2021 Keynote Speaker
Marcia L. Tate, EdD, is the former Executive Director of Professional Development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia. During her 30-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director. She received the 2001 Distinguished Staff Developer Award for the State of Georgia and her department was chosen to receive the Exemplary Program Award for the state.
Marcia is currently an educational consultant and has taught over 500,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the world. She is the author of the following best-sellers: Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain; “Sit & Get” Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Professional Learning Strategies that Engage the Adult Brain; Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Literacy Strategies that Engage the Brain; Shouting Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Techniques to Detour Around the Danger Zones; Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Numeracy Strategies That Engage the Brain; Preparing Children for Success in School and Life: 20 Ways to Increase Your Child’s Brain Power; Science Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain; Social Studies Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain; Formative Assessment in a Brain-compatible Classroom: How Do We Really Know They’re Learning?; and her latest two books: 100 Brain-Friendly Lessons for Unforgettable Teaching and Learning K-8 and 100 Brain-Friendly Lessons for Unforgettable Teaching and Learning 9-12. Participants in her workshops refer to them as the best ones they have ever experienced since Marcia uses the 20 strategies outlined in her books to actively engage her audiences.
Marcia received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and elementary education from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her Master’s degree in remedial reading from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, her specialist degree in educational leadership from Georgia State University, and her doctorate in educational leadership from Clark Atlanta University. Spelman College awarded her the Apple Award for excellence in the field of education.Marcia is married to Tyrone Tate and is the proud mother of three children: Jennifer, Jessica, and Christopher; and eight grandchildren: Aaron, Aidan, Christian, Maxwell, Roman, Shiloh, Aya, and Noah