Dr. Kelly B. Daugherty
Educator - Education Advocate - National Trainer/Facilitator - Consultant
Dr. Kelly Bullock Daugherty is a passionate professional in the field of urban education. Her philosophy is simple. She agrees with Rita Pierson, in her 2013 TED Talk, when she quoted James Comer as saying, ¨no significant learning can occur without a significant relationship¨. What this suggests is that teachers will not reach some children academically until they first reach them on a “human to human” level. There are times that the content we teach will not fair in comparison to the realities of a child’s real world. Rita Pierson goes on to say, ¨Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like!¨ further suggesting that the main ingredient missing in a lot of our classrooms today is a simple “connection with kids.” Dr. Daugherty believes that the research is clear, when students know you value them as human beings, not simply as another student; they will work for you more and challenge you less. She also believes teachers don’t need any more theory and new, trendy programs with catchy names. She believes instead, they need to be given research based, proven, practical strategies and applications that they can start implementing immediately – without throwing anything out that is working in their classroom.
Dr. Daugherty understands the challenges of today’s educator. After all, this is the toughest job in America. It is, in fact, the only profession that feeds every other profession and requires the creative ability to wear several hats in one day – mom, dad, nurse, counselor, teacher, advisor, judge, jury, lawyer – just to name a few. She understands that students come into our classrooms and schools with different backgrounds and cultures and their cognitive abilities, assets and experiences are just as wide ranging. Sometimes, the only thing students have in common is their age! Therefore, the “one size fits all” approach does not work anymore.
Dr. Daugherty is dedicated to helping educators be successful by encouraging them to rethink, redefine, and modify their instructional practices through motivation, encouragement, inspiration, and a culturally responsive approach to teaching.