Wilmington University Speaker Series
Music, Movement, and Magic: Engaging Students to Promote Rigor
Hosted by the College of Education
Featuring best selling author, educator, and co-founder of the Ron Clark Academy
Author of Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me
Join All-Star Educator Kim Bearden as she explains how she makes her classroom an effective and fun place to learn. Known for her creativity, Bearden passionately teaches curriculum in innovative and inspiring ways. Her classrooms are often transformed into a beach, Mt. Olympus, a poetry coffeehouse or a mountain retreat. Her students have experienced thunderstorms, an Italian restaurant, a hospital emergency room, a colonial village, and life on a fictitious planet without ever leaving the classroom! She has held a Fashion Extravaganza to teach descriptive writing and has created Survivor tribal challenges and the All-Star Punctuation Bowl to teach grammar.
She often teaches concepts through songs, kinesthetic games, and unique teaching strategies that motivate even the most restless learners. Her students consistently score among the highest in the state on standardized tests. Most importantly, she has proven that the required curriculum can be taught in a way that reinforces academic rigor while making learning an adventure.
Copies of Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me will be available for sale, and a book signing will take place after the event.
Meet the Speaker
Kim Bearden - Ron Clark Academy co-founder, Best Selling Author of Crash Course: Life Lessons My Students Taught Me, executive director and language arts teacher - is an award-winning educator of almost thirty years. Her unique combination of innovation, discipline, and creativity ensures that every student is engaged in the learning process!
She has been a teacher, instructional lead teacher, curriculum director, school board member, staff development trainer and middle school principal.
Bearden has received numerous awards for her creative and dynamic teaching styles. She was chosen from over 70,000 nominations to be honored as the Disney American Teacher Awards Outstanding Middle School Humanities Teacher. The Milken Family Foundation selected her as one of 155 teachers from across the nation to receive the Award for Excellence in Education, and she was the chosen from among 7000 teachers as Teacher of the Year in Cobb County, Georgia. Women Works Media Group named her one of Georgia's Most Powerful and Influential Women.
Kim and husband, Scotty, have a twenty-five-year-old daughter, Madison. Recently, three new sons from Soweto, South Africa, joined their family. The Bearden family resides in a suburb of Atlanta.