Lisa Danielson, M.Ed.
Lisa Danielson is a retired educator and consultant, presenting workshops and seminars on learning-focused conversations for mentoring and supervision, facilitating collaborative groups, and professional learning designs.
In her 34 year educational journey she has taught at all levels of K-12 education, developed and lead professional learning in cooperative learning, mathematics, and language arts. For 12 years she provided leadership and professional development to the California BTSA Induction community. Serving as a regional director and state leader her experiences focused on the development of a formative assessment model for beginning teachers including the integration of Learning-focused conversations from the book Mentoring Matters, and providing the field testing for Learning-Focused Mentoring: A Professional Development Resource Kit.
Through collaboration with the CA Department of Education and University of CA, Davis, Lisa recently served on two statewide projects:
- The development and pilot of an Integrated Professional Learning System, a new educator effectiveness and evaluation process that includes teacher growth as a central component of the process.
- California CCSS Professional Learning Guidebook and Video Modules for Administrators to assist education administrators in leading and monitoring the CA Common Core State Standards implementation process.
Lisa earned her B.S. and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, and Educational Administration, from California State University, Sacramento.
Barbara Lawson, M.Ed.
Barbara Lawson is an international consultant, presenting workshops and
seminars in learning-focused conversations for mentors, teacher leaders and instructional supervisors. Most
recently, Barbara has served as the Instructional Specialist for the Washington Education Association. Her 35
years of educational experience includes teaching in a rural K-8 school, a suburban junior high school and urban
high school as well as at the university level.
As a staff development director, she developed a mentoring and coaching program for both beginning and
experienced teachers, as well as demonstration sites for instruction and assessment practices for a
standards-driven system. As Director of Program Development for the Office of Superintendent of Public
Instruction, she guided policy and created programs to support teachers in education reform for Washington State.
Barbara has conducted workshops for para-educators, teachers and administrators in a variety of areas including
leadership, decision-making, curriculum, instruction, assessment, classroom management, and partnership conferencing.
Barbara holds a B.A. Ed. from Western Washington University and M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the
University of Puget Sound.
Peggy Olcott, M.Ed
Peggy Olcott is an international consultant with over 25 years
experience in education ranging from elementary and middle school teaching to district level coordination
of curriculum and instructional programs. For over eleven years, Peggy provided leadership for professional
development initiatives at both the district and state levels including organizing and supervising the new
staff support programs in several districts in Washington State. Currently, Peggy presents workshops and
seminars on mentoring, facilitating data-driven dialogue, curriculum articulation, thinking skills, and
reading and writing strategies across the curriculum.
Peggy holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a M.Ed. from City University in
curriculum and instruction. She also completed an administrative licensure program at Portland State University.
Karen Rohrs, M.Ed
Karen Rohrs is an international educator and
consultant with teaching and administrative experience
in schools in Australia and Asia. Her educational background and experience has included teaching, leadership roles and facilitating workshops in mathematics, science, special education, reading and pastoral care. Her most recent work has focused on enhancing teacher practice through performance appraisal and instructional strategies. Karen spent 19 years teaching grades 7-12 and R1-12. For over 14 years Karen has provided leadership for professional development initiatives at the school, district and international levels.
More recently, Karen has been working at the Hong Kong International School first as the Learning Center Curriculum Coordinator and Associate Principal in the Middle School and currently as the Director of Professional Development.
Karen holds a B.Ed from Australian Catholic University, an M.Ed. Administration from the University of Western Sydney, a Graduate Diploma of Special Education from the University of New South Wales and an Advanced Certificate of Adolescent Literacy from University of Colorado.
Lynn Sawyer, M.Ed.
Lynn Sawyer is an international educational consultant, presenting
workshops and seminars on learning-focused conversations for mentoring and supervision, facilitating
collaborative groups, and data-driven dialogue.
In her 30 years as an educator, Lynn Sawyer has been a high school teacher, curriculum specialist, and
professional developer. As an administrator of a regional professional development agency, she trained
a staff of professional development providers and conducted workshops and seminars. She led a district
wide implementation of a teacher evaluation system focusing on a coaching model to support teacher self-directedness.
Her publications include:
Lynn earned her B.A. and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Administration, from
the University of Nevada, Reno.
- "Revamping a Teacher Evaluation System," Educational Leadership, Feb 2001
- "Integrating Cognitive Coaching with a Framework for Teaching," a chapter in Cognitive Coaching: Weaving
Threads of Learning and Change into the Culture of an Organization, (Christopher-Gordon).
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