MORE THAN MOTIVATION
If you are looking for a speaker who can connect through comedy, storytelling, and authenticity - Houston Kraft is your guy. Houston has worked with nearly 500 schools, events, conferences, and companies across the country and is passionate about helping people create lives filled with compassion, character, purpose, and love. But it's not just about motivation - it's about creating cultures through storytelling, experiences, and hands-on tools that leave lasting and sustainable change.
Houston Kraft was just the voice we needed in our 46,000 student school district! Clear Creek Independent School District adopted a set of Core Values several years ago that guide our decisions, actions and character, and we are deeply committed to the social and emotional well-being and safety of our students. Our work with Houston has been tremendously instrumental in providing our staff with not only the motivation to stay committed to this work, but the resources and ideas to bring it to life. Houston Kraft has facilitated learning at our What’s In Your Heart? Character Conference, and our district wide rally. In addition, he has worked with all of our intermediate teachers to support the use of the Character Strong curriculum. And, we are super excited that he will be working with over 2,600 high school students in January 2019. We absolutely love working with Houston. His energy, passion and love for all things kind is infectious! We look forward to a long partnership with him.
Stephanie McBride | Executive Director for Professional Learning
Clear Creek ISD
People are still talking about the inspiring message they heard from our beginning of the year staff assembly. Houston’s inspiring words, motivational wisdom, and personal demeanor came at the right time for our school district. We had recently revamped our strategic framework, and his time with us correlated perfectly to our district’s desires to prepare kids for college, the workplace, and life.
Emily Conklin, CPC
Executive Director of Communications
Houston Kraft is the best motivational/inspirational speaker we have brought to our school in my 11 years. He is affiliated with CharacterStrong, which is a character development program and curriculum that began right here in WA State. This is the second year in a row we had him speak to our students. Both years he also did a student leadership workshop where he worked with 40 selected students in a 90 minute workshop. With our students he talked about kindness and love. He talked about how we can choose those actions and behaviors. He teaches them skills to be more relational. His message to middle school through high school is spot on.
What he is about is creating a culture of kindness and putting an emphasis on relationships and how our experience as people is shaped more strongly by our interactions with others than by the curriculum we’re taught in school (he does this without devaluing the knowledge we teach in school). In fact, he says you can’t have one without the other in life to be successful and happy. But, he also quoted several authors who claim that a typical school only offers students about 50% of what they need and that what used to be considered ‘soft skills’ (perseverance, communication, leadership, resiliency- to name a few) are the new ‘hard skills’.
The most powerful event for me this year was he also did a 1 hour staff workshop. During this he spoke directly to us all about our responsibility and provided a much needed reminder about Why we do what we do. He quoted research about our personalities being mostly established by age 6, but our moral character can be grown and developed if we teach kids how to do it. He even asked us to come up with One Word to answer this question: What do I want my students to FEEL and Remember when they walk out of my classroom? Even if you didn’t do an all school assembly, the hour with your staff would be well worth it!
Jesse Hardt - Horizon MS
Subscribe to the CharacterStrong Blog
Sign up with your email address to receive news, fresh ideas, classroom resources, and e-hugs.
We respect your privacy. And you. We respect you too.