Dr. Michele Borba is an internationally recognized expert and author on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development. Her work aims to help strengthen children’s character and resilience, build strong families, create compassionate and just school cultures, and reduce peer cruelty. Her practical, research-based advice is culled from a career of working with over one million parents and educators worldwide.
Media outlets regularly depend on Dr. Borba as the “go-to” expert on parenting, bullying prevention, education and child/teen issues. She is an NBC contributor appearing over 100 times on the TODAY show and is the regular parenting expert on Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers where she comments on late-breaking news and offers realistic solutions. Her work has been featured on Dr. Phil, Dateline, The View, The Doctors, Fox News, The Early Show and CNN and well as in Newsweek, People, Good Housekeeping, Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Post, The New York Times and The Globe and Mail. She was an MSNBC contributor to two televised “Education Nation” specials.
Dr. Borba is the award-winning author of 22 parenting and educational books translated into 14 languages. Titles include: Don’t Give Me That Attitude!, Parents Do Make A Difference, The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries, and Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me!, No More Misbehavin’, Building Moral Intelligence (cited by Publishers’ Weekly as “Among the most noteworthy of 2001”), and Esteem Builders used by 1.5 million students worldwide. She writes as the parenting expert for Dr. Oz’s website, powered by Sharecare as well a daily column for her blog, Dr. Borba’s Reality Check.
Dozens of major corporations, including General Mills, 3M, Ragu, All Detergent, Splenda, Office Depot, Similac, Galderma, V-Tech, Cetaphil, Learning Curve, Florida OJ, and Mastercard, have enlisted Dr. Borba as a media spokesperson. Her services include conducting satellite-media tours (radio, TV and print) as well as live Facebook chats, blogger events, U-Stream Q and A’s, and event speaking. She served as a consultant for Wall Mart, McDonalds and Johnson & Johnson on parenting and is an advisory board member for Parents magazine.
Dr. Borba is recognized globally for her work in bullying prevention and character education. Her strategies to mobilize student bystanders to reduce peer cruelty were featured on Dateline and NBC’s Nightly News. She appeared as the bullying expert in the documentary, “Bullied to Silence” and is on the advisory board for the film “The Bully Project.” Her proposal: “Ending School Violence and Bullying” (SB1667) was signed into California law in 2002.
Her thirty-year career has been devoted to developing a framework to strengthen children’s character and build moral school climates. Her best-selling book, Building Moral Intelligence, and her Character Builders program for young children (Respect, Responsibility, Caring, and Peace-Making) are used in hundreds of schools and organizations worldwide. She served as a consultant for the Center Resource Group for Character Education and Civic Engagement for the U.S. Department of Education and is on the board for Character Education Partnerships.
Dr. Borba has presented keynote addresses throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific and has served as a consultant to hundreds of schools, parent organizations, and corporations on bullying prevention, character education, and raising strong, caring kids. Audiences include McDonald's Global Women's Leadership Network Conference, American Academy of Pediatrics, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Character Plus, Phi Delta Kappa, Character Education Partnerships, the Malaysia Ministry of Education, and La Leche League.
She received a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of San Francisco, an M.A. in Learning Disabilities and B.A. from the University of Santa Clara, and a Life Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. She is a former classroom teacher who has worked in regular education as well as with children with learning, physical, behavioral and emotional disabilities, and in a private practice for troubled youth.
Her numerous awards include the National Educator Award, presented by the National Council of Self-Esteem; Santa Clara University’s Outstanding Alumna Award; and the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Educational Profession, presented by the Bureau of Education and Research. She was named the Honorary Chairperson for the Implementation of Self-Esteem in Hong Kong.
Dr. Borba lives in Palm Springs, California with her husband and has three grown sons.
