keynote 2013

Keynote Presentation on Innovation, 2013

Spike Cook, Millville, NJ

Dr. Cook has been in the educational community since 1999. He has been employed as a teacher, counselor, director, vice principal, and principal in both K-12 and higher education.


Dr. Cook has presented at the National Conferences for ASCD and NAESP. He was the Keynote Speaker at the New Jersey Council of Education Fall Meeting, NJPAECET2, Millville Public School’s Opening Day Extravaganza and Rowan University’s Convocation. He has presented at New Jersey School Board Conference, EIRC’s Summer Institute,  Delsea Regional School District Professional Development Program, Edscape 2012, and the Texas ASCD Conference.

Contact Dr. Cook for Professional Development, Presentations or Speaking:

Previous Presentations:

Rowan University’s Institute for Educational Leadership – First Annual Symposium 

Leveraging Social Media While Navigating Leadership in the Age of
VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity)

As organizations learn more about VUCA, there will be significant gains in our effectiveness to provide a relevant, flexible educational experience for our communities. Leaders are facing unprecedented challenges where we will need to establish Vision, Understanding, Clarity and Agility in order to survive. Utilizing Social Media to ensure that your message is communicated will provide the backdrop for this important conversation.

February 4, 2022


Maintaining Balance for Learning During Crazy Times: A Thoughtful Guide for Parents and Educators

November 1, 2020 – February 2, 2021

Zoom (Two 5 part Series)

About the series
Is what you have been doing to maintain your balance working for you these days? You are living in a crazy time. Perhaps you’ve noticed that you can no longer follow the paths to which you’ve been accustomed. Creating new paths, however, requires a better awareness of how the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of your life need to remain balanced.

Feedback – “Spike and Aili are a great team. I loved the first one so much, I signed up for the second series and got more out of it. They are such caring educators who want to help everyone manifest their true selves. I highly recommend them!”

2019 Bridges Conference

April 24 – 26, 2019

Cape May, New Jersey

How to Get More With Less: Think Outside The Box With More Course Offerings For Your Students 

Feedback – “Dr. Cook presented a very thorough overview of the challenges associated with budget cuts and innovations. Very impressed.”

Edmentum Annual Conference

February, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

Breaking Out Of Isolation: Becoming a Connected Learner

In this session, participants will be able to: Learn about and develop a Professional Learning Network (PLN), Explore areas for personal growth through Social Media, Engage and collaborate with other like minded professionals beyond this conference session, Be equipped to understand the changing nature of the 21st century learning environment.

Feedback – “I learned so much about Social Media and how I can use it to connect with other educators. I never knew there was such vast online world. 10 out 1o!”

Techspo 2019 

January 31, 2019

Co presenter Lauren Daigle

Using Google Classroom to Revolutionize and Streamline Staff Development

Want to learn how to harness the power of Google Classroom as an administrator? In this session we will explore ways to share information with your staff more effectively and efficiently; all in one place. Discover how Classroom can be used to centralize information, deadlines, announcements, and more! Help your teachers spend less time searching through files and emails and more time learning and collaborating.

“Spike Cook and Lauren Daigle did an amazing job of showing us how and why to make a Google Classroom for our staff. Will definitely be making on this year!”

Transformative Leadership Summit

August 2018

Fairbanks, Alaska

Developing a Culture of Gratitude at Your School 

The Transformative Leadership Summit, an online professional development event for education leaders, has announced its theme and full schedule of presenters for the third annual event, to take place July 30 – August 7, 2018. The theme of this year’s summit will be Empowerment, with dedicated content tracks focused on empowerment for four key stakeholder groups across education: administrators, teachers, students, and parents. More than three dozen of the most in-demand speakers and practitioners across the education spectrum will share their thought leadership and practical strategies during this event. Educators can use #TLS18 on Twitter to engage in discussion during the event

Feedback – “Even online, Dr. Cook was able to speak to what I was feeling as an administrator. I was impressed with his focus on the climate and culture of the building and how we takes care of his self through mediation.”

New Jersey Association of School Administrators Spring Conference, May 16-18, 2018, Atlantic City

How to Get More With Less: Think Outside The Box With More Course Offerings for Your Students

Description: Dr. Cook was faced with the unfortunate, but common problem of budget cuts in his school. Learn of Lakeside Middle School turned an obstacle into an opportunity by thinking outside the box, and focus on the best ways to ensure student success.  By partnering with Edmentum, Lakeside Middle School was able to offer an increased amount of electives and world languages to his students, as well as streamline basic skills. We will talk about how we were able to make that happen through logistics, and appeal to the 21st century student.

Feedback – “Dr. Cook stole the show today. I can’t believe that he faced such a budget crisis and was able to innovate as a result of the situation. Kudos to him and his staff for thinking outside the box.”

