"For the past few years the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) has worked with Teaching and Learning Solutions (TLS) to provide training and support to school administrators. The DOE requires school administrators to be trained in the Danielson Framework for Teaching (FFT) and to meet certification standards to conduct evaluation observations using the FFT. TLS has played an instrumental role in providing the expertise around this work. TLS is truly a partner, working along side us to meet our training needs, timelines, and to also meet the unique needs of our school administrators. All of this is done while maintaining rigor and fidelity to the FFT. We are appreciate the collaboration and responsiveness of Dr. Miller and TLS." Iris Tomita HI DOE Administrator of Professional Development
Honolulu, HI
"Teaching and Learning Solutions has been a partner with LAUSD since the beginning of our district's collaborative development of tools and processes for ensuring objective observation of teaching practices (2010). This work continues to enable our teachers to receive the feedback they deserve in order to grow as professionals. Together with members of the TLS team, LAUSD has created frameworks that provide clear descriptions of the complex work of teaching, and designed and provided professional development for both observers and classroom teachers, to ensure that, as a district, we share common language and a clear lens through which to view, reflect upon, and enhance teaching and learning, to ensure high quality learning experiences for every student. This work has grown to include the development of frameworks for site administrators as well, so that educators' evaluations and feedback conversations are grounded in objective observations and are focused in support of student learning. I'm proud to have worked closely with TLS to launch and sustain this work in the nation's second largest school district!" Debra Laidley Administrative Coordinator
Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, CA
        
Meet Our Team The TLS team is comprised of educators from all over the United States who have expertise in a variety of educational roles and grade levels. We work to match our team's expertise to the needs of clients. Read their biographies to learn more about our team.
Albert "Duffy" Miller, Ed.D. (co-founder)
Areas of expertise:
  • The Framework for Teaching
  • Teacher preparation
  • Teacher recruitment and hiring
  • New teacher mentoring and induction
  • Teacher and administrator coaching
  • Professional collaboration
  • Professional growth plans
  • Teacher evaluation
  • Classroom observation
  • Teacher leadership
Contact Information: P: 802.233.2855
E: duffy@teachinglearningsolutions.com
Professional Experience Duffy was a high school principal for sixteen years, during which he served as President of Vermont Principals' Association and Chairman of the New Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Public Secondary Schools. He supports the work of the Commission on Public Secondary Schools by providing professional development for schools around high school accreditation. He works with schools nationally assisting with high school reform efforts, establishing small learning communities and embedding literacy instruction in all content areas. He has worked closely with large urban districts, suburban districts, small rural districts and state departments of education in the areas of teacher and administrator professional development, and teaches courses at the graduate level. Experience with the Framework for Teaching Duffy has served as a consultant assisting numerous districts around the United States in using The Framework for Teaching as a component of evaluation systems, mentoring programs, and professional development using The Framework for Teaching as a tool to improve instruction. He has presented at national conferences with Charlotte Danielson and has been a national trainer and consultant with Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey on the Pathwise and Keeping Learning on Track (KLT) programs. Duffy has served as a consultant assisting numerous districts around the United States in using The Framework for Teaching as a component of evaluation systems, mentoring programs, and professional development using the Framework for Teaching as a tool to improve instruction. He has presented at national conferences with Charlotte Danielson and has been a national trainer and consultant with Educational TEsting Service in Princeton, New Jersey on the Pathwise and Keeping Learning on Track (KLT) programs. Duffy is an ETS National Certified Trainer for the KLT and Assessment for Learning (AfL) programs.
