Resume

I have spent the last two decades supporting educational leaders across the country, coaching toward greater levels of effectiveness.  I don't consider myself to be an expert, although I have expertise.  Instead I partner with my clients to help them reflect on what they know, what they need to learn, and then what they need to do to get the results they desire.

Skills

ADULT LEARNING SYSTEMS

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

LEARNING NETWORKS

PEER OBSERVATION

INSTRUCTIONAL ROUNDS

STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

RESEARCH AND EVALUATION

WRITING AND EDITING

 

Professional 

info
 

Fielding Graduate University

 

​EdD, Educational Leadership and Change.  Areas of research include collective efficacy, peer observation, learning systems, leadership, psychological safety, and accountability. Dissertation:  "In Their Shoes:  A Qualitative Study of Peer Observation and its Impact on Collective Efficacy among Elementary School Teachers"

 

Harvard University Graduate School of Education
 

​Harvard Gates Fellow, 2001-2002

 

The Evergreen State College

 

​BA, Education Reform and Communication

Education & honors

Work

experience
 

Organizational and Leadership Development Coach

2000 - present

 

Systems coach to school districts undergoing system-wide reinvention.  The primary goal of this coaching is strategic organizational alignment, transformation, and leadership development that results in all students prepared for post-secondary education.  Specialty areas include executive coaching for district and building leadership, strategy creation, professional culture development, and Instructional Rounds facilitation. Coaching has been conducted under the auspices of a variety of sponsors, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Small Schools Project/CESNW, the Washington State Leadership Academy, and directly with districts.

 

 

Partner/Managing Partner
Abeo School Change/Coalition of Essential Schools NW

​2003 - 2015

 

Partner and coach for national education design and implementation group.  Responsibilities for this nonprofit organization include fiscal management, marketing and web/social media presence, internal strategy development, long-range planning, and establishing a national publishing presence with a portion of time devoted to direct client support.  Fulfilled the position of chief operating officer on an interim basis while executive director was on sabbatical (2010-2011).

 

 

Research Consultant
American Institutes for Research

​2010 - 2011

 

Consultant to W.T. Grant-funded research team investigating the role of field research in school district policy development and decision-making.

 

 

Coach/Consultant
Executive Leadership Program for Educators at Harvard University

​2006 - 2012

 

Leadership and organizational coach to northern Kentucky and Oregon school districts to develop a coherent and aligned system around quality instruction that extends from the state house to the classroom.  This Wallace Foundation initiative was a joint venture of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Business School, and Kennedy School of Government that incorporated frameworks and perspective from each institution and embodied cutting edge research around student learning, organizational effectiveness, and the socio-political aspects of executive leadership.  Contract included the development of in-depth instructional packages and stakeholder briefing sites around key aspects of the work. 

 

 

Consultant
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

2005-2006

 

Support to Washington state program officer in assessing alignment of grant proposals to foundation strategy and collaborative development of proposal summaries for funding approval.

 

 

Senior Coach Consultant
Change Leadership Group, Harvard University Graduate School of Education

​2002-2005

 

Research and development of systemic change framework, faculty member for the Coach Learning Program, co-author of Change Leadership:  A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools.

 

 

Communication and Program Officer
Northwest Initiative for Teaching and Learning

2005-2006

 

Project design, synthesis, and dissemination of research findings for Stuart Foundation-sponsored collaborative professional development initiative. 

 

 

Co-Coordinator, Pacific Northwest Center
International Education and Resource Network (I*EARN)

1995-1997

 

Facilitation of multi-nation management team for telecommunications network of cross-cultural collaborative project-based learning opportunities for students and teachers.

 

 

Parental and Community Involvement Specialist
Center for the Improvement of Student Learning
Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

​1994-1997

 

Strategic design of parent and community involvement related to statewide reform initiative, including curriculum development and delivery for effective site councils, parental involvement, parent education on state improvement initiatives, and development of all OSPI publications related to education reform.

 

 

Producer and Researcher (Consultant)
Washington State Board of Education

1993-1994

 

Conducted statewide research on the changing roles of parents in Washington’s Schools for the 21st Century grant program; developed and produced two videos on parental involvement. 

Volunteer
Director
Educurious Partners

2011 - Present

 

Advisory Committee

American Institutes for Research

2011-2012

 

Chair, Board of Trustees

The Gardner School

2007-2010

 

President, Board of Trustees

The Open Window School 

1992-1997

 

Assessment Advisory Committee

Washington State Commission on Student Learning

1994-1996

 

Steering Committee

Bellevue School District Learning Laboratory

NEA National Center for Innovation

1992-1995

 

Communications Subject Area Committee

Washington State Commission on Student Learning

1993-1994

 

Education Program Committee

Bellevue School District

1992-1994

 

Gifted Program Advisory Committee

Bellevue School District

1991-1993