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Have K.M. come to your school or event

Would you like to have K.M. Walton come to your school or event? Well, she's always game.


She'll talk to a small group, a classroom full of students or a packed auditorium. It doesn't matter to her. She's not shy. K. M. has given her inspiring keynote presentation, THE POWER OF HUMAN KINDNESS, to thousands of students, adults, teachers, and librarians. Each presentation is customized to fit the audience and designed to spread the idea that: Kindness Matters.


She’s also a seasoned educator who runs highly active writing workshops for students in grades 3 – 12.


She also presents at conferences (panel discussions, workshops, keynote speeches) and would be happy to participate in yours!


Click on the following links for detailed information on all that K. M. offers:

Little Flower HS Visit

Reading Public Library Visit

K. M. will conduct a book club discussion or a small or large group workshop at your library!

To schedule a speaking event with K. M. Walton, please contact:

Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau
Phone: (866) 248-3049
Email: info@simonspeakers.com

THE POWER OF HUMAN KINDNESS

Little Flower HS Visit

The packed auditorium at Little Flower HS, listening to K. M. Walton present.

West Chester East HS

K. M. giving her THE POWER OF HUMAN KINDNESS presentation to a packed auditorium.

Little Flower HS Visit

Bullies come from all kinds of households. But one thing bullies have in common is a lack of empathy. They were not taught to put themselves into others’ shoes, hence the ease with which they torture their fellow students. Quite simply, not teaching a child how to be empathetic and compassionate is a societal failure.

Unfortunately, empathy doesn’t come naturally for many children. Oftentimes children must be explicitly taught to think of others, to be kind and compassionate. The teachable moments must be seized. How?


Let award winning young adult author and anti-bullying expert K. M. Walton seize those moments with your students. K. M. shows audiences what compassion looks and sounds like. She shares personal and touching stories as well as highly effective anti-bullying techniques. The ultimate goal of K. M. Walton’s presentation—THE POWER OF HUMAN KINDNESS—is to highlight the positive side of making an impact. Students will walk away with a new way of looking at each other. Instead of seeing the labels, she challenges them to see the human beings.


She also presents at conferences (panel discussions, workshops, keynote speeches) and would be happy to participate in yours!


The Bottom Line: if children are taught to think of other people—to think of how other people feel first—before acting or reacting, well, then, those children will forever be empowered to think on their feet. And most importantly to think with their heart and their head, which is the polar opposite of bully behavior.


To schedule a speaking event with K. M. Walton, please contact:

Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau
Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau
Phone: (866) 248-3049
Email: info@simonspeakers.com

Kennett HS Visit

K. M. WALTON’S WRITING WORKSHOPS

K. M. Walton is a seasoned educator who spent twelve years in the classroom using well-researched and cutting edge teaching practices that made her students want to write. Her highly active writing workshops hold that same passion and power. She will work with students of any age as well as adults. She's pretty friendly and easy going. You'll see.

PAWLP Young and Teen Writers Festival 2013

K. M. giving the keynote at the 2013 PAWLP Young and Teen Writers Festivals.

PAWLP Summer Workshop

Her most popular workshop topic choices include:

  • How to Generate New Ideas for Writing
  • How to Develop Genuine Characters
  • How to Write Your Life Story
  • How to Write Like You Mean It
  • The Power of Getting Your Feelings Down on Paper, and Get to the Heart of Your Writing
  • Writing Free Verse Poetry that Matters

To schedule a speaking event with K. M. Walton, please contact:

Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau
Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau
Phone: (866) 248-3049
Email: info@simonspeakers.com

AUTHOR PANELS& LIBRARY VISITS

Reading Public Library Visit

K. M. will conduct a book club discussion or a small or large group workshop at your library!

Arcadia Author Panel

Landsdown Library Bullying Panel

K. M. Walton has sat on the following author panels and would love to participate in yours!

  • THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY: Tips for engaging readers, Keystone State Reading Association Conference, October 22, 2015
  • YA: THE HOT NEW GENRE, San Francisco Writers Conference, February 25, 2013
  • YA CHARACTERS DEALING WITH BAD AND UNEXPECTED CHOICES at the Teen Author Festival, NYC, March 22, 2013
  • FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE PANEL, Arcadia University, March 29, 2013
  • TEEN AUTHOR READING NIGHT, Jefferson Market Library, NY, April 3, 2013
  • OUTSIDERS SPEAK UP at Children’s Book World, Haverford, PA October 18, 2013
  • TRI-COUNTY READING COUNCILLITERACY FESTIVAL, Arcola Middle School, Norristown, PA November 2, 2013
  • ANTI-BULLY AUTHOR PANEL at the Landsdowne Public Library November 18, 2013

