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Inspired to Act: Featuring Tara Martin

Tara Martin

How often do you go to a professional development session or conference and, although you may be inspired, you don’t act on the message? This week’s guest, Tara Martin, and I provide ways to increase the professional development experience, find avenues of Inspiration and she shares her crazy story of how social media changed her career completely. We are diving into the topic of professional learning and I’m so excited to have Tara Martin back on the Aspire Podcast! 

In this Episode, we discuss:

  • The Power of Conferences
  • Social Media Learning
  • Twitter Chats, Book Snaps and Presenting 
  • Student, Classroom, and District PD Impact 
  • #dbcPIRATEcon 2020 Conference

About Tara Martin:

Tara Martin is an enthusiastic educator, speaker, and author who thrives on change and refuses to settle for the status quo. She has served as a classroom teacher, an instructional coach for several years, and most recently as a district administrator who lead district staff and school communities to meet the curriculum and instructional needs of the student body. Tara also mentored and supervised instructional coaches and provided job-embedded professional development for certified and classified staff. She is a well-rounded educator.

Tara is a passionate educator who speaks at various conferences to invigorate teachers, administrators, and staff members to apply instructional practices that foster creativity, personalize learning and increase student engagement. She is passionate about discovering the neuroscience behind instructional strategies and believes individualizing adult learning will enhance their ability to flourish and empower students to be the key drivers of their education.

Martin is a connected leader who continually strives to grow professionally. She is always seeking unique ways to make learning fun, relevant and meaningful. In fact, she is the founder of #BookSnaps, the latest reading comprehension strategy that utilizes Snapchat for EDU-awesomeness, and has taken the world by force in less than two years! Currently, schools in seventeen different countries have embraced #BookSnaps to increase student engagement and reading comprehension.

Tara is an inspirational speaker and author of Be REAL: Educate from the Heart. She firmly believes machines and artificial intelligence will never replicate an individual’s REAL identity–the unique strengths, talents and life experiences of every human. Tara’s ambition is to lead a culture of innovative change and to motivate others to become the best they can be, all while staying REAL and yet never reaching a plateau.

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About the author, Joshua

Joshua Stamper is a middle school Assistant Principal for a North Texas School District, where he's had the amazing opportunity to work at four campuses, two districts, and with hundreds of students, teachers, and administrators. Prior to Joshua's current position, he was a classroom educator and athletic coach for 6 years working with students in grades 6-8.

In addition to his administrative position, Joshua is a podcaster, blogger, leadership coach and education presenter.

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