Give them wings

It’s time to put ourselves in their shoes.

It’s time to see them in a whole new light.

It’s time to celebrate our unique learners.

Michele Garber is a pioneer in advocacy for Unique Learners.

She starts with the possibilities, not the problems.

She shares and demonstrates the power of those possibilities through her innovative presentations and moving storytelling.

She believes that our children who learn in different ways are not the problem – the traditional labels and ways in which we have categorized their learning capabilities is.

Michele will show you ways to build forms to fit their learning styles.

At school. At home. In relationships. In life.

For their future. For the future of us all.

Because it’s time we embrace the greater potential of all the ways our children learn.

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It’s time to build educational options that work for them.

It’s time to focus on their abilities and unique gifts.

It’s time to celebrate their differences.

Let
them
try

Welcome to the world of Be Brilliant U Advocacy.

Where we discover and celebrate the brilliance of our Unique Learners.

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We are all looking for relief, direction and hope when it comes to supporting our Unique Learners.

Michele Garber, M.Ed., has hope in spades. She has been likened to a modern day Annie Sullivan in the unparalleled way she works with young people and her compassionate capacity for connecting and meeting their needs as people and learners.

Michele’s tactics are catered to each individual’s learning style, personality type, emotional landscape and processing. She has spent over twenty years in the classroom, tutoring in private homes as well as consulting with her clients’ mental health and educational teams.

She focuses on what students bring to the table versus what they lack. Her work is all about empowering Unique Learners. Along with their families, educators and support systems to create a burgeoning movement – seeing the truth about Unique Learners: they are anything but the problem, it’s how we see them that is.

Spend 5 minutes with Michele and she will open a door of possibility for you to see who our Unique Learners really are, instead of what we have been led to believe about who they are. Her vision is infectious and she has a remarkable capacity to draw out the light of these exceptional children and encourage them to shine.

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A Sampling Of Michele’s Dynamic Speaking And Storytelling Presentations

What is it?

What are Unique Learners and Twice Exceptionals?

Bringing light to who Unique Learners and Twice Exceptionals really are

What's covered?

What are Unique Learners and Twice Exceptionals?

Bringing light to who Unique Learners and Twice Exceptionals really are

  • How to recognize Unique Learners and see how extraordinary they are
  • What do we mean by multiple intelligences?
  • How Unique Learners see, hear and process differently and their process of taking in story, ideas and wisdom
  • How to celebrate and value Unique Learners
  • Navigating the rules of services in school and managing how unique learners may not “fit the profile”
  • How to create versatile learning environments that meet different needs – in school and at home
  • How and when to ask “What else can I do?” as a teacher or parent rather than giving up
  • How to see when it’s the form of learning that needs to change, not the student and new forms we can put in place to support them
  • How to move the focus from the perceived disability to their unique abilities
  • The artful weaving of being present with a Unique Learner and recognizing when they’re ready to get the “aha” moment
  • How to recognize a Twice Exceptional Learner (2e)
  • How to value 2es now rather than when they prove themselves later in life (think Steve Jobs and Einstein)
  • The incredible capacity 2es have and how that doesn’t fit into the form we currently provide them
  • What we need to do to go further and help them become whole
What is it?

Feel Good, Learn Better

Shedding light on the impact emotions have on learning

What's covered?

Feel Good, Learn Better

Shedding light on the impact emotions have on learning

  • How Unique Learners bring his/her emotional state and self with them when they learn
  • How previous learning experiences and emotions are present when we learn
  • How emotions during learning impact self-esteem
  • The “points of conception” that happens when a person adopts a belief, state or way of being around learning that can dramatically affect reaching full potential
  • Feeling at ease or relaxed when learning vs. experiencing stress
  • How Unique Learners get weighed down and how to bring them back up
  • The importance of respect in thoughts, words and action and how to model that
  • How to halt and address disrespect in the moment at school or at home
  • How to focus on connection rather than miscellaneous rewards for good behavior
  • How to alleviate stress that disrupts how we learn and how to quiet the mind while learning
What is it?

Transforming Stress

Lightening up the learning environment at school and at home

What's covered?

