Rae offers keynote addresses, speeches, and workshops for parent and professional groups throughout North America. Organizations that have invited Rae to speak include:
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
- Eric Jensen’s Learning Brain Expo
- American Montessori Society
- Southern Early Childhood Association
- American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
- Head Start Bureau
- Universities and colleges
- State WIC organizations and health departments
- Education conferences and schools in 46 states and Canada
“… I saw her present … in an auditorium with theatre seating, more than 500 people, and she had everyone on their feet moving around ….The down side is that she’s a hard act to follow so your next conference has to be really special!!”
“It was wonderful to have you as our keynote speaker. You are a terrific person, and it certainly was reflected in your presentation and commitment to children and professionals.”
“You were fabulous!!!! The staff had nothing but raves about the day….There was positive feedback on the value of the information you shared, but especially, on how knowledgeable you were about your topic.”
“You’re an inspiration to me. I have to tell you that I was starting to question the direction of ECE and then I went to your presentation and was refilled with the reasons I got into the field. Thank you for giving me back my purpose.”
The Whole Child: Thinking, Feeling, Moving
Developmentally appropriate practice dictates that we educate the whole child in an integrated fashion. But more than ever the trend is toward the mind and body as separate entities, with children regarded as existing only from the neck up. We have the research that proves how children learn; now we have to implement best practice! Rae’s presentation informs, entertains, and empowers as she explores the possibilities for uniting mind and body.
Why Does Sitting Still Equal Learning?
This presentation debunks the myth that the mind and body are separate and unrelated and demonstrates why it’s vital that active learning and physical activity be part of the classroom and the school day, for the sake of both the body and the mind. The research is clear: sitting increases fatigue and reduces concentration but physical activity stimulates the brain!
What If Everybody Understood Child Development?
Based on her wildly popular Huffington Post piece of the same name, this keynote explores the possibilities for children’s lives and education if teachers, parents, and policymakers fully comprehended child development. What changes would occur in schools and homes? How would it affect you? Rae invites you to join her in imagining a brand new world in which the unique and magical period of childhood is understood and valued.
Fight Back!: Strategies to ‘Just Say No’ to Developmentally Inappropriate Practice
It’s time we took a stand against those pressuring us to teach children in ways we know are developmentally inappropriate. There are more of us than “them;” we just haven’t had a big enough voice before now! But thanks to the Internet, we never have to be alone again, single voices crying into the wind. Learn how we can create communities, empower ourselves and others, and fight back!