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Paula, President of Just ASK Publications & Professional Development (Just ASK) and an ASK Group Senior Consultant, lives in the Washington, D.C. area. She is the author of multiple books including Why Didn’t I Learn This in College?, The 21st Century Mentor’s Handbook, Instruction for All Students, Leading the Learning: A Field Guide for Supervision and Evaluation, Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners, and Active Learning and Engagement Strategies. She is a co-author of Creating a Culture for Learning. Paula is also the developer of the New Teacher Professional Development Kit and the Mentoring in the 21st Century® Resource Kit.
Paula’s presentations of note include Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners® and Mentoring in the 21st Century® Institutes in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Orlando, and Dallas. She is proud to have been a member of the faculty of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Principals’ Center Summer Institutes at UCLA for the past 16 years. Paula has led pre-conferences at Learning Forward’s (NSDC) Conferences, ACSA’s Annual Conferences and Leadership Summits, the Kentucky Association of School Administrators’ Annual Conference, and keynotes at the Dallas Public School Mentoring Symposium, the Virginia Staff Development Council’s Annual Conference, and the Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships Leadership Conference hosted by Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Texas. Her work this past year included The International School of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia and Educare, the Singapore Teachers Union, Singapore.
Mike, an ASK Group Associate, lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He retired in June 2012 from Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), Virginia. Mike’s most recent position was Technology Integration Specialist at T.C. Williams High School. Prior to that, he was an instructional technology resource teacher and math teacher in ACPS and Easton, Massachusetts. Mike was also the Lead Mentor at Hammond Middle School in ACPS where he annually recruited and trained cadres of over 20 mentors who in turn supported 20 to 25 new teachers each year.
Mike made a presentation titled TIPS to NETS*T: Bringing Professional Development Together at the 2011 ISTE Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In this session, he explained the development of TIPS (Technology Integration Practical Strategies) and how ACPS developed a summer workshop that uses face-to-face, blended learning, online learning, and collaborative teams. He and Kyle Dunbar made a presentation titled Targeting Student Results with NETS*T at the 2010 ISTE Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado. As a certified NETS*T (Educational Technology Standards for Teachers) evaluator, Mike and two colleagues have led two cohorts of ACPS teachers to NETS*T certification and three hours of graduate credit from James Madison University.
Sarah Hartman, an ASK Group Consultant, lives in the Washington, D.C. area. Sarah and Janet Greet, Director of Professional Development in Prince William County Public Schools, Virginia made a presentation at the Learning Forward (NSDC) Annual Conference in Atlanta. Sarah is currently is on the staff of Buckland Mills Elementary School in PWCS. Before returning to school-based work, she was Director of Consulting Services for Just ASK.
Brenda, an ASK Group Senior Consultant, lives in Northglenn, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. She is working with school districts in Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, and Texas. A focus of her work is helping districts create long term, multifaceted professional development programs. In addition to leading the workshops Leading the Learning®, Instruction for All Students™, Why Didn’t I Learn This in College?®, Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners®, and our Mentoring in the 21st Century® Institutes, Brenda leads the workshops Training for Results, Becoming an Effective Coach, and Creating a Culture for Learning®. She was the project coordinator and a presenter for the Just ASK Creating a Culture for Learning® Summits in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Prior to joining Just ASK, Brenda was the Director of Professional Development in St. Vrain Valley School District, Longmont, Colorado. Before assuming that position, she was Director of Professional Development in Brighton Public Schools, Colorado. Brenda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Adams State College, a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado, and Professional Certification in Educational Administration from the University of Denver.
Heather Clayton Kwit
Heather Clayton Kwit, an ASK Group Associate, lives in Webster, New York, a suburb of Rochester. She is the principal of Mendon Center Elementary School in Pittsford Central School District, New York. Previous principalships include two schools in the Greece Central School District, New York. In 2005 Longridge Elementary School where she was principal was recognized by the NY State Department of Education as a high performing/gap closing school and as a high achieving school for English Language Learners. Earlier Heather was a teacher and curriculum leader for English Language Arts in the award-winning West Irondequoit Central School District where she did extensive professional development work in the areas of standards-based planning, differentiation, and ongoing assessment.
Heather is a co-author of Creating a Culture for Learning and author of the Just ASK e-newsletter Making the Common Core Come Alive! Her book Great Mini-Lessons for Teaching Genre Writing was published by Scholastic in 2001.
Julie McVicker, an ASK Group Senior Consultant, lives in Longmont, Colorado. She works with school districts in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Tennessee, and Texas where she helps districts develop long-term, multifaceted professional development plans that include our Mentoring in the 21st Century® Institute and our workshops Why Didn’t I Learn This in College?®, Instruction for All Students™, and Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners®. She is a co-author of Creating a Culture for Learning.
