Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Nashville, TN • November 7–9, 2019

Dave Schmittou

Dave Schmittou is a passionate career educator, author, and speaker living in Michigan. After a decade of teaching middle school students, Dave began serving as a middle school assistant principal, athletic director, and principal. He has also served as an elementary school turnaround principal in Florida and currently serves as the executive director of curriculum and instruction in Brandon School District, just outside of Detroit.

Dave is the proud father of four kids, an accomplished speaker and presenter, and the author of several books. You can find his latest titles, It's Like Riding a Bike: How to Make Learning Last a Lifetime and Bold Humility being read in every state across America, but thousands of educators.

Dave gets to the heart of the issues. He is not afraid to disrupt the status quo and has a knack for making educators think about imagining what can be. He has a heart for young people and truly believes that if we say our decisions are all about the kids, we must make decisions that are also good for teachers.

Featured Sessions

Thursday - November 7, 2019
Bold Humility
Strand - Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms
In this session, Dave will explore the hidden "it factor" that makes a great teacher or administrator. Dave uses the term bold humility to describe that often mysterious "it factor" that individuals possess when they are bold enough to try something new, yet humble enough to admit defeat. Through this session Dave will present to leaders, and those they serve, the process for empowering this unique skill set and giving teachers the power to make the instructional decisions necessary to change lives, even in an age of accountability and increased scrutiny.

Friday - November 8, 2019
It's Like Riding a Bike: How to Make Learning Last a Lifetime
Strand - High Impact Classroom Strategies
We have all been told it is our responsibility to prepare our students for the future. We are given standards that allow for college and career readiness, yet all too often in schools we still find ourselves "teaching to the test." We are in search of gimmicks, curriculum, or motivational strategies that never quite deliver what we are looking for. We have all heard the saying "Once we learn to ride a bike, we never forget." Riding a bike is a complex task, yet we can get our kids to master it before they even enter school. In this session we will use the bike riding metaphor to explore a seven-step process that allows student learning to last, just like riding a bike.