Dr. Silver has written for several educational blogs and websites. Here are just a few of her current writings.

Silver,  Debbie (2020). Kindness and Gratitude in Our Time of Crisis. MiddleWeb, Jan 19.

Silver,  Debbie (2019). Three Steps for THRIVE-ing In The New Year. MiddleWeb, Mar 29.

Silver, Debbie and Berckemeyer, Jack (2019). Principals Should Be The School Optimist-in-chief. MiddleWeb, Jan. 23.

Silver,  Debbie (2018). How We Can Cultivate Integrity in Middle School. MiddleWeb, Aug 18.

Silver,  Debbie (2018). Should You Become A Middle School Teacher? MiddleWeb, June 18.

Silver,  Debbie (2018). Thank A Teacher – And Their Families Too! MiddleWeb, Feb 18.

Silver,  Debbie (2018). How Standardized Testing Is Like Airline Thinking. MiddleWeb, Dec 17.

Biondi, Linda (2017). New Education Classic Enlivens SEL Teaching. MiddleWeb, Nov 17.

Silver,  Debbie (2018). Social-Emotional Skills Can Assure Kids Thrive. MiddleWeb, Dec 17.

Silver, Debbie (2017). The Worst Teaching Mistake I Ever Made   Education Week Teacher, Oct. 10.

Silver, Debbie (2017). Gratitude – A Double Gift.. Teaching and Living Using Spirituality, Oct.

Silver, Debbie (2017). Using Thrive Skills to Encourage Self-Motivation and Engagement. Corwin Connect, Sept. 20.

Silver, Debbie (2017). Plan to Take Care of Yourself in the New School Year, MiddleWeb, August 20.

Silver, Debbie (2017).  Is Social Emotional Learning Another “Self-Esteem Hoax?..”  Education Week, July 9.

Silver, Debbie (2017). Using Summer Break to Heal.  MiddleWeb,  July, 2017.

Silver, Debbie (2017). Why We Need to Move Beyond Grit to Thrive. Corwin Connect, May 30.

Silver, Debbie (2017). 4 Tips to Teaching Students SEL Skills.  MiddleWeb. April 16.

Silver, Debbie (2015). Goal of Classroom Management is to Have Power “With,” not “Over,” Kids.  January 24, Education Week Teacher, January 24.

Silver, Debbie (2015). A Beginner’s Look at Mindfulness.  Corwin Connect, April 29.

Silver, Debbie (2014). Stop Applauding: Essential Feedback Components for Fostering Growth Mindsets in Students. Corwin Connect, June 27.

Silver, Debbie (2014). Dealing With Toxic Teachers. Corwin Connect, September 25,

Silver, Debbie (2014). Freedom to Fall (And Get Up Again and Succeed.) Principal Leadership, January, 14. NASSP, pp. 48 -51.

Silver, Debbie (2012). Fostering Performance Character in the Classroom. Guest commenter for Larry Ferlazzo. Education Teachers Week. September 11.

Silver, Debbie (2012). Raising the Bar to Keep Students Motivated. The Journal of the Hawaii Association of Middle Schools, 24(2), pp. 1-3.

Silver, Debbie (2012). Helping Kids Learn to Succeed. Finding Common Ground Blog in Education Week, February 4.

Silver, Debbie (2012). “You’re Not the Boss of Me!” – Helping Kids Find a Healthy Sense of Self. The Growth Mindset Newsletter (9) February.

Silver, Debbie (2011).  Failure, There’s an “App” for that. ATPE Journal. Spring. P. 4.

Silver, Debbie (2011). Using the “Zone” to Help Reach Every Learner. Kappa Delta Pi Record, Fall, pp. 28-31.

Silver, Debbie (2011). Be Careful With the Praise: Teaching Kids to Be Successful.  NASSP online Journal. October 30.

Silver, Debbie (2004). Summer Institute National Consultant Perspectives. Association of Illinois Middle-Level Schools Newsletter, 28 (1). pp. 5 & 10.

Silver, Debbie (2004). More to Teaching Than Tests Can Tell. The Illinois School Board Journal, 72, (12). pp 37-38.

Silver, Debbie. (2003).  How to Deal With Angry Parents. New York State School Boards Association 4, (10), p.12.

Silver, Debbie (2002). Thinking “Outside the Lines.” Journal of the Massachusetts Computer Using Education 12,(3). pp 9-11,24-25.

Silver, Debbie (2001). Lighting Fire in the Middle. AIMS Journal for the Association of Illinois Middle Schools.

Silver, Debbie. (2001). Science Teaching: Beyond the Standards.  OnCUE Magazine 23. (7), pp 14-15.

Silver, Debbie (2001). Thinking “Outside the Lines.” PBS Tapped In (Online). Series 6/21/01.

Silver, Debbie (1999). Providing Meaningful, Positive Learning Experiences for All Students Through the Learning Cycle. A Bridge in the Middle: The Journal of the European League for Middle Level Education 9. December. pp 7-9.

Silver, Debbie. (1998). Engaging Students in the Learning Cycle. Principal, 77.(4). pp 62-63.

Silver, Debbie (1995).  We Make a Difference. Learning 24, (1). p 1.

Silver, Debbie. (1994). Science Fairs: Tired of the Same Old, Same Old? Science Scope 17, (5). pp. 12-16.


Silver, Debbie (1999). A Study of Teachers’ Perceptions About Staff Development Factors and Their Classroom Implementation of Reform-Based Science Instruction. Dissertation. College of Education, Louisiana Tech University. UMI Dissertation Information Service.

I have never enjoyed (professional development) or gained as much as I did when I saw you…You made a profound impression on me that day. I don’t know if it was your humor, your approach as a teacher rather than a speaker, or your magic tricks, but I was captivated.

As an administrator, I loved your presentation. We will be incorporating many of your points into our beginning year staff meeting…Thank you for your positivity and optimism in a world which is lacking those!

I want you to know that listening to your presentation was refreshing and empowering. I admire anyone with a sense of humor, what a wonderful gift! Your knowledge and experience combined with your entertaining and moving stories renewed my commitment to my students.