Inspiring the Future: Presentations, Resources and Knowledge Sharing

Dr. Anne’s Inspirations

Create Futures by Inspiring Futures!”

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Anne Sourbeer Morris, Ed.D … AKA “Dr. Anne”

Teacher – Counselor – Leader

Author – Presenter – Educational Consultant

National Certified Trainer


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Dr. Anne’s Presentations and Workshop Topics


Classroom Management 

How much would student achievement increase if students were on task 5, 10, or even 20 hours more each week?

Educators realize that we are losing precious instruction time to pesky low-level discipline challenges. We all must realize that academics and discipline go hand in hand. An educator can be the best content instructor on campus but without the ability to control the classroom, the best lessons will remain undelivered.

What could be accomplished if student discipline challenges decreased 70% or more?

 If you want to increase student achievement, you must first put a system in place for discipline that empowers your teachers to improve behaviors of students in the classroom. You can provide your staff with world-class training on classroom management to help you achieve these goals.

Is teacher job satisfaction and less stress important to the success of your school system?

This training will help your staff gain back that lost teaching time with research based, proven strategies that minimize or eliminates 70 – 90% of low-level, chronic behaviors.

Is teacher turnover a concern?

Classroom management was rated as the most important variable to building and sustaining a high achieving classroom. Classroom management “or lack of” is also the number one reason why educators are leaving the profession. Our application based strategies and techniques provide your teachers with the support and tools they need for success.


Differentiated Instruction 

 Do your students feel frustrated?  Do they easily give up or sometimes not even try?

My strategies help you build student motivation which in turn increases student participation.  Fun, engaging lessons are at the heart of building a classroom that has participation from all students.  We also introduce methods for creating an inquisitive classroom, where students are free to question the material and explore the curricula in greater depth.   By honoring student voice, giving them more opportunities to respond to instruction and presenting the material in several modes and intelligences of learning, we greatly increase the chances our students will discover more ways of learning.  If we teach to their strengths and help them overcome their weaker areas, they will have more tools for their own learning.

Do you use strategies that promote attention and interest and garner greater participation in the classroom?

You are competing for your student’s attention every day.   In today’s dynamic world it is hard to grab interest in biology or algebra!  Through randomization and story-telling, I present very specific methods to re-engage your students and increase participation in your classroom.   A student who isn’t interested is not likely to care about the lesson.  Approaching instruction by using their vernacular, experiences, and points of view will greatly increase their interest and understanding of your lesson.

Can you make your lessons more relevant and engaging?

 Students get frustrated if they don’t understand the task at hand.  Because of our busy time tables and schedules, we are often forced to “press-on” just to get through the material.  Even given these circumstances you can create memorable moments for your students and greatly improve the chance they catch the meaning of your lessons and attach them to their own experiences through the use of synectics and other strategies taught in my course!  Reducing confusion and increasing understanding go hand in hand with my approaches to creating more relevant and engaging lessons.

Do you wish your students were more connected to the curriculum?

We present methods to increase “Aha!” moments by connecting concepts in the curricula with student voice and experience.  Using strategies that honor student voice and allow them to approach the lesson from their areas of strength, will reduce resistance to learning and increase opportunities for your students to respond accordingly to the curricula.

Can we promote a sense of self-efficacy in our students?

Your state and school WILL put your students to the test and expect them to perform.  My course will help you teach students to function under increased pressure!  Except for performers and athletes, most of our students are not ready, or have little experience, to perform on demand.  Through my dynamic tension strategies, you will teach your students how to work under pressure.  When student’s truly “earn” their knowledge in such conditions, they are much more likely to understand how they learn best and feel motivated to learn even more.  By allowing our students the time and opportunity to struggle a bit, we give them that moment of understanding when, through their own efforts, they discover the concept or answer for themselves.

Do you get frustrated reinventing the wheel?  Is it possible to share our great ideas efficiently and effectively?

Too often teachers are left on their own to figure out what works and what doesn’t work.  Learn a powerful strategy to increase dialogue between teachers and administrators and to showcase the best lessons that are being taught in your building, in your grade level, or department.  Learn how to record and share your very best lessons and make them available for other teachers.  By doing so you will preserve the best and most effective lessons.  New teachers will greatly benefit as well as educators who suddenly have to change grades or subjects!  Having a reliable and accurate method of sharing our very best lessons can increase teacher retention as well as student achievement.  My matrix allows you to record your most engaging lessons, share them with others, and also track where we are lacking in either depth of knowledge or mode of learning.

