#SOL20: Keynote speeches

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Inspirational?

Motivational?

Aspirational?

What are some characteristics that you expect from a keynote speech?

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of seeing/hearing five different keynotes as a part of the TCRWP June 2020 Reading Institute. Each had its own distinct features due to the knowledge base and presentation styles of Lucy Calkins, Katy Wischow, Sonja Cherry-Paul, Michael Rae-Grant and Sarah Weeks as you can see in the keynote titles below.

Titles:

  • An Opening
  • You Never Read Alone: Community, Identity, and The Power of Talk
  • Radical Teaching: Reading Workshop as a Powerful Space for Transformation and Liberation
  • I Know, Therefore I Am: Why Nonfiction Reading Is About So Much More Than Extracting Information from Texts
  • A Few Choice Words

Some common themes I found:  Communities of learners and stories draw us together in these turbulent times.  The texts of our lives ARE our lives:  Are we living them? We are the sum of our experiences so we need to make sure they reflect our lives. If not you, then who?  Readers are never alone!

But the surprising commonality for the five keynotes was the deep emotional connections:  the tears, the laughter, and the joy of learning in a community. And yes, even through Zoom/electronic devices, the stories were that powerful.

If you would like to learn more about “keynotes” here is a great source from the business world.  Link  Tips 1, 3, 7, and 10 are my favorites. Especially 10. Always 10.

What will be your keynote for the 2020 school year?

How will you focus on priorities? 

What are your expectations from a keynote?




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6 responses

  1. Fran, I like how you zoomed out to see all 5 keynotes at once and applied some compare and contrast and then you kept going and linked to a How To and ended with “give it a try”. I only thought of keynotes as inspirationa, listen and leave feeling uplifted for a bit, an hour or a day. But you pushed me to think about what would my keynote be. This does more than inspire. It empowers me to action. Whether I write it or not, you got me thinking!! Which is why I always like connecting with you. So glad you got to attend the Reading Institute! Miss connecting with you in person. Stay well.

    1. Sally,
      Face to face connections are harder but doable when we are creative and thinking! Love your analysis that led to your own thinking. After all, what would student keynotes be?

  2. One thing I have always found about a good inspirational speaker is that s/he makes me want to change something about myself or the way I go about doing something.

    1. Yes, affirmation that I”m on the right path or a reason to choose a different path when we come to a fork in the road ❤

  3. As for a keynote, I want something practical, but not to the point where I need to take copious notes. I’d rather leave I spited by the message.

    1. Notes about the craft can be inspiring, but the newer format of 20 minute keynotes are really about rallying, uplifting, and then possible courses of action. (But I do miss the majesty of Riverside Church and Cowin Auditorium!)

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