Transforming Stress

Lightening up the learning environment at school and at home

  • Stress is a distraction from learning that becomes part of the Unique Learner’s persona
  • A new way to see stress and how it limits us
  • How to quiet the mind and get ready to learn
  • How we bombard kids with stress and the need to let them rest and play
  • How to manage family stressors
  • Identifying the family dance created around the Unique Learner and how to shift it
  • How to shift from reacting to observing
  • How to avoid getting hooked in the moment of stressful situations
  • The origins of trust, how it gets broken and the importance of understanding your Unique Learner’s sensitivities
  • How to imagine what might be happening in the Unique Learner’s inner world
What is it?

Innovative Studying

Shining Light on Executive Function Challenges & Facilitating New Study Habits

What's covered?

Innovative Studying

Shining Light on Executive Function Challenges & Facilitating New Study Habits

  • What Executive Function is and how these challenges keep students from naturally “getting it”
  • Metacognition: teaching them how to think about things so they can approach school work in a way that works for them
  • Helping them see who to go to if they get stuck, what steps to take, and a new process to accomplish tasks
  • Showing them how to organize with a task at hand and modulating self-regulation
  • What ADHD is and addressing their need for something to be the enemy or to be “under the gun” to perform
  • The need to separate work time and free time while creating space and structures to stay organized
  • Addressing their ability to multi-task and teaching them how to be present even amongst daydreaming, hyper focusing and frequent distractions
  • How to do homework with kids, modeling your thought process for them with thinking aloud
  • Encouraging their curiosity and getting them engaged and inspired in their studies
  • How to consider personality type and learner type, to personalize the work to their unique abilities
What is it?

Seeing the Possibilities

A bright new take on valuing every student and their ways of learning today

What's covered?

Seeing the Possibilities

A bright new take on valuing every student and their ways of learning today

  • An introduction to the “possibility over problems” mindset
  • How to positively reframe the boxes we put unique learners in
  • How to make sure all of our unique learners are celebrated rather than left to fall through the cracks
  • Facing inflexible mindsets and systems, setting new expectations and adopting a new perspective of current forms
  • Facing the assumptions about Unique Learners, reframing the view of current behavior becoming forever behavior
  • Transforming our focus from surface exploration to a deeper understanding of Unique Learners through observation and wonder
  • Asking questions like, “What are the possibilities?” and “What can I do differently?”-  to meet our Unique Learners where they are rather than the other way around
  • How to inspire, engage and enthrall groups of students in the classroom
  • Knowing when it’s time to go back to the drawing board and investigate or expand our teaching methods
  • How educators can take themselves and their own issues out of the equation for a clean slate to be in objective observation
  • How to allow students to see their own value and contributions by acknowledging their gifts and fears
What is it?

Where can our unique learners take us?

A spotlight on the future of a world where we embrace & celebrate differences

What's covered?

Where can our unique learners take us?

A spotlight on the future of a world where we embrace & celebrate differences

  • A vision of a world we haven’t explored yet where Unique Learners could be the gateway in a shift of how we live life
  • Addressing the need to change our thinking to meet our changing population of students
  • Embracing all of the 9 intelligences and the only 2 we judge our students on
  • Our definition and use of the word “smart” and the notion that talented doesn’t equal smart
  • How Unique Learners’ gifts could advance our world in every area of science, technology, education, arts, politics and mathematics
  • Why we need creative imaginers and how to free them from the form they are forced into
  • How we can learn to value students now rather than when they are successful and what a different school experience could do for them
  • How to avoid people growing up not being seen and becoming the problem
  • Empowering each student in the way they need it at school, at home and the impact we could have when we do
  • The anxiety Unique Learners feel for not fitting in and how that can lead to drug addiction and other avoidable destructive behaviors
  • Showing how to engage with Unique Learners in a compassionate way

Let
them
fly

Brilliance comes in many shapes and forms; there are many types of intelligences. Let’s welcome and celebrate our Unique Learners’ differences in all those shapes and forms.

While each presentation is custom-tailored for your venue, they are based on a foundation of creativity, flexibility, fluidity, open-mindedness and openheartedness.  My speaking style is expansive, inclusive, theatrical and experiential. You will leave feeling inspired and refreshed. Ready to celebrate your Unique Learner’s uniqueness and how their gifts can change our world.

 

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