K. M. has visited many public and school libraries and participated in book talk groups/discussions. She would love to visit your library!


To schedule a speaking event with K. M. Walton, please contact:

Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau
Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau
Phone: (866) 248-3049
Email: info@simonspeakers.com

K. M. WALTON’S SPEAKING TOPICS

  • The Power of Human Kindness (middle school through University level)
  • How to Change the Climate of Your Classroom and Your School Through Kindness: Build community. Tackle bullying. (for teachers K-12)
  • Books + Librarians = How to change the climate of your school: Build community. Tackle bullying. (for school librarians)
  • Social Action: How Any Language Arts/English Classroom Can Change the World (for teachers K-12 and pre-service teachers)
  • Use Language Arts to STOP Bullying and Teach Kindness (for language arts/English teachers K-12 and pre-service teachers)
  • How to Raise Kind and Compassionate Children (for parents)

To schedule a speaking event with K. M. Walton, please contact:

Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau
Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau
Phone: (866) 248-3049
Email: info@simonspeakers.com

  • Dr. Heather Schugar, Associate Professor of Literacy, West Chester University: K.M. Walton treated us to an extraordinary experience at our Children’s Literature Conference. Faculty, students, and teachers alike were inspired by her talk. I received dozens of emails raving about the event. Here are a few comments about Kate’s talk:
    - “K.M. Walton spoke to the heart.”
    - “K.M. Walton was a very powerful and motivating presenter.”
    - “What an inspiration! I loved hearing about [Walton’s] classroom background and teaching experiences!”
    - “K.M. Walton opened my eyes to the ways bullying can be addressed through literature and how to effectively interact with my students.”
    - “[She] was dynamic and inspiring; motivated me to apply language arts more in my teaching.”
    - “K.M. Walton left the conference on a very high note!”
  • Dr. Jolene Borgese, educational author and adjunct professor at Temple University: “Students at Temple University loved her – even in their cool ways. The week after Kate’s visit they were quoting her. She is such a positive role model for them – to see that teachers can love what they do!”
  • Dr. Annemarie B. Jay, Director of Graduate Reading Programs at Widener University: “Kate’s message is vitally important to educators: who we are, and who our students are individually and collectively, has a significant impact on the culture and risk-taking atmosphere in classrooms. The stories she shared were powerful revelations.”
  • Adrienne Matjasic, librarian at West Chester East High School, West Chester, PA: “K.M. Walton managed to captivate and inspire an auditorium filled with hundreds of freshmen and sophomores, as she delivered a down-to-earth and heartfelt anti-bullying presentation related to her book, Cracked.”
  • Dr. Mary Buckelew, director of the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project (PAWLP): “Kate Walton’s anti-bullying speeches inspired my English education students’ to create lessons and units that address the issue of bullying through reading, writing, and service activities.”
  • Kristen Worman, guidance counselor at Daniel Boone Middle School, Birdsboro, PA: “The students, as well as the teachers, have talked about her presentation all day! She received many compliments about her message and her "realness."
  • Sister Kimberly Miller, librarian at Little Flower Catholic High School, Philadelphia, PA: “The students loved her, the administration loved it, the teachers loved it.”


To schedule a speaking event with K. M. Walton, please contact:

Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau
Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau
Phone: (866) 248-3049
Email: info@simonspeakers.com

Ms. McDonnell-Jones' First Period Class, Kennett HS

"I have never had an experience, with a group of these students, where they actually beg me to be able to read the book. They are reading the book at home, engaging in discussion, and interacting with this text unlike anything I've ever seen." -Ms. McDonnell-Jones