Millville Youth Empowerment Summit

March 17, 2018

Coordinator and Founder

The Youth Empowerment Summit is open to all kids 11- 14. At the Summit the youth in attendance will hear from speakers and presenters from various areas such as leadership, technology, health and wellness, careers, mindfulness, theater, and business. The Summit will be high energy with something for everyone! Registration is free!

Daily Journal Article 

Featured Story on the Weekend Philler 


Jacksonville State University


August, 2017

Using Mindfulness to Balance Being a Connected Leader

Virtual Keynote

This conversation was focused on the need for balance in leadership. Through the presentation, Dr. Cook talked about the Cycle of Sacrifice and Cycle of Renewal (Boyatis and McKee, 2006) as an integral part of his leadership platform. In addition, Dr. Cook showed ways to help students, teachers and other administrators how to practice mindfulness and meditation.

Feedback – “I am definitely going to try some of the mindfulness activities that Dr. Cook showed today. I loved the “hug” the best.

Educon 2016

January 30 and 31

Conversation Facilitator

The main focus of this conversation is to explore connection and isolation as it impacts students and adult learners. One of the most important aspects to thus conversation will be concept of mindfulness as a tool to help learners stay present. Participants will be encouraged to share their mindfulness strategies as well as strategies for overcoming isolation from peers and their PLN. We will also explore how mindfulness can assist us with staying present and reducing stress.

Conversational Practice

This conversation will start with individual reflection, small group discussions and large group theme building. We will use tools to ensure everyone is a part of the process such as post its and honoring our established norms for collaboration. We will then take the post its and use technology based tools (such as Post It Plus) to make the ideas and connections accessible to everyone


Bacon Bytes Technology and Learning

April 16, 2016

Co-Coordinator and Founder

Bacon Bytes Technology and Learning is a free, one day conference at RM Bacon Elementary School, Millville, NJ.


Breaking Out of Isolation: Becoming a Connected School Leader The Series 

Four Part Series: January 7, 2016; February 8, 2016; March 11, 2016 and April 4, 2016

Participants will learn about the power of Social Media, how to use technology to become more effective with time management, building a Professional Learning Network, and school branding.

EIRC, Glassboro, NJ 

NJPSA/FEA/NJASCD Fall Conference

Social Media Lounge with Brad Currie and Stephen Santilli

Learn all about social media in an informal environment. During each session there will be an opportunity to focus on various aspects of social media. This session will address:
-Twitter 101: The basics of Twitter and how it can enhance your professional growth.
-Twitter 201: Follow a step-by-step plan on how to fully utilize all that Twitter has to offer


China Visit

November 4 – 14, 2015

Dr. Cook will be traveling to China to study both public and private elementary schools through higher education. While he is there, he will be sharing the story of RM Bacon Elementary School

Edscape 2015

October 17, 2015

Presenter, Breaking Out of Isolation

Woodbridge High School, Woodbridge, NJ


New Jersey Council of Education

October 16, 2015

Keynote, Connected Leadership: It’s a Click Away

NJPSA, Jamesburg, NJ


Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching

September 19 and 20, 2015


Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ


Regional Achievement Center 7 Summer Institute: Community of 21st Century Learners 

August 12, 2015

Presenter, Connected Leadership

Stockton University


Chromebooks and Common Core Summit 

November 3, 2014

Connected Leadership
In this session, participants will learn of the many useful tools that will help them lead their classroom, school, or district. By the end of the session, participants will be able to easily implement these tools and maximize their 21st century learning.

EdWeb Online Conference

November 12, 2014

Connected Leadership: It’s a Click Away



November 15, 2014

Growth Mindset in your Personal and Professional World

Knapp Elementary School, Pennsylvania


Edcamp New Jersey

November 23, 2014

Connected Leadership: It’s a Click Away

Linwood Middle School, Linwood, NJ

NJPSA/FEA/NJASCD State Conference

October 16 and 17

Social Medial Lounge Co-Facilitator with Brad Currie

Long Branch, NJ

Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching

September 13, 14, 2014

Keynote Presenter

Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ



August 7, 2014

Connected Leadership: Maximizing Your Leadership with Devices

Galloway Middle School, Galloway, NJ


Edcamp Leadership

August 4, 2014

Corwin Connected Educators Panel


2014 Reform Symposium E-Conference

July 12, 2014 (3:00 EST)

Panelist, Revolutionize Your Classroom By Producing Mind-Blowing Media


2013 Millville School District Opening Day Extravaganza

September, 3, 2013

Keynote Address: Why we need to Innovate 

Performing Arts Center, Millville, NJ


2013 Summer Principal’s Institute

The Annual Summer Institute for Principals and Supervisors, July 15, 2013

Paradigm Shift: The Principal’s Evolving Role as Instructonal Leader

Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ


National Association of Elementary School Principal’s Annual Conference 

“Transforming Schools Through Powerful and Systematic Walkthroughs” for a concurrent session at NAESP’s 2013 Annual Conference, July 11-13, 2013, in Baltimore, Maryland.


