In addition to being full-time Kagan trainers, Dr. Spencer Kagan, Laurie Kagan, and Dr. Jacqueline Minor, direct Kagan's talented training team. Click here for a list of Kagan Workshops near you.
Dr. Spencer Kagan is an internationally acclaimed researcher, presenter and author of over 100 books, chapters, and scientific journal articles. He is a former clinical psychologist and full-time professor of psychology and education at the University of California. He is the principal author of the single most comprehensive book for educators in each of four fields: cooperative learning, multiple intelligences, classroom discipline, and classroom energizers. His instructional strategies are used in teacher training institutes in many countries. Dr. Kagan provides workshops and keynotes in over thirty countries and his books are translated into many languages. Dr. Kagan developed the concept of structures; his popular brain-based, cooperative learning and multiple intelligences structures like Numbered Heads Together and Timed Pair Share are used in classrooms world-wide. Dr. Kagan has been featured in the leading educational magazines including Educational Leadership, Instructor, Learning Magazine, and Video Journal. He is in high demand as a keynote speaker at national and international conferences.
"Excellent presentation! Dr. Kagan exemplifies what an effective instructor/teacher can do to make learning not only fun but enduring."
— Jeweline Hill, Junior High School Assistant Principal
"Fabulous! Dr. Kagan was engaging, funny and intelligent. He is one of the best public speakers I have ever had the pleasure to hear"
— Mary M Sullivan, High School Teacher
"Superb! Great analytic abilities in addition to seeing the big picture in education. Strong theory-practice connections. Always learning, growing, and making it available to teachers."
— Neil Davidson, Professor
Laurie Kagan is in high demand as a presenter worldwide. Her presentations are dynamic eventsâ€”participants discover the power of simple instructional strategies to use as part of any lesson. Laurie is the author of twelve popular books for teachers and trainers including Multiple Intelligences: Structures and Activities, Teambuilding, and Classbuilding. Her book, Dynamic Trainer, is the single most comprehensive trainer resource and is the basis for her much sought workshop: The Dynamic Trainer. Laurie has developed popular learning games and structures that are used around the globe. As the former Director of Elementary Education for the State of Nevada, Laurie is presently Director of Kagan Professional Development. She develops Kagan workshops and institutes and selects and trains all Kagan consultants. Laurie translates a deep understanding of theory and methods into practical, teacher-friendly strategies and presentations.
"Laurie Kagan was superb! She was full of energy â€” a strong motivator! She displayed a sincere faith and belief in her content. She â€” hands down â€” is the best presenter I've heard. The information will be extremely helpful, as it is a fresh and exciting way to drive instruction."
— Mary Dees, Secondary English Teacher
"Laurie was very energetic and easy to listen to. Her desire to see students receive the best education, beyond just academic, was very evident. I hope to carry that enthusiasm back to my school!"
— Trina Michelle Maner, K-6 Music & Art teacher
"Great motivational and charismatic speaker. She's been there, she cares and she knows what she's talking about!"
— Debbie Schuerer, 8th grade Language Arts teacher
Director of District Implementation
Dr. Jacqueline Minor currently serves as the Director of District Implementation for Kagan Professional Development. Dr. Minor spent the first 22 years of her educational career in public education serving as an elementary school teacher, Kâ€“12 Gifted Facilitator, middle school English teacher, Building Principal, and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Minor has been a trainer for Kagan for over 18 years. She has conducted numerous staff development sessions on school improvement, new teacher induction, mentoring, and assessment. Her strong knowledge background, experience, enthusiasm, and passion are evident in her training sessions. Recently, Dr. Minor has focused her efforts on district-level support and implementation planning that includes administrator training, coaching, and monitoring.
"Jackie is superb! Her style of presenting is very relaxing, there's no pressure. She didn't rush and this is so comforting. I appreciate how she paced each day. I am going to practice this technique in my very next professional development."
— Marilyn Diane Conyers, 5th-8th grade teacher/coach
"THE BEST EVER! So professional. Warm and friendly. she is a blessing to know and learn from. Thanks, Jackie. You put much into this class and I appreciate you!"
— Charlotte Shaw, 2nd-3rd grade Reading Specialist
"Jackie is an awesome instructor. She is motivating, friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I can't say enough about how great she is."
— Lisa Owens, 2nd grade teacher
Director of Educational Leadership
Dr. Vern Minor served in the public school setting for 30 years before joining the Kagan team on a full time basis. During those three decades of work, he was employed in an administrative capacity for 23 years, having served at both the building and central levels. He spent 16 years as a superintendent of schools during which time he led K-12 implementation efforts of cooperative learning in two districts. As the current Director of Educational Leadership for Kagan, his duties include developing district leadership capacity, helping schools address systemic issues which impact teaching and learning, and assisting district leaders with implementation efforts. Dr. Minor brings two decades worth of leadership experience to the table as a background for helping educators as they strive to ensure that all students are successfully engaged in learning. Dr. Minor has conducted professional development on various reform issues, including the following: leadership, educational change, cooperative learning, cooperative meetings, peer coaching, new teacher induction, inclusion of special needs children, site based management, and the school improvement process.
"BEST workshop I have been to in many years. Vern was outstanding! Lots of practical help in using the structures. The content was extremely relevant to what I need to do in my school."
— Joanne Goodwin, Principal
"Vern Minor is a dynamic trainer and professional. He has the ability to share himself on a number of levels, personal and professional. He has the experience needed to share from a teacher's, administrator's, and supervisor's point of view."
— Sandra Dunbar, Principal