With almost two decades of experience, Dr. Shaun Woodly is a sought after speaker whose highly engaging, fun, yet thought-provoking messages inspire guests for action and change. He consults with schools and districts, motivating educators and delivering instructional feedback to teachers to improve their practice. Dr. Woodly specializes in speaking and training in urban and culturally diverse schools, collaborating with educators at all levels.

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Each day in the classroom it is all about getting the students from where they are to where they need to be. This challenge can be more than meets the eye because culturally diverse students walk into our classrooms at all different levels. When it comes to teaching learners from diverse backgrounds, we understand there’s a disconnect somewhere - but how do we solve this issue? Dr. Woodly offers strategies educators can put in place to transform learning objectives that students perceive as mundane or boring, into genuinely interesting and engaging experiences by making learning culturally responsive and relevant.

As a result of this program, educators will learn:

  • How to spark engagement among different types of learners
  • Avoiding common mistakes made by teachers in urban/culturally diverse settings
  • How to motivate students from different backgrounds and promote student success the secrets of educators that thrive in urban classrooms

As culturally responsive practitioners, we need to recognize and eliminate any limiting practices in our urban classrooms. Participants will walk away with the strategies they need to facilitate a shift in classroom management immediately. Our goal is to provide all students with equitable opportunities for learning without teachers implementing assertive control. These strategies create a balanced disciplinary approach and an inviting environment that fosters growth. Relationships are made the priority for student achievement.

As a result of this program, educators will learn:

  • The root causes of and how to address 95% of discipline problems in urban classrooms
  • Avoiding common classroom management mistakes made by teachers in urban classrooms
  • How to create a relationship-first environment to get the most out of each and every student
...and more!


  • Educator Conferences
  • Leadership Retreats
  • District Convocations
  • Professional Development
  • District & Regional Events

Dr. Woodly works with schools and organizations motivating educators across the country. His programs are designed to break down the barriers that can limit educator success, allowing them to reach, motivate, and engage all of their students. All meaning ALL. These programs facilitate a path for educators to genuinely connect with their students, increasing student achievement and truly transforming the learning environment.

For success, it is critical that teachers acquire and master new skills that match their students’ way of understanding and interacting with the world around them. For this reason, we offer several options to fit your specific needs and help you promote teacher and student success!

"Dr. Woodly was the perfect presenter at the convocation for our first day back to school! He energized the crowd with his motivational presentation and gave relatable personal success stories.

It is rare that all staff members (teachers, clerical, teaching assistants, BOE members, custodians) are motivated by a guest speaker. Everyone left feeling that they could successfully build relationships with our students. More than two weeks later, people are still commenting on Dr. Woodly's dynamic presentation!"

Dr. Shirley E. Martin

Asst. Superintendent for Human Resources & Professional Development Roosevelt UFSD - Roosevelt, NY

"Dr. Woodly provided a keynote and breakout sessions on the topics of Culturally Responsive Instruction, Discipline in Culturally Diverse Schools, and Targeted Family and Community Engagement. He presented information that was informative, innovative, and interactive. The administrators, teachers and staff all indicated that they received benefit from the presentations, and unanimously requested that Dr. Woodly return!

I would highly recommend Dr. Woodly as a speaker to just about any audience. He is passionate about the subject matter, he makes the presentation personal and interactive, and he leaves you wanting more. He is very well-spoken, professional, and studies his audience to ensure that he is providing what is needed."

Dr. Shirley E. Martin

Asst. Superintendent for Human Resources & Professional Development Roosevelt UFSD - Roosevelt, NY

Joy E. Richardson, Ed. D.

Assistant Director, Special Education Norfolk Public Schools

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