Dr. Rae Daniel
Presenter - Facilitator
Dr. Rae Daniel has a Doctorate of Education Degree in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Organizational Development. Dr. Daniel has worked in a wide array of capacities from Electronics Engineer, Entrepreneur, and Executive to Guest Teacher from Pre-K to 12 to College. His expertise in dissertation coaching is a service designed to help learners/candidates successfully structure the dissertation or thesis process, create realistic work plans, increase accountability and effectively help you overcome internal and external barriers faced on the path to earning a doctoral or master’s degree.
His philosophy about teaching is simple. He agrees with Madeline Hunter when she said, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!” Many think she was being too “warm and fuzzy” but what she meant was you are not going to reach some kids academically until you first reach them on the “human to human” level. Sometimes the subject matter in our classrooms can’t compete with the “drama” in their lives. The main ingredient missing in a lot of our classrooms today is a “connection with kids.” Dr Daniel believes that research is clear, when students know you value them as a human being, not just another student; they will work harder for you and challenge you less. He also believes teachers don’t need any more theory and new, trendy programs with catchy names.
Dr Daniel believes teachers need to be given research based, proven, practical strategies and applications that teachers can start implementing immediately – without throwing anything out that is working in their classroom. Dr Daniel believes educators have the toughest job in America as they are asked every day to wear many different hats – mom, dad, nurse, counselor, teacher, adviser, judge, jury, lawyer – just to name a few.
Dr Daniel understands that students come into our classrooms and schools with different backgrounds and cultures and their cognitive abilities, assets and experiences are just as wide ranging. Sometimes the only thing students have in common is their age! The “one size fits all” approach does not work anymore.
Dr Daniel also knows the biggest unchallenged assumption by many today (especially politicians) about education is that kids are coming to school willing and ready to learn. As educators, we know this is not the case. We have a generation of kids coming to our schools basically un-socialized. Many students are learning behavior from Television, Social Media and a myriad of other influences.
Dr Daniel knows there’s not much we can do from 4:00 PM until 8:00 AM but there is a lot we can do from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Dr Daniel is dedicated to helping educators be successful through motivation, inspiration, humor and a common-sense approach to stress management. Most importantly, he leaves educators with as many proven, practical strategies as he can. After all, it was a teacher who once helped Dr Daniel overcome his serious childhood struggles with staying focused while in the classroom. And that minor miracle happened in a classroom, led by an enthusiastic, well prepared, loving teacher.