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School Runnings

Programs for Administrators, Teachers, Staff, Parents, and Students


School Runnings: Yes, I Can!


Based on the story of the first Jamaican Olympic bobsled team and Devon's popular children's book of the same name, students are encouraged to see beyond the challenges of their current situations to the possibilities that lie within each of them. In this highly interactive program Devon encourages the audience to dream big, plan and work hard in the pursuit of those dreams and to persist. He skillfully links many of the things he has had to do to become an Olympic Athlete to the things students have to do to achieve success in school.

Students will learn how:
  • To set goals
  • To develop self-belief
  • To achieve success through teamwork
  • To persist in the face of difficulties

*Suitable for k-12

School Runnings: Collaborating for Student Success


As the Captain of the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team, a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England and a captain in the Officer corps of the Jamaica Defence Force, Devon knows what it takes to develop, inspire and direct a winning team under the most high-pressured circumstances. As a parent and a volunteer in support of children causes around the world, Devon is acutely aware of the level of cooperation and teamwork that is necessary not just to groom successful students but to develop productive members of society.

Drawing on his wealth of experience, Devon creatively connects his knowledge of teamwork in the sports and business world to how educators can effectively work together in order to improve the chances of student success. Punctuated by humor, Devon's keynote will give audience members the practical tools they need to develop a first-rate classroom and school.

The audience will learn how:
  • To create a good team and build collaboration
  • To build trust and strengthen relationship
  • To improve communication and resolve conflict
  • To engage students and parents

*This program is also available as a half-day and full day Workshop

School Runnings: Success Through Diversity


From the violent neighborhood of Olympic Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica to competing as a member of the only all- black team in the Winter Olympic Games, to the prestige of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England and the Officer corps of the Jamaica Defence Force, to being an immigrant and now a citizen in the United States - Devon's life experiences provide him with a unique view of how an individual as well as an organization can succeed by embracing diversity. Success Through Diversity allows the audience to see that everyone's unique perspectives and talents and their particular way of doing things give them something significant to contribute not only to their particular organization but to the entire community.

The audience will learn how:
  • To define, learn about, and embrace the different and evolving social and cultural identities
  • To improve interpersonal relationships through open, honest and respectful communication
  • To create an affirming environment and remove barriers to equity
  • To enhance and support personal growth

Keep On Pushing:Turning potential into greatness


Regardless of the family you were born in, the environment in which you lived or the difficulties you faced along the way, nothing will get you to where you want to be better than understanding your full potential. Illustrating his presentation with powerful stories from his personal experiences, Devon will inspire and show students how to tap into something innate inside of them, and live and breathe their dreams. They will be moved to step into their greatness after going on the spell binding journey that Devon takes them on.

Students will learn how:
  • Their choices determine the direction of their life
  • To take personal responsibility
  • To overcome negative influences
  • To avoiding high-risk behaviors
  • To embrace academic achievement

Hot Lessons from Cool Runnings


In this program Devon Harris skillfully weaves the real life improbable inspirational story of the Jamaica bobsled team with the entertaining portrayal of the Disney blockbuster Cool Runnings. He highlights some of the powerful life lessons he and is teammates learned along the way - lessons the audience can immediately apply to both their personal and professional lives. Devon engages the audience in this highly motivational.

Students will learn how:
  • To conquer fear through courage
  • To use the extraordinary power of visualization to achieve success
  • To build self-esteem and confidence and reach your goals
  • To define success on your terms
  • To persist in the face of insurmountable odds
 
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