Kayla Delzer is a globally awarded 3rd grade teacher and technology champion in North Dakota. In fact, The New York Times named her “one of the tech-savviest teachers in the United States”. She has ten years of teaching experience in second and third grade. Kayla holds her master’s degree in Elementary Education and is currently in the process of becoming National Board Certified, the highest mark of professional accomplishment. On July 23, 2015 she delivered her first TEDx Talk, Reimagining Classrooms: Students as Leaders and Teachers as Learners. Kayla frequently travels around the United States and other countries as a featured and keynote speaker. She has delivered over 100 keynotes, one of note being at Twitter Headquarters. Her work with classroom redesign and flexible seating has become the standard worldwide, and she was recently selected as a recipient of the Global Hundred Award, designating her as one of the top 100 innovative educators in the world. She was also selected as North Dakota’s Lead Digital Innovator by PBS. She is a co-author of Education Write Now, published in December 2017. She is currently writing a book about classroom learning spaces and flexible seating, titled FlexEd, set to release during the summer of 2018. You can connect with Kayla on all social media platforms @topdogteaching, and her student led social media accounts @topdogkids.
Kayla’s Areas of Expertise
- Classroom Design and Flexible Seating
- Reimagining the Role of Teachers and Students – Best Practices in Education
- Implementing Purposeful Technology Tools
- Genius Hour Implementation
- Social Media for Staff and Students
Keynotes and Workshops
Reimagining Education: Teachers as Learners and Students as Leaders (KEYNOTE)
In this passionate talk, third grade teacher Kayla Delzer speaks about her mission to revitalize learning, relationships, and the classroom environment. Kayla explains how to release the power in the classroom by giving students ownership of their learning and making it relevant to them. Breaking down the four walls of the classroom allows her students to become globally connected – and you won’t believe the endeavors her students conquer by embracing purposeful technology. Published on Oct 13, 2015 via TEDx – This keynote is an expanded version of her popular TEDx talk.
Redesigned Learning Spaces: A Flexible Approach (KEYNOTE/WORKSHOP)
If we take a look at classrooms over the past 100 years, we are seeing the same type of learning environments, year after year. The world is changing, yet our classrooms are being designed much the same. Revitalizing space and incorporating flexible seating is a straightforward way to let students exercise choice in the learning environment and find academic success on their own terms. This session is based on Kayla’s book, FlexEd, releasing in June 2018.
Demonstrating Student Understanding Through Technology (WORKSHOP)
Technology can give even the quietest students a voice and a chance to shine. This session will target different apps that help students demonstrate what they have learned using both their voice and work. Often students can show that they understand something, but have difficulty explaining how they know they have mastered a concept. Several student examples will be shown, and ample time will be provided to explore the apps.
Student-Led Learning: Genius Hour Passion Projects (WORKSHOP)
Have you been hearing about Genius Hour, passion projects, or Google’s 20% time in classrooms? Are you unsure how to justify this type of student-led learning—or implement it with fidelity? Kayla presents the research behind allowing students one hour of their week to study what they are passionate about. From brainstorming topics to creating meaningful, student-driven presentations, learn how to create a classroom where student passions come alive.
Social Media for Educators (WORKSHOP)
If you’ve signed up for Twitter or Instagram and are wondering how to get started, this class is for you. Teaching is a team sport – and being connected online with the right people has made me a better teacher and teammate. Both of these social media tools are now wildly popular. Come see why millions of users have flocked to these sites. You will leave with a good start of a PLN (Professional Learning Network) on each platform.
Bring the World to Your Classroom! (WORKSHOP)
Learn to take your students — no matter how young — anywhere from outer space, to the Minnesota Zoo, to classrooms in other states and countries. Discuss ways to safely encourage virtual exploration and student led classroom social media accounts. Leave this session ready to empower students to virtually “Share Their Story” and bring the world to your classroom.
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