Dr. Brad Johnson is one of the most dynamic and engaging speakers in the fields of education & leadership. He has over 20 years’ experience at the K-12 and collegiate level. He currently teaches graduate courses in leadership with a focus on ethical leadership.
He is the author of numerous books and has written or contributed to articles as an educational expert for media outlets including Education World, HuffPost, and Education Digest.
Dr. Johnson shares his expertise and experiences in a style which is engaging, entertaining, and educational.
What Schools Don't Teach: 20 Ways to Help Students Excel in School and Life.(Nov. 2014)
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Are we adequately preparing students for life beyond school doors? Schools teach students not to be competitive and never to fail. Yet in the real world, people compete for jobs, and they often fail many times before reaching success. In this thought-provoking book, authors Johnson and Sessions describe 20 skills that are overlooked in schools and in educational standards but that are crucial to real-world success. They describe how you can develop these skills in your students, no matter what subject area or grade level you teach.
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"What Schools Don’t Teach offers relief for test-weary students and their teachers by encouraging the development of creativity, leadership, flexibility, passion, vigor, teamwork, and more as essential for success in school and in life. Johnson and Sessions challenge educators to pursue excellence and innovation despite testing limitations and offer practical, proven methods for getting students motivated, engaged, and excited about learning. This is a must-read for passionate educators who want to bring excitement to their classrooms and fully tap the potential of their students."
National Association of Elementary School Principals
"What Schools Don’t Teach will be a significant new voice in the national discussion about the future of education. From personal experience and knowledge of the research, the authors make a compelling case for a new approach to the education of students. In addition to the articulate research based argument for rethinking our current approach, the authors provide very meaningful stories from their personal experience as teacher/educators and highly relevant ideas for the practitioner. This is one of the books that should be read by teacher/educators who are serious about educating for the future."
Steve Robinson PhD
SAIS ( Southern Association of Independent Schools)
What Schools Don't Teach:
With the emphasis on standardized testing and the common core curriculum, education has created a culture whereby children are only prepared to be students and not prepared for the real world.
Corporations today are hiring people with certain attributes and skill sets, like leadership, cooperation, risk takers, and innovators, rather than people based on grades, where they went to school, or even their experiences ( Resume).
Characteristics and skills like creativity, perseverance, leadership, integrity, and even communication aren’t easily tested, yet are vital for success in the real world and are actually important to the overall success of students even in standardized testing.