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I have spent my whole career in the presence of genius; surrounded by teachers, leaders and students. Nothing excites me more than seeing someone fiercely own their genius after realizing the world needs their particular talent and perspective.

Genius is the source of our energy and the root of our resiliency. When faced with challenges, it is our genius that helps us overcome them. Yet we live and work in a world where most of us have been conditioned to underestimate, doubt, and even ignore our unique talents and passions.

Our students’ genius is waiting to be unleashed, and we have to be the ones who liberate it. Consider this your personal invitation to do so. We provide a step-by-step guide to help you illu­minate, cultivate, and celebrate the unique contributions you and your students have to share with the world.

By joining this discussion, you are honoring these truths.

  • WE matter.
  • WE are all geniuses, and the world needs our contribution.
  • YOU are the voice students need to whisper in their ears when the world tells them otherwise.
  • YOU are the change.

This is for communities of teachers and leaders across the world that have created settings where genius not only survives; it thrives. They are so numerous, I cannot list them by name but I want to point toward them and shine a light on their unwavering belief in themselves and their students. You have my eternal gratitude, love and respect.

I want to extend a very special thank you to all the teachers who have opened their classroom to me, to all the students who have inspired these conversations to be deeper and more impactful and all the change makers I have been privileged to know and learn from.

I would like to express my sincerest appreciation to the entire SMART team. It is such an honor and pleasure to work with people who are not only brilliant and creative but always growing, searching and deepening their commitment to children and to this mission. It is an honor to be your partner and I appreciate you providing a free copy to all who wish to join this journey with us: GENIUS MATTERS

The impact that you make on your students will define much of the impact you make in this world. Together we will find our will and our voice. Together we can and will make the world a better place. Let’s do this, step-by-step, one lesson at a time and watch our brave grow! I can’t wait to take this journey with you!