Meet Tom Jackson

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Thank you for this opportunity to introduce you to Tom Jackson, a gifted and entertaining speaker and trainer who has shared his information with school districts, prevention organizations, leaders of children and youth programs, PTA, parent and community groups.  His presentations and workshops have gained the praise of elementary teachers, secondary teachers, counselors, prevention workers, health professionals, parent/community organizations, youth programs and many others who work directly with children and youth.

Tom's expertise is in the area of active learning. He believes that this innovative teaching strategy can increase a student’s ability to assimilate and retain information when used along with other traditional methods of instruction. Tom has a number of presentations which look at the benefits of energizing the classroom, group settings and families.

Tom has also developed a number of specific skill building activities that help kids avoid some of the problems associated with substance abuse, violence, low self-esteem, and other youth issues. He does this through information and the building of life skills such as communication, goal setting, decision making, anger management, peer pressure resistance skills, stress management, relationship building, diversity awareness and other important life skills.

Tom's approach to education is not the usual lecture format or question and answer worksheets, but rather an interactive teaching strategy utilizing student and teacher tested activities, games, review methods, learning initiatives, role playing, simulations, etc. He has written five books, Activities That Teach, More Activities That Teach, Activities That Teach Family Values, Still More Activities That Teach and Conducting Group Discussions With Kids which contain over 250 user-friendly activities that can be used in classrooms and other venues. His use of active learning has proven effective with children and youth in classroom, group, community and family settings.

Tom has taken his wealth of experience and developed a number of presentations and workshops that he has been conducting across the United States. These presentations discuss the interactive learning process as an educational model and how to best use it with children and youth. It doesn’t matter whether the kids are elementary, secondary, inner city, suburban, gifted or at risk; his teaching techniques have worked with all of them. Participants have described his presentations as the most practical and useful teacher in-services or conference presentations they have ever attended.

Tom is a gifted presenter who gets his message across with the use of enthusiasm and humor. Tom's presentations are not "sit and soak" affairs. People don't attend his presentations; they experience them. Everyone is involved in hands-on activities that leave the participants with all of the information required to use the information, concepts and lessons immediately. Tom feels that students learn best by doing and uses that same approach when presenting.

After sitting in a number of teacher in-service trainings, workshops and presentations himself, Tom knows that what people really want is practical and effective information which can be used in the real world. Theory is nice, but when participants take time away from their jobs or personal lives to attend a presentation, they have high expectations and want real substance. Motivational speakers are great, but their message is short lived when you get back to the realities of the everyday world. With Tom's presentations the impact doesn't stop when the talking is over, but goes on and on in the minds and lives of the people your organization works with.

Tom Jackson has his Master's Degree in the field of education from the University of Southern California. He taught school for twelve years in Southern California. For three years he was a national trainer for Just Say No International. For the past thirteen years he was a prevention specialist and directed prevention/education services for a public mental health/alcohol and drug center in Southern Utah. Tom sat on the Utah State Office of Education's Steering Committee for the PK-12 Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs statewide curriculum. He was also a member of the Utah State Substance Abuse and Anti-Violence Coordinating Council. Tom now serves as the director of the Active Learning Foundation, a non-profit corporation.

Tom Jackson is an expert in the area of active learning. He has written five books, Activities That Teach, More Activities That Teach, Activities That Teach Family Values, Still More Activities That Teach and Conducting Group Discussions With Kids which contain over 250 user-friendly activities that can be used in classrooms and other venues.  For twelve years Tom was a high school teacher in Southern California and for thirteen years served as a substance abuse prevention specialist in Southern Utah. He is currently the Director of the Active Learning Center and Foundation. He was named 1996 Utah Chemical Health Educator of the Year and received an Outstanding Service to Education Award from the Utah State Board of Education.  Tom has served as a member of the K-12 Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Curriculum Steering Committee for the Utah State Office of Education and sat on the Governor of Utah’s Substance Abuse and Anti-Violence Coordinating Council. Tom and his wife, Janet, have served as the directors of the youth program for grades seven through twelve at their church for eleven years.  Tom has a number of published articles, is a popular conference presenter and conducts workshops throughout the United States.

Educational Background:

  • 1972 Bachelor's Degree from the University of Southern California
  • 1979 Master's Degree in Education from the University of Southern California
  • Current Teaching Certificates in California and Utah

Career Experience:

  • 1972 - 1984 Secondary Teacher for the South Bay Union High School District
  • 1985 - 1998 Prevention Specialist and, for the past  five years, Program Director of Prevention/Education Services for Southwest Utah Mental Health/Alcohol and Drug Center
  • 1998 - Present Director of the Active Learning Center and Foundation

Past Appointments:

  • Steering Committee for the Utah K-12 Alcohol, Drug and Tobacco State Curriculum
  • Advisory Council for the Drug Free Schools and Communities Grants in the State of Utah
  • Governor’s State Substance Abuse Prevention and Anti-Violence Coordinating Council

Other Items of Interest:

  • Author of the book Activities That Teach
  • Author of the book More Activities That Teach
  • Author of the book Activities That Teach Family Values
  • Author of the book Still More Activities That Teach
  • Author of the book Conducting Group Discussions With KIds
  • Past Editor of the newsletter Activities That Teach Update
  • Editor of the booklet Keeping Kids Drug Free: A Parent's Guide
  • Contributing author for Yo Primero! A life skills curriculum for Hispanic youth
  • Contributing author for School Success A program for improving academic performance
  • Published articles in Student Assistance Journal, September/October 1997 and May/June 1998
  • Published article in the Colorado School Health News Winter 1997-1998 issue
  • 3 years as a National Trainer for Just Say No International
  • Trainer for Federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Conference Speaker and Workshop Trainer
  • 1996 Chemical Health Educator of the Year for the  State of Utah
  • 1997 Outstanding Service to Education Award  from   the Utah State Board of Education
  • Guest appearances on a variety of radio and television programs

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