“The goal of schooling is to prepare students not only for success in school but, more important, in life.”- Marcia L. Tate

Marcia L. Tate, Ph.D., is the former executive director of professional development for DeKalb County Schools in Decatur, Georgia. During her thirty-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director. Marcia was named Staff Developer of the Year for the state of Georgia, and her department was selected to receive the Exemplary Program Award for the state.

She is currently an educational consultant and has presented her workshops to nearly half a million administrators, teachers, parents, and community leaders from all over the world. She has published a number of articles and is the author of seven bestselling books, including Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain (2nd ed.); Shouting Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Detours Around the Danger Zones (2nd ed.); and Preparing Children for Success in School and Life: 20 Ways to Increase Your Child’s Brain Power.

Tate received her specialist and doctorate degrees in educational leadership from Georgia State University and Clark Atlanta University respectively. She earned her master’s degree in remedial reading from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and her bachelor’s degree in psychology and elementary education from Spelman College in Atlanta, where she was also awarded the Apple Award for excellence in the field of education.