Bernadette "Bernie" Cleland, Ed.D. (co-founder)
Areas of expertise:
  • The Framework for Teaching
  • Teacher preparation
  • New teacher mentoring Coaching
  • Professional growth plans
  • Teacher evaluation
  • Classroom observation
Contact Information: P: 812.249.7395
E: bernie@teachinglearningsolutions.com
Professional Experience Bernie has been an educator for 20 years working as an elementary, middle and high school English and social studies teacher, a middle high school principal, and adjunct college professor, and as an educational consultant. She has worked with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges to provide professional development for schools around high school accreditation and numerous school reform efforts. She has worked closely with large urban districts, suburban districts, small rural districts and state departments of education int he areas of teacher and administrator professional development. Experience with The Framework for Teaching Bernie currently serves as a consultant assisting numerous districts around the United States in the development of evaluation systems, mentoring programs, and professional development based on The Framework for Teaching. she delivers graduate level courses for school districts using The Framework for Teaching as the focus of study, and is involved in on-going professional development in schools where the Framework's rubrics are used as a tool for reflection, goal setting and professional conversation. Bernie has presented at national conferences with Charlotte Danielson and has been a national trainer and consultant with Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey on the Pathwise and Keeping Learning on Track (KLT) programs. Bernie is a Certified National Trainer for ETS KLT and Assessment for LEarning (AfL) programs. In addition, Bernie has experience in the following areas:
  • Developing vision and mission statements
  • Coaching administrators
  • Professional learning communities
  • Teaming, structures and instructional practices
  • Embedded literacy across the curriculum
  • Formative assessment including rubric development and use
  • Instructional strategies for cognitive engagement
  • Critical Friends protocols
  • Small school design and implementation
  • School accreditation
  • John Armbrust
    Areas of expertise:
    • Analyzing and synthesizing data
    • Design of evaluation systems
    Contact Information: P: 512.887.2709
    E: johnarmbrust@gmail.com
    Professional Experience John currently serves as the Executive Director and Founder of Austin Achieve Public Schools, a charter school focused on serving the most underserved students in Austin, TX. John also is the President of Crossbow Educational Consulting, a company that primarily focuses on supporting districts and states implement an improved teacher evaluation process. Prior to these roles, John spent eight serving as a teacher, school-site administrator, and central office administrator in both traditional public and charter schools. Before founding Austin Achieve and Crossbow Educational Consulting, John served as Director for Teacher Effectiveness for a charter network in South-Central Los Angeles. His primary role was to design and implement multiple measures of teacher effectiveness that could be utilized to create a cutting-edge way to train, support, and reward teachers based on their performance. John originally got his start in teaching in Atlanta, GA through Teach For America. In his time as a math teacher. John led his students to produce results that were considered "best in state..." while both in Georgia and California. He holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University.
    Ron Chan
    Areas of expertise:
    Contact Information: P: 310.994.8238
    E: rchanpdc@aol.com
    Professional Experience Ron Chan, an educator for over 35 years, began his career as a special education teacher, became an assistant professor in teacher preparation for the past 18 years an education consultant. He has worked with moderately and severely handicapped and regular education students. He has taught graduate level courses and supervised student teachers in both regular and special education at California State Universities, Los Angeles and Dominguez Hills. He served as a Professional Development Consultant for the State of California's Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program-BTSA, a statewide induction program. And as a consultant for Educational Testing Service, contributed to the development, training validation, and recent revision of the California Teaching Performance Assessment-CTPA. Teaching assessment, school leadership, beginning teacher support, assessment for learning, teaching effectiveness, and student learning continue to be the focus of his work with numerous school districts, large and small, across the country. He continues to work closely as a national consultant, developer, and lead trainer for Educational Testing Service's professional development group. ETS professional development programs include Pathwise® product development and services based on "A Framework for Teaching," "Keeping Learning On Track"-KLT® (assessment for learning) also part of a two year high school study for the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, school leadership based on the ISLLC Standards, and Pathwise® Induction which was selected as a part of a national induction study conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, of the U.S. Department of Education. Mr. Chan is also the president of CHAN Educational Consulting, LLC.
