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About The Author

Felicia Bell Heard

Felicia B. Heard is the founder of Be Heard Education. She believes that educators are “change agents” in their students’ lives. She agrees with the ideas of Ron Edmonds as he states, “All children can learn” and with Madeline Hunter saying, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!” She knows that developing relationships with students will make a difference. She has trained educators on getting to know their students, finding out how they learn best, and showing them different strategies for success. Students often come to school with so much “baggage” and “drama” they are not able to connect with teachers, peers, or administration. Teachers sometimes grow frustrated because they have added Rigorous Application to the content but still unable to reach students. Sometimes the subject matter in our classrooms can’t compete with the unfortunate circumstances they endure in their lives. Felicia B. Heard believes the research is clear. When students know you value them as human beings, not just another student, they will work harder for you and challenge you less. She also believes teachers don’t need any more theory and new trendy programs with catchy names. Teachers need a real, applicable application that is easy to understand and implement. Felicia B. Heard believes teachers should be given research-based, proven, practical strategies and applications that they can start implementing immediately – without throwing anything out that is working in their classroom. She also believes students should engage in civic conversations around issues in their local, state, and national levels. Given the current environment of our country, the political climate, and levels of hostility in our communities, contentiousness is unavoidable. Students need to have the knowledge, skills, and disposition required to understand the importance of free speech and engage in dissenting viewpoints. They need to know how divergent ideas can and should exist in a democratic society. As our nation confronts increasingly divisive times, teachers may find that tackling controversial topics in the classroom is more complicated than ever. How can sensitive issues such as immigration, racial discrimination, politics and government, and police behavior be debated civilly? How can critical thinking skills be incorporated into these discussions? Times have changed, and so have our lives, from entertainment to banking to travel, but education has not changed to keep up with the latest trends. Felicia B. Heard knows the power of technology, music, art, and also believes that “Students can learn anything from anyone, anywhere, if they are interested.” We have a generation of kids coming to our schools that are “wired a little different.” They “do to” learn versus traditional models where, as students, we learned “to do.” We have learned through changing initiatives and adoption of new policies, we are failing our students, and they are still not reaching their full potentials. Students come into our classrooms and schools with different backgrounds and cultures, and their cognitive abilities, assets, and experiences are just as wide-ranging. Sometimes the only thing students have in common is their age! The “one size fits all” approach does not work anymore. Felicia B. Heard is dedicated to helping educators become successful through motivation, inspiration, humor, and a common-sense approach to stress management, classroom management, student engagement, and rigorous application. Most importantly, she leaves educators with proven strategies, ideas, and applications that can be implemented immediately in their classrooms. Overall, Felicia B. Heard understands that teaching young minds is a task that cannot be taken lightly. It is full of challenges, frustrations, and responsibilities. However, it is a task that is also full of excitement, wonder, and joy. Felicia B. Heard strongly believes that all children are capable of learning, especially if they have the proper motivation and direction from their educators.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]