Here you will find the most recent list of hands-on, engaging workshops that I offer. Think of this list as a buffet of learning experiences that can be bundled together to create a full day of learning for your faculty, staff, group, club, organization. New options are always being added so stay tuned. Most titles are about 2 hours in length, but can be adjusted per event needs. Don’t see exactly what you want? Let’s chat!


Tips and Tricks for Delivering the Best Read Alouds

Children's books will always be relevant to every age and every grade, whether we are together or in person. Learning to read stories aloud was one of my favorite things about my children's lit. class in college. Doing it online is a whole different experience. Want to learn some tips and tricks to make your read alouds awesome via the Internet? Join this session with educator and author Jed Dearybury, who read a different book for 60 consecutive school days during the virus crisis and included an arts integration experience each day! Each story and art experience was applicable for all ages. This is a session every teacher will want to join!


Destroy the Box From the Inside Out!

Research shows that all students, young/old, black/white, rich/poor, benefit from the arts and creativity in the 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.


Connected Educator

19 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. Join me in this workshop type presentation where you'll leave knowing the ins and outs of being a connected educator.


A Class that Laughs Together Learns Together

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 we 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.


No Topic Session

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!


Let’s Take a Walk “Arts”side/ Playful Learning: Anytime, Anywhere

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, passing a meadow? Join presenter, Jed Dearybury for an interactive session like you’ve never done before. We will literally take a walk in the outdoors and see what learning experiences we can find together. This will be your favorite session for sure!


Growth Mindset

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 themselves. 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.


Sketchnoting 101

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.


Doodlin’ with Dearybury

There is no wrong way to doodle. It’s fun. It’s whimsical. It’s a scientifically based method of learning and it makes information stick. Let’s talk about nonlinguistic representations and how it can help you be a better thinker, learner, and educator. Art skills are NOT required for this hands-on experience.


The Idea Factory

On your mark. Get set. Think! Critical thinking is a life skill we all need and we must help cultivate this in our students. Step 1: Take this workshop. Step 2: Teach your students to think. Don’t worry… it won’t hurt too bad. These critical thinking experiences will have you laughing while you learn as you generate idea after idea for your life and for your classroom.


STEAM Rolling through Children’s Literature

Using children's literature to integrate the STEAM mindset into your curriculum is a natural fit. During this session we will learn some engaging ways to fill your classroom with hands-on STEAM strategies that will develop creative, critical thinking students. Want students to leave your class "wowed" and excited about reading? Join me for this session!


Creativity 101

Does your brain need a kick start sometimes? Of course it does, all of our brains do. In the busy world we live in, giving ourselves time, space, and opportunity to think creatively is a must. Educators of all areas will benefit from this workshop where we learn the true meaning of creativity, dig into our own creative minds, and apply that to the work we do with students. This session is so fun y’all! Pick this one!!!


Play and Art Go Hand In Hand

Participants will be guided through the basics of how to make learning fun through the power of play and will have a greater understanding of how play and art go hand in hand. This session will utilize ordinary objects, as well as some unique technology, that will model how to unleash creativity, play, and the arts in the classroom. You will leave the workshop ready to try out new playful ideas that will keep your learners engaged and curious as they experience true arts integration.


Play for ALL Ages

Do you want your students to connect with each other as a team? Do you want your learning space to encourage collaboration? Does your teaching create learners who are risk takers? Do you want your students to build up one another? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join me for this classroom community session where we will dive head first into the deep end of social emotional learning that a playful classroom can provide. We will discuss tips and tricks, review resources, and practice our own bit of community building as we learn about the power of play for ALL ages.


A Day of P.L.A.Y. (People, Learning, Acceptance, YEE-HAW!)

Medical, Social, Emotional, and Psychological Sciences all agree that the benefits of play for ALL ages of humans are overwhelmingly valuable to our lives. Our schools must embrace the power of play in learning now more than ever as students need meaningful, relevant, and fun educational experiences across the curriculum in a post pandemic world. During this full day workshop, we will dig deep into the neuroscience of play by doing just that… PLAYING!! Yes, adults need it too. What better way to help our students to learn through play than to experience a day of playful learning for ourselves? From the moment you walk in, to the time you leave, we will play and learn through rigorous, standards based instruction all while having fun! Bring an open mind, wear comfy shoes, and have a computer just in case we need to Google facts about a crazy bird or elephant poop. Get ready for the best PD you have ever had as we have A Day of P.L.A.Y!


A Dearybury of A Day

If you cannot decide which of these workshops 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. This option also includes a copy of The Playful Classroom for all participants. 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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