Bruce, an ASK Group Senior Consultant, lives in Burke, Virginia. He is the author of Just for the ASKing!, the highly acclaimed monthly e-newsletter published on the Just ASK website. Over 15,000 educators subscribe to this newsletter. He is also a co-author of Creating a Culture for Learning. Bruce uses the knowledge, skills, and experience he acquired as a teacher, professional developer, mentor, and middle school principal as he works with school districts in Arizona, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia. He works at the district and school level with leadership on establishing professional learning communities and leading in a standards-based environment. Areas of focus for instructional staff include teaching and learning in a standards-based environment, making assessment a learning experience, meeting the needs of diverse learners, and new teacher induction.
Bruce has made multiple presentations at the Virginia ASCD and VSDC Conferences. He delivered keynote addresses at two Creating a Culture for Learning® Summits in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and the Bremen County Public Schools District 228, Illinois, Opening of School Institute. He also made two presentations at the AMLE (National Middle School Association) Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. He is scheduled to make the keynote address as the VASCD Fall Conference in September 2012.
Ronni Reed, an ASK Group Associate, lives in Holmdel, New Jersey, ideally located near both New York City and the Jersey shore. She retired June 30th, 2011, from her position as Staff Development Leader in the Monmouth County Vocational School District, Freehold, New Jersey. In that position, Ronni planned and delivered professional development for over 325 staff members, developed and oversaw the District’s induction and mentoring program, and wrote and implemented the District’s Equity Plan/NCLB Grant.
Additionally, Ronni has been president of the New Jersey Staff Development (Learning Forward), and president the New Jersey Career Development Association; she has served on four New Jersey State Advisory Boards on teaching, mentoring, alternate route, and transforming schools. Other professional development responsibilities have included the design and implementation of a New Jersey State model for delivery or survival/life skills and chair of the Monmouth County Professional Development Board overseeing 54 district professional development plans.
Sherri, an ASK Group Associate, lives in the Denver, Colorado area. She recently led multiple sessions on using data to inform practice at the Just ASK Creating a Culture for Learning Summits® in Las Cruces, New Mexico and worked with Westminster Elementary School, Adams County School District 50, Colorado, on a long term professional development project. This fall, she is working with ECOT, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an online school headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, on using data to inform instructional decisions. Sherri recently retired from St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, Colorado, where she was Executive Director, Assessment and Curriculum. Since her “retirement” she has served as interim principal of Carbon Valley Academy Charter School in Frederick, Colorado, and coordinator of charter schools for St. Vrain Valley School District. She is a co-author of Creating a Culture for Learning.
Louise, an ASK Group Senior Consultant, lives in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to teaching multiple sections of Instruction for All Students™, Leading the Learning, Why Didn't I Learn This in College?®, and Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners®, Louise coordinates ASK Group work in New England and has been instrumental in helping schools in Massachusetts revise their supervision and evaluation systems. She was also instrumental in guiding the International School of Beijing and Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia as they built in-house capacity. Louise was the featured speaker at the University of Massachusetts/Darmouth’s 2010 School Leaders Institute: Navigating the Way. She has presented on numerous occasions at the Harvard Principals’ Center Summer Institutes and made presentations for the New Zealand Principals’ Summer Institute and the Principals’ Institute at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Louise worked extensively with the Ministry of Education in Singapore.
Theresa Doherty West
Theresa, an ASK Group Consultant, lives in Falls Church, Virginia, s located in the Washington, D. C. metropolitan area. She retired from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), Virginia, in June 2011. Her most recent position in FCPS was the principalship of McNair Elementary School, which she assumed in July 2008. Prior to that, she was the director of Cluster III and principal of Glen Forest Elementary School, another FCPS school. Under Theresa’s leadership, both McNair and Glen Forest made AYP after having failed to do so in previous years. She is a true turn-around specialist.
Theresa was presented the prestigious Robert R. Spillane Leadership Award at the FCPS 2010 Leadership Conference. This award honors outstanding FCPS employees who, through their leadership, “keep the main thing the main thing,” making a significant impact on the academic achievement of students. She was also a FCPS Certified Local Trainer (CLT) and co-led Just ASK’s Leading the Learning® workshop series for practicing principals.
Earlier administrative positions include serving as assistant principal at Glasgow Middle School, FCPS, Virginia, and student activities director at George Mason High School, Falls Church City Public Schools, Virginia. Besides her work as a school and district level administrator, a teacher of Spanish, ESL, civics, math, and a professional developer, she brings to her consulting work many years of experience working with children of poverty, extensive cross-cultural experience including eleven years living overseas, and bilingual Spanish/English fluency.
Theresa made a presentation titled “ Leading the Learning and Creating High Expectations for Student Achievement” at the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Annual Conference in Houston, Texas. She also made multiple presentations at the Just ASK Creating a Culture for Learning® Summits in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Most recently she and Maria Eck, current principal of McNair Elementary School, FCPS, made a presentation at the VAESP Conference titled “Taming Those Difficult Conversations.” Theresa served as a principal mentor for NAESP and has worked with schools in Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia. During 2012-2013, she will be mentoring new principals in FCPS.
Theresa is a co-author of Creating a Culture for Learning, a text that districts are using to build productive learning communities. The book features an in-depth look at the work she led at McNair Elementary School.
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