Media + Consulting + Keynotes

More than 300 keynotes, workshops, and seminars (mostly for for educators) around the world.

 

Recent Keynote & Workshop Topics

The Power of One: Celebrating the Potential of Every Educator
One Size Fits Few: How Differentiated Instruction Happens & Why It Matters
Robot Proof: Saving Our Students & Their Schools From the Future
Causing Thinking: A New Vision for Teaching & Learning
Talk Less, Listen More: Real Strategies for Higher Student Engagement
Imagination, Discovery & Sharing: The Pillars of True Learning
STrEaMing Learning: Shifting Mindsets - and Practices - to Reach All Students
The North Star: Navigate Your True Potential
Parent Is A Verb: Strategies for Household Happiness & Sanity

Articles, Interviews & Media

"Keeping Kids Engaged," The Roanoke Times, 05/07/20

"Diving into Distance Learning because of COVID-19? You'll Love These Elementary Activities," Connections, 03/16/20

"Classroom + Business = Junior Achievement," WFXR Fox TV, 02/20/20

"Inspiring the Next Generation of Great Teachers," The College of William & Mary School of Education, 05/10/19

"What Makes A Great Teacher?," Bristol Herald Courier, 04/08/19

"Elementary teacher Wade Whitehead shares his expertise with Virginia’s student teachers," Chalkboard Champions, 08/28/18

"Five W&M Students inducted as Teachers of Promise," The College of William & Mary School of Education, 03/28/18

"Teachers of Promise...& the promise of teaching," Bristol Herald Courier, 03/04/18

"Virginia Milken Educators React To the Violence In Charlottesville," Connections Magazine, 08/15/17

"House Joint Resolution No. 811," Virginia General Assembly, 02/03/17

"Q&A with National Hall of Fame Teacher Wade Whitehead '94," The College of William & Mary School of Education, 01/19/17

"Roanoke City Public Schools Teacher To Be Inducted Into National Teachers Hall of Fame," WDBJ7, 05/23/16

"Crystal Spring teacher to be saluted at White House," The Roanoke Times, 05/01/16

"Roanoke Teacher named to National Teachers Hall of Fame," WSLS 10, 03/30/16

"Crystal Spring teacher named to National Teachers Hall of Fame," The Roanoke Times, 03/29/16

"Wade Whitehead Inducted into National Teachers Hall of Fame," Connections Magazine, 03/28/16

"Crystal Spring 9th Annual Turkey Bowl Teaches Meaning of Thanksgiving," WSLS 10, 11/25/15

"Testing 'innovation committee' presents second round of recommendations," The Roanoke Times, 11/18/15

"Teachers of Promise, The College of William & Mary School of Education, 04/10/15

"Lowell Milken and Three Milken Educators Tout Award’s Impact," Your Voices Amplified, 02/17/15

"Our view: Starting over with school testing?," The Roanoke Times, 1/6/15

"SOL panel seeks short-term fixes with an eye toward long-range change," The Roanoke Times, 10/04/14

"Roanoke Students Learn about Weather," National Public Radio, 3/27/14

"Let’s talk about teacher leadership," The Roanoke Times, 03/26/13

"Institute gives new teachers jump start," The Roanoke Times, 03/23/13

"Super educator helps students fly," The Roanoke Times, 09/07/12

"Discovering Virginia's Brightest Stars," The College of William & Mary School of Education, 2012

"Wade Whitehead Is A Super Teacher," Virginia Lottery, 05/09/11

"Crystal Spring Elementary's Egg-citing flight," The Roanoke Times, 11/08/08

"2008 golf guide: The area's best five courses, and a few that anyone can play," The Roanoke Times, 04/19/08

"New teachers learn the ropes," The Roanoke Times, 10/25/07

"Principal taught vital lessons," The Roanoke Times, 01/30/07

"Performance highlights the value of children," The Roanoke Times, 01/19/06

"'Teacher Travels' follows life-changing adventures," The Roanoke Times, 09/30/05

