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.

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.

MaryLou McGirr has served in education for 30 years and specializes in providing professional learning. Areas of expertise include teacher effectiveness, mentoring, group facilitation, working with high needs schools and districts and Customized Learning. She assisted at the state level developing and facilitating the initial pilot program for the state teacher effectiveness system incorporating the FfT. She is a Training Associate with the Center for Cognitive Coaching and Learning Special with Technology & Innovation in Education.

George McKenna is a graduate of Western Illinois University, Illinois State University, and Millikin University. His career has included teaching in traditional, alternative, and special education programs. Administratively, George has been a high school dean of students and currently serves as a high school principal in Illinois. He led his current district in the adoption and implementation of Danielson’s Framework for Teaching, designing the professional development for the teachers and administrators in grades K-12.

Peggy Olcott has over 25 years experience ranging from elementary and middle school teaching to district level coordination of curriculum and instructional programs. She helped develop and implement teaching standards based on the Framework for Teaching. Currently, Peggy presents various seminars including facilitating data-driven dialogue and learning-focused conversations. Peggy holds a B.A. from UC, Santa Barbara and M.Ed. from City University.

Joanie Peterson is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, whose 30 year career span includes classroom teacher, counselor, central office Human Resources and Professional Development administrator and Board of Trustee in the K-12 education system; faculty member, counselor and administrator at the community college and university level. Peterson specializes in recruitment and the hiring process, mentor and induction programs and teacher evaluation based on the Danielson Framework for Teaching since 2002. Peterson provides support in facilitating professional growth on teacher effectiveness, data-driven decision making processes, observation, calibration, and teacher evaluation design using the Framework for Teaching

"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."