Being R.E.A.L.

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Tara Martin is an enthusiastic educator, national speaker, and author who thrives on change and refuses to settle for the status quo. She has served as a classroom teacher, an instructional coach for several years, and most recently, a district administrator. 

As the founder of #BookSnaps, the latest reading comprehension strategy currently implemented in seventeen countries, she is always seeking unique ways to make learning fun, relevant, and meaningful.

Tara is the author of the inspirational book, Be REAL: Educate from the Heart and Cannonball In, a motivating children's book illustrated by Genesis Kohler. Tara firmly believes machines and artificial intelligence will never replicate an individual’s REAL identity–the unique strengths, talents, and life experiences of every human. Tara's passion for education and love of writing led her to a new role where she coaches and serves educational authors as the Director of Publishing for DBC, Inc.

Tara’s ambition is to lead a culture of innovative change, keep social-emotional learning at the heart of our work, and encourage others to Cannonball In and fulfill their true potential!

Key Takeaways:

R = Relatable
E = Exposing Vulnerability
A = Approachable
L = Continuously Learning
  • Being real is the most important thing we can do, but one of the rarest things we find in people today. We are constantly surrounded by the world wanting us to be something other than we are or striving to show the world we fit in.
  • We need to make sure we take all our experiences in life and continue to learn from them.
  • Being relatable is about making other people feel as if they belong and that their situation is not unique to them in the broader sense.
  • Leaders who are real actually value knowing about other people's experiences and having a deeper understanding of who others are as individuals.
  • When we expose our vulnerability it sends a clear message to others and makes them comfortable in sharing theirs with us.
  • It helps everyone belong.
  • Our words matter more than we understand. Or we do understand and in an effort to deal with that pressure we brush it aside.
  • Everyone should be treated as if they are a puzzle piece that belongs to part of the bigger picture.
  • Cannon balling.
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Being R.E.A.L.