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What Participants Are Saying


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(1-Weak... 5-Strong)

Bill Stater

Presenter Rating:
★★★★★

Kagan Cooperative Learning Institute
Yorkshire, NY • July 8-12, 2019

“Bill was a very engaging presenter who did an excellent job of modeling all the strategies he presented. He also had all participants actively participate in each activity and reviewed lessons/strategies taught and then had all participants practice. Great, outstanding job.”
—Lorraine Walczyk, Teacher, Occupational Therapist

Kagan Cooperative Learning
Gallup, NM • August 24, 2019

“Bill was very invigorating and knowledgeable. I appreciated that he was a former teacher himself so he can relate how the ideas work from actual experience.”
—Paula Jeffers, 2nd Grade Teacher

Kagan Cooperative Learning Day 1
Albany, NY • August 24, 2019

“Bill was awesome! The workshop was engaging and fun, as well as very informative. Everyone had nothing but good things to say.”
—Meaghan Balling, K-5the Grade Instructional Coach


Christi Brown

Presenter Rating:
★★★★★

Kagan Cooperative Learning Days 1–4
Cherry Valley, AR • July 30- August 2, 2019

“Christi was the best presenter I think I've ever had and I've been teaching 37 years!! Love her! Excellent! Awesome!!”
—Tracey Littlejohn, 10-12th Grade Teacher

Kagan Cooperative Learning Days 1 & 2
Lexington, KY • August 8-9, 2019

“AMAZING! Christi was extremely engaging, knowledgeable, and definitely knew Kagan. She memorized names and made everyone feel safe and welcome. Best PD I've attended in years.”
—Heather Byall, K-3rd Grade Teacher

Brain-Friendly Teaching Day 1
Falmouth, KY • September 11, 2019

“Good! I liked being able to practice the strategies! And the brain insight. Christi was excellent! She taught the strategies with great excitement which made me more excited to be here!”
—Lauren Cordray, Elementary Teacher


Dr. Daren Harris

Presenter Rating:
★★★★★

Brain-Friendly Teaching Level II
Maricopa, AZ • June 3-7, 2019

“Daren did a wonderful job at making the content fun, engaging, thought provoking, and understandable. He shared great examples from his own time in education and respected us as adult learners. Kagan is an amazing tool to help ensure student engagement.”
—Valerie Wyant, K-5th Grade Teacher

Kagan Cooperative Learning Day 1
Eau Claire, MI • August 27, 2019

“Daren Harris was AMAZING—kept us engaged and demonstrated techniques and ideas to take back to the classroom and understand how to implement in our classrooms.”
—Laurie Rivette, 7-8th Grade Science Teacher


Elia Chesnoff

Presenter Rating:
★★★★★

Kagan Cooperative Learning Institute
San Clemente, CA • June 24-28, 2019

“Elia was funny and entertaining. He was easy to relate to and very encouraging. Not only that, but he obviously is a master of what he is speaking of and able to explain and help us to problem solve. He is one of the best instructors I have worked with. Thank you Elia!”
—Kristin Harper, K-5th Grade Teacher

Kagan Cooperative Learning Day 1
Newport, KY • July 31, 2019

“Elia was a great instructor. Had this training multiple times and this one kept me engaged the most!”
—Shannon Childers, 3-4th Grade Sped Teacher


Dr. Jackie Minor

Presenter Rating:
★★★★★

School Trainer Recertification Workshop 3-Day
Cedar Hill, TX • August 15th-16th, 2017

“Jackie is awesome! I always learn a lot from her; she is in tune with her audience and knows how to teach and guide us. I will always look forward to attending a Kagan workshop, especially one that Jackie teaches!”
—Jamie Culver, 9-12the Grade English Teacher and Librarian

Kagan Coaching 2-Day
Orlando, FL • July 13-14, 2019

“Jackie is energetic and knowledgeable. She is enthusiastic and passionate about her content. She presents in a volume that can be heard and speaks in a way that's easy to pay attention to.”
—Leanne Wellert, 6th Grade Teacher

