Episode #3: Making and Keeping School Culture a Priority with Kim Bearden

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Kim Bearden is the cofounder, executive director, and language arts teacher at the highly acclaimed Ron Clark Academy, an innovative middle school and educator-training facility in Atlanta. More than 50,000 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-one years, she has been a teacher, instructional lead teacher, curriculum director, school-board member, staff-development trainer, and middle-school principal. Kim’s first book, Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me, made several bestseller lists. Her second book, Talk to Me: Find the Right Words to Inspire, Encourage, and Get Things Done was in July of 2018.

“When you effect a child, you don’t only effect that child. Indirectly you effect that child’s future spouse, children, extended family, neighbors, colleagues, business partners, employees. Everybody that that child will one day effect, indirectly you’ve had an impact upon as well.”

Photo via Mercedes-Benz USA’s “Greatness Lives Here” campaign


“We have a profession of significance… Achievement is about getting things but significance is about being something.”

— Kim Bearden, The Classroom Matters Podcast



In this episode, you’ll hear

  • How the Ron Clark Academy got its start
  • The importance of a school’s climate and culture
  • Keeping the passion and inspiration going in the classroom

Crash Course:  The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me by Kim Bearden


Talk to Me by Kim Bearden

Links to:

Kim’s website.

The Ron Clarke Academy website.

Book Kim as a speaker at your next event.