Steve Sroka, Ph.D., 27th International Training Conference Special Speaker
Dr. Stephen Sroka, Special Speaker at the 27th D.A.R.E. International Training Conference, is an internationally recognized motivational speaker, trainer, author, teacher, professor and consultant. He often presents about at-risk youth, sex, drugs and violence (including bullying and suicide) prevention education, social-emotional learning, mental health, relationship building, alternative education, dropout prevention, brain-based education, teaching to the whole child, character education, school safety, parenting, all hazards emergency planning, and leadership building for schools and communities.
He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Case Western Reserve University, and President of his company, Health Education Consultants. He has worked in schools (K-12) worldwide for over 30 years, including several school systems with high profile shootings.
Organizations, which have invited him to keynote or be a featured speaker for their national/international conferences, include: AAFCS, AAIE, AASA, ASCD, CGCS, DARE, DEA, IATDP, NAASBMA, NAEHCY, NAPSA, NAREN, NASN, NASRO, NASSP, NCPC, NDPN, NISBA, NMSA, NYAR, PRIDE, PTA, Rachel’s Challenge, SSAC, SSWAA, UNITY, US Dept. of ED (Indian ED), and YCWA. He has presented in programs in Dubai, Guam, St. Croix, Trinidad, Cayman Islands, Guatemala, Zurich, Winnipeg, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and London.
He was invited to the President’s White House Conference on School Safety and he keynoted the First International Swine Flu Conference in Washington, DC, which was featured live on C-SPAN. He has worked extensively with Native Americans. He has served as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control, and was chosen as an Expert in Residence for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation three times.
His Educator’s Guide to HIV/AIDS and other STD’s (1st edition in 1984 and now in its 57th printing) is recommended by the U.S. Department of Education, and by former Surgeon General Koop who has personally commended Dr. Sroka for his “pioneering efforts to educate the nation’s school-age populations.” His prophetic article, “It Takes a Child to Raze a Village: Proficiency or Reality Testing?” was written before Columbine. After keynoting an international education conference in Dubai, he wrote the article, “Getting to the Heart of Education: Listening to the Whole Child.” His most recent article, “Lesson Learned School Safety: From Cleveland to Newtown,” has been well received nationally.
Dr. Sroka’s spirited presentations stressing the importance of “Just Say Know” and “The Power of One” have resulted in guest appearances on many TV programs, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as coverage in many newspapers including USA Today.
His messages include:
- Safe and healthy kids and adults learn more and live better
- Getting to the heart of education by listening to the whole person
- The Power of One- how one person can Make a Difference
Dr. Sroka received the Outstanding School Health Educator Award from the American School Health Association, was selected the Walt Disney Outstanding Health Teacher of the Year, and was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. But his most meaningful “award” was his six-year-old daughter telling him that he was smarter than the cartoon character, Inspector Gadget. Obviously, his wife does not agree.