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.

Dr. Cindy Worner has been immersed in using the Charlotte Danielson Framework since the late 1990’s. While working in a school district as a principal and central office staff developer, Dr. Worner trained mentors, teachers and administrators on how to use the Framework as a tool for advancing teacher growth. After working 30 years in school districts, her work with the Danielson Group now continues to focus on helping teachers and administrators develop a deeper understanding of how the Framework can be used to move professional learning forward. Dr. Worner has a Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University in Elementary Education. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Reading and has a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Illinois State University.

Karyn Wright is a charter member of the Danielson Group and has provided training related to the Framework for Teaching since 2000. She is also a co-author of the Action Tool, “Implementing the Framework for Teaching." Karyn has been an educator for over 25 years, serving as a teacher, curriculum specialist, building level administrator, professional development director, adjunct university instructor, and district level administrator. She consults with districts nationwide, providing assistance to administrators and teachers on various district -identified areas of professional learning, related to the Framework for Teaching. Karyn also provides support to schools in the areas of: school climate and culture, school governance, the change process, new teacher induction and mentoring, teacher leadership, strategic planning, and presentation and facilitation skills.

"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."