"This course is a must for anyone wanting to make a positive impact at home, work, or the world at large.
Creating a Climate and Culture for Success: The Keys to Effective Communication
Kim Bearden's Creating a Climate and Culture for Success: The Keys to Effective Communication is a series of modules that teach how to motivate, engage, empower, and inspire students, staff, and families. Kim's methods will help educators ignite a passion for learning, provide support, hold high expectations for student behavior, promote parental involvement, and ensure a safe, secure environment. During the course, participants will learn the six principles of effective communication as well as strategies that build rapport, strengthen relationships, promote academic excellence, and even increase productivity.
After completing the series, educators will be given the opportunity to attend a live, virtual session with Kim to ask questions and engage in discussion.
Kim Bearden is an award-winning educator with thirty-four years of experience and a track record of tremendous success. Her methods will equip your classroom, school, and district with tools to create an optimal learning environment for all.
Overview of Course
How Communication Affects Climate & Culture
The Foundation: The 6 Principles
The 6 Principles Summary: Putting it All Together
Additional Applications & Complications
Using the 6 Principles Virtually
Using the 6 Principles When Writing
Meet Kim Bearden
Kim Bearden is the co-founder, executive director, and language arts teacher at the highly acclaimed Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, GA. The Academy is an innovative middle school and educator-training facility. More than 85,000 educators from around the world have visited Kim’s classroom and have attended her workshops to learn better ways to engage students, promote academic rigor, and create a climate and culture that promote success.
Over the past thirty-three years, she has been a teacher, instructional lead teacher, curriculum director, school board member, staff development trainer, and middle-school principal.
In 2016, Kim was honored at the White House for being inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. She was selected from over 70,000 nominations to be honored as the Disney American Teacher Awards Outstanding Humanities Teacher, and the Milken Family Foundation selected her to receive the Award for Excellence in Education. She is the winner of the InfluencHer Award, the University of Georgia Outstanding Educator Award, and the Turknett Character Award for Servant Leadership. Mercedes-Benz recognized her in their Greatness Lives Here campaign, and Women Works Media Group has named her one of Georgia’s Most Powerful and Influential Women.
Kim is a bestselling author of three books. Her newest book, Fight Song: Six Steps to Passion, Power, Peace, and Purpose released in June of 2020. Talk to Me: Find the Right Words to Inspire, Encourage, and Get Things Done was released in 2018 and Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me debuted in 2014.
Reviews for Creating a Climate and Culture for Success: The Keys to Effective Communication
"Are you an administrator trying to effectively build a positive climate and culture in your school? This is the course for you. Kim Bearden takes you on the perfect journey through The Six Principles of Effective Communication to help you understand how to build a culture of excellence, excitement, and motivation to make it happen! My favorite part is how it can be used in conjunction with her book Talk to Me!"
- Tyler Hart
Donahoe Elementary, Henrico County Public Schools
"Oh, to have had the opportunity to take this course when I was a new teacher 25 years ago! I'm glad that it's never too late to start anew! After this pandemic, the way we teach will be different; however, the desire and the need to connect with others will remain the same. Effective communication is the keystone for anyone who works with others, not just educators. Be it in an academic setting, professional relationship, or even on a personal level, the ability to connect is the measure of true success.
This course is designed to meet you where you are with Ms. Bearden at your side with each step you take! The videos that begin each lesson are like having a heart to heart with a dear friend. Each principle begins with Ms. Bearden sharing a personal story, speaking right to you! As a learner, I was impressed with the thoughtfulness of the course design. The lessons are rich and deep, easy to follow, and resource-filled. Most important to this busy teacher is the "next steps" advice which Ms. Bearden shares, allowing the practice of the principle to begin immediately...yes, immediately! After this course, I feel like a first-year teacher-filled with excitement and promise entering my classroom-a place where the climate and culture create success for all!"
- Jodi Bitler
Durham Middle School, Cobb County Schools
"Wow! What an amazing course! I found this course to be extremely relevant to anyone, no matter their profession! Kim Bearden is a compassionate, dedicated and enthusiastic educator who shares real-life situations to help us understand how to more effectively communicate with others using 6 principles. These principles can be used when writing, speaking and listening to others. The 6 principles shared are pivotal in changing the positive outcome of many situations. If you communicate with others in your daily life, and who doesn’t, this course is for you! Kim leaves you empowered and equipped to turn your next difficult conversation into a positive work of art!"
