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Why you are here
Welcome everyone. I think I know why you are here. If you landed on this page, you are part of a growing group that wants more from our schools. You may be a teacher, school leader, middle manager, or just a curious parent interested in school transformation. Whoever you are, and whatever your background, you are in the right place. I'm glad you are here.
This site follows my journey in school tranformation while providing you tips and strategies to live out your own vision.
Change has overwhelmed school for years, which is why many have avoided it. But in 2016, creating the best experiences for our students doesn't have to be so hard. There's power in simple. Commit today to do something different than you did yesterday. I promise you won't be disapppointed.
Who I am
I am the former Futures Academy Coordinator at the International School of Beijing and an educational consultant for innovative schools around the world.
I am absolutely obsessed with empowering school leaders to lead change in their schools around innovative programs and teaming structures that have the greatest impact on student learning.
My experience includes:
Four years as a project- based learning leader at High Tech High.
A M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership
Three years in program coordination and development of 'Futures Academy'- a school within a school at the International School of Beijing (find out more here)
Author of the book ‘Power of Simple,’ which provides school leaders and teachers simple strategies for school transformation and to improve student learning
Interdisciplinary Team Leadership at High Tech High and Futures Academy
Twelve years Humanities teaching experience at the Middle School Level
Why I do this
I consider myself extremely blessed. For three years, I had the unique privilege of living out my vision for school.
In three short years, with a team of facilitators, I was able to implement what worked best for kids. We shaped student schedules around real world learning experiences; aligned curriculum to the individual needs of our students; planned and collaborated together in a shared space; centered learning around interdisciplinary projects and real- world tasks; and structured in time for students to pursue their passion.
Not many leaders have the same freedom I was given to realize their vision. They are tasked to introduce innovative learning opportunities and impart "21st Century" skills in their students but at the same time are given a complex set of standards to cover; standardized tests misaligned to their curriculum; limited time to interact and exchange ideas; isolated classrooms, disconnected from the real world; and finally, little to no training or support.
I want to help.
What I can do for you
I help school leaders overcome these obstacles and make school change feel seamless. Having been there myself, I know how to help school leaders go from their current situation to their desired situation through simple, innovative strategies and teaming structures. I have helped coach school leaders lead change on
both sides of the globe; from small charter schools to large international schools. I specialize in:
Project- Based Learning
Creating and facilitating collaborative teacher teams
Program Design and Development
Find out more about the how I can help your school transform by following the link below:
Innovations and Project- Based Learning Coach
I coach school leaders on how to lead change and improve student learning through simple, innovative srategies and teaming structures.
Change doesn't have to be so hard. This book equips leaders with simple strategies for school transformation; helping schools conquer standards, individualize learning, and create a community of innovators.