ASCD 2013, Chicago, IL


DAY and DATE OF SESSION: Saturday, March 16, 2013

TIME: 1:00 -2:30pm


AFFILIATION(S): Millville Public Schools, Millville, NJ

SESSION TITLE: How Does Our teaching garden grow? Oh, It’s bloom-ing through classroom instruction that works!

SESSION DESCRIPTION: Learn from the elementary educators highlighted in ASCD/ McRel’s  new video series. This presentation will focus on the driving force of Classroom Instruction That Works 2nd edition to achieve a world-class school that is centered on a rigorous and data rich 21st Century learning environment. Participants will learn how the Nine Research-Based Strategies are essential in improving student performance and sustaining growth within an urban setting.  Lastly, the goal of the workshop is for observers to proceed with the necessary tools and strategies for their learning garden to grow!


January 26, 2013

with Danielle Hartman and Dana Sirotiak

Disruptive InnovationThe main idea of this conversation is the impact of disruptive innovations on education. What are the technologies impacting and changing education today? What are the sustaining innovations that are improving the pedagogical process?Disruptive technologies, or innovations, are innovations that create a new market. They are disruptive because they are innovations the markets did not expect. Sustaining innovations, on the other hand, are improvements to existing technologies. They cater to high end customers who demand better performance than previously existed.We will be discussing the difference between disruptive and sustaining innovations. First we will identify in which category innovations belong, then we will discuss which has more impact on education.
Conversational Practice:We will be using a text based seminar format for our conversation.



New Jersey Association of School Administrators

January 31 – February 14

With Bill Krakower

Interstate Communication through Web 2.0 Tools Webinar

Date: November 15, 2012
Time: 5:00 PM EST
Title:  “I was just like you: My Leadership 2.0 Journey”
Description: Dr. Spike C. Cook, principal, RM Bacon Elementary School, Millville, NJ will discuss his transition into becoming a connected administrator.  Dr. Cook, who’s school was facing three years of declining assessment scores prior to his arrival, has rejuvenated a school community through his untiring focus on 21st century skills and a Leadership 2.0 philosophy. His school is over 80% free and reduced lunch, but despite that under his leadership this past year and half, the school improved in both math and LAL test results. In addition, he was instrumental in developing a school blog, Facebook, and twitter account to better communicate with parents and teachers. He has influenced over 50% of his staff to use twitter for PD. Dr. Cook will discuss his “Tech Fridays” a voluntary professional development initiative including teachers and students in an “un” conference setting. Dr. Cook will also discuss how he felt it was the technology integration that garnered the selection of his school for the ASCD/McREL film series for Classroom Instruction That Works second edition. As Dr. Cook shares his story, he will elaborate on how he was just like everybody else while making connections to the foundational elements and concepts of Leadership 2.0.

Haddonfield School District 

Date: November 5, 2012

Time: 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Going Global with Social Media, Web 2.0, and Project Based Learning

Dr. Spike C. Cook, Principal, RM Bacon Elementary
This workshop will be focused on how Project Based Learning (PBL) activities can be enhanced with social media and web 2.0 tools in order to transform students into Global Ambassadors. In addition, participants will work collaboratively to utilize the Web 2.0 tools, PBL, and be able to walk away with resources necessary to transform their classroom into a global, 21st century learning environment. Since there will be no handouts for this session, participants will be encouraged to access a presenter-developed website during and after the presentation. Participants are encouraged to bring their own technology, and learning devices.


Going Global: Taking your Classroom Worldwide


Presented by: Spike C. Cook, Ed.D.; Alicia Discepola, Millville Public School District

This workshop will be focused on ways in which Project Based Learning activities have transformed elementary students into Global Ambassadors. Participants will be provided with free web 2.0 tools to connect classrooms throughout the United States and worldwide. In addition, participants will learn best practices and walk away with tools and resources necessary to transform their elementary classroom into a global, 21st century learning environment.


2012 Texas ASCD Annual Conference, October 14 – 16, 2012

Empowering Leaders Learning Through Twitter with Tra Hall

Dallas, Texas


Summer Principal’s Institute

The Annual Summer Institute for Principals and Supervisors, August 1 -2, 2012

Using Technology Applications to Improve and Streamline Observations and Evaluations, with Dr. David Gentile

Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ


Annual Technology Showcase, Tuesday, May 30, 2012, Lakeside Middle School, Millville, NJ

School Spotlight: RM Bacon Elementary School’s Technology Takeover

Room: Y124

Principal: Dr. Spike Cook

Check out RM Bacon School’s blog, which has had over a thousand visitors around the world in just a couple months, and Dr. Cook’s Insights Into Learning blog, which is approaching 14,000 readers across the globe! Explore how Bacon School uses social networking to enhance the educational experiences of their 21st  Century learners through Twitter, blogs, QR codes, and more. Also, learn how the teachers are learning technology from the students through special ‘Tech Friday’ informal professional development sessions before the school day even begins.

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