Please take a few minutes and review the various topics and testimonials regarding my work with numerous schools around the world. My goal is simple-- to help schools by providing outstanding professional development. My presentations are middle level focused, however, I have given hundreds of keynotes to all groups of educators. This includes new teachers, K-12, elementary, essentials, college students, and support staff.
I believe that quality professional development entails up to date research, practical examples, and a strong dose of humor. This allows educators to be engaged and gain knowledge. Feel free to contact me personally, if you have any questions.
Testimonials / What Our Clients Say
Your “Deliberate Optimism” philosophy is parallel to my beliefs. I have worked at perfecting it. There have been days I have had to fake it. There have been dark days but with optimism I have been able to overcome and move forward.
Livingston Parish School System in Louisiana brought Jack Berckmeyer, Mark McLeod, Debbie Silver, and Sharon Faber to present for our own conference for 380 middle school teachers in January. It was a great way to start the New Year before our teachers began the second semester of school. Our teachers learned new teaching strategies, had a blast, and were inspired. Quite a few were not looking forward to the day before it got started…they had never experienced this before, but by the end of the day they ALL were glad they attended. One teacher said that she had been to three sessions and kept thinking that the next session couldn’t be better than the one she just heard, but she said it just kept getting better.
Here are some comments from the teacher’s evaluations; this was the sentiment from everyone:
“This was such a great day filled with laughs, motivation, and great ideas.”
“Thank you for valuing us enough to have these speakers come.”
“Do this again, just what I needed.”
“Loved the speakers! Amazing energy and information.”
“Inspiring and thoroughly informative and truly applied to me!”
“If I couldn’t be in my room, this was the best alternative I could ask for.”
“We have worked with Jack for the last three years, starting with an “opening day” presentation that was done in by a hurricane and presented in March with the same inspiring impact and continuing with consultations with our teams over a number of days during the school year. I have been the assistant principal here for 17 years and was a teacher on a sixth grade ‘team’ for 11 years before that and in the past three years Jack has brought our teams to a higher level than we were able to reach in the all the years before that. Jack not only knows what it means to be a great team, he can assess teams and work with them in a manner that gets people excited about the changes they need to make. Jack is one of the few educational ‘gurus’ that can truly deliver on the promises. He is what any school who is striving to meet the needs of every student through the development of highly functional teams needs.”
“The first time I met Jack was less than two months into my first year of teaching 7th grade. His presentation was the first professional development I had received and since then I have compared every other conference and presentation to his. I’m sure I won’t be the first (or the last) to say that nothing compares to an hour or two listening to Jack!
Not only is he truly hilarious, but he shares relevant ideas that I have actually used in my classroom! Since listening to him in October 2011, I’ve been lucky enough to see him a handful of times. EACH time I am left with a stomach that aches from laughter and a busy mind that can’t stop pondering how and what to immediately incorporate into my classroom.
I can assure you, you will not be disappointed if you take an opportunity to learn from Jack!”