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Ed Current: Building School Culture with Kim Bearden

What are the steps we need to take to make the shift and bring about change? Tune in as Kim Bearden discusses how student and school success are contingent upon teachers and school leaders to build strong, meaningful relationships.

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About the presenters

Kim Bearden, M.Ed.

Co-founder & Executive Director, Ron Clark Academy

Over the past nine years, over 36,000 educators from around the world have visited Kim's classroom at the Academy and have attended her workshops to learn better ways to engage students, promote academic rigor, and create a climate and culture that promotes success.

She has been a teacher, instructional lead teacher, curriculum director, school board member, staff development trainer, and middle school principal in the past 29 years.

Kim's book, “Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me,” made several bestseller lists, the L.A. Times being among them.


Jamie Richard, M.Ed. 

Marketing Manager, Newsela

Jamie Richard, M.Ed. is currently the Partner Marketing Manager for Newsela. She hosts a monthly webinar, Ed Current which features timely topics in education for change makers. Before joining Newsela, Jamie taught secondary ELA in Pennsylvania, South Carolina and California for eight years, and was also a school leader. Before moving into the edtech space, Jamie was a finalist for Teacher of the Year and received the STAR award for the highest student growth in Pennsylvania.