Savanna Flakes is an international education consultant specializing in Universal Design for Learning, Technology Integration, Social Emotional Learning, Literacy, and Special Education. As an education consultant, Savanna has worked in over 30 states with school communities to build teacher leaders and support effective instructional practices for students with exceptionalities. Her prior instructional leadership roles include Manager of Professional Learning, Master Educator, Technology Integration Specialist and Inclusion Instructional Specialist, coaching administrators and teachers on education technology tools and evidenced-based practices to engage students and provide meaningful access to rigorous curriculum. Savanna served as a Professor at American University, training teachers on best practices to reach and teach learners with exceptionalities. Savanna has published instructional resources and books on Literacy Interventions for struggling readers, specially designed instruction, and differentiated instruction with the Bureau of Education and Research. She presents nationally on topics such as Universal Design for Learning, Technology Integration, Literacy and Language, Social Emotional Learning, and Special Education.
Savanna has received numerous honors and awards for her work on behalf of students with disabilities and in education such as a National Association of Special Education Teachers Outstanding Special Educator Award, a Sontag Prize in Urban Education Award, U.S. Department of Education-White House Outstanding African American Educator, The College Board Minority Professional Fellowship, and the Alexandria City Jaycee Public Service George Webber Award for Excellence in Education. She has presented workshops on instructional strategies for students with disabilities with the London International Council of Education, Council for Exceptional Children, Learning Disabilities Association of America, International Literacy Association, and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Savanna has been featured as a Keynote speaker for the Office State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia and a panelist with Dan Habib for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Maryland, PossAbilities to Practical Applications. Savanna is distinguished as a TEDx Speaker on Inclusive Practices. Her TED talk on "Inclusion and Fast Food: Designing a Meaningful Learning Experience" received numerous accolades for her innovative approach on the future of education. She is a guest blogger for Think Inclusive and authors an “Inclusion Corner” column for Multibriefs, in which she shares instructional strategies with teachers, parents, and students. She is working to utilize her education, training and passion to positively impact the lives of teachers, children, and families by coaching school communities on effective instructional and inclusive practices to reach ALL learners.
Savanna holds an Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Virginia in Curriculum and Instruction, Post-Masters Certificate from George Washington University in Leadership and Administration, and certifications in Social Emotional Learning, Trauma, Mindfulness, and Emotional Intelligence. She is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCTS), International Standards of Technology Teacher (ISTE), and a Google Certified Educator.
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Whether you need a motivating conference keynote or an interactive workshop with intimate groups of five, Savanna is able to provide training tailored to your individual goals.
We meet with school leadership teams to plan and customize unique professional development for each school community. By conducting pre-consultation assessments we provide professional development that is immediately applicable to district, school and classroom goals and initiatives. Our continuous cycle of professional development enhances teacher performance and maximizes student learning. We engage teachers in interactive activities, planning time for implementation of the strategies, and time to collaborate with colleagues on differentiation. The combination of case-studies, exemplary classroom videos, practice and feedback sessions, and “high yield” instructional strategies; every teacher is able to walk away with best practices to improve student achievement. Inclusion for a Better Future has a distinguished history of providing districts, schools, teachers, parents, and students quality professional learning, coaching, and individual student support services. Click here to learn more about Savanna and her team of educational consultants.