Kagan Lesson Planning
Orlando, FL • July 18, 2019

“Jackie is so positive and does a fabulous job breaking everything into 'bite-sized' chunks for all participants. She also keeps things moving at an appropriate pace—time flies! I'm glad I attended this workshop!”
—Shelley Thompson, High School Assistant Principal


Jeff Dane

Presenter Rating:
★★★★★

Brain-Friendly Teaching
Plano, IL • April 26, 2019

“Jeff was exceptionally knowledgeable regarding the brain, how it works, and how to incorporate activities into teaching to improve brain activity. Jeff was a passionate and captivating instructor. His love for education was evident and carried through the execution of this workshop.”
—Jessica Dellorto 9-12th Grade Social Science Teacher

Brain-Friendly Teaching
Brooksville, FL • June 10, 2019

“Jeff was a great instructor. He made us feel comfortable, was humorous, and shared many concepts and structures with us. He clearly showed how easy this is to incorporate into our classrooms. He has really inspired me to try new things in my class to help my students.”
—Deborah Rollo, 6th Grade US History Teacher

Kagan Cooperative Learning Day 1
Arlington, TX • August 13, 2019

“Jeff Dane was a great instructor with anecdotes that were very valuable. Thank you for your time and diligence in teaching and modeling Kagan.”
—Kelli Smith, 7-8th Grade Assistant Principal


Kris Osthoff

Presenter Rating:
★★★★★

Secondary Social Studies Days 1 & 2
Orlando, FL • July 11-12, 2019

“Kris was patient, positive, and stayed true to her passion for Kagan. She presented very well and kept my focus with her demonstration of structures. She's a knockout!”
—Benjamin Pinson, 7th Grade Teacher

Kagan Cooperative Learning Day 1
Albuquerque, NM • August 5, 2019

“Kris was excited about her content, which made us excited about it as well! She was clear about all strategies and made sure to help any who had questions.”
—Andrea Ruocco, 5th Grade Teacher


Melissa Wincel

Presenter Rating:
★★★★★

Kagan Cooperative Learning Days 1 & 2
Greensboro, NC • March 29-30, 2019

“Loved the new structures Quiz-Quiz-Trade and Fan-N-Pick. Melissa was such an inspiration—she is so knowledgeable about the content and cares about teachers. LOVE IT! I am so excited to try the new structures in my class; I needed the reminder about revamping the quiet signal! I would love to get Day 3, 4, & 5 training of this content!”
—Angelia Higgins, 3rd Grade Teacher

Kagan Cooperative Learning Institute
Chicago, IL • June 24-28, 2019

“Melissa was phenomenal. I've learned so much from her this week. Because of her, my classroom will be forever changed. Her delivery was clear, concise, engaging, and so informative. Every educator needs to attend this workshop!”
—Angelia Higgins, 3rd Grade Teacher

Classbuilding and Teambuilding Days 1 & 2
Orlando, FL • July 13-14, 2019

“Melissa did a fantastic job making this workshop fun and meaningful. She inspired me to take another class next week. I want to apply what I learned to science.”
—Tamara Daugherty, 3rd Grade Teacher


Rachel Treaster

Presenter Rating:
★★★★★

Kagan Cooperative Learning Day 3
Haltom, TX • March 25, 2019

“Rachel is an amazing instructor. She really helped us get to know and practice the structures. I feel like quality was emphasized during this training, instead of just running over the content. Never had a bad training from Kagan, and Rachel was extremely helpful.”
—David Garr, 7th Grade History Teacher

Kagan Structures for Little Ones Day 2
Elizabeth, WV • June 4, 2019

“Rachel is AMAZING! Great personality, extremely knowledgeable, understands our population, and offers accommodations to meet our needs. Rachel makes the day fun and time fly by and worth my time.”
—Brandi Criss-Johns, Special Educator

Kagan Cooperative Learning Institute
Alexandria, VA • August 19-22, 2019

“Rachel was fantastic! She was personable, funny, kind, and warm. She was extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable about Kagan Structures.”
—Jen Fogel, 6th Grade Teacher


Rick DuVall

Presenter Rating:
★★★★★

Dynamic Trainer 2-Day
Orlando, FL • June 10-11, 2019

“Rick was such a sweet, enthusiastic human being and a great presenter. There was never a moment of boredom or confusion. I feel confident going back to my classroom, including more Kagan Structures. Rick always kept us engaged. Would love to have him back!”
—Linda Eneas 9-12th Grade Teacher

