Reflections on Cognitive Coaching Resources:  Reflective Practice to Improve Teaching and Learning

Presented by Bill Sommers, Ph.D.  January 31—March 6, 2008 at the University of Minnesota

Attendees:  Greg Anderson, Cathy Camarena, Jane Dunlap, ConchaFernández del Rey, Amy Frederick, Brooke Stadler, Amy Seastrand, Anh Tran

William A. Sommers, Ph.D. is currently a ProgramManager for Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) inAustin, Texas. During the 2004-05 school year, he was the Principal ofChaska High School in Chaska, Minnesota.

Bill is aSenior Fellow for the Urban Leadership Academy at the University ofMinnesota, and he is on the Board of Trustees and President-elect forthe National Staff Development Council. Bill is the former ExecutiveDirector for Secondary Curriculum and Professional Learning forMinneapolis Public Schools and is also an Adjunct Professor ofEducational Leadership at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Since 1990, Bill has been an associate trainer for the Center for Cognitive CoachingSM, based in Denver, Colorado. Bill has co-authored five books: Living on a Tightrope: A Survival Handbook for Principals, Becoming a Successful Principal: How to Ride the Wave of Change Without Drowning, Reflective Practice to Improve Schools, A Trainer's Companion, and Energizing Staff Development Using Video Clips.In addition to writing many articles on coaching, assessment, andreflective thinking, he also does training in poverty, leadership,organizational development, conflict management, brain research, andclassroom management.

Bill has worked in K-12education from 1970 to the present as a teacher and principal in urban,suburban, and rural schools. He also has served as an adjunct facultymember at the University of St. Thomas, St. Mary's University, theUnion Institute, and Capella University.

Source:  http://www.cognitivecoaching.com/wsommers.htm


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