Dr. Marquita S. Blades is an award-winning STEM Educator and Teacher EmPOWARRment Specialist with 16 years of experience as a high school science teacher and manager of national STEM programs. Dr. Blades saves schools and school districts time and money by teaching them to increase student engagement & collaboration through rigorous and meaningful learning experiences, using the resources they currently have on-hand. Her specialty workshops include: Practical Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards and the POWARRful Teaching Strategies™ for Increasing Student Engagement series.
Dr. Blades is also the founder of The Mediocre Teacher Project© which helps teachers avoid and battle through burnout by incorporating their unique gifts and talents into their daily practice. In 2017, Dr. Blades launched The Dr. Marquita Blades Show-Candid Conversations that Create Change, an internet-based broadcast dedicated to discussing current trends and issues in education. Dr. Blades is a contributing author for The Whole Truth & Lessons From My Grandmother’s Lap – both anthologies, the lead author for The Mediocre Teacher Project and Chronicles of the Chronically Ill –also anthologies, and the author POWARRful Teaching Strategies™ for Increasing Engagement & Collaboration While Maintaining Rigor in Science Courses – a collective of highly-effective instructional strategies for middle and high school science teachers.
Dr. Blades is a co-founder of The Gyrlfriend Collective, along with Maureen Carnakie-Baker. The Gyrlfriend Collective is an independent publishing house that connects, supports, and uplifts women by giving them a platform to share their voices through written publications. The Gyrlfriend Collective's signature work, The Gyrlfriend Code® Anthology Series includes four Amazon best-selling volumes & editions.
Dr. Blades is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa. She has received numerous awards including the Elizabeth Allen Alford Overcomer’s Award (2017), Teachers of Atlanta Honoree (2017), Eta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Rising Star in Education (2017), National Celebrity Educators™-Georgia Celebrity Educator of the Year (2018), and Women of Strength Honoree (2018). Most recently, she was nominated for the 2019 Community Engagement R.I.C.E. Award and was selected to be included in the 2019 Edition of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta.
Dr. Blades holds a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Broad Field Science from Georgia State University, a Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication from Southern Polytechnic State University, and a Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. When she is not working, Dr. Blades enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling with her husband, International Realtor, Virgil Blades.
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"Awesome workshop! I'm ready to plan my fall units with cross-cutting concepts as well as stations. Thank you for keeping me engaged and being an awesome presenter!"
-Elementary School STEM Teacher
"I have attended several workshops NGSS workshops but I've never left one feeling I had learned much until today! This was delivered on our level and in a way we could take directly into the classroom!"
-High School Science Teacher
"This has been one of the most informative seminars I've come to. I feel as though each method and strategy are easy to understand; will be easy to recreate, and use for ALL my classes and content areas."
-High School Science Teacher
Hi Doc, Thank you again for taking the time to "meet" with me this evening. I am not a person who has always embraced "homework" it conjures some level of anxiety that I had throughout high school because pressure to do better that well always came from 2 scary places, my teachers and my parents. But when talking to you, I can't help but think, in great anticipation, "what homework does she have in mind this time?" I honestly get excited about our next meeting before the current one is over. When you hear me say (or post on FB) that "I am blessed beyond measure", you are among those counted blessings.
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