Career and Educational Development – Women and Girls

Blazing Trails: Students Pursuing Non-traditional Career Pathways

Breaking Barriers: STEM Professions: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Connections: Education, Workforce and Economic Development

Parenting – Certified Active Parenting of Teens Presenter

Promoting Parent/Child Communications

Respect *  Trust and Protection  * Freedom and Responsibility * Empowerment

Dr. Anne’s Rules for School

Dr. Anne’s Parenting Strategies

Including: The Parenting Mantra: Do Not Punish Thy Self

Topics in School Counseling

Advocacy and Leadership in School Counseling  * Career and Educational Development in the Schools * Promoting Educational Equity in the Schools: Promoting Equity for All  * School Counseling – Historical Perspective and Introduction to the Profession * School Counseling Management  * Self-Care and the School Counselor

The Legacy of Six: What is Your Legacy?

Based on Dr. Anne’s upcoming book: The Legacy of Six: Receiving, Sharing and Surviving Your Legacy

Unexpected Pathways featuring: The Women of Unexpected Pathways

An inspirational study of women in the workforce:  Journeys of determination, faith, perseverance, resilience, survival and love. Based on Dr. Anne’s book – Unexpected Pathways: The Journeys of Women in the Workforce.


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Parent Child Communication

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Presented at

Cook Elementary School, Winston-Salem, NC

Griffith Elementary, Winston-Salem, NC

Dr. Anne Sourbeer Morris AKA Grandteacher Morris

Grandteacher Morris is a Futures Inspired Project

February 15, 2013

Note: After introductory discussion, each student is given a mirror and a copy of “Mirrors and Affirmations for First Grade.” The Grandteacher reads the affirmation to the class and then the class reads the affirmation in unison, after follow-up discussion, each student individually shares her or his own positive affirmation with the teacher and Grandteacher. I look in the mirror and who do I see? I see a super student looking back at me! I see a fabulous first grader! I see a lively learner! I see a ready reader! I see a studious student! Hey, wait … That student is me! I can learn! I can read, read, read! I can try my best each day! I am a super student! Yes I am!

“Mirrors and Affirmations for Kindergarten”

April 2014

I look in the mirror and who do I see?

I see a super student looking back at me!

I see an amazing kindergartener!

I see an active learner!

I see a ready reader!

I see a hard-working student!

Hey, wait … That super student IS me!

I can learn, learn, learn!

I can learn to read, read, read!

I can try my best to learn each day!

I am a super student today and everyday!

Yes, I am! Hooray!!!

Creating Safe Havens: Addressing Crisis

Anne Sourbeer Morris, Ed.D.

December 17, 2012

In light of the tragedy in Connecticut, we have gathered a number of crisis response resources from a variety of professional organizations.  It is our hope that the information will be of assistance to students, parents, counselors, and educators. National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope Talking to Children about Violence                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 talkingviolence.pdf Listen, Protect, Connect … Model, Teach                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           PFA_SchoolCrisis.pdf Helping Children Navigate in a Violent World Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1&date=12142012#TipsChildren American Psychological Association American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry North Carolina School Counselor Association ASCA American School Counselor Association The Crisis Management Institute

Create futures by inspiring futures!

Anne Sourbeer Morris, Ed.D., 2012

December 3, 2012 Update

Greetings, ACTE Career Tech Vision 12 Participants! It was my honor to meet you on November 30, 2012 and to present “Promoting Equity in CTE: Supporting Students in Pursuit of Nontraditional Career Pathways!”  As promised, the PowerPoint is attached for your review.  The “Executive Summary” of the dissertation Exploring Career and Technical Educators’ Attitudes: The Participation of Girls in Nontraditional Programs of Study is also on the Futures Inspired website under “Dissertation.”  The Executive Summary contains a link to the full dissertation. Again, my thanks for your participation. If I may be of service, please contact me! “Promoting Equity in CTE: Supporting Students in Pursuit of Nontraditional Career Pathways!” Be inspired! Anne AKA “The Broker of Resources,” we believe in the importance of creating connections. We believe in sharing knowledge. We believe that knowledge inspires. Our resource page will include information and links connected to our projects. The author(s) and sources of all material will be included for your reference and expanded research.  Give a gift to the future … Inspire through knowledge!