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Our professional development workshops are categorized into 3 target thematic

growth areas that can be adapted to meet the needs of each client. 

1) Improving: Cultural Competence

2) Improving: Instructional Practice

3) Improving: Resiliency & Wellness


Some examples of past workshops include :

Improving: Cultural Competence

Effectively Meeting the Needs of Diverse Families in Our Early Childhood/Elementary Schools- Many of today's young children are now being raised in homes by same-sex parents, grandparents, stepparents, and non-related adults. This workshop provides guidance to early childhood/elementary teachers and administrators for how to best create and maintain policies/procedures which are respectful to the needs of the diverse families that they serve.


What's Hiding in Your Classroom Libraries- The educational texts that we use in our classrooms communicate messages to our students. This workshop takes a critical look at the quality of the children's literature found in our classroom libraries and the unintended hidden messages that the inclusion and/or exclusion of particular texts send to our students and their families.


The ABCs of Teaching Social Justice in Our Early Childhood/Elementary Classrooms- It is never too early to teach children about the importance of social justice. This workshop provides educators with simple and highly effective ways to teach and promote social justice in their classrooms.


Challenging Normalcy: Reframing the Language Regarding Disability- Discussions about disability are often framed within a context of tragedy and misfortune; whereby people with disabilities are characterized as pitiable individuals in need of fixing because they do not fit the accepted standard of what constitutes "normal."  This workshop will teach participants the importance of adopting practices in their schools and communities which challenge normalcy and reframe the language regarding disability. It will also provide them with strategies for how they can effectively create a more inclusive environment where both individuals with and without disabilities have the opportunity to thrive.  


Improving: Instructional Practice

Looking Outside the Box: How Grants and Creative Partnerships Can Enhance Preschool Instruction-  Do you have a great instructional idea but struggle with how to fund and/or provide the labor to make your idea a reality? This workshop chronicles the evolution of one "great instructional idea" from the planning stages to its implementation and gives participants a roadmap for how to: 1) formulate an action plan, 2) obtain funding, and 3) establish productive partnerships that will help them make their idea a reality.


Too Cool for School: Motivating Students Who Engage in Intellectual Downplaying Behavior- Have you ever encountered a student who acted too cool for school by playing down his/her intellectual ability? Chances are you were left wondering why she/he chose to engage in such behavior and struggled with how you could motivate him/her to ascend to his/her academic potential. Teachers who attend this workshop will walk away with: 1) an understanding of intellectual downplaying behavior,  2) knowledge of the factors contributing to intellectual downplaying behavior, and 3) strategies for how to promote intellectual authenticity in their classrooms.


High Yield Assessment Strategies for Student Success- The word "ASSESSMENT" often strikes fear in teachers and students. This workshop is designed to ease educators' fears about assessment and teach them how to implement high yield/minimal effort assessment strategies into their classrooms on a regular basis.


Improving: Resiliency & Wellness

Promoting and Sustaining Change: The ARC Method- Change is hard and is often resisted. This workshop is designed for school administrators and teacher leaders who wish to promote and sustain change in their schools. The ARC Method provides educational change agents with a systematic approach for how to overcome resistance and achieve lasting change in their schools.

Boosting Teacher Resiliency and Managing Stress in Times of Change- Today's educators are under more stress than ever before. Prolonged stress can lead to burnout and decreased job performance. This workshop is designed to provide teachers with strategies for how to build their resiliency and manage their stress in times of change



Our trainers/coaches/speakers have extensive professional experience working as teachers, school district administrators, and higher education teacher preparation program faculty members and directors. They all have graduate degrees in the field of education as well as have earned multiple state level and national teaching and leadership certifications. Our team members’ certifications include: NY- N-6 Grade General Education, K-12 Grade Special Education, 7-12 Grade Social Studies, School Building Leader, School District Leader, and Aspire Level III Professional Development Specialist Certifications. Our trainers/coaches/speakers are also experienced public speakers who know how to effectively communicate key concepts to audiences.


 Each of our professional development workshops and instructional coaching plans are painstakingly crafted by award winning educators and are based upon research-proven best practices. Our keynote speeches/lectures are derived from our original research and have been designed to be both highly engaging and informative.


Our client feedback is outstanding. People who have participated in our workshops, instructional coaching, and keynote events have consistently found them to be both entertaining and useful. Don't just take our word for it,  here are testimonials from people who have directly benefited from our professional development services:


What We Offer:

We provide educators, schools, nonprofit organizations, professional associations, and corporate clients with on-site professional development workshops and motivational keynote speeches/lectures that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each client. All professional development workshops and motivational keynote speeches are derived from

research-based best practices developed by our founder and CEO Dr. Erica Vernold Miller. Described as: ENTHUSIASTIC, DYNAMIC, and HIGHLY

KNOWLEDGEABLE; Dr. Vernold Miller has close to two decades of experience designing professional development workshops and keynote speeches that are both highly engaging

and useful for participants.


