Education Consultant, former Executive Director of Professional Development for the DeKalb County Schools, Decatur, Georgia

About Dr. Tate

Marcia L. Tate, Ed. D. is the former Executive Director of Professional Development for the DeKalb County Schools, Decatur, Georgia.  During her 30-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development director. 

Marcia is currently an educational consultant and has presented her workshops to over 500,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and community leaders from all over the United States and the world, including Australia, Canada, Egypt, Hungary, Oman, New Zealand, Singapore, and Thailand.  

She is the author of the best-selling series Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites; Preparing Children for Success in School and Life: 20 Ways to Increase Your Child’s Brain Power; 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 9-12. 

She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and elementary education from Spelman College; a master’s degree in remedial reading from the University of Michigan; a specialist’s degree in educational leadership from Georgia State University; and her doctorate in educational leadership from Clark Atlanta University.

And, she is married to Tyrone Tate and the proud mother of three children: Jennifer, Jessica, and Christopher; and nine grandchildren: Aaron, Aidan, Alyssa, Aya, Christian, Maxwell, Noah, Roman, and Shiloh.


Keynote Presentation

 “Sit & Get” Won’t Grow Dendrites:  20 Professional Learning Strategies that Engage the Adult Brain

Visualize the worst presentation that you have ever been a part of as an adult learner. Now, visualize the best! No doubt, there is a discernible difference between the two.  This keynote is designed for administrators, staff developers, teacher leaders, instructional coaches or anyone else who teaches the adult brain. Participants are actively engaged the entire time while they learn the answers to the following three questions: (1) What are 20 strategies that I can use to make my professional development experiences unforgettable? (2) What are techniques that appear to result in sustained adult behavior change? and, as a bonus, (3) What are 10 things that keep adults living well beyond the age of 80?

Keynote Breakout Presentation

In this follow-up breakout session, participants will continue to experience 20 brain-compatible strategies as they explore 10 characteristics of quality professional learning. They will also develop a lesson plan that helps to ensure that adults not only retain content but are also more likely to sustain changes in behavior.  This session has not only been called practical and informative but so much fun as well! 

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