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Meet the Visible Learning Consultants

The Visible Learning consultants are trained and certified to instruct your staff and build a deep understanding of John Hattie's Visible Learning research. With their expert knowledge and mastery of the core Visible Learning concepts, they can help your school or district to raise student achievement and bring about lasting change. 

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Sonja Alexander is an experienced educational leader and consultant who provides customized professional development services that support teacher and leader effectiveness.

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John Almarode conducts staff development workshops, keynote addresses, and conference presentations on a variety of topics including student engagement, evidence-based practices, creating enriched environments that promote learning, and designing classrooms with the brain in mind. John’s action-packed workshops offer participants ready-to-use strategies and the brain rues that make them work. Click here for John's Presenter Profile

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Kristin Anderson began her career as a high school English teacher for students who were kicked out of Denver Public Schools. Since then, she has worked in multiple K–12 settings in various instructional and administrative roles, and has obtained advanced degrees from Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas, The University of Denver, and The University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She is a longtime student of the field, a passionate educator, and an inspirational leader.

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Laura Besser is a lifelong educator who supports teachers and administrators in sustaining best practices for gains in student achievement and transformation of culture.

Paul Bloomberg is an experienced school improvement coach and trainer who has transformed districts through coaching, professional development and curriculum support. Click here for Paul's Presenter Profile

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Peter DeWitt taught primary education for eleven years, has been a school leader for eight years, writes a blog for Education Week, and has authored several educational books. Click here for Peter's Presenter Profile

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Harry Dickens is an engaging presenter, a former technology director, and teacher with more than 20 years of school district experience.

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Jenni Donohoo is a best-selling author and professional learning facilitator with more than 15 years experience in leading school change.

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Karen Flories is highly engaging and focuses on participants being able to understand and apply specific practices in their school or classroom based on solid evidence. She is the Executive Director of 6-12 Educational Services for Valley View School District, IL. 

Gayle Gregory is an internationally known consultant who has specialized in brain compatible learning and differentiated instruction and assessment. She presents practical teacher/student-friendly strategies grounded in sound research that educators find easy to use in the classroom.

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Tom Hierck is a compelling presenter, infusing his message of hope with strategies culled from the real world. His dynamic presentations explore the importance of positive learning environments and the role of assessment to improve student learning.

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B.R. Jones spent nearly 20 years as an educator before traveling the nation sharing effective practices to improve student achievement. Click here for B.R.'s Presenter Profile

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Kelley King is an international speaker who specializes in school leadership, differentiated instruction, brain-based teaching, and closing gender achievement gaps.

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Cathy Lassiter is an education consultant, author, and nationally recognized educator. With over thirty years of experience, she is an energetic, passionate speaker who is in great demand. Currently, she supports large and small districts in areas including leadership development, school culture, principal and teacher evaluation, collaboration, instruction, assessment, and closing achievement gaps.

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Michael McDowell has served as classroom teacher, nonprofit leader, high school principal, and district office official. Michael currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in the Tamalpais Union High School District. Michael holds a BS with honors in Environmental Science, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, and an EdD in Organizational Leadership.

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Dave Nagel has over 18 years of successful experience helping schools grow and develop their staff to best meet student needs.

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Tremain Nelson has over 15 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, and an educational consultant for the K-12 community. He is eager to share his passion for instruction through his high-quality consultation and coaching. 

Mary Jane O'Connell is an experienced principal and professional development consultant who has a passion for helping school leaders and teachers examine their impact on student learning.

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Mary Jane O'Connell is an experienced principal and professional development consultant who has a passion for helping school leaders and teachers examine their impact on student learning.

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Barb Pitchford is a dedicated and passionate educator with over 40 years of experience in K-12 teaching, counseling, and building leadership. 

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Ainsley Rose, who has over 40 years of experience in education, is a certified lead Visible Learning consultant who specializes in systemic changes that impact teaching and learning.

Lyn Sharratt is an experienced practitioner in system and school improvement who has worked at all educational levels. She consults with districts, administrators, and teachers internationally. 

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Tracey Shiel supports and develops leaders to successfully guide classrooms, schools, and districts to superior academic performance.

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Julie Smith is a veteran educator, speaker, consultant, and author. Her passion, area of focus, and expertise is in building leadership capacity within people and systems; school improvement planning, and teacher, principal, and district evaluation models.

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Ray Smith is an accomplished author and former high school principal, Director of High School Education, and adjunct professor with more than 34 years of experience in leadership development. Click here for Ray's Presenter Profile

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Julie Stern is a teacher trainer and instructional coach, supporting schools in transforming teaching and learning on four continents. She is passionate about maximizing human potential and breaking free of the industrial model of schooling. 

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Tommy Thompson is a principal and is honored to be recognized for his turnaround efforts that transformed New London High School from a “failing school” to one being nationally recognized. With nearly 20 years of experience working in schools, Tommy prides himself on bridging the gap between theory and practice.

Kara Vandas is a highly experienced and passionate consultant who works with districts and schools around the country to implement processes and practices that best support student learning.

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Steve Ventura is the founder and a Distinguished Professional Development Consultant for Advanced Collaborative Solutions. Steve has previous experience as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director, and superintendent.

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