About Dave Stuart Jr.

Since 2006, Dave has taught in an urban middle school (Baltimore, MD), a rural high school (Cedar Springs, MI), and some of the richest and poorest schools in New York City. In all these settings, he has found that students everywhere enjoy learning how to be awesome at life, specifically in the areas of character and literacy. Conveniently, these things are great predictors of life chances, and this is why Dave loves talking to teachers about dominating literacy instruction and character development in the classroom.

The best way to get a feel for Dave’s approach is through teachingthecore.com, the blog he started in June 2012. There, you’ll quickly discover what his 25,000+ readers per month already know: that Dave is unafraid to be honest and real about matters of teaching and learning.

At the end of the day, Dave cares about results, and he explores the actions it takes to get them.

Dave’s audiences appreciate that he teaches full-time, daily bridging the gap between theory and practice in his secondary classroom. This has led to a non-freaked out, down-to-earth approach that empowers teachers rather than weighing them down.

If you hire Dave as a speaker or workshop facilitator, expect to get past fluff and straight to what works. He advocates a non-freaked out, focused approach to literacy and character, and his approach perfectly aligns with everything from the Common Core to, well… common sense.

Dave has also written a book, which you can find here.

 

Speaking and Workshops

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Common Core Literacy

Dave advocates a proven, "non-freaked out" approach to the Common Core that stands in stark contrast to high anxiety, "hit-every-standard" approaches. His sessions are applicable to all content areas, and his participants leave with practical strategies and generous encouragement.
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Early-career teacher support

Dave has been "new" more than once in his career. As a result, he's learned what it takes to make strategic impact early on, and he knows well the paths to avoiding burnout. His sessions with new or pre-service teachers consistently receive rave reviews.
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Keynote Speaking

In large speaking settings, Dave has drawn upon a variety of classroom experiences and action research to engage general or specialized audiences. He has given keynotes on literacy, character strengths, and early-career teacher issues.
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Custom-tailored PD

As a classroom teacher, professional consultant, and methods professor, Dave has the experience to work with you and your organization to tailor a workshop, presentation, or sustained training series that meets the specific needs of your audience.

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Feedback for Dave’s Work

If you're a teacher or school administrator interested in turning your students onto argument, Dave Stuart is your man!
gerald-graff
Dave Stuart is a teacher we can trust, one we can listen to and learn from, and who is dedicated to keeping us from "freaking out."
Jim Burke
[Dave is] a continuous learner who knows how to question, lead & reflect; someone to follow and learn from; master at content and practice.
steve-seward
Thanks to your blog and the great resources you recommend, I now wake up every (ok...most) mornings glad to be a teacher and excited about what is happening in my classroom. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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