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5 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

For any teacher trying to be at least 5% better at cultivating student motivation in their classroom this year.

Course overview

The Student Motivation Summit

The Student Motivation Summit is a 1-day virtual workshop and private community for anyone who wants to positively affect student motivation in their work as a classroom educator in 2022-2023.

Who is this course for


Classroom teachers looking to produce more learning with less stress in classrooms of all content areaes.


Teams of teachers wanting to develop a shared fire for the work of teaching and a shared language for discussions around student motivation.


School leaders who are hearing from all their teachers that student engagement and motivation are their biggest challenges right now.

Key outcomes

Begin the year smart

The best way to get pumped about teaching is to do things in your classroom that make a tangible difference. I want you to end this year excited for the next one. I want this month's breakthroughs to fuel next fall's forward progress in your career.

Focus on what you can control

Lots of times we get "stuck" with student motivation troubles by viewing them as immovable, "Kids these days" kinds of obstacles. The five key beliefs methodology helps us get WAY past that frustration.

Get clearer on Everest

There's plenty I'm average at, but one thing I can promise is that if you engage with this workshop you'll be generously reminded of the great goodness and nobility in being an educator -- even in times like these, even in societies like ours.

Leave with practical methods for improving high leverage beliefs in the final weeks of school

I'll focus our learning on questions and concepts specific to the volitional realities of the final weeks of school. Our focus beliefs will be Credibility, Value, and Effort.

See what people are saying

        We are halfway through a year long journey with Dave and as we survey our staff after each monthly PD session the words that consistently reverberate K-12 are: curious, excited, encouraged and VALIDATED. Dave delivers the beliefs in manageable, sustainable and engaging ways and is taking our efforts and turning them into a practice and a culture.
Lindsay Luetje

Lindsay Luetje

Dean of Students, Telstar Middle School
        Within two days of his workshop, teachers in every department in our school were trying out a strategy or applying a principle that Dave presented to us. And not because we required it, but because they actually saw value and believed that Dave’s ideas could improve the quality of their teaching and help them remain joyful and invested in the work.
Dr. John Tanner

Dr. John Tanner

Principal, AGW Middle School
        Dave Stuart shared practical and insightful strategies to prepare our school administrators for the 2021-2022 school year. We look forward to future visits!
LoWan Brown

LoWan Brown

Assistant Principal, Mary McLeod Bethune Community School
        Dave's professional development was so incredibly beneficial to me as a first year teacher. In my brief conversations with others about the PD and my interactions with students regarding the beliefs, I know this is career trajectory-altering.
Sean Daigle

Sean Daigle

Secondary math teacher
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Meet your instructor

Dave Stuart Jr.

Dave Stuart Jr.

In the past calendar year, I've led PD for over 4,000 educators in dozens of states and 3 countries. But believe it or not, I live a fairly quiet life as a husband, father, and teacher in a small town.

I credit countless mentors for my ability to do this work with sanity and effectiveness. In this course, I want to share with you the approach to student motivation that has made all the difference in my life and in the lives of a thousand or so educators around the world.

Course syllabus


The basics

  • What are the five key beliefs?
  • How do they work?
  • How do we effectively cultivate them during the final weeks of school?


the Credibility belief

Does teacher credibility matter at the end of a school year? Oh heck yes it does!

Can it be affected so late in the game? You bet.

In this segment we'll focus on specific methods for signaling Care, Competence, and Passion in the final weeks of school


the Value belief

"C'mon, Mr. Stuart -- there are only a few weeks left. Do we really have to read and annotate this article?"

In this segment, we'll focus on specific methods for signaling with the Rainbow of Why during the final weeks of school.

(This one is really fun because the final weeks are laden with potential for leaving our Value mark with students!)


the Effort belief

An often-missed aspect of the Effort belief is that none of us have arrived yet. To put it into the language of one of my classroom posters, we are "never finished."

In this segment, we'll examine methods for helping students put forth effective effort in the final weeks of school.


Independent Study / Application

As a member of this course, you get a complimentary license to the Student Motivation Course ($199 value). In the course, I've created 35+ asynchronous video lessons for teachers on the five key beliefs.

The course is just one of several options participants can pursue during the independent portion of our day.


(Optional) Happy Hour w/ Colleagues

Grab your favorite cup or glass and let's discuss anything that's on your mind re: student motivation.

Want feedback on what you're specifically planning to work on during the final weeks of school? This is the place for that.

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Schedule for the Wednesday, April 27 Workshop

1 day
  • Whole Group

    Live Session: 9:00a - 12:00p EST

    In this segment, I'll lead us in an interactive workshop on items 01 through 04 in the syllabus above.

  • Independent Study / Application Time

    Independent Session: 12:00p - 4:30p EST

    This is time and space to make the morning's ideas

  • Optional: Happy Hour w/ Colleagues

    Live Session: 4:30p - 5:30p EST

    Get feedback on your application work and ask Dave any questions that didn't get answered during the live sessions earlier in the day.

In sum, here's what this is about

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active, not passive

This course focuses on a live workshop and hands-on application projects

Learn with a cohort of peers

You’ll be learning in public through breakout rooms and an engaged community

Learn with a cohort of peers

Surround yourself with like-minded people who want to grow alongside you

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this event all virtual?
Can I do this with a group of teachers at my school?
What happens if I can’t make some or all of the live session?
Dave, at this point in the school year, I am toast. Is this really going to be life-giving for me?
Do you accept Purchase Orders?
If I've read all of Dave's blog, will this be session be all old news?
How am I supposed to pay for this?
Is there a long-term commitment for this event?

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