Professional Development Opportunities

Please browse the presentations below and let me know which ones I can bring to your school or educational event!


Research shows that all students, young/old, black/white, rich/poor, benefit from from the arts and creativity in classroom. It is time for all teaching to reflect that. Let’s throw away the textbooks for hands-on, engaging, creative, arts infused lessons. Any subject, any grade, this professional development session includes brainstorming ideas, growing staff creativity, observing model lessons. During this session, you will learn some unique ways to bring creativity and the arts into every lesson you teach. Join me, as we destroy the confines of  “the box: from the inside out.


Reminds teachers why we do what we do. It is not about a grade. It’s about Foundation, Faith, Feelings, Fun, and Future.


The way we approach any task determines the outcome. If we begin defeated, discouraged, and down, the results will reflect that. If we begin our work with a positive, “can do” mindset, we will be successful. Teachers need to know the powerful affect our mindsets have on our students, parents, co-workers and selves. During this workshop, we will participate in numerous growth mindset learning experiences that will challenge us all and vault us forward in the way we think about our lessons, our plans, and our work as educators.


The world is shrinking every day thanks to the amazing technology we have through Skype and other free global connection tools. The learning experiences that are available to your students through these tools are endless. If you are interested in starting with the basics of Mystery Skype, advancing forward with classroom partnerships, or digging deeper with global collaboration projects, these session is for you. A bad Skype call is better than a good worksheet any day! Join me in this session to bring the world to your classroom.


Is your class in need of a community makeover. Are your students connected with each other as a team? Does your space encourage collaboration? Are you creating learners who are risk takers? Do you students build each other up? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join me for this classroom community session where will dive head first into the deep end of social emotional learning. We try out some tips and tricks, review some resources, and practice our own bit of community building.


Tackling the bad teacher, while motivating the great ones. This keynote is funny and challenging. I may have a squirrel costume.


We all grow and transform in the profession. Some of us go through this cycle of growth and change multiple times. The end goal… we all need to fly!

Teachers are exceptional. In this keynote we will sing, dance, and reflect on just how awesome we are.

Teachers need to sparkle and shine all year long. This keynote shows them how!

Breakout Sessions is a crowd sourcing website just for public school teachers. Have an amazing idea for your students but do not have all the materials you need? is the the place to make your classroom dreams come true. Need just the basics? You can get that too! Learn from an expert who has received over $25,000 worth of materials through 107 funded projects. This session will change your classroom and empower you to become an advocate for your students in a whole new way! Join us!

Have you heard a about Arts Infused Inquiry Based Learning (AIIBL™),  or STEAM but really have no clue where to start? This session is for you. Presenter, Jed Dearybury, has been a part of writing, planning, and implementing numerous STEAM lessons and units. Want to take your students to the deeper depths of knowledge and understanding with arts infusion and STEAM?, Make sure to add this hands-on, fully engaged, out of your seat session to your list!

Are you seeking new and exciting 21st Century tools to hook and engage learners in your elementary classroom? Do you need apps, websites, and tech tools that are more than games and indoor recess tools? Do you need students in your classroom to share their learning with a finished product that was made digitally rather than with the traditional poster and diorama? Join this session to leave with a bag full of tricks to use with your students tomorrow.

Twitter is the fastest growing social network of educators, yet many in the profession are still not tapping into this world-wide collaboration of teachers. Imagine planning, participating in, and leading your own professional development at your own pace and place. Every teacher knows their greatest professional need and Twitter is the place to get exactly the learning you need. Whether you have had a Twitter account for years or if you still think “tweeting” is what a bird does, this session is for you. Learn how the power of a being a globally connected educator can free your classroom from the boundaries of four walls and bring a world of learning to you and your students!

For classroom teachers, one of the most important questions of one’s of practice: How do we create rich environments where all students learn at a high level? One useful tool, Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge Levels, can help teachers meet that challenge. Depth of Knowledge (DoK) categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them. In this professional training session your staff will walk through the basics of DOK and learn some hands-on engaging strategies to bring depth of knowledge and understanding to your lessons.