    Valerie "Val" Gardner
    Areas of expertise:
    • Developing vision and mission statement
    • Coaching administrators
    • Professional learning communities
    • Systems design and planning
    • Supervision and evaluation programs
    • Change processes in schools
    • Future trends and their implications for schools
    • School culture and climate school reviews
    • Curriculum design and mapping
    • Administrative team learning and design to support student learning
    • Advisory program development
    • Teaming structures and instructional practices
    • Formative assessment including rubric development and use
    • Critical Friends protocols
    • Using student work to examine instructional practice
    • Small school design and implementation
    • School accreditation
    Contact Information: P: 802.598.7462
    E: valg@gmavt.net
    Professional Experience Val has been an educator for 34 years working as high school teacher, assistant principal, and principal, and adjunct college professor, and as an educational consultant. She has served as the President of the Vermont Principal's Association, Chair of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Public Secondary Schools, and was Principal in Residence for the US Department of Education. She has worked with schools in Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Indiana providing professional development for teachers and administrators in designing small learning communities and providing administrator professional development.
    Shirley Hall
    Areas of expertise:
    Contact Information: P: 609.829.5080
    Professional Experience Shirley Hall has over 30 years of experience as an educator, starting her professional career as an elementary teacher. She later attained a master's degree in education of the blind and visually impaired and taught science to regular education and visually impaired students. After 22 years in the classroom, Mrs. Hall became the principal of a low-performing school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She later moved into central administration in Philadelphia as the administrator of a pilot program in which she worked with the teachers' association to design the program and train principals and teachers in teacher observation. Mrs. HAll later left the School District of Philadelphia to work for Educational Testing Service (ETS), first as their Training Program Manager and later, as the Director of their Pathwise Programs, a suite of professional development programs for teachers and school leaders. In this capacity, Mrs. Hall helped to design and deliver training across the country on such topics as new teacher mentoring and induction, teacher observation and evaluation and principal assessment. Mrs. Hall has provided professional development for teachers and administrators in the United States and abroad on such topics as assessment of teacher practice, new teacher induction, school leadership and formative assessment of student learning. Mrs. Hall is currently the president of GreenLight for Learning and provides professional development services and ongoing support to districts across the country.
    Edmund "Ed" Higgings, Ed.D.
    Areas of expertise:
    • Supporting schools and districts in the development of a shared vision and mission
    • Establishing clear academic, social and civic expectations and measurements
    • Standards based assessment, grading and reporting
    • Senior year options, including senior exhibitions Freshman programming
    • Professional collaboration
    • Teacher and administrator coaching
    • Systems analysis
    • Classroom observation and evaluation of effective teaching
    • Literacy across the curriculum
    • Systems analysis
    • Professional learning communities using Critical Friends protocols
    • Curriculum and Assessment alignment
    • School improvement through accreditation
    • High School Reform
    Contact Information: P: 203.458.9850
    E: echiggins@yahoo.com
    Professional Experience Ed has a distinguished career in the field of education. He has twenty-three years experience as a high school principal, first in Weston, CT and then Branford, CT. Prior to being a principal he has been a teacher, department chair, and assistant principal. Ed has served as a member and chairperson of the New England ASsociation of Schools and Colleges Commission on Public Secondary Schools, and supports the work of the commission as a char of visiting teams, by providing professional support to schools, and serving as a member of the Accreditation Standards and Self-Study Revision Committees. Ed has also been active in his own state. He was a founding member and three time president of the Southern Connecticut Conference, and has served on numerous committees which have focused on high school improvement and reform, including New Connecticut High School Study Committee, CAPT Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee, and Annenberg Foundation at Brown University's Secondary Advisory Board. He has presented at numerous conference on performance based learning and assessment and supports numerous districts in their efforts to incorporate standards based assessment and grading programs.
    Cindy C. Kratzer, Ph.D.