"Sleep late, learn more?," The Roanoke Times, 01/11/05

"Panel studies school start time," The Roanoke Times, 01/29/05

"Blue Ridge Learning," WBRA Public Television, April 2003

2020

June 17: Presented "Adaptive Thinking: Making the Most of School Reopening" to the leadership team of Bristol (VA) Public Schools

April & May: Consulted with the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream in Washington, D.C. (opening 2021)

March 28: Presented "I Dare You," a TEDx talk, at the National Education Forum in Indianapolis, IN. (postponed due to coronavirus pandemic)

March 27 & 28: Directed and keynoted the 17th Teachers of Promise Institute in Richmond, VA. (canceled due to coronavirus pandemic)

January: Trained teachers in STrEaM teaching mindsets and techniques in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

2019

Fall: Completed "Leading Schools," phase two of Harvard University's School Leadership & Management program.

November 26: Assisted Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam with presentation of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award in Hopewell, VA.

September & October: Presented "Parent Is a Verb," a five-week parenting class at Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, VA.

August: Trained teachers in STrEaM teaching mindsets and techniques in Dubai and Ajman, United Arab Emirates

July 16: Spoke to School of Education students at The College of William & Mary.

June 20: Spoke to School of Education students at The College of William & Mary.

June 18: Met with FableVision's Peter & Paul Reynolds

March 29 & 30: Directed and keynoted the 16th Teachers of Promise Institute in Midlothian, VA.

March 23: Presented "So What?," a TEDx talk, at the National Education Forum in New Orleans, LA.

February 13: Keynoted "Tech Choices In Education" at George Washington University

2018

Fall: Completed "Leading Change," phase one of Harvard University's School Leadership & Management program.

July 5: Spoke to students from The College of William & Mary’s School of Education.

June 11: Keynoted the Teachers As Leaders Summit in Lynchburg, VA.

June 5: Spoke to students from The College of William & Mary’s School of Education.

April 16: Keynoted the Virginia Association for Learning Environments Annual Conference in Williamsburg.

March 22: Presented "Voyage Bravely," a TEDx talk, at the National Education Forum in National Harbor, Maryland.

March 21: Met with members of US Congress on Capitol Hill to discuss education policy and practice.

March 2 & 3: Directed and keynoted the 15th Teachers of Promise Institute in Richmond.

2017

November 15: Assisted Governor Terry McAuliffe with the presentation of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award in Richmond.

August 3: Moderated “Most Likely To Succeed," a panel, and presented a full day Project-Based Learning workshop  to the teachers and staff of Bristol, VA Public Schools.

August 2: Keynoted Norton City Public Schools' convocation (“PBL 2.0: Leveraging Relationships For Success”) in Norton, VA.

July 27: Spoke to students from The College of William & Mary’s School of Education.

July 20 & Friday, July 21: Played in the State Open of Virginia at Ballyhack Golf Club.

June 14: Keynoted the Urban Education Institute in Lynchburg, VA.

March 24 & 25: Directed and keynoted the 14th Teachers of Promise Institute in Richmond, VA.

January 6: Visited Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, GA.

2016

December 2: Presented “The Power of One” to Teachers For Tomorrow students at William Fleming High School.

October 18: Spoke to undergraduate education students at Liberty University about the challenges and rewards of the teaching profession.

August 3: Keynoted Norton City Public Schools' Convocation (“Project-Based Learning”).

August 3: Moderated "Most Likely To Succeed," a panel featuring education stakeholders from across southwestern Virginia.

July 26: Spoke to students from The College of William & Mary’s School of Education.

July 14 & 15: Played in the State Open of Virginia at Ballyhack Golf Club.

June 23: Spoke to students from The College of William & Mary’s School of Education.

June 11: Honored the National Teachers Hall of Fame’s 25th Anniversary Celebration in Kansas City, KS.

June 9: Inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, KS.

