About Todd

Dr. Todd Whitaker has been fortunate to be able to blend his passion with his career. Recognized as a leading presenter in the field of education, his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. Todd is a professor of educational leadership at the University of Missouri and professor emeritus at Indiana State University. He has spent his life pursuing his love of education by researching and studying effective teachers and principals.

Prior to moving into higher education he was a math teacher and basketball coach in Missouri. Todd then served as a principal at the middle school, junior high, and high school levels. He was also a middle school coordinator in charge of staffing, curriculum, and technology for the opening of new middle schools.

One of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd has written over 60 books including the national best seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Other titles include: Dealing With Difficult Teachers, Ten-Minute Inservice, Your First Year, What Great Principals Do Differently, Motivating & Inspiring Teachers, and Dealing With Difficult Parents.

Todd is married to Beth, also a former teacher and principal, who is currently a faculty member of educational leadership at the University of Missouri and professor emeritus at Indiana State University. They are the parents of three children; Katherine, Madeline, and Harrison.

Keynote Presentation

Title: How To Help All Teachers Become Like The Best Teachers

Every school has teachers that are incredible educators. They are able to reach all students, have a positive attitude and impact the entire school community. We also have other staff members who have not yet reached this standard. What is different about these staff members, who are in the same school, with similar students and resources? Is it possible for others in the same school to reach this level of success? 

This session will help everyone learn how to enable each teacher in their school to emulate the best teachers in their buildings. The no cost approaches are things that can be immediately implemented in all educational settings. No matter what your position you will leave this session knowing how to increase the effectiveness of all staff members and understand how to immediately implement each of these practices into your school.