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Deliberate Optimism

  • Title:Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education
  • Author:Debbie Silver, Jack Berckemeyer, Judith Baenen
  • Publication Date:September 2014
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781483307831
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

Beat burnout and bring joy back to teaching—and learning.

Recharge the optimism that made you an educator in the first place! School is where students and staff should feel safe, engaged, and productive—and choosing optimism is the first step toward restoring healthy interactions necessary for enacting real change.

In this book, learn to implement the Five Principles of Deliberate Optimism. Research-based strategies, practical examples, and thought-provoking scenarios help you:

  • Rediscover motivation
  • Take a positive view of events beyond your control
  • Build an optimistic classroom where students flourish
  • Partner with other stakeholders to create an optimistic learning environment

Take the road to new potential and positive outcomes! With a healthy dose of humor to make it fun, Deliberate Optimism shows you the actual differences a change in attitude can make.

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Author Bio

Debbie Silver is truly a “teacher’s teacher!” She is a former science teacher and an award-winning educator with 30 years’ experience as a classroom teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor. Her numerous recognitions include being named the 1990 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year and the 2007 Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University. Along the way she has taught almost every grade level and most every kind of student.


Debbie is one of the most popular keynoters and professional development presenters in the United States. Audiences everywhere respond to her use of humor and sensitivity to remind them of how important teachers are in the lives of children. Her insights into student and teacher behavior are extraordinary. Through research-based theory, poignant stories, and hilarious characterizations she connects with the souls of all who are involved in education.

A nationally-recognized presenter, author, and humorist, Jack Berckemeyer, began his career as a middle school teacher in Denver, Colorado. After two years of teaching he was named as an outstanding educator at his school, and shortly thereafter he was identified as one of the outstanding educators in the district. Jack brings his energy, humor, and expertise to all staff development as he helps teachers and administrators remember why this job makes a difference.



Judith Baenen is a seasoned educator and school executive with 45+ years experience creating excellent learning opportunities for students and parents alike. Accomplished, energetic advisor to schools across the globe who is committed to developing elite teachers and exceptional institutions. Her specialties include: Helping educators on issues dealing with young adolescents and their families.

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