Imagine what it would be like to see …

Every teacher feel fully supported and empowered in their professional growth, equipped with personalized coaching and resources tailored to their unique needs and strengths

Every student with special needs, experience meaningful success and inclusion, supported by a collaborative team of educators who receive specialized training, access to needed resources, and ongoing mentorship.

Teacher retention rates soar, creating a stable and thriving educational environment, achieved through comprehensive mentorship programs, ongoing development opportunities, and a culture of appreciation and recognition.

Let's face it—many educators often lack the essential tools to adequately support every student in their classroom. The truth is, school leaders are often stretched thin, and not all possess the expertise to effectively train in every area of need.

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Success doesn't have to be a solitary experience, even at the top.

I'll be your trusted ally, helping you navigate any obstacles that arise and co-creating a strategy tailored to your unique circumstances. Whether you're feeling stuck, experiencing stagnation, or simply seeking a change in your lifestyle, I'll provide the tools and support you need to break free and create the life you desire.

Workshops

Special Education Compliance and Best Practices

Relationships Matter: Culture and Mindset

My special education compliance talks help navigate the legal complexities while prioritizing inclusivity and support for every learner. With a focus on practical implementation, I deliver actionable best practices that attendees can immediately apply upon leaving the session.

In my culture and mindset presentations, I unpack the critical need for relationships to grow a positive environment within educational settings. By sharing actionable strategies, I encourage audiences to reflect on their own biases, embrace adaptability, and develop a growth mindset among students and staff, ultimately driving academic success and staff retention.

The Dynamic Paraprofessional

Designed to equip para-professionals with the knowledge and tools they need to effectively support students with diverse learning needs. Participants will have access to engaging sessions covering a range of topics, including special education basics, effective communication strategies, behavior management techniques, and more.

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Imagine what it would be like if... teachers and support staff left a Professional Development day feeling reinvigorated, passionate about teaching, and equipped with practical tools to enhance their practice immediately…

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You’re craving more growth, alignment & purpose but…
You’re feeling trapped, struggling with low staff morale and retention rates, growing student gaps, and stagnant student data, unable to figure out your next steps?

The call of your ambitions echoes loudly, but you find yourself spinning your wheels, overwhelmed, and stuck. You know it's time for a change, but you need guidance and support to move forward towards your vision of success. That's where I come in.

I specialize in empowering school leaders like you to break free from limitations, create effective systems, and shift mindsets for sustainable growth.

It's often said that it's lonely at the top, but I'm here to assure you: it doesn't have to be.

As an educational consultant supporting and training school leaders, I'm rolling my sleeves up, assisting you in co-creating a strategy tailored to the needs of you, your staff, and your students. Whether you're feeling stuck, experiencing stagnation, or simply seeking day-to-day support and advice, I'll provide a listening ear, guidance, and ideas necessary to cultivate a thriving educational environment.

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1:1 Coaching With Michelle Is What You Need If…

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Keynote & Speaking Opportunities

TOPICS & SUMMARIES

1. Bullseye or Blindspot? Black Boys in Education

Step into an essential dialogue surrounding equity and inclusion in education, centering on the nuanced experiences of black boys. Let's do a deep dive into topics like implicit bias, stereotype threat, and the complexities of over/under identification. Together, we'll uncover actionable steps to dismantle barriers and pave the way for every black boy to access the support and opportunities that foster a truly inclusive educational environment.

2. Relationships Matter: Culture and Mindset

Step into an essential dialogue surrounding equity and inclusion in education, centering on the nuanced experiences of black boys. Let's do a deep dive into topics like implicit bias, stereotype threat, and the complexities of over/under identification. Together, we'll uncover actionable steps to dismantle barriers and pave the way for every black boy to access the support and opportunities that foster a truly inclusive educational environment.

3. Equity in Education: Addressing Disproportionality and Over-Identification in Special Education

I’m exploring equity in education as we delve into the issue of disproportionality and over-identification in special education. In this keynote, let’s examine the systemic factors and biases that contribute to disparities in educational outcomes for marginalized student populations. We'll uncover the root causes of disproportionality and explore strategies for fostering equity and inclusion in schools. From culturally responsive practices to proactive intervention frameworks, this keynote will empower educators, administrators, and stakeholders to take meaningful action towards creating more equitable learning environments for all students.

4. Big Ideas in Special Education: Tools you can use!

Exploring groundbreaking concepts and practical strategies in special education! In this keynote, we dive into big ideas that are reshaping the field, from personalized learning to inclusive practices. Discover a treasure trove of immediately applicable tools and resources designed to enhance your classroom practice and support diverse learners. Get ready to revolutionize your approach to special education with tangible tools that empower educators and transform outcomes for students.

Additional Panel Topics

  • Special Education Law
  • Compliance
  • Inclusive School Communities
  • Race and Equity in Schools
  • Empowering Teachers as Leaders in Special Education
  • Equity in Education: Addressing Disproportionality and Over-Identification in Special Education

  • Positive Behavior Support: Creating Supportive Environments for Students with Challenging Behaviors
  • Social-Emotional Learning in Special Education
  • Promoting Well-Being and Academic Achievement
  • Culturally Responsive Practices in Special Education

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I am Michelle Gail, a career special educator with over 20 years experience, who is shifting perspectives and practices surrounding students with disabilities. My transformative journey started in 2017 with a leap into entrepreneurship, marking the beginning of my mission to empower educators and individuals alike. I focus on lighting the way for professionals in education, offering innovative strategies, insights, and support tailored to enhance your skills and impact. 

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