    Areas of expertise:
    Contact Information: P: 310.804.1769
    F: 310.745.7104
    E: cindy@sierraed.com
    W: www.sierraed.com
    Professional Experience Cindy Kratzer has over 30 years of teaching, coaching, and professional development experience. An inner-city elementary and middle-school teacher for 9 years, Cindy has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), with an emphasis in curriculum and urban schooling. In addition, Cindy has over 20 years of experience in 1-on-1 instructional coaching and large- and small-group professional development sessions. A former district literacy coordinator at the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (Santa Monica, CA), Cindy's professional development expertise includes: early literacy, reading comprehension instruction, data-driven instruction, research-based instructional strategies, facilitation and mentoring training, lessong study, school culture, and conducting classroom observations for teacher evaluation. She is the co-developer of the professional development structure Lesson Link &tm;, as well as the metacognitive reading strategies entitled Student Onramp Strategies (SOS)&tm;. For the past 15 years, Cindy has also worked as a professor of qualitative research methods at UCLA, where she has guided hundreds of doctoral students through the dissertation process. Experience with The Framework for TEaching Cindy has served as a consultant to assist numerous districts and private schools around the United States in using the Framework for Teaching or other rubrics of teaching standards as a component of evaluation systems, mentoring programs, and professional development in order to improve instruction and student achievement. She has participated in all phases of such work, including research and development to gather stakeholder feedback regarding teacher evaluation, development of all training materials related to observer and teacher professional development, professional development of both teachers and administrator-observers, and individual coaching to support implementation at school sites. Dr. Kratzer is also the Director of Sierra Educational Consulting, LLC.
    Mary K. Weck, Ed.D.
    Areas of expertise:
    • The Framework for Teaching
    • Teacher preparation
    • Teacher recruitment and hiring
    • New teacher mentoring and induction
    • Teacher and administrator coaching
    • Developing evaluation systems Evidence based teacher evaluation
    • Classroom observation
    • Administrative leadership development
    • Administrator evaluation
    Contact Information: P: 815.541.8104
    E: mkweck@me.com
    Professional Experience Mary has been an educator for 42 years working as an elementary and jr. high special education teacher, a school social worker, building and district level administrator, college professor and administrator, and educational consultant. As assistant Superintendent for Human Resources part of her responsibility was to guide the development of a differentiated evaluation system for teachers baseed on Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching. The system was the first in the country that implemented the use of the Framework for Teaching as the basis for defining teaching. Danielson collaborated with Dr. Weck and the school district in the development of the system. In addition to her work in public education, she was a professor and director of graduate programs in Education, including education administration, at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and served as a full time consultant, trainer and facilitator for the Consortium for Educational Change in Illinois. Experience with The Framework for Teaching Dr. Weck has served as a consultant assisting numerous districts around the United States in the development of evaluation systems, mentoring programs, and professional development based on The Framework for Teaching. She has presented at National conferences with Charlotte Danielson and has been a national trainer and consultant with Educations Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey on the Pathwise programs. She is currently working with TLS consultants on evidence based teacher evaluation and principal evaluation in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Illinois.
    Vivian Mun
    Areas of expertise:
    • Developing vision and mission statement
    • Coaching administrators
    • Professional learning communities
    • Systems design and planning
    • Supervision and evaluation programs
    • Change processes in schools
    • Future trends and their implications for schools
    • School culture and climate school reviews
    • Curriculum design and mapping
    • Administrative team learning and design to support student learning
    • Advisory program development Teaming, structures and instructional practices
    • Formative assessment including rubric development and use
    • Critical Friends protocols
    • Using student work to examine instructional practice
    • Small school design and implementation
    • School accreditation
    Contact Information: P: 802.598.7462
    E: valg@gmavt.net
    Professional Experience Vivian started her educational career as an elementary school teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District in 2001. In 2007, she began to mentor and supervise teacher credentialing candidates as a faculty member with CalStateTEACH, a teacher preparation program of the California State University System. She also has trained and provided professional development to the faculty of Los Angeles Valley College as the Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) Course Assessment Trainer since 2010. she received her Doctorate degree in Education from UCLA in 2011. Her dissertation was entitled: "Moving Beyond Basic Skills in Community Colleges: The Beliefs and Practices of Culturally Responsive Peer Mentors."
