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.

Kathleen Hanson has served as a classroom teacher, administrator and consultant. Hanson led the development of a supervision and evaluation model in three districts as well as developing and implementing a mentoring program in her local district that led to writing a state-wide curriculum for mentoring. Administrative Service Human Resources Administrator, Curriculum and Instruction Administrator, principal, and consultant, and supervisor of pre-service teachers. Her work as a building administrator afforded her the opportunity to work closely with the Special Education programs in her district, directly supervising the broad spectrum of classes at the elementary level as well as revamping the program for the Behavior Disorder district program.

Dr. Bob Hassler earned his Ed.D. at Lehigh University. He served as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, director of curriculum, principal and teacher during his public school tenure. Dr. Hassler specializes in instructional and organizational improvement, data-driven decision-making, development of results-based measurable goals, and parent engagement.” In addition to consulting, Dr. Hassler teaches on-line doctoral courses for Grand Canyon University.

Margaret Leibfried Margaret M. Leibfried is a graduate of St. Cloud State University and completed her graduate work for administration at the University of Minnesota. During her career, Margaret served as a high school and middle school teacher and administrator. In her current middle school principal role Margaret uses the Framework for Teaching, both as an evaluative tool and as an instructional improvement tool with teachers. Margaret’s responsibilities include mentoring Principals and Instructional Leaders, specifically in evidence gathering for teacher evaluation. She is also certified as an International Baccalaureate workshop leader for Heads of Schools.

Teresa Lien is a teacher leader with over 30 years of experience in special education and instructional coaching.  Her leadership earned Promising Program Awards from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the Baraboo School District's mentoring program and Professional Development Plan Support.  She has been a meritorious academic instructor for higher education.  Teresa was the lead Danielson Consultant for the U.S. Department of Education Teacher/Leadership Evaluation Systems study.

Melissa Linton , a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University, has been an educator for over 20 years, serving as a teacher, building level administrator, principal, and district administrator. She began using the Framework as an administrator in 2000 focusing on mentoring programs, teacher evaluation, observation and school improvement using data driven decision making processes. She teaches graduate level courses for teachers and consults on the use of the Framework for Teaching, teacher evaluation, observation inter-relater reliability and effective instructional practices.

"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."