- Jason Miller
Prince Street Elementary School
"Helpful, effective, and from the heart! Kim is a master of communication and relationships. I love how this course provides an easy step by step guide for successful, honest, and loving communication. While participating in this course I appreciated the videos of Kim. I felt like she was speaking from her heart to mine. I loved the colorful PDF question guides and resources after each video. The questions provided were in-depth and great for self-reflection and school-wide discussion. This course will help improve climate and culture in schools around the world!"
- Avery Lieske
Bluff Park Elementary
"This course is a must for anyone wanting to make a positive impact at home, work, or the world at large.
During this class, I learned so many practical methods for building meaningful relationships and creating a positive climate where everyone thrives. I love how Kim is your personal coach as she introduces the theme, scaffolds the learning, applies each topic, embeds reflection, and then provides an easy way to implement every lesson. The third section on “Application and Complications” ensures success by allowing you to benefit from the accumulated wisdom and knowledge of Kim’s vast experiences. You don't just get the blueprints, framework, tools, and materials needed to create a masterpiece, Kim Bearden is your partner at each step of the way and gives you the keys to unlock the magic of building successful cultures in any scenario!"
- Michael Wamsley
"Whether it be in the boardroom, classroom, or living room - how we communicate creates the conditions by which we either experience success or failure. It sounds so easy, but it’s a skill we have to constantly nurture. In this groundbreaking course Kim Bearden is your personal coach guiding you, step-by-step, from lesson to reflection to application and implementation. Thank you for the development of this course, Kim! So many great reminders! So many new lessons learned!!! "
- James Whitfield
"Every teacher, administrator, school district, parents should take part in this opportunity to master effective ways to communicate. This is a life skill that is necessary for survival.
Kim talks about the importance of consideration. WOW. We love to talk a great game but it's "putting in the work" that matters the most. By creating a culture and climate that we can believe in. Finding effective ways to communicate with others and really speak the truth! WE HAVE TO FIRST DO THE WORK! I can not praise this course enough!
TAKE IT! TAKE IT! YOU WON'T REGRET IT!"
- Donovan Smalls
"Mrs.Bearden, this was a fantastic course! When the pandemic started, my teachers and I communicated continuously with parents since we were doing virtual learning. During virtual Meet the Teacher, I visited Zoom rooms to say hello to the families and observe teacher interactions using this new modality. After analyzing my observations, I concluded that my staff would benefit from a communication course to improve my school families' communication skills. It is like you read my mind! This is exactly what educators need! This course can improve their communication skills and also benefit the connections between school and home. Now more than ever, we must value the quality of our communication skills. I highly recommend this course, and I cannot wait to have the opportunity to share this with my staff. "
- Aleli Vazquez
"Kim Bearden is one of those people that is intentional, genuine, and heartfelt with everything she touches. The light in Kim shines through to all she reaches. You can tell that her life is about building her students, teachers, friends and most importantly her family up. This PD was about ways to communicate with others. It helped me gain insight into how to deal with students, coworkers, friends and my family. I highly recommend investing in yourself so you can influence your people if that is your students, coworkers or family and friends. It was extremely easy to follow thanks to hand outs that were provided between each module. Take the time and go through a journey with Kim Bearden on effective communication-you won't regret it!"
- Amanda Todd
"It is only fitting that someone who is incredibly gifted with words has created this course to enable us to better communicate and care for others with grace, humility, truth, and love. As I took this course, not only was I able to learn new strategies for communication, but I also had the opportunity to reflect on my own experiences and take action towards a refined perspective. I especially loved how Kim created a space where you feel like she is working through this right beside you as if she is your own personal mentor! She eloquently shares her process and experience to teach us how to approach communication with just about anyone. This course will not only benefit you as an educator but in your personal life too. I believe that communication is one of the most important aspects of any relationship, especially in the field of education. These six principles will be a tool that you can use daily and apply in all seasons of life. As you take this course, Kim’s authentic nature and encouraging words will be a blessing to you as you learn, reflect, and grow. I could sing praises of her and her knowledge all day! I promise this will be a beneficial experience and is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Thank you so much, Kim, for investing in educators so we can better serve our coworkers, students, and their families!"
- Hannah Grace Ward
"A must have for any teacher who is struggling to find their footing during these stressful times or simply just needs encouragement and motivation from one of the best. This course is designed for anyone who wishes to enhance their communication skills through engaging lessons taught with love and compassion in order to live their best life in the workplace or their private life.
