March 20, 2017


Melinda Forward, NBCT, has a mission: increase engagement, reduce discipline issues and reduce the dropout rates for students and teachers. She is determined to pass on her teaching skills to other teachers and students. She designs step-by-step curriculum for her literacy-based school engagement challenges and projects. Using her lessons, schools create new opportunities for students to engage in new conversations about gratitude, positivity, optimism and dreams. These experiences are meant to inspire positivity and build relationships. When students engage, they are more likely to achieve socially, emotionally, and academically.

As the Founder, CEO, and Program Director for the Kindness Club Project,  Melinda is dedicated to creating step-by-step curriculum and training to make it simple for educators and students to implement challenge. projects, and start up Kindness Clubs. She does in-service training, workshops and coaching. She also leads student workshops and conferences.  Contact her for more information.

Melinda Forward is a National Board Certified Teacher with 27 years of classroom experience. She is also an experienced author, presenter, and teacher-trainer. She founded the We All Have a Voice! Student Empowerment Program to inspire students to speak up through special Positivity Projects, including #ThankfulThursday, DREAM Walls, and 1,000 Thank Yous CHALLENGE. Through these School Culture-Builders, students have the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas with others so they can make a difference for others and change their world.

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Melinda specializes in working with inspired school leaders who want to help students, especially those who do not feel like they have a voice, learn tools to empower themselves and inspire others so they can create the world they imagine. Melinda’s passion and enthusiasm are contagious and participants in her programs learn how they can take that positivity into their own schools to shift school culture.

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In the NEWS! Watch Melinda talk about her TEDxABQ talk and ideas about positivity in schools. KRQE Feature Story

Melinda was invited to share her 1,000 Thank Yous CHALLENGE at the TEDxABQ Education event April 1, 2017. Her #ThankfulThursday Challenge is a powerful tool for schools to build gratitude as a core of their school culture, in just 10 minutes.

On a more personal note, Melinda is excited about many things in life. She is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and mom to many high school students each year. Her husband Thomas is the absolute best partner. They live in a home tucked away in Magic Valley, surrounded by pine trees.  She has a dog named Winky and a cat named Gracie. She likes to write, read, hike, do yoga, watch movies, and travel!

CREATE opportunities.
ENGAGE new conversations.
INSPIRE relationships.
BUILD Community.

DESIGN Schools driven by student voice so students engage in school and stay in school.

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