18 Minute Leaders

Dr Tammy Keces - 18 Minute Leaders

November 08, 2021 Jewish Interactive
18 Minute Leaders
Dr Tammy Keces - 18 Minute Leaders
Show Notes

What is the shift between "telling" and "asking"? How do we as parents and educators lead children on a path of self-discovery? Exploring the responsibilities of education and uncover the methods and meaning that drive Positive Discipline.

Dr Tammy Keces - Head of School of Irvine Hebrew Day School & expert in Positive Discipline

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Dr. Tammy Keces is the founding Head of School at Irvine Hebrew Day School (IHDS). Tammy is a passionate educator who is deeply committed to the mission of IHDS. Tammy holds a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University in Curriculum and Instruction, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from UCSD, an Administrative Services Credential Cal State University, Fullerton, and a Doctorate in Education from Cal State University, Fullerton.

Born and raised in Laguna Beach, Tammy has taught elementary school in various private and public schools in Orange County including the JCC, Tarbut V’Torah, and New Horizon in Irvine, CA. Tammy has been an educational consultant for public, charter, Montessori, and private schools, providing professional development training and mentoring for administrators, school counselors, teachers, and staff. Her school consultation work has included training in the implementation of the Singapore Math curriculum, Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Workshop, and a comprehensive social-emotional learning curriculum for grades K-12 called Positive Discipline. As a certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer, Tammy has facilitated Positive Discipline training for all of the staff at IHDS, leading to the designation of IHDS as a Positive Discipline Lab School.

Tammy has done extensive academic research and assessments on motivating children to learn, which was included in Dr. Debra Stipek’s book, “Motivating Children to Learn: From Theory to Practice.” Tammy’s language arts curriculum is featured in “Positive Discipline in the School and Classroom; (4th edition)” and the “Problem Solving Wheel of Choice Program,” both by Jane Nelsen. Most recently Tammy wrote the foreword for “Positive Discipline Tools for Teachers” by Jane Nelsen. Tammy has recently published her dissertation titled “Teachers’ Perceptions of their Social-Emotional Competencies and Social-Emotional Learning Practices”. The purpose of her qualitative study was to better understand the perspectives of teachers’ social-emotional competencies, the development of social-emotional competencies, and the practice and implementation of social and emotional learning (SEL).

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