Kevin has taught elementary school for 18 years. He holds a BA in Child Study, a MA in Education, and holds an additional 90 graduate credits in the areas of math, literacy, and social studies. Kevin began his teaching career at the age of 22 in New York at a high-performing public school on Long Island. Seven years ago he relocated to California to work at a startup charter school. Currently, Kevin teaches fifth grade and is the K-6 Director of Curriculum and Instruction at an independent school in Los Angeles, California. His instruction focuses on creating authentic learning experiences while engaging his students in rigorous and hands on instruction. Kevin has hosted a podcast and blog titled Lights, Cameras, TEACH, and a blog where he shares ideas on engaging students in active learning and the importance of building and maintaining classroom culture. In the spring of 2020, Kevin was a guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show, where Kelly highlighted his dedication to his students during the Covid-19 crisis. In the summer of 2020, Kevin was featured in the book Teacher’s Deserve It, by Adam Welcome and Rae Hughart. Currently, Kevin is a part of the Teach Better Speakers Network and is working on writing his first book.
Lights, Camera, TEACH
Just like a blockbuster movie, a blockbuster classroom needs a great director. Student engagement can (and should) look different from classroom to classroom. In this session, educators will explore ways to turn their academic content into learning experiences. Participants will get ideas on how to transform their lessons to create authentic learning experiences for their students. The session will include ideas that promote active learning and ones that can be immediately implemented in any classroom.
As a teacher in a school that designs a curriculum around teaching the whole child, this workshop will focus on the whole child approach, emphasizing engaging, challenging, and supporting each learner through collaboration and teamwork. Educators will also participate in academic games that can be used to review any academic content. Additionally, ways to deepen classroom culture (both in and outside the classroom walls), a behind the scenes look in my own classroom, and tales from my eighteen years in the elementary school classroom will be shared.