He is also the founder of the Gentlemen’s Club mentoring program, which was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
With his keynote address, Peters said he wanted to inspire teachers and instill pride, but also show them the differences between today’s students and those in the past.
“We have schools that are improving, but the key is to improve and sustain,” Peters said. “You do that by having dynamic school leaders and great teachers, because good is no longer good enough for this new generation.”
Peters discussed five major influences on students and how the order of those influences has changed over the years.
In the 1950s, the order of influences was: “home, school, church, peers, and TV.” Now, the order is: “TV/media, peers, church, school, and home,” Peters said.
This change has put added pressure on educators, many of whom have to act as parents as well as teachers, Peters said.
“Home and school has to be a partnership,” he said.
But despite increasing difficulties, teachers should feel extremely proud about what they do, Peters said.
“I want you to feel a sense of pride,” Peters said. “We belong to the greatest profession that ever was and ever will be.”