Internationally known for her inspirational, dynamic, and interactive style, Dr. Barbara Blackburn provides a personalized and customized solution to meet your needs through a variety of on-site and virtual training methods.


Whether you are interested in enhancing your primary, elementary, middle, or high school Barbara has taught in each and can provide simple, practical tools that can be implemented the very next day.


“Dr. Barbara Blackburn is an amazing presenter who engages her participants, while reinforcing the importance of rigor in our daily lessons. Through the integration of multiple activities, Dr. Blackburn both models and teaches rigor. She is an outstanding teacher, presenter, and Keynote Speaker. A ‘must see’ for those interested committed to student learning and improving student performance.”--Cathy Keegan, Co-President, PA Learning Forward


THANK YOU for sharing your phenomenal wisdom and practical strategies for increasing rigour in schools.  As a system leader, I am leaving feeling reinvigorated with ready-to-use ideas for teachers and students.  Thanks!  Amy Dewar, Australia



As a teacher, a leader, and a university professor responsible for graduate training for educators, Barbara has used her knowledge and her experiences to write over 20 best-selling books.  She utilizes the engagement she advocates there to capture and instill in nationwide audiences the desire to aggressively institute constructive change. 


Read her articles for teachers or leaders, browse the other free resources and review possible solutions to your challenges as well as the testimonials of those who have experienced the difference she made in their schools scattered throughout the site, then contact Barbara.  She'll listen to your goals and work with you to design a customized and self-reinforcing program that will impress your educators and leaders alike.


“Dr. Blackburn’s presentation to the staff of Accomack County Public Schools was not only meaningful, it was inspirational.  Information provided was easily transferable to daily classroom best practices while assisting teachers in their efforts to meet the individual needs of ALL students.” – Dr. Rhonda Hall, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction (presentation on Rigor and Differentiation)



Below you'll see a three minute video of a principal describing the multi-level program that she and Barbara designed.  After the video you'll have a chance to see some of the various methods and media Barbara can craft for your unique situation.

A Principal Shares Barbara's Style & Impact

Customizable Solutions Include:


Keynote Addresses are inspiring, motivating, and humorous, perfect for kick-offs to an event or school year!

Workshops provide a deeper, interactive exploration of key topics or issues, with activities applicable to all grade levels and subject areas.

Leadership Training , specifically designed for school and district leaders, focuses on actions and strategies that remove barriers to success.
Technology-Based Options, including webinar and video chats, are the ideal solution for follow-ups, customized small group sessions, or for smaller budgets.

Instructional Assessments provide an expert review of assignments, assessments or instructional practices.    

Barbara's Approach

Based on her doctoral work related to best practices in professional development, Barbara believes the more comprehensive your plan, the more successful you will be.  


Prior to any professional development, you’ll discuss your needs with Barbara, and she will provide options, ranging from a single session with recommendations for follow-up to a comprehensive plan, which may include book studies, small group focus sessions (on-site or online), or resources to be implemented by the school or district.  


Barbara’s overall goal: focused, professional, practical solutions to address your individual needs. 


Barbara's influence is widespread. Discover more about Barbara's education and real-world experienceread and hear what others have to say about their experience with Barbara and then contact her and begin working toward your vision--not just a boxed solution.