Endorsements, TESTIMONIALS, QUOTES FROM FIRED up CLIENTS
Dr. Daniel’s “Living Your Best Professional Legacy” keynote address kicked off our 2020 with vision and challenge. Our teachers were informed and inspired to action by Kevin’s personal and poignant reflections on his time as a professional educator delivered in an engaging and entertaining style. Dr. Daniel delivered far beyond our expectations, and is one of the reasons our PDC rated this year’s back-to-school PD as one of the best ever!
Mary Van Orden, Assistant Superintendent, South Callaway School District
"If you're looking for a dynamic and engaging team of educators to partner with your district to deliver high-quality professional development, look no further. Dr. Kevin Daniel and his
Fired UP Consulting Group offer not only a broad range of content expertise, but their delivery approach makes it easy for educators to instantly relate to the content in meaningful ways. Following multiple training sessions with Fired UP, our teachers were excited, engaged, and equipped with new knowledge and skills to take back to their classrooms to enhance student learning! In Knob Noster Public Schools, we are Fired UP! Thank you Dr. Daniel and Team!"
Dr. Jerrod Wheeler, Superintendent
"I have worked with Dr. Daniel and his Fired UP Consulting Group in two different school districts. His team delivered a powerful message on increasing and improving student engagement. This last year we had an excellent back to school message on the importance of building relationships. The messages have been motivating, inspiring and practical for our staff."
Terry Mayfield, Superintendent, Drexel
"When challenged with how to assess the performance of our school district to grow our own professional development, we sought the expertise of Dr. Kevin Daniel and his Fired UP Consulting Group. His team conducted an Academic Performance Review that analyzed our staff development, curriculum and literacy with expertise and professionalism. This effort started a process that truly changed the way we do business in our district. The feedback shared with our entire administrative team through a written report and presentation by Dr. Daniel was thorough, motivating and has led to outstanding PD and better instructional practices . I have now sought the Fired UP Consulting Group in two districts and highly recommend them."
Dr. John Link, Superintendent, Jackson (formerly at Fair Grove)
"Our school-wide PD from the Fired UP Consulting Group enhanced our knowledge and use of critical thinking strategies in our classrooms and provided great resources to use in lesson planning and design for student learning. Our consultant was easy to work with, contacted us in advance to customize for our day that helped significantly in providing targeted staff development for our school’s goals and needs."
Rachel Hammers, Principal
"Kevin and the FIRED UP group do a terrific job of providing timely and relevant PD that can be taken and used the moment staff members leave the building. The customization for our specific needs through collaborative planning prior to the event was exceptional. This helped make an instant connection with our team within minutes of starting the work. Kevin is also good about follow-up, offering support and suggestions as part of the implementation process. I appreciated the attention to detail as well as his skill to relate to people."
Brian Sloan, Principal
“Dr. Daniel is an incredible resource for all questions related to building PLCs. Having heard him on multiple occasions, I have received valuable and new information each time. He really believes in and has lived what he is talking about and has the best interests of the students in mind. He approaches each workshop with humor and practical experiences that are applicable to all facets and grade-levels in education. I truly believe he has made a positive impact for change in our school”.
Jill Huntsman, – Hillyard Technical Center
Dr. Kevin Daniel and Fired UP Consulting Group facilitated the engagement of an in-depth strategic planning process about the current state of our school and the vision for what we choose to be moving forward. The utilization of an objective third party partner in the process allowed access to a perspective I have found lacking in my previous strategic planning initiatives. Dr. Daniel brings a unique blend of professional experience, relational approach and personal insight into the process that enabled us to engage in this vital work that will define the next five years in the Poplar Bluff School District.
Dr. Scott Dill, Superintendent, Poplar Bluff
"The Fired UP Consulting Group conducted a technology integration (Google) into the classroom staff development workshop for our teachers. The effort to reach out and plan prior to the workshop to customize for our staff members was particularly positive and appreciated. The following comments came from our staff members who were very pleased with the work:
"Gave me many ideas, to work with tools I already know and more beneficial than past Google PD workshops. Wish I had more time to work on these activities."
