Description and goals:
Observation is a key part of teaching, learning, and building community. In this panel discussion, administrative and support staff will share experiences from their unique roles working with students and explain how observation plays a key part in their work supporting student success. The panelists will also highlight situations administrative and support staff can celebrate and situations they should keep an eye on as the year moves forward.
- Gain ideas and advice for supporting students throughout the school year
- Hear how administrative and support staff use observation to support student growth, learning, and success
- Consider the benefits of using observation throughout the year
Leah Carson, Academic/Instructional Support Teacher
Leah has been an educator in the New Jersey public schools since 2000, serving as a classroom teacher, a special education teacher, and an interventionist. She holds degrees in early childhood education, special education, and reading education. More than ten years ago, Leah became a certified consulting teacher for Center for Responsive Schools. During the summer, she uses her classroom experiences to bring the Responsive Classroom approach to life for educators across the country. She is also the co-author of the book Doing Social Studies in Morning Meeting.
Bridgette Kelly, Assistant Principal
Bridgette currently serves as the elementary assistant principal at Steel City Academy in Gary, Indiana, which she joined in 2016 as a founding health and physical education teacher. After earning her bachelor of science degree from Chicago State University in 2004, Bridgette enlisted in the United States Army Reserve and has served for over sixteen years. She earned master’s degrees in special education from Indiana University Northwest and in exercise science from the California University of Pennsylvania. Joining the Center for Responsive Schools team as a certified consulting teacher has allowed her to better implement the Responsive Classroom approach within her organization. When Bridgette is not in the classroom, she is dedicated to spending time with her five-year-old daughter, Rylie, and watching sports on television.
Amy Wade, Guidance Counselor
Amy is a school counselor at Canandaigua Primary School in Canandaigua, New York, where she began her career almost thirty years ago. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her elementary teaching certification from SUNY Geneseo. She then earned a master’s degree and a certificate of advanced study in counseling from SUNY Albany. Amy also teaches at the college level in education, human services, and psychology. Amy has been a consulting teacher for Center for Responsive Schools for twenty years and has trained countless teachers in a variety of settings. In addition to being a Responsive Classroom consulting teacher, Amy is a co-author of Center for Responsive Schools’ new publication, Empowering Educators: A Comprehensive Guide to Teaching Grades K, 1, 2. Amy’s greatest accomplishment is her family, and her most treasured time is spent with her husband and two daughters.
Cory Wade, Dean of Students
Cory is a Responsive Classroom certified consulting teacher for Center for Responsive Schools. He has a master’s degree in education and is pursuing his educational administration license. Cory has worked as an adjunct professor at North Central University in Minneapolis since 2012. As an educator in the Bloomington, Minnesota public schools, Cory taught first, second, and third grade for thirteen years. Cory has since traveled nationally and internationally to train educators in the Responsive Classroom approach so they can best support all students in learning. Cory is a coauthor of Teaching Self-Discipline.
Jane Cofie, Responsive Classroom Curriculum and Instructional Designer
Jane was an elementary general education teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia, for twenty years and is currently a Responsive Classroom curriculum and instructional designer in the Programs Department for Center for Responsive Schools. She is the author of Strengthening the Parent-Teacher Partnership and co-author of Doing Social Studies in Morning Meeting.