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JOANNE BILLINGSLEY is a national presenter, author, consultant and award-winning teacher.  Joanne inspires and motivates educators to explore NEW techniques and strategies for reaching and teaching all students, particularly ELLs, special populations and those that struggle to succeed in school. Joanne’s work combines current neuroscience research with best practices in teaching. She is passionate about supporting educators and sharing creative strategies for building brain-friendly,  language-rich, interactive classrooms.

Joanne is the President/Founder of Billingsley Education and the creator of Vocabulary Magic, a research based 6-step process for accelerating the acquisition of academic language.

Her motto is, "Words have power. Knowing, owning, and choosing the right words can impact the very direction of our lives. We must teach...students must learn... the words they need to succeed in school and life."

She is the author of:
Aim to Grow Your Brain - The Secret Mindset of Underachieving Students (Dogear 2009)
Making Words REAL - Proven Strategies for Building Academic Vocabulary FAST (Routledge 2016)


"Her message is hope-filled, her strategies field-tested, innovative and highly engaging"

* Best professional development I have ever attended. Great ideas backed with actual classroom research!  Lisa Lackeman: Mastic Beach, New York 

* Joanne is one of the most engaging presenters I have ever seen. Her ideas and demonstrations are practical and powerful.  Elizabeth Casman: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 

 * Joanne's seminar offered information and strategies that can be implemented immediately in the classroom. It is the best workshop I have had the opportunity to attend in 30 plus years of teaching. Dana Trouth Curriculum Integration Specialist, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 

 * Joanne was a breath of fresh air… witty, energetic, interesting. The seminar content was relevant, research based, practical, and doable. Mark Neu: Shakopee, Minnesota

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