Don't risk hiring a professional development provider/speaker who puts your group to sleep, let our team of talented experts provide you with educational experiences that are sure to motivate and inspire!

Our professional development workshops and keynote speeches are  available:

  • In a variety of of lengths and formats that are adaptable to meet the                                         needs of large and small groups

  • In differentiated formats based on participants' skill level and experience

  • For purchase in thematic bundles

  • To clients throughout the United States, USVI, and Puerto Rico

Who We Serve: Daycare Centers, Head Start Providers, Preschools, Elementary Schools, After School Care Providers, Summer Camps, High School and College Student Groups, Nonprofit Advocacy Organizations, Professional Associations, and Corporate Clients



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Very informative and well presented. Enjoyed the way the information was given, researched and anecdotes-gives good sense of practical use of the information. Gave me new things to think about.


Head Start

Dr. Miller was very entertaining with so much experience to share with us. We were lucky to have her here with us today!

Special Education Resource Teacher

K-6 School

From start to finish, working with Professor Patty Cake has been wonderful. Everyone from our sales associate and to our trainer have been courteous and professional. We will definitely keep them in our professional development rotation!


Early Childhood Center

I enjoyed this presentation very much! By far my favorite training thus far.

Program Director

Daycare and After School Care Program

We hired Dr. Vernold Miller to provide a keynote speech at our annual company retreat. We had recently made many administrative changes and found that our staff morale was down. Her speech was exactly what we needed to motivate our staff and get them excited about working for our company.  She gave many useful tips and even stuck around after her speech to chat with staff members about specific challenges they were having."

HR Manager

Corporate Client

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Instructional coaching is available to support the implementation of workshop concepts after attending one of our workshops. Instructional coaching plans are designed to meet the specific needs of our clients and are used to provide ongoing/ reoccurring instructional support and regularly scheduled follow-up implementation reviews to ensure that workshop concepts are being implemented with fidelity. Our instructional coaches communicate regularly with key stakeholders to ensure that all parties are kept informed regarding implementation status.


Motivational keynote speeches/lectures are available for conferences, retreats, school assemblies, and staff development events. A wide range of keynote topics and speech lengths are available. Motivational keynotes are tailored to meet the specific needs of each client. Some of our most popular keynotes are:​


Personal Growth

Becoming the Change, You Wish to See in the World

Key Messages- Motivation, Empowerment, Problem Solving

Target Audience- High School and College Student Groups,

Nonprofit Organizations, Professional Associations, Corporate Clients

The Motivations and Dangers of Intellectual Downplaying

Key Messages- Intellectual Authenticity, Empowerment, Problem Solving

Target Audience- High School and College Student Groups,

Be Strong, Be Smart, Be Resilient

Key Messages- Resiliency Building, Intellectual Authenticity, Problem Solving, Empowerment

Target Audience- Elementary School Students, High School and College Student Groups

The "F" Word- Why Feminism Matters

Key Messages- Motivation, Empowerment, Problem Solving

Target Audience- High School and College Student Groups,

Nonprofit Organizations, Professional Associations


Too Late for Goodbye: Surviving the Loss of a Loved One

Key Messages- Resiliency Building, Empowerment

Target Audience- Nonprofit Organizations


Leadership & Career

The Resilient Leader

Key Messages - Resiliency Building, Leadership Development, Problem Solving, Empowerment

Target Audience- School Leaders, Nonprofit Organizations, Professional Associations, Corporate Clients

Building Resiliency and Managing Stress in Times of Change

Key Messages - Resiliency Building, Problem Solving, Empowerment

Target Audience- School Leaders, Nonprofit Organizations, Professional Associations, Corporate Clients


Promoting and Sustaining Change- The ARC Method

Key Messages - Motivation, Empowerment, Problem Solving

Target Audience- School Leaders, Nonprofit Organizations, Professional Associations, Corporate Clients


Resilient Job Seeking

Key Messages- Resiliency Building, Problem Solving, Empowerment

Target Audience- Nonprofit Organizations, Professional Associations, High School and College Student Groups


Smart Women: Smart Business

Key Messages - Intellectual Authenticity, Empowerment, Problem Solving

Target Audience- School Leaders, Nonprofit Organizations, Professional Associations, Corporate Clients


The Dos and Don’ts of Landing Your First Teaching Position

Key Messages - Motivation, Empowerment, Problem Solving

Target Audience- High School and College Student Groups, Professional Associations



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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
~ Nelson Mandela
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