Transform your teaching and learning methodology with the insight of Mackin’s professional learning team
Keynotes and Workshops
We offer educational, engaging sessions in the following categories.
Innovative Libraries is not just about the intersection of technology and print, but the shift of patrons from consumer to producer.
Leadership is not about being at the front, taking charge or doing all the work. As Simon Sinek teaches, leadership is about
Literacy is often narrowly defined as reading and writing when it could more accurately be defined as thinking or learning how to learn.
Maker Education is so much more than technology and gadgets in a room. Traditional schooling was created in the image of industrialism. Yet, as we continue our movement into the 21st century, there is less of a demand
Motivation & Engagement
Motivation and Engagement is an ongoing topic of conversation and learning among educators. We often consider how to engage our learners (of all ages) in the learning process. Over the last several years
Meet the Consultants
Jennifer McCarty Plucker, Ed. D.
Director of Professional Learning
Jennifer McCarty Plucker partners with educators to provide customized coaching, guidance, professional learning, and transformation tools. Jen is passionate and energetic about student engagement, teacher efficacy, transformative leadership, and literacy.
Her research has been recognized by:
- ASCD in Educational Leadership
- International Literacy Association
- Southern Regional Education Board’s High Schools That Work
Jen has over 20 years of education experience as a:
- Teaching and learning coordinator
- ESL coordinator
- K-12 intervention specialist
- English/speech teacher
- Reading specialist
- Speech coach
- Past president of the Minnesota Reading Association Adjunct instructor
- Literacy consultant
Director of Maker Education
Heather Lister is an international speaker and author on the topics of makerspaces, innovative libraries, and space transformation. With her experience and training as a school librarian, mathematics, instructional technology specialist, and school administrator, Heather brings a unique and practical perspective to the world of school librarianship and maker education.
Heather’s work has been recognized by:
- American Association of School Librarians in eCollab and Knowledge Quest
- School Library Connection
- School Library Journal
Heather is certified in:
- Library Science
- Instructional Technology
- School Administration (Principal Certificate)
Heather is a certified educator and trainer for the following:
- MakeyMakey Certified Trainer
- littleBits Certified Training Partner
- Raspberry Pi Certified Educator
Contact Our Professional Learning Team!
We offer uniquely designed workshops, keynote addresses, coaching, and consulting services. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Fill out our form and we’ll be happy to provide customized programs to meet your needs.
Partnership with teams in designing and implementing transformative practices for student learning and engagement.
Engaging workshops around maker-centered education, transformational libraries, effective leadership, inquiry-based learning, literacy, and more.
Keynote / Featured Speaker
Inspirational messages on topics related to student engagement, inquiry, design thinking, literacy, maker education, and more.
Custom webinars, interactive workshops, and digital coaching.