Have Me Speak

Taken from ISTE Ignite 2015

From the Edweek post The Power of a Killer Keynote by Starr Sackstein

For speaking inquiries, please email me at p@globalreadaloud.com or fill out the form.

To see where I will be speaking, go here.

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.
  • Private book clubs for either of my books via Facebook or another chosen medium.
  • 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, whether in-person or online, 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
  • Meaningful connected literacy instruction
  • Global Collaboration through technology infusion

What You Can Expect:

  • Personal attention and development of project intended to fit your purpose.
  • Prompt communication.
  • 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 teachers 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.

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?  Focusing on teacher reading identity, classroom environment and library, as well as student reading identity, this is a keynote 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 keynote 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.

Global Collaboration to Fit Your Needs 

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:

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, classroom management and community creation, 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 true 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 immediate change.

Connected Literacy – Strategies to Engage All Learners

There are so many things that we do well in our classrooms, yet students continue to report at higher rates that they are not reader or writers.  In this featured presentation, we will discuss the 5 different ways we can re-imagine literacy in our schools using student voice, student choice, global collaboration, authentic audience, and meaningful technology integration creating a connected literacy environment.

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.

How to Do Meaningful Student Blogging

Student blogging is becoming the most preferred way for classrooms to reach out and connect with others around the world.  Yet many see it only as a way to create an e-portfolio, but student blogging is so much more than that.  This workshop provides participants with the why, the how to,  the safety measures and forms, as well as how to  how to make it meaningful for all participants.

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 grades, 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  the United States 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.

What Educators Are Saying:

Loved her presence and delivery of the keynote. She has a quiet confidence about her that is very powerful. I could have listened to her for another hour!

She was amazing! Very thoughtful and very engaging. Really helped me ask some of the hard questions of myself. Had an opportunity to speak with her later in the day 1:1 and she was even more impressive.

She was very inspiring! Knowing that she is in the classroom, doing small changes that add up to a big change was what I needed to hear. She understood and acknowledged the struggles we face.

The passion she had was apparent throughout the speech. Also, her humility and expression of not knowing everything helps gather buy-in, especially from a relatively young teacher. Great speaker, definitely gifted.

Totally inspiring! I am trying things she shared already today!

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