Stephen Birchak, Ph.D., (affectionately known as “Dr. Bird”) is a widely-known authority and speaker in the field of positive psychology who spent forty years in higher education. Educated at Adams State College in Colorado (M.A.) and the University of Northern Colorado (B.A. and Ed.D.), Dr. Birchak worked at Colorado University, Colorado Northwestern Community College, the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Maine at Machias and was a professor of clinical mental health counseling for twenty-six years at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. More than half a million people nationwide have attended his presentations and workshops at school districts and conferences. Dr. Birchak presents a solution-focused philosophy that asks parents, schools, and communities to work together to create peaceful environments. He also emphasizes how we can use positive psychology to strive to make better versions of ourselves every day. He has been honored with the New York State Champion of Character Award and the Friend of Education award by The School Administrators’ Association of New York. His highly influential books include How to Build a Child’s Character by Tapping into Your Own, The Jerk Whisperer, It’s Not a Crisis; It’s an Inconvenience!, and the children’s book The Bird and the Bear.