Speaking Topics and Workshops
Phyllis presents at conferences, sits on panels and speaks at both public and independent schools
Middle School Can Set You Up For Life
Your sweet kid suddenly turns into an unpredictable, moody tween or teen. And that’s just Monday. By the end of the week, you’re shell-shocked and wondering what happened. In this interactive talk, Phyllis shows you that you’re not alone, and shares tips that will help you preserve your relationship with your child as you guide them through the ups and downs of middle school. Everyone can emerge with their sanity intact!
IDEAL AUDIENCE: Parents of Middle Schoolers, PTOs, PTAs, Middle School Teachers and Counselors
How Educators Can Bring Out the Best in Middle Schoolers
Phyllis provides an overview of the developmental phase and middle schoolers’ distinct needs. She shares best practices and evidence-based strategies, arming educators with a number of ways to connect with kids, build a positive culture and elicit students’ best work and behavior.
IDEAL AUDIENCE: Administrators, teachers, coaches, counselors, school social workers and psychologists and anyone else who works with middle school students.
When School Is Your Workplace
Everyone wants kids to treat each other with kindness, and parents, coaches, mentors and educators are role models who can set the tone. The politics, the processes, and the mysteries of working in a school can be difficult to manage. In this talk, Phyllis helps you sort out the do’s and don’ts of life in the grown-up versions of middle school and offers tips and techniques for navigating a complex professional environment with success and grace.
IDEAL AUDIENCE: Middle School Teachers, Administrators, and Counselors
Phyllis also has presented on a number of topics for parents and educators, including:
Creating a coping toolbox (stress and anxiety)
Mindful parenting and mindfulness in the school setting
Eliciting students’ best behavior
Educating sexually healthy students
Helping kids make smart, ethical decisions
How parents can help kids work through frustration (academics)
Raising and educating emotionally healthy tweens
IDEAL AUDIENCE: These talks can be geared toward parents or educators
Phyllis said that if we don’t teach our children about love, the outside world will do it for us. That is so true.
- Kim Saulsbery
School Counselor and Speaker
Phyllis Fagell is the kind of counselor every kid deserves. She loves her work and it clearly shows in her dedication to understanding her students' challenges and helping them manage their out-of-control emotions. I especially appreciate her effectiveness as a character educator and her understanding that relationship-building is the most important skill people need in their personal and professional lives.
- Annie Fox
Annie Fox, M.Ed. author of Teaching Kids to Be Good People
The feedback from counselors was excellent! Here are just a few of the comments: ‘Outstanding presentation. You should have her back!’ ‘The presenter was great—very engaging and hands-on.’ ‘This was one of the best presentations that I’ve been to in a long time!’ ‘This training was so useful. I’d love to have many more like this in the future!’ Thank you!
- Jennifer Hitchcock
Phyllis Fagell is my new go-to source for sage advice in child development. She speaks from the heart but also from real experience.
- Michele Borba
Educator, Speaker and Bestselling Author of Unselfie - Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in an All-About-Me World
I loved your presentation on how to build school-wide empathy through design thinking. You provided such wonderful ideas that I can take back to school and use immediately! Thank you for your out-of-the-box ideas in working with both traditional and non-traditional learners.
- Shannon Gruzeski
School Counselor Stanton Elementary Rockwood, School District Saint Louis, Missouri
We had a board meeting this morning and once again, everyone was raving about your talk. Would you be interested in coming back? I wasn't kidding when I told you how well-received you were. Everyone truly values your insight and would love the opportunity for another discussion.
- Ilana Tanowitz
Congregation Beth El
Let me reiterate that you were so amazing on Saturday. You are a talented woman! Thank you for your time and for giving us so many great things to think about.
- Tamara Snyder
Board Member, Zhava
Phyllis talked to parents of kids in grades four through nine at Convent & Stuart Hall Schools in San Francisco.