Science and literacy learning make a dynamic duo, the perfect tag-team. Inquiry-based science requires students use the tools of science to seek answers to their questions about real world phenomena. Students compare their thinking, communicate with each other, and express their ideas through words and graphics. The use of literacy skills while learning science content  extends and expands their] scientific reasoning. Leave this session with tips for bring these two worlds together for student success. (Elementary K-5)

Are you looking for ways to bring the 5 Cs of 21st Century learning into your classroom? BreakoutEDU is exactly what you have been looking for. Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages while growing creativity, critical-thinking, collaboration, communication, and community building skills. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving,  and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. Breakouts are perfect for classrooms, staff trainings, dinner parties, and at home with the family! At the end of a Breakout, your players will be eager for the next! Speciality K-12 Breakouts can be used to teach core academic subjects including math, science, history, language arts and have embedded standards that apply problem solving strategies within a real world OR collaborative context. Want to know more? Join me for this high energy, hands-on learning session.

17 years into the 21st Century and the world is literally at our fingertips. There has never been an easier time to take your class on a virtual field trip to Kenya, have a professional learning network with teachers from 5 continents, or have an artist from Spain teach your students here in America. Social Media tools like Facebook and Twitter and video meeting tools like Skype and Google Hangouts have made connected us more than ever. Using these tools in light of Covey’s 7 habits of highly effective people will guarantee that you are a highly effective educator. Join me in this workshop type presentation where you’ll leave knowing the ins and outs of being a connected educator.

Educators rarely toot their own horns, yet we are often the best experts at our craft. We all have so many tips and tricks that we can share if only given the time to communicate and collaborate. In this “no topic session” your learning experience will be facilitated following the model for teacher learning. We will assess the greatest needs and greatest expertise in the room and learn together. It may sound odd at first, but through sessions like this teachers have learned things they didn’t know they needed as they heard from their professional peers. Want a unique conference session, then join this “un presentation” and learn how you can facilitate this kind of learning experience with your students and school peers. I look forward to the wisdom and learning you will bring!

Art, creativity, innovation, and wonder are all key components of 21st Century learning. Thank goodness all of those things can be found with just a quick walk through nature. Have you ever stopped to look at all the learning opportunities that present themselves just by walking through the woods, by a pond, passed a meadow? Join presenter, Jed Dearybury for an interactive session like you’ve never done before. We will literally take a hike through the outdoors and see what learning experiences we can find together. This will be your favorite session for sure!

Social Media is one of the most powerful tools I have ever used in the classroom. It connects me to parents, businesses, and organizations who can strengthen the work I do with students. It brings parts of the world to my classroom that would not be possible otherwise. It allows me to publicly share the amazing work that is public education in a way not possible in years gone by. It is also one of the most destructive tools I’ve seen for teacher careers. Join me in this session to learn more about the power and danger of social media for educators.

Are you curious about sketchnoting? Do you need to know the who, what, where, when, why of it all? Do you feel like you can’t draw so there’s no hope? Do you want to teach your students how to do it but don’t know where to start? This session will answer all of your questions and provide you with a great model to replicate with students tomorrow.

Apps abound for classrooms, but administrators need tools too. Discover apps & websites that will help you become a more effective leader with professional development, communication and data organization. This session is geared for school leadership, but will greatly benefit teachers as well.

If you cannot decide which of this sessions you would like to book, pick several and make a Dearybury of a Day of it! Create your own unique day of professional development by selecting sessions that total up to 6 hours. Let’s plan a day of fun soon!

2014-15 SC Teacher of the Year Finalist,
Top 5 Finalist

Jed Dearybury is a former 2nd grade teacher and Teacher Leader at Woodland Heights Elementary School in Spartanburg School District Six. Teaching was a childhood dream for him and he began teaching in 2001. He has received much recognition for excellence in teaching; most recently he received the SC State Award Winner for the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching.

— South Carolina Department of Education

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