June 7: Interviewed about education issues and policy live on the air at KVOE in Emporia, KS,

May 3: Met with President Barack Obama  at the White House in Washington, D.C.

April 29: Met with United States Department of Education senior staff to discuss education policy and practice in America.

March 25: Announced as inductee to the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

March 18 & 19: Directed and keynoted the 13th Teachers of Promise Institute in Richmond, VA.

March 17: Keynoted spring meeting of the VA Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Association of Teacher Educators In VA at Roanoke College.

2015

December 5: Performed with The SwayKatz, western Virginia’s finest swing band.

October 24: Keynoted the Southwest Virginia Reading Council’s annual fall conference in Abingdon, VA.

September 20: Recognized as a Virginia Lottery Super Teacher at the St. Louis Rams-Washington Redskins game at FedEx Field in Landover, MD.

September 1: Joined Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to vision improvements in public schools.

August 5: Presented a workshop on  differentiated instruction to the secondary teachers at Parkway Christian Academy in Roanoke, VA.

July 30: Presented “The Reality of Classroom Teaching Part II” to the Assessment 2.0 Subcommittee of the SOL Innovation Committee in Richmond, VA.

July 17: Met with Clay Shirky to discuss progress in teaching and learning and to imagine a new paradigm for reaching the needs of every learner.

July 6: Interviewed by ASCD on teacher leadership.

June 25: Presented "Building A Great Year One" to the School of Education at the College of William & Mary.

June 8: Keynoted and presetned two  workshop sessions at the ECET2 Growing Together Summit in Durango, CO.

May 19, 2015: Presented “The Reality of Classroom Teaching: Part I” to the Assessment 2.0 Subcommittee of the SOL Innovation Committee in Richmond, VA.

March 31: Presented about the work of the SOL Innovation Committee at the Roanoke Valley (VA) Governor’s School for Science & Technology.

March 24: Met with the Virginia Standards of Learning Innovation Committee in Richmond, VA.

March 20 & 21: Directed and keynoted the 12th Teachers of Promise Institute in Richmond, VA.

February 25: Met with the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, and Creativity Board of Directors in Dedham, MA.

February 3: Interviewed by Jane Stoddard Williams for Bloomberg EDU, a national radio program devoted to covering education in America.

January 6: Profiled in The Roanoke Times's editorial column about improving standards, assessment, and accountability.

2014

September 9: Presented to the Roanoke chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma about teacher quality and efforts to build it in tomorrow’s educators.

August 19: Met with the Virginia SOL Innovation Elementary Subcommittee in Richmond, VA.

August 14: Keynoted the Transformative Teaching Conference in Seattle, WA.

August 13: Keynoted Old Dominion University’s Teacher Candidate Convocation in Norfolk, VA.

July 15: Met with the Virginia SOL Innovation Committee in Richmond, VA.

June 24: Spoke to graduate students in the College of William & Mary School of Education

June 17: Led a Teachers of Promise Institute Executive Board Planning & Development Retreat.

June 10: Met with Virginia General Assembly Delegate Sam Rasoul to discuss the #profitmotive and its impact on education policy.

April 10: Presented about authentic assessment to the Roanoke City School Board Chair.

March 21 & 22: Keynote and directed the 11th Teachers of Promise Institute in Richmond, VA.

February 25: Interviewed by National Public Radio about his approach to teaching Science and inquiry.

January & February: Moderated a Roanoke discussion series on Diane Ravitch’s Reign of Error.

2013

September 20: Recognized as a Virginia Lottery Super Teacher during the Washington Redskins-Chicago Bears football game at FedEx Field in Landover, MD.

August 8: Presented "Social Networking: Considerations for the Public School Educator, at the Roanoke City Public Schools New Teacher Orientation.

July 16: Keynoted Virginia Highlands Community College Summer Symposium on Education in Abingdon, VA.

March 22 & 23: Keynoted the 10th Teachers of Promise Institute in Richmond, VA.

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