Friday, April 14, 2017
The Dr. Will Show - Quality Feedback to Guide Professional Learning with Dr. Shawn Clark and Brady Venables
On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Dr. Shawn Clark and Brady Venables and we chat about quality feedback to guide professional learning.
After finally recognizing she belonged in education, Shawn Berry Clark entered an alternative teaching certification program. As an alumna of the University of South Carolina, Shawn’s academic degrees include a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology, a Master's of Education in Early Childhood, a Master's of Education in Education Administration, and a PhD in Education Administration. Her career moves include being a teacher at USC