-1st grade teacher "
- Amanda White
"Rewarding, relatable, and reflective… this course is a must for any educator or administrator! This course takes you on a journey that will improve you as a teacher/professional and gives you practical tools to handle a variety of situations in a polished and professional manner. Kim provides real world examples with honesty and empathy that speak to the heart and show you how you can be successful and bring out success in others. The modules compel you to reflect on your professional practices and Kim is with you every step of the way building you up while showing you to make your interactions better. The ideas and strategies presented in these lessons are universal and can be implemented right away regardless of the personal or professional setting. Each course section is very manageable and able to complete without a lengthy time commitment but the depth these concepts can reach holds no bounds. I cannot recommend this course enough!! "
- Jordan Billings
"Get those colorful worksheets out and pens ready because this course is jammed packed with game changing tips that will elevating your school’s culture. I appreciate how Kim uses real life situations to demonstrate each principal and then guides you through the steps of implementation. Her delivery of content is clear and effective. Each video is an easy watch making this a must have in every professional development. The intention in each word and story that is told leaves you feeling informed and inspired. I highly recommended this course to those in and out of the classroom."
- Tianta Harrison
"Just... WOW! Having already read the “Talk to Me” book, I wasn’t 100% sure what I could still learn from the course. However, a couple of sessions in, I was hooked. The stories and the lessons from Mrs. Bearden left me feeling excited and confident about my communication with my students, their parents, and even outside of work. As person who has served as a teacher and an administrator, I highly recommend this course for anyone, even if you are not a teacher, as communication is an essential skill for all areas of life. This is an opportunity to learn strategic, concrete principles from a master communicator."
- Thomas Bussey
"Kim Bearden's commitment to educators, students, and parents shines brightly throughout this beautifully structured course. Her anecdotes bring you right into the moment, creating relatable learning opportunities for people in every stage of their journey. Kim's videos make you feel connected and seen through heartfelt accounts of the challenges and successes of being a teacher, administrator, parent, and human. The PDF's following each video offer the opportunity to dive deeper into the content for personal reflection, consideration, and development of next steps. Structurally, I appreciated the length of each video segment being clearly marked in the content panel. Add Kim's extensive experience, knowledge, and wisdom, and you've got a professional development experience well-worth your time.
Straight talk, clearly developed written resources, humor sprinkled throughout, and Kim's authentic approach to caring for others through kindness and respect make this course one that will elevate your professional world AND your life. "
- Paula Williams
"This course is POWERFUL! Kim teaches from a place of wisdom and passion, drawing on decades of experience as both an educator and administrator. Kim provides clear and explicit steps for any educator or administrator to tactfully master the art of strong communication in a school setting. While fads may come and go in education, you will learn that the knowledge Kim has to offer will last a lifetime. Kim equips you with skills and strategies that are timeless and can be implemented in ANY school setting. You will not only finish this course with the confidence to build meaningful relationships, but also with confidence to lead those tough conversations and conferences that you used to dread! You do not want to miss out on this opportunity to change the culture of your school and the trajectory of your education career!"
- Shannon Cunningham Lanning
"Building relationships are the key to any successful school and life. In order to create relationships, we have to communicate. In this course, Kim Bearden gives us powerful, yet practical ways to communicate and connect with others for win-win situations to result. With engaging videos and informative, graphical documents, she presents the ideas in a way that makes you think about personal situations you can apply the learning immediately. She uses bite-sized segments which introduce the concepts and then gives you a chance to reflect without it being to much at a time to digest. Also Kim is a master storyteller and uses her stories and experiences to make the learning come to life. Take this course and learn to make better connections with students, colleagues, parents, community and even your own family!"
- Toni Hull
"The videos in each lesson made me feel like I was in a one-on-one coaching session with Kim Bearden! She is genuine, relatable, and teaches from the heart. The well-designed workbook pages provided opportunities for reflection and practice. I was able to incorporate Kim's communication techniques immediately. I highly recommend this course for anyone in the education field!"
- Jodie McNally
"I truly believe this course will help transform school communities on a daily basis and you educators (and anyone in any field) actionable steps that can be implemented immediately! Kim Bearden is easy to listen to and her storytelling just resonates with me like when I’ve seen her speak in person and when I read her books. The ideas she offers don’t always come naturally to all of us, but she offers a way of deep reflection in her workbook pages. I can see how working through this with a team can bring people together to build mighty relationships between staff, students, and parents. I hope many school communities will use this course with their teams! "
- Melody McAllister
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