"The presenter was very knowledgeable of Google applications. I appreciated that he began the presentation by reviewing what we, as a group, already felt confident about and gave some additional tips and strategies to using those in the classroom. He continued his presentation with more depth on Google Classroom, Sheets, Drawings and applications the group indicated we knew less about. I learned many different activities and uses to incorporate in the classroom to benefit the students and their learning. '"
Lindsay Stephenson, Instructional Facilitator, Leavenworth, KS USD 453 School District
Christina Lentz, Director of Teaching and Learning, Leavenworth, KS USD 453
"Dr. Daniel and his Fired UP Consulting Group helped us throughout our district. Fired UP lent their expertise in assessment and grading practices that have propelled us in the area of student achievement. They have lived and breathed best practices in education and were a wealth of knowledge to our district as we implemented Standards-Based Grading. Not only did they provide initial support, but also continued consulting with us throughout the entire implementation process. I am grateful for Fired UP and would not hesitate to use their services again."
Nathan Manley, Assistant Superintendent
"Kevin and his team did an outstanding job of assisting my board and I as I began my tenure as superintendent. The environment created during the meeting helped us develop as a team and ultimately provided the board of education with insight on effective board practices and the conversations provided me with targeted goals for my first year. The impact on our district and community has been significant! We would definitely have Fired UP back."
Dr. Matt Teeter, Superintendent
Smithton & Willard School Districts
"Dr. Daniel’s facilitation (with Fired UP Consulting Group) in our strategic planning efforts helped to clarify the process so that it was easily understood by all stakeholders involved including our community members. His efforts helped us to make sense of input collected resulting in a long-range plan that not only defines our desired future, but has widespread ownership from our stakeholders. Dr. Daniel was able to tactfully manage “concerns and hot topics” so that our community felt heard but not being handled. Dr. Daniel is highly skilled at facilitation of strategic planning."
Dr. Brad Welle, Assistant Superintendent
“Kevin has motivated our K-12 staff on two occasions with his engaging and inspirational messages while delivering (and modeling) practical management and instructional strategies. He generates a contagious I can do it attitude.
Joey Crossrove – Salem R-80
"The workshop on Trauma was informative, presented from an expert and altered my thinking about how to better support students and my colleagues".
"Trauma Informed workshop was exactly what I needed to learn and when I needed it. Great session of professional learning. Some of the best we've had".
Quotes from Carrollton R-VII Staff Members
"In the fall of 2014 Dr. Daniel and his Fired UP Consulting Group conducted a complete academic audit of our district that included a curriculum audit, analysis of our staff development impact and performance data. The process was not only through, detailed and fully-encompassing, it also provided actionable steps we could take as a district to improve and enhance our academic initiatives. The level of professionalism and specificity to our district made the experience not only beneficial to all stakeholders, but also critical to the successes we are now achieving at Union R-XI."
Dr. Justin Tarte, Executive Director of HR & Learning, Union XI School District
"Our Board of Education was so pleased and impressed with Dr. Daniel’s initial work with our district we decided (after a vetting process) to select the Fired UP Consulting Group to assist in the development of our district’s strategic plan/CSIP. The collaboration was tremendous and highly successful. Over the course of four months we were able to create a plan that has had major results in our school community. The Fired UP team’s ability to facilitate meaningful conversations and build positive working relationships with our stakeholders were instrumental in creating a strong strategic plan."
Dr. Matt Teeter, Superintendent
Smithton (Moving to Willard July 1, 2017)
"My staff and I had a great experience at my former district working with Dr. Kevin Daniel’s Fired UP Consulting Group helping teachers better implement instructional technology in the classroom at the onset of our 1:1 initiative. We also had an excellent back to school message delivered. I am now excited to bring them to Maryville R-II to share strategies for increasing student motivation and generating higher levels of cognitive engagement."
Dr. Becky Albrecht, Superintendent, Maryville (Former Supt. at Trenton)
“Dr. Daniel is an extremely motivating and engaging keynote or workshop presenter. He speaks from practical experiences and relates very well with his audience while modeling great teaching throughout. He is a professional learner, leader who is a great example for us”.
Camdenton R-III School District