  • Global collaboration through technology infusion

What You Can Expect:

  • Personal attention and development of project intended to fit your purpose.
  • Prompt communication.
  • A personalized and interactive delivery that will fulfill the needs of the target audience.
  • Accessibility and an ongoing relationship after the talk.  I become a trusted resource for the audience as they move forward.

Frequently Requested Keynotes:

Passionate Learners – How to Engage and Empower Your Students

Would you want to be a student in your own classroom? In this session, based on the book Passionate Learners: How to Engage and Empower Your Students, 7th-grade teacher Pernille Ripp will help both novice and seasoned educators create a positive, interactive learning environment where students drive their own academic achievement. You’ll discover how to make fundamental changes to your classroom so learning becomes an exciting challenge rather than a frustrating ordeal. Attendees will discover practical strategies for how to build a working relationship with your students based on mutual trust, respect, and appreciation, be attentive to your students’ needs and share ownership of the classroom with them, and break out of the vicious cycle of punishment and reward to control student behavior.  Whether you are just beginning or well on your way in your teaching career, this session is meant to inspire you, help you take some risks, and eagerly pursue your journey toward a classroom filled with passionate learners.

This keynote can also be geared specifically toward administrators.

Note: this can also be adapted into a featured presentation or a workshop.

Passionate Readers – The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child

With 28% of adults reporting that they have not read a book in the last 12 months, we are facing a mounting reading crisis.  So what can we, as the educators who teach this future generation of readers, do to create more engaging reading experiences?  In this session, based on the book Passionate Readers: The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child, 7th-grade teacher Pernille Ripp will help you re-discover the keys of creating a community of readers, no matter the constricts facing your time.  Focusing on teacher reading identity, classroom environment and library, as well as student reading identity, this is a session sure to inspire.  From re-thinking major literacy decisions to all of the small decisions we make daily; this is meant to be a practical session that will offer up ideas to be implemented the very next day.

Note: this can also be adapted into a featured presentation or a workshop.

Reimagining Literacy Through Global Collaboration

We all seem to discuss the need for global collaboration and get excited when others do it, but how do we bring this into our own environments?  Global collaboration isn’t meant to make more work for you, but instead meant to engage students and staff in a more authentic manner in already pre-existing learning.  Come to this workshop and find ways to fit global learning and global connections into what you are already doing, without the need to be 1to1 or have crazy amounts of technology.

Note: this can also be adapted into a featured presentation or a workshop.


I offer both a half-day or a full-day workshop based on needs.  Frequently requested workshops include, but are not limited to:

Passionate Learners – Empowering and Engaging Students

A full day or half-day workshop focused on attendees taking a journey through their current learning environment to find places they can incorporate change into for better student engagement.  This workshop focuses on the practical implementation of change in key areas such as classroom setup, homework policies, assessment practices, as well as personalization of curriculum.  This workshop is one meant to empower attendees in their current practices while inspiring them to create meaningful change opportunities.

Creating a Passionate Literacy Community

We have the tools to help us be literacy teachers but how do we create passionate literacy environments? This workshop or keynote focuses on all the extra things we can implement in our classrooms as we help students become invested and excited about our literacy communities. Whether we start small with choice and voice in the classroom, personalize our literacy program, to creating global collaborative projects, passion is easy to re-ignite in literacy as long as you have the ideas and the trust in yourself to try them.

Attendees will leave with a plethora of new strategies, as well as “try-tomorrow” ideas for how to create a literacy environment that students want to be a part of.

Featured Presentations:

Personalized Learning – A Journey Toward a Better Way of Teaching

For teachers and schools just starting out on their personalized learning journey, this focuses on all of the small changes that lead to truly personalized learning environments through the 5 tenets of choice.  Using a blend of personal experience, story-telling, as well as practical how-to’s participants leave with ideas they can implement right away for an immediate change.

A Picture Book Taught Me This

While picture books are a staple of the elementary classroom, there often is no place for them with our older students, yet these are the students that need picture books the most.  Discover how picture books can help older students close read, conquer complex message, become stronger writers, as well as spark their love of reading again all through the use of carefully selected picture books.

Reimagining Literacy Through Global Collaboration

Have you ever wondered what can happen when you integrate technology into your literacy instruction?  Pernille Ripp and her students have been reading, writing, and discussing with the world since 2010, fundamentally changing the way she teaches and how her students read and write.  Join us as we share ideas for how technology can take your literacy instruction to a new level, including ways to use Skype, Twitter, Edmodo, blogging, and many other tech tools that will allow for global collaboration, cross-curricular projects, and sparking the love of reading and writing in students.

Using Grades for Good – Yes, It’s Possible

For years, students have had their work defined by our assessments and grades but now is the time for change. It is possible to have a limited grade, better assessment classroom where students embrace the learning rather than the letter within our public school system. Join in as we discuss how to do better assessment that empowers students, rather than leaves them powerless.


Fees are flexible, as are sessions, consulting, as well as whether on-site teaching is desired.  All sessions will be customized to fit your needs, environment, and learning target.   I only do a limited amount of sessions every year during the school year so these get booked quickly.

Professional Development and Consulting

I have been fortunate enough to lead professional development across North America in-person in school districts and at conferences, as well as globally through webinars, conferences, and into classrooms presentations. Participants leave my workshops feeling energized, inspired, and ready to change the way they teach.

I have done consulting for companies such as Adobe, Skype, Microsoft, and Fuhu as well as individual schools and districts.