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Dr. Shawnrell Blackwell

Multi Hyphenate & Transformational Leader


The Other C’s in CTE: Classroom Management Strategies to Improve CTE Instruction

Explore the other Cs in CTE with transformational and school improvement leader Dr. Shawnrell Blackwell. Whether you are a first-year teacher or a 20-year veteran, chances are you have at least one area of classroom management you would like to improve upon. Managing students’ behavior, social-emotional, and learning needs are among most educators' biggest challenges.  Without a plan to tackle classroom management, you plan to fail. Dr. Blackwell created a simple-to-use classroom management plan based on research best practices and her experience as a mental health professional to address common classroom management pitfalls and challenging behaviors.

Join Dr. Blackwell to address the other Cs in CTE by developing an effective classroom management plan and learning practical Classroom management strategies that are Culturally responsive, Creative, and Content-driven to increase student engagement.

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About Me

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Instructional Excellence

Are you ready to (re)ignite your passion for teaching and take your instructional prowess to the next level?  Educators are the driving force behind shaping young minds and transforming lives. This masterclass is designed exclusively for you, honoring your dedication and recognizing your vital role.
Get ready to be inspired, challenged, and empowered as fellow subject matter experts guide you through an immersive experience to unlock the tools, techniques, and inspiration to make a lasting impact in the classroom. As iron sharpens Iron, so does on person sharpen another. Together, we will explore innovative strategies, research-backed methodologies, and game-changing insights that will elevate your teaching to new heights.

Each concise keynote in this masterclass has been distilled to be motivational and actionable - no time for fluff - and are available on-demand because we know your schedule is impacted and variable.  You are also invited to a live, VIP Q&A session with each speaker. 

13 powerful keynotes.  13 actionable Playbooks.  Live Q&A sessions. 
This is the professional development you, and your students, deserve. 

Getting to Know Dr. Shawnrell



What sparked your interest in your keynote topic?

The trial and error of twenty years of experience in education in working with diverse populations of students and seven years of professional experience in the mental health field sparked the topic for this keynote. I wanted to provide practical tools to help other educators avoid some of the pitfalls related to classroom management I experienced and successfully overcame by continuously learning, cultivating relationships, and creating safe spaces for students.


What was your first teaching experience? What did you learn from it?

I was 22 during my first teaching experience at an urban high school. I was only a few years older than some of my students, and many had life challenges that my teaching of Shakespeare would not fix. I had to

learn quickly how to build relationships and trust with my students while bridging real-world connections and applications to the subject of English. Initially, as a novice teacher, this was sometimes daunting and overwhelming. However,

I have learned that it was also the most beautiful and rewarding experience to help students learn how to remove barriers that may impede their success and use education to overcome their circumstances, making it worth it. This experience inspired me to work in high- poverty school districts with majority BIPOC populations.


What missteps would you caution others to avoid as they strive for Instructional Excellence?

To strive for Instruction Excellence, do not be afraid to do your “inner work” by acknowledging your biases, limitations, and mental and physical capacity to create a safe environment for all students that is conducive to teaching and learning. In the words of Maya Angelou, “Once you know better, you do better.” Always remember that setting the tone and expectations of
the classroom starts with the teacher first. Most importantly, be patient with yourself and your students.

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