Ron A. Walker

Speaking/Consultation Areas: Behavior management, ADHD, reading/language arts strategies, social skill development, 504 accommodation, classroom discipline, and sexual harassment

Presentation Style: Demonstrates practical strategies; highly interactive; uses personal anecdotes

Ron is the president of Walker Educational Consulting, Inc., a company specializing in providing parent and teacher training programs. He also serves as the staff Educational Consultant for the National Professionals Consortium on Attention Deficit Disorders. Ron received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in Child Psychology with honors, and he also completed doctoral coursework in Developmental Psychology at Emory University, where he served as President of the Graduate Student Council.

Ron began his teaching experience as a tutor for students with learning disabilities and dyslexia and was later a classroom teacher at both the elementary and secondary levels. In the early 1980's, Ron was Director of the Individualized Study Program at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, a program which integrated students with learning disabilities and attention disorders into an intensive college preparatory environment. He also served as the Director of Affiliated Programs for the dePaul School in Louisville, Kentucky, where he directed both day and residential programs.

For several years Ron worked as a Learning and Behavioral Specialist for the Southeastern Psychological Institute, directed by Dr. Edna Copeland. Here he evaluated individual students, consulted with schools, and assisted in the development of teacher training materials. Over the past five years, he has worked primarily as a consultant to public and private schools. His activities include workshop presentations, school evaluation and improvement, and curricular planning. Ron devotes several days each month to teaching in a wide range of classrooms, an activity he believes to be critical in effective consultation. During the 1995-96 school year, he worked with over 80 institutions, including school districts, magnet schools, alternative programs, regional educational centers and independent schools.

Ron considers himself an educational generalist who's main focus is on teaching. He demonstrates practical behavioral and academic strategies, drawing from a convergence of experience, research, and common sense.