The Connect with Kids team conducts multimedia, interactive professional development on all aspects of social and emotional learning and parent engagement. Explore today’s issues from bullying prevention to academic motivation to digital citizenship and more.
Sample topics include:
- See. Feel. Connect. Impacting Motivation and Achievement
- Climate Change: Building a College and Career-Ready School Culture
- High Risk Behavior: Good Kids, Bad Choices
- Partnering with Parents
- Media Literacy for the 21st Century
- Pivotal Digital Teaching
- Digital Leadership
- Digital Responsibility and Cyber Ethics
Stacey DeWitt, CEO
Chief Executive OfficerStacey DeWitt is an attorney and award-winning journalist. During her legal career, DeWitt served as a deputy prosecutor working with disadvantaged children through the juvenile courts and family service agencies, where she developed a passion for helping educate families and communities about life-changing issues. Prior to her legal career, DeWitt was a television anchor, producer and reporter for ABC, NBC, and PBS affiliates. As a broadcast journalist, she developed a deep understanding of the emotional power of storytelling through video and its impact on behavioral change. DeWitt has produced more than 65 documentaries. In 2004, she was honored by Women in Film/Atlanta and received the distinguished Outstanding Achievement Award. As a producer and executive producer, she has won more than 40 awards for her work, including Emmy® Awards, Parents’ Choice Awards, AiMe, Telly, Prism and Associated Press Awards.
DeWitt is also a sought after speaker and educational trainer, providing professional development on student behavior and parent involvement throughout the nation and speaking to parent groups across the country. She also appears regularly as a parenting expert on WXIA television, the NBC affiliate in Atlanta, and reaches local communities with half-hour programs on television and parenting segments broadcast on CBS This Morning, The Doctors, Dr. Phil, CNN, and local television stations.
Director of EducationNancy L. Meyer is a lifetime educator, educational consultant and trainer, professional singer and improvisational comedy performer, and master teaching artist. As an educational consultant and trainer, Meyer has impacted the lives of students, teachers, administrators, docents, organizational leaders, senior citizens, scouts, incarcerated adults and teens, and teaching artists across the country. Most recently, Meyer served as the Instructional STEAM Coach for Eagle Academy Public Charter School in Washington, DC, developing the STEM + Arts curriculum for PK3 through 3rd grade students and supporting classroom teachers in integrating the arts into all curricular areas. She coached the enrichment team (consisting of art, library, music, PE, STEAM, and swimming teachers) to build high quality academic courses of study integrating ELA and math skills.
Watch research-based professional development videos moderated by Stacey DeWitt and Nancy Meyer. Each topic includes downloadable segment descriptions and assessments. Our professional development webinars support a variety of topics to help teachers improve student behavior.
“I am very happy with the training that Nancy is providing. The webinars have not only been informative, but extremely engaging. The activities we did right before break using our non-dominate hand to write and having a conversation without using the word D was not only fun, but also an eye opening experience for all of us.” Ajith Satya, Assistant Principal, George J. Ryan MS 216Q
“The information presented by Stacey DeWitt yesterday was very relevant and positive. The methods for creating a culture of acceptance within our own school were discussed, as well as the cruelty which is encouraged by the media and tolerated by silent witnesses. In addition, bullying through the social media (such as Facebook and instant messages) were discussed.
I think it might be a good idea to consider our whole district working with the Connect with Kids Education Network. They have plans for dealing with alleged bullying which give the parent, student, teacher(s) and administration concrete steps to take so that the matter can be dealt with in a productive way. They also have nonfiction videos which cover many social and emotional areas that can help students learn to be assertive, not aggressive or passive.
I believe several other school districts in Arkansas and around the country are using the services of Mrs. DeWitt’s company. (I was also impressed that after her husband sold his part of a national cookie company, they developed this network because of their passion to help children. So it’s not just a run-of-the-mill, profit is all that counts, company.) Thanks for helping get the elementary counselors this excellent Professional Development!”
Mary Walker, Counselor, North Heights Elementary School, North Little Rock
“I have been a teacher with special education students for 30 years. I have seen a lot of programs come and go, all claiming to make a huge impact on kids. But Connect with Kids is the only program that includes students, teachers, parents, and is current and up-to-date with what’s going on with teens.” Barbara Green, S.A.V.E. Program/Teacher
“What I like about Connect with Kids is the high quality and the fact that it’s real. You have real kids talking about the issues and that makes it cool. This is the medium that youth respond to.” Nathana S., MSW, M.Ed, Pupil Support and Attendance Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
“The kids get tired of lectures – they need us to talk to them. When they can see kids interacting that way [on the videos] and in just seven minutes – the way it works is really great… it is really pretty wonderful!” Sarah, middle school counselor, Kansas City
“Stacey DeWitt is extremely knowledgeable about the social, cultural and academic issues facing today’s student population. She brings that expertise to the table to educate parents and educators about their role as both a source of and remedy to those stresses. While the give and take format is lively and humorous there is no mistaking the passion or seriousness of her message. Marist parents are richer for her insight and common sense approach to helping our children navigate beyond the teen years and into successful adulthood.” Barbara Nye, Parent Coordinator, Marist School Families in Action