Use the Institute as an incentive to recruit new hires! With the commitment contract* option, you'll be guaranteed each energetic teacher you select will stick with your school through the dreaded one to three-year period in which 44% of all novice teachers leave schools or leave the profession entirely!
Offer the Institute as an extra reward for teacher commitments in hard-to-fill subject areas. Math, science, and foreign language teachers will relish an opportunity to spend time in the home of Paulus Geometrus (Paolo il Geometra, "Paul the Geometer"), Leonardo da Vinci (the great inventor), and Galileo Galilei!
An experienced teacher who knows the culture of your school is a jewel beyond measure! Use the Institute as a reward for committing to keep these priceless employees in their classrooms a few more years! Or, use the Institute to acknowledge teachers who have reached milestone levels of devotion to your school -- 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
In every school, there are one or two teachers who just have a little extra spark! Any student or good principal can name them immediately. Reward those who go the extra mile to create student achievement and a positive school culture, and encourage others to replicate the ways of these superstars. The Institute will recognize and enhance their skills and their confidence to become greater faculty leaders.
Use the Institute to motivate teachers to commit to challenging schools or difficult assignments, or use the Institute to help encourage those good, steady workers whose passion for teaching has been dampened post-Covid. Conversely, you can use the Institute to reward teachers in a high-performing department in your school or a high-performing school in your district!
“Every teacher deserves to be supported in making a great impact in their classroom. Leilani stimulates their higher faculties to equip them with the tools and support they need to walk away more enthused about the work they do and ready to face new challenges. She energizes teachers with her coaching techniques to help them renew their passion as educators. Her presentations help renew teachers' passion for the profession of teaching. Leilani creates a culture of collaboration for teachers to stretch and learn together, making, as she says, ‘A Magical Year!’”Leza Isadora: Organizational Change Manager, Yale University
“As a coach in one of the most challenging schools in Dallas, Leilani created a New Teacher Academy that led to 100% new teacher retention in one year. She’s amazing!”Mina Davis: District Curriculum Supervisor, RLA, Dallas ISD
"Have you ever met somebody that touched your heart, that taught you so well that you apply that knowledge to this day, someone that inspires you… and someone that makes you feel blessed to be alive? Well that somebody for me is Leilani Barnett."Ray Davidson: El Centro College
"In my mind and heart, [Leilani's] a National treasure, and I’m grateful our paths crossed in Alabama."Melinda Seigler: Former National Children's Advocacy Center, Travel Logistics
"My first trip across the big pond was with Leilani Barnett! She is an amazing human and an even more amazing travel partner!! We had a group of more than 50, and she never flinched!!! We went from London, England to Paris, France to Rome, Italy, and she never missed a beat!! I can't wait for the day when we get to travel again!!!!"Regina Woods: Tour Participant
"From my New York trip, I learned that you're only limited by the horizon you set in life. Look forward and work hard. Nothing on earth is out of your reach."Derrick Thomas: Tour Participant
With more than 30 years of experience from the classroom to campus coaching to district-level training of principals to district curriculum writing and testing coordination, Leilani now devotes herself to adding world travel, amazing training, true support, and a week of luxury to the lives of teachers who commit to this profession! Leilani was the first National Chairperson for an Assembly of National Board Certified Teachers, District Teacher of the Year for Scottsboro City Schools, president of the Alabama Council of Teachers of English and a member of the executive board for AAMU's National Writing Project. You may have heard her speak at events for the National Council of Teachers of English, the International Reading Association, Toyota Corporation, Texas ESC Regions 8, 10, and 11, the International Institute of Education, etc. She is also the author of "Sacred Journaling: Ten Ways to Use the Power of Words to Craft Your Ideal Life" and "Guaranteed Ways to Make an A: Getting Inside the Head of Your Teacher."
Co-Coordinator of the TSG Administrators' Institute
A dedicated family man, Dr. Quentin J. Lee is Superintendent of Talladega City Schools and became a viral sensation in 2020 when his "Can't Touch This Covid Parody" was viewed more than 9 million times and helped schools navigate safely to back to school. Dr. Lee has been featured on several national platforms such as: 360- CNN, Fox and Friends, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Greatest At Home Videos, and NBC Nightly News. Dr. Lee was able to virtually speak with various media personalities including by not limited to Lester Holt, Hoda, Anderson Cooper, Cedric The Entertainer, and ultimately MC Hammer. You may have heard Dr. Lee's Ted Talk, or heard him present for Google for Education (EDU Onair), Kahoot (conference presenter and host), and ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) presenter and main stage speaker, and the HOPE Institute Summer Character Education Summit. He was named Principal of the Year 2020-2021 by the Alabama Black Education Alliance, and received the Go Be Great Award by Varsity Brand Sports and a Character Education Award from Samford University.
Ann is a professional travel agent and the owner of AMCreative, a full service digital agency with expertise, talent and results-focused innovation. Her business empowers clients with bold creative solutions, brand positive positioning and an online presence that supports positive growth and brand awareness. AMCcreative provides illustrations, logo design, brand development, packaging design, renders, consultation, website design, social media campaigns and influencing. Ann will be your go-to person for flights if you are a participant in the 2024 or 2025 TSG Summer Institute in Florence, Italy or the 2025 Administrators' Fall Institute. She is also happy to assist with other travel you wish to enjoy on the end of your Institute or at other times with family and friends.
Professional Teaching Mentor and Mindset Coach
Trisha brings vast experience from teaching elementary to college students, plus expertise in classroom management, planning, and content-specific strategies. She focuses on building relationships with students to create a more harmonious classroom environment. As a DiSC facilitator, Trisha shares how strengths and weaknesses of differing personalities can work together in productive ways. As a Mindset Coach, she works side-by-side with teachers to allow them to see new perspectives while encouraging their continued growth and motivation. She delights in helping others navigate busy lives successfully.