Kagan Cooperative Learning Day 1
St. Petersburg, FL • August 7, 2019

“Rick is fantastic! I've been to several Kagan Workshops and he is among the best. His examples are doable and very relevant.”
—Barbara McBride, Music Teacher


Rob Jutras

Presenter Rating:
★★★★★

Elementary Math Days 1–3
Orlando, FL • June 15-17, 2019

“Excellent! Rob was so passionate about Kagan and how big of a difference it can make in the classroom. He was full of knowledge, help, and jokes! Great instructor, super engaging.”
—Caitlin Poer, 4th Grade Teacher

Kagan Cooperative Learning Day 1
Gallup, NM • August 24, 2019

“Rob was very knowledgeable, very hands on, did a great job modeling strategies! I left feeling like these strategies were ‘doable’ in class.”
—Troy Sarracino, 8th Grade Teacher


Dr. Spencer Kagan

Presenter Rating:
★★★★★

Emotion-Friendly Teaching
Orlando, FL • July 12, 2019

“I’m always impressed when such highly intelligent people can deliver complex information in a way anyone can comprehend.”
—Lisa Keen. 3rd Grade Teacher

“Dr. Kagan was obviously very knowledgeable about emotions and how they effect learners, but also was engaging. I learn from doing, so I appreciate being able to do what's being taught, and now I can bring it back to my students! Thanks for the great resources!”
—Sarah Banta, 6th Grade Math Teacher

“Inspiring, motivating, supportive.”
—Sarah Rouse, 10-11th Grade Physics and Science Teacher


Tom Finegan

Presenter Rating:
★★★★★

Kagan Cooperative Learning Institute
Orlando, FL • July 15-19, 2019

“Fin was superb! I liked how he had us use all the structures as we learned them. I mingled with nearly everyone. Enjoyed personal anecdotes.”
—Dawn Applegate, 2nd Grade Teacher

Kagan Cooperative Learning Days 1 & 2
Leavenworth, KS • June 24-25, 2019

“Fin did a great job working with the group and facilitating Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures. He gave research behind Kagan Structures and personal anecdotes that helped make the information make more sense and have a deeper meaning.”
—Kaley Wittrock, 6-12th Grade Instructional Facilitator


Tom Searl

Presenter Rating:
★★★★★

CABE 2019
Long Beach, CA • March, 2019

“Tom had all of us engaged and moving even though it was a packed room (educators were sitting at the tables, sitting on the floor, and standing in the back of the room and along all of the walls). I walked away knowing so much more about how the brain learns best and some strategies that we can implement right away. Tom is an amazing presenter.”
—Amy Arreola, Teacher

Kagan Cooperative Learning Institute
Phoenix, AZ • June 3-7, 2019

“Tom was engaging, friendly, and knowledgeable. It was obvious he knew his material like an old friend. He could read the room well and used all techniques he was teaching, from day one. Excellent!!!”
—Lisa Wilcox, 7-8th Grade Language Teacher


Dr. Vern Minor

Presenter Rating:
★★★★★

Kagan Cooperative Meetings Days 1 & 2
Orlando, FL • July 15-16, 2019

“Vern had good energy. Good examples that apply to real life situations school leaders meet. Honest in his feedback. Talked to our hearts and souls. Inspired to make changes that affect our kids' and teachers' learning and engagement.”
—Lena Kilen-Westrum, 1st-7th Grade Principal

Thinking Skills Days 1 & 2
Orlando, FL • July 13-14, 2019

“Vern was energetic and knowledgeable. His background as a teacher and admin is valuable because of how he was able to connect with us. Vern is awesome at connecting personally with our class!”
—Tiesha Watson 9-12th Grade Science Teacher

“Energetic, humorous, interactive! I thoroughly enjoyed Vern's teaching style. He is real, honest, and presented material clearly. His experience in the classroom is evident and he is relatable. He inspires! I will be taking more Kagan Workshops!”
—Nancy MacPhee, 3rd Grade Teacher