I have a Ph.D. in education with a specialization in youth at risk. I am a school improvement specialist in the public schools. I founded and continue to direct the Coalition for Children, a not-for-profit (501(c)(3)) organization in Denver, Colorado. I have spent the last 30 years developing curricula to provide effective, affordable programs that work. Amond the well-known curriculua I have authored are: The Safe Child Program - a comprehensive prevention of child abuse curriculum that enables teachers, families and children to intervene before abuse occurs, that gives children skills that make them less vulnerable. The Take A Stand Program is designed to stop patterns of bullying and interpersonal violence in all areas of the community. The Reach and Challenge Programs recognize the powerful forces on young people and adolescents and provide children with skills to make choices that empower their lives. The Recovery Program helps young people who have been abused to rebuild their sense of self and to prevent future victimization.
Immediate feedback and structuring learning so that students know: what they they need to learn, where they are, where they need to be, and a plan to get there. I am a total advocate of LEARNING BY DOING. I use role-play, scenarios and opportunities to apply learning in all of my work. I've been a classroom teacher, a special education consultant and a principal. I've developed and run a reading lab as well as a pre-school for inner city youth. These days I am a writer, trainer and school improvement specialist.
My shining teaching moments are always those times when I am learning the most from the kids. They are the source for all of my work and they always show me how to teach them best. Who's Who in American Education. 2003-present Reference Institute, Wilmette, IL Aspen Institute Scholar, 1999, Shaping the 21st Century Corporation, Aspen, CO Who's Who of American Women, 1997-present Reference Institute, Wilmette, IL 1989 National Program Award to The Safe Child Program, for "its exemplary primary child abuse prevention program, a proven model for other communities." Presented by the Child Abuse Prevention Council, Houston Chapter.
B.S. Special Education, Emporia State University, Kansas M.S. Psychology, Emporia State University, Kansas Postgraduate, Learning Disabilities, University of Minnesota, Ph.D. Education / Youth At Risk, The Union Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio Principal Licensure, University of Phoenix
PUBLISHED BOOKS Ten Days to a Bully-Proof Child: The Proven Program to Build Confidence and Stop Bullies for Good, Marlowe & Company (2007) - Helping parents to raise kids that have the skills to be advocates rather than bullies or targets of bullying. The Safe Child Book, Revised, Fireside edition, Simon and Schuster (1995). Re-released in England, Scotland, Ireland and Australia by Futura Publications (1985). Translated and published in Norwegian for distribution in Netherlands by Thieme - Zutphen, (1986).