Consultants

Danielson Group consultants have extensive backgrounds in education, along with a deep level of Framework understanding. Based on the latest research findings and professional learning activities, our consultants are constantly updating the information they share and the support they provide, allowing our clients to continually improve the fidelity of their Framework implementation. Their field knowledge of the Framework's use around the nation is beneficial to both new and returning clients. Our consultants care about the needs of all stakeholders and are sensitive to local cultures.

Danielson Group consultants guide workshop participants in learning the Framework's language; anchoring professional development around the Framework; promoting collaborative, accurate, and fair observation practices; and elevating teaching.

Josh Elder is a graduate of the University of Rochester focusing on Educational Leadership and has fourteen years of educational experience working in public schools in New York. During this time Josh has served as a secondary school teacher, mentor teacher, curriculum supervisor and is currently an assistant principal at the high school level. Josh’s experience includes teacher evaluation, curriculum and assessment design, professional development and cultivating positive school climates.

Dr. Jorie Ellis earned a PhD in educational policy and leadership at the University of Oregon. Jorie taught regular and special education and retired as executive director supervising K-12 principals. She held directorships for special education, curriculum, and school improvement/staff development. She teaches graduate level courses and consults on: leadership, teacher evaluation; the Framework for Teaching; inter-rater reliability; and effective instructional strategies.

Linda Goodwin has 35 years of experience in Arkansas as a teacher, principal, K-12 curriculum supervisor, federal programs director and assistant superintendent.   She has provided services as a Scholastic Auditor and Praxis III Assessor for the Arkansas Department of Education. Linda works with districts in school improvement and specializes in teacher induction and mentoring programs, building leadership capacity and using the teacher evaluation process as a tool for achieving teacher growth. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, University of Louisiana at Monroe and the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Shirley Hall has 30 years of experience as an educator, serving as elementary teacher, teacher of the blind and visually impaired, elementary principal, central office administrator. She began using the Framework as an administrator in a large urban district, assuming responsibility for training principals and peer observers. Shirley has since trained on the Framework in the US and abroad. Areas of expertise include: assessment of teacher practice, school leadership and formative assessment of student learning.

Nate’ Hall earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Delaware State University and a Masters of Science in Administration and Supervision from Johns Hopkins University and has been an educator for 11 years. During her tenure, she has served as a Teacher Development Liaison, Science Department Chair, Professional Learning Communities team leader, and currently serves as the Secondary Science Resource Teacher at the central office level. Nate’ utilizes the Framework to build capacity with new science teachers in her district. Nate’ also serves as an Instructional Mentor where she uses the Framework as a tool for assessing new teacher practice and as a guide for their continued professional growth.

"Danielson’s Framework for Teaching has been a revelation to me; the best analogy I can offer is that the Framework is like having voice-guided GPS to direct you to a destination, when before you might have only had a destination name and an outdated road map."

Pre-Service Teacher, May 2016

“[The consultant] gave the best PD I have seen in 15 years of teaching, and was the first to explain [the] Danielson [Framework] in a human way. Bravo.”

A teacher, June 2015

“I am so impressed with the Danielson Group consultants. They are all so real. Your trainers helped make [proficient] teaching stronger and steered [basic teaching] toward increasing effectiveness.” 

A principal, June 2015

"Due to your consultant's seamless and meaningful transitions, knowledge of content, and rapport with the audience, the room was alive with energy and it made us all feel ready to begin the year off with success."

"Never before have I seen a group of seasoned educators like your consultants master the art of communicating with an audience with varied levels of expertise and interests. The two days that I spent with your team, I walked away with a desire to use the rubric to truly enhance my own practice."

"I left with a renewed look at the rubric, thinking that the rubric is the Great Equalizer! We can ALL enhance our practice by using it as a tool and a roadmap to produce students who think and are ready for college and careers. THANK YOU!"

"Your consultants' presence and organization of the day will not only impact the new teachers that attended, but will make the year alive for a vast number of students this year."

"Our workshop focused on calibration and inter-rater agreement training, so it was directly aligned to our individual and collective work with teacher performance evaluation.  With new administrators on the team, this type of training is critical."

"We were highly impressed with our Danielson Group consultant and the workshop. We have nothing but positive things to share. Staff have been emailing us, thanking us. This is the most worthwhile presentation we've been to in a while."

"The workshop you provided was hands-on, interesting, practical, and respectful of time limits. I heard more positive feedback about this workshop from staff than I have about any other."

"We wanted to let you know how much we appreciated the flexibility and professionalism that your consultant provided in our unique context. It helped us to keep on track with our schedule at a critical time. For that we are truly grateful."

"Your consultant presented a perfectly differentiated learning experience for all our principals. They were highly engaged, as demonstrated by on-topic conversations using academic language, completion of tasks requiring evidence identification, and note taking and 'grading' during classroom videos of teaching."

"Our school principals said the Framework observation training was the best training they had ever had, including the training provided when earning their Master’s degrees."

"I have a principal who was so excited about the breakthrough work with her staff in special education. I am already getting my money back!"

"My concern about the extra time it would take to implement the Framework successfully was not accurate. It took about the same amount of time as our prior evaluation system, and the benefits in professional growth and increased student achievement were more than worth it."

"I want to truly thank you for the brilliant job that you did with our training. I got such positive feedback from the team. They feel re-energized and like they have a direction and new tools to do the job."