Building Students’ Moral Intelligence: Our Last, Best Hope
Our students’ character is in trouble and scores of disturbing indicators prove it including the steady rise of anxiety, bullying, apathy, depression, aggression, and substance abuse, as well as the sharp decline in respect, civility, personal accountability, and honesty. In all our efforts to boost achievement and reduce negative behaviors, the one element we've overlooked is our students' moral intelligence: the learned capacity to decipher right from wrong, choose what's right, and then behave morally. This inspiring keynote, based on Dr. Borba’s award-winning book, Building Moral Intelligence, shares research confirming that character can be learned, provides a framework for teaching it, and shows simple no-cost ways integrate moral intelligence builders into existing content as well as school-wide. Heart-warming stories affirm just how influential educators can be and confirms they may well be the last, best hope for many students. An inspiring and timely address filled with uplifting stories and proven, practical solutions for turning today’s “Crisis of Youth Character” around so we do produce Quality 21st Century students.
Teachers DO Make the Difference: The Five Teaching Keys to Unlock Students’ Potential
Today’s educators must continue to hear why they are so crucial in the lives of their students. This is an increasingly difficult time, and our students demand much from us! This motivating and inspiring keynote explains why educators do have the power to turn around their students’ lives and help them reach their potential as learners. Inspiring stories and real-life examples of teachers who are making differences help remind educators that they are door openers to their students’ future. Five critical teaching keys that maximize student success, character, and self-worth are addressed: Touch, Expectations, Atmosphere, Content, and Hope, as well as practical, no-cost ways to infuse them into daily existing content and best teaching practices.
Educating for Hearts and Minds: Teaching the Other ABCs That Cultivate Habits of Heart and Reduce the Cycle of Youth Violence
More and more of our students are becoming victims of bullying, insensitivity, and disruptive behaviors. But research clearly shows that violence and cruelty are learned and biology is not destiny. The seeds of compassion can be cultivated and aggressive attitudes can be changed. This motivating keynote explains why teachers not only do have the power to transform students’ character and behavior, but how to do so by teaching the critical ABCs that create positive moral change: Attitudes, Beliefs and Character. Inspiring stories of educators and showcase classroom and school examples show how to apply these essential ABCs. Ways to teach eight proven teaching practices (“Habits of Heart”) that reduce bullying and activate empathy are provided. Best yet, participants leave with practical ideas and field-tested strategies that can be weave easily into existing content to mobilize students’ hearts, break the cycle of youth violence and create moral learning communities that all our students deserve.
Raising Our Girls to Be Confident, Compassionate and Morally Courageous
Of course we want our daughters to grow to be strong and confident, but statistics are showing a troubling different picture: Low self-esteem. Anorexia. Suicide. Depression. Sexual abuse. Bulimia. In fact, one of the most concerning trends reveals that today’s girls are also becoming meaner and more physically aggressive. In this thought-provoking session, you’ll hear not only a shattering array of statistics that prove all is not well with our girls’ emotional health, but also the reasons why. But more important you’ll learn what we can do about it. You’ll hear uplifting stories of parents, educators and organizations creating positive change for girls. In addition, you’ll learn essential skills we can teach that will help girls cope with rejection, navigate the vicious social jungle, deal with cyber-bullying and vicious gossip, handle peer pressure, develop authentic self-esteem as well as remobilize their empathy. Doing so is the best way to help our girls become confident, compassionate and morally courageous young women.
Self-Esteem: The Same in Any Language
Basic principles of authentic esteem building transcend race, culture, age, and gender. This inspiring address emphasizes five critical building blocks of self-esteem that dramatically impact children’s achievement, behavior, and inner-motivation. This inspiring keynote features motivational stories of those who have made a significant impact on our most at-risk and troubled youth and real examples of practical yet powerful ways they touched those children’s lives. This address has been given in Hong Kong, England, Malaysia, New Zealand, Vancouver, Helsinki, Toronto, and American cities from coast to coast, as well as in Maori villages, Hutterite colonies, and First Nation reservations. It’s been delivered to caregivers and advisors of foster care children, student council leaders, incarcerated youth, emotionally handicapped and learning disabled, as well as gifted and talented children. But the message is the always the same: Children everywhere have the same basic feelings and needs: Security, Selfhood, Affiliation, Mission, and Competence based on Dr. Borba’s Esteem Builders© framework used by over one and half million students worldwide. It’s up to us to ensure that those needs are provided so our youth do have a safer and more hopeful future.
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