Phyllis was the keynote speaker for the National Academies of Sciences, Medicine & Engineering conference called, "A Population Health Perspective on Middle School Success: Activities, Programs, and Policies." The workshop, held in Oakland, California, explored factors that affect the health and well-being of middle-school aged adolescents.
Phyllis spoke to students at Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village, Nevada, then presented to faculty at their staff meeting and later that evening to the parent community.
Phyllis presented to a full session of educators at the 2019 Association for Middle Level Education conference in Nashville, TN.
AMLE Conference 2019
Phyllis presented to educators at The Association for Middle Level Education at the organization's 2019 conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
Phyllis spoke to parents, educators and administrators about middle school at Natick High School in Massachusetts as part of the Spark Kindness series.
Phyllis presented to parents and educators at Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda, MD, focusing on the ten key skills kids need to thrive in middle school and beyond
Phyllis spoke to the faculty of Stone Ridge School about her book, "Middle School Matters," and the many ways parents and educators can improve students’ middle school experience.
With AMAZEparents at the Advocates for Youth, talking about friendships, communication, and emotions in relation to middle schoolers.
Education association PDK International invited Phyllis to participate in a panel discussion with National Teacher of the Year Rodney Robinson, Fordham Institute Senior Fellow Robert Pondiscio, AACTR President and CEO Lynn Gangone, and PDK CEO Josh Starr about the organization's latest poll on what Americans have to say about the public schools. For more on the poll: bit.ly/2iGh3ty
Phyllis and her Washington Post editor Amy Joyce discussed “Middle School Matters” at Politics and Prose in Washington, DC.
“Middle School Matters” at Politics and Prose in Washington, DC.
Phyllis was the keynote speaker and a presenter at the 2019 PBIS Summer Conference: Reaching All Students Through A Multi-Tiered System of Supports. The conference — for educators — was jointly sponsored by Howard County Public Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools, Anne Arundel County Public Schools and Prince George’s County Public Schools. More than 700 people were in attendance.
Phyllis spoke to parents and educators at the Parents Council of Washington 2019 Best Practices Forum, focusing on social and emotional wellness.
Phyllis spoke at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. about how parents can help their kids cope with stress and anxiety. She addressed specific personality types, from the chronic worrier to the perfectionist to the kid with “Eeyore Syndrome.” Phyllis shared many of her favorite concrete strategies, along with general tips about effective communication. As she noted, skills such as emotion regulation and the ability to sit with discomfort and maintain perspective are completely teachable. They’re also particularly important at a time when the CDC is reporting skyrocketing rates of anxiety and depression in kids.
Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C
Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland invited Phyllis to conduct a mindfulness training at their all-counselor meeting in November 2018. The event was oversubscribed, so the organizer invited Phyllis to present again to additional counselors. The hands-on, practical training shows counselors how to implement mindfulness individually, in small groups, and in the classroom. Phyllis shares a variety of real-world scenarios and complementary counseling techniques, and educators leave the session with more than 25 concrete strategies.
Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland
Phyllis and Sheridan Head of School Jessica Donovan presented at the Character.Org National Forum. Educators from around the world--including New Zealand, Canada, Colombia, Oklahoma and Texas--came to hear them talk about how Sheridan, a National School of Character, uses design thinking to increase school-wide empathy.
Character.Org National Forum
Phyllis's audience included educators from around the world, including New Zealand, Canada, Colombia, Oklahoma and Texas.
Character.Org National Forum
Phyllis and Sheridan Head of School Jessica Donovan presented "Less Stress for All: A Schoolwide Approach to Mindfulness" at the ASCD conference in Anaheim, California. ASCD is comprised of teachers, principals, superintendents and administrators.
Phyllis presented to parents, psychologists and educators on "Helping Kids Navigate Homework with More Confidence and Less Conflict"
Presenting at McQuaid Jesuit in New York
Phyllis shows educators at the ASCD conference how blowing bubbles can help kids learn to control their breathing and relax.
Bubble Breathing Exercise
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