John Almarode: Engage the Brain…Engage the Student

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logo2016780Author and Innovative Teaching Keynoter Dr. John Almarode teaches in the Department of Education at James Madison University and travels internationally to train educators. His experience – and his frustration – as a classroom teacher triggered his interest in student engagement.

Watch Dr. John Almarode discuss conditions necessary for engaging student brains.

A Keynote Presenter at the inaugural Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference, Dr. Almarode uses his expertise to inspire and equip educators. After his presentation in Chicago, a special education teacher said, “This was amazing! Great information! Super presenter!” An inclusion teacher told us, “Dr. Almarode modeled his techniques, then explained the research-based justification…I could have spent 3 more hours with him.” A school psychologist said, “Amazing presentation! I don’t usually give 5’s, but this session was outstanding in every way!”

Author of Captivate, Activate & Invigorate the Student Brain in Science & Math, Dr. Almarode will deliver a keynote address entitled “From Snorkelers to Scuba Divers: Engaging Deep Thinking Brains” at the Innovative Teaching Conference in Atlanta. He will also present a breakout session during the main conference.

Now in its 3rd year, this event assembles internationally recognized innovators together with practicing educators who are currently pioneering new paths in education. Educators will discover promising fresh approaches and new evidence-based methodologies to insure student success in a Standardized Curriculum/Every Student Succeeds world.


Jordan Ellenberg
Author of NYT Bestseller How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking
Dr. John Almarode
Author & Expert on Innovative Ways to Apply Brain Research in Teaching
Dr. Julianne Malveaux
Noted Author and Commentator on Education, Racial Diversity and Women’s Issues
Dr. Randy Sprick
Creator Safe & Civil Schools
Baruti Kafele
Award-Winning Urban Principal, School Turnaround Specialist
Check out some of this year’s speakers!

Developmental Resources is now offering an EARLY DISCOUNT ($415 for the Conference Bundle including 2 Pre-Conference Sessions; $325 Conference-Only)! This is a great opportunity to lock in your spot and to keep the conference affordable (Regular Conference Bundle Registration is $545; Regular Conference-Only is $425.)  SAVE THE DATE!

ATLANTA: June 19 – June 22, 2016
$415 USD

(until Mar. 31st)
$325 USD

(until Mar. 31st)
(Includes: 2 Pre-Conference Sessions + Early Conference Registration) Regular Price: $545
(Includes entrance into all general sessions, breakout sessions, exhibits, morning and afternoon refreshments) Regular Price: $425

The Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference is part of the 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta, which will be held June 19-22 at the beautiful Marriott Marquis, one of the premier hotels in downtown Atlanta.  Conveniently located in Peachtree Center, indoor MARTA access offers guests direct access to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  This magnificent hotel is close to the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and the College Football Hall of Fame.  The breathtaking 52-story atrium is marked by the 50-foot color-changing sail of Pulse, a trendy lounge and symbol of this hotel.  Enjoy the onsite Starbucks and stay fit in the 24-hour Fitness Center.  The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta will feature: 

  • The Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference
  • The Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference
  • The School Discipline Conference
  • The Innovative Counseling Strategies Conference

Innovative Teaching Strategies attendees enjoy complimentary access to all conference sessions on a space-available basis.

Take advantage of the Marriott Marquis discounted room rate of $149/nightwhen you book by May 23rd.  If you wish to reserve by phone, please call 866-469-5475.

Proposals for presentations are now being accepted for Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference in Atlanta!  Please submit the proposal form online or fax to 888-372-6061 or email your completed proposal form to  The deadline for program proposals is February 28, 2016.

Presenters are required to register for the conference – discounts apply for on-time registrations. Additional information is available on the registration form or you may call us at 800-251-6805. 

The Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference is part of the Innovative Schools Summit in Atlanta. Attendees enjoy complimentary access to all Summit keynote presenters and breakout sessions on a space-available basis.

June 19-22, 2016
June 28-July 1, 2016
School Discipline Conference School Discipline Conference
Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference
Innovative Teaching Strategies
Wired Differently Conference
Innovative Counseling Strategies
NextGen School Safety Conference



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