    Deborah "Debi" Bober, Ed.D.,NBCT
    Areas of expertise:
    • Coaching administrators
    • Coaching teachers and teacher leaders
    • Evaluation of teacher growth and development
    • Curriculum design and mapping
    • Academic Growth over Time (AGT) data analysis
    • Teacher goal setting and developing individualized growth plans
    • Direct instruction designed to increase student engagement
    • Collaboration and constructivism in the 21st Century
    • Support for National Board Certification
    • Formative assessment including rubric development and use
    • Using student work to examine instructional practice
    • Common Core priorities in action in K-8 math, reading, and writing lessons
    • Response to Literature and writing genre instruction
    Contact Information: P: 562.822.5122
    E: dbober@lbschols.net
    Professional Experience Debi Bober has been a K-8 teacher in the public school system for 19 years. Debi has taught grades K through 8 and has worked numerous years as a K-5 literacy coach at a large, urban public school. Debi has also worked as a university undergraduate and graduate adjunct professor for 7 years. She currently teaches Language Learning in the Transition to Teaching and Urban Teacher Residents programs at California State University Dominguez Hills. She also supports past cohorts as NBPTS pre-candidates in their work to become nationally certified teachers in middle school and high school math, English, science, and special education. In addition, Debi currently works as an educational consultant. She has worked with Los Angeles Unified School District, Garden Grove Unified School District, and Long Beach Unified School District to provide professional development for teachers, schools, and administrators around numerous school reform efforts, including: academic language, assessment, minority affairs, English Language learning, and teacher growth and development. She has worked closely with large urban districts and California Department of Education in the areas of teacher and administrator professional development.
    Amanda Steiman
    Areas of expertise:
    Contact Information:
    Professional Experience Amanda was a teacher and instructional coach in Los Angeles Unified School district for 11 years. In 2007, she began working with pre-service teachers as a faculty member at CalStateTEACH, a teacher preparation program of the California State University. During this time, she also worked with new teachers through the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment program (BTSA) with Los Angeles County Office of Education. In addition, Amanda has worked abroad with the non-profit CHEER for Viet Nam, conducting workshops for teachers of English in central Viet Nam. She currently serves on the board of this organization. She received her Doctorate degree in Education from UCLA in 2006. Her dissertation was entitled, "Peer-mentoring for Newcomer Immigrant Students."
    Karyn Wright
    Areas of expertise:
    • The Framework for Teaching
    • Teacher Preparation
    • Teacher Recruitment and Hiring
    • New Teacher Mentoring and Induction
    • Mentor Training and Development
    • Teacher and Administrator Coaching
    • Teacher Leadership
    • Classroom Observation
    • Teacher Evaluation
    • School Governance
    • Strategic Planning Training and Facilitation Skills
    Contact Information: Phone 702.580.1032
    Email kwright444@cox.net
    Professional Experience Karyn has been an educator for over 25 years, working as a teacher, curriculum specialist, building level administrator, professional development director, adjunct university instructor, human resources director, and educational consultant. As Director of K-12 Teacher Development, Clark County School District, NV, Karyn developed, and directed the Pre-service Teacher Development Program, New Teacher Mentoring and Induction Program, and Teacher Leadership Program. She also designed and delivered training, on a variety of topics, to teachers and administrators, and trained district-level trainers in presentation and facilitation skills. Karyn provided training on the change process and school governance for schools and groups of administrators and facilitated strategic planning sessions for the superintendent, cabinet, and school board. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in literacy, psychological and sociological foundations of education, teacher leadership, and supervision and evaluation of teachers. Karyn has presented on a variety of topics at national conferences. She has worked closely with state departments of education, large urban districts, suburban districts, and small rural districts in identified areas of professional learning for administrators and teachers. Experience with The Framework for Teaching: Karyn currently serves as a consultant assisting numerous districts around the United States with targeted professional development based on The Framework for Teaching. This includes on-going professional development in the areas of teacher growth and development, new teacher mentoring and coaching, teacher observation and evaluation, and professional conversations. Karyn has presented at national conferences with Charlotte Danielson and has been a national trainer and consultant on the Pathwise Program with Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey.