school administrators, teachers (& future teachers) & other people who work with youth
After college, Greg took a year to work as a public school substitute teacher. One year turned into seven. Along the way, he started a mentoring program & a foundation to assist his students. He also has served as a guest lecturer or Scholar-in-Residence for schools & programs. Greg's efforts in &/or beyond the classroom have been featured by media like Education Week & the Education sections of The Washington Post and USA Today. Good Morning America buried a Time Capsule which chronicled some of his efforts outside of the classroom to help his students & his community. He has received some special honors such as the Jefferson Award for Public Service. The books based on Greg's story have received kind reviews from media like Teacher Information Network and from many individual educators & school administrators. The page 1 reviews in each of Greg's books include reviews from educators. In some cases, the books have become required reading among future educators (i.e. St. John's University School of Education chose The First Thirty for a course). SCROLL DOWN
The books have been used with current educators, too (i.e. an all-staff common read at a middle/high school in Pennsylvania; an elementary school in Illinois got copies of the book & companion workbook (A Place To Sit) for everyone on staff as part of staff development; every teacher (& student) at a high school in Wisconsin got copies of the books & workbooks; a weekend mentoring program staffed by teachers got copies of The First Thirty for each staff member -- and a local sponsor got them matching copies of A Place To Sit; a K-12 school in MA got copies for staff). In a number of cases, companies & organizations have ordered copies of the book as a surprise gift for teachers who work in their community or who were attending a conference for educators in their region. SCROLL DOWN FOR NEXT PARAGRAPH
Greg has been invited to speak at conferences, institutes, trainings & events for school administrators, parents, staff &/or current educators & people who work with youth in other settings (i.e. Durham Association of Educators, Arkansas Department of Education 21 CCLC & Out-of-School Time Programs, Schools to Watch Conference, Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers). In some cases (i.e. a school in the Pacific Northwest), he has been part of professional development events for individual schools. He has been invited to guest lecture &/or speak at events for future educators as well (i.e. North Carolina Teaching Fellows Junior Conference; Central College Education Department's Geisler Penquite Speaker Series). Other events where he has served as guest speaker include: National Service-Learning Conference, NEIU's Great Service Matters professional development series, Boston University School of Education Pinning Ceremony & the 21st Century Academic Forum at Harvard - a conference for educators & researchers from dozens of countries. In some instances, an organization has had Greg speak at an event & they also used the books (i.e. TASSP invited Greg to speak with Principals, Assistant Principals & others at a Symposium. They also ordered the books for all of the attendees). To see photos from a sample of events, click here. Scroll down to see an example of an announcement by a principal who chose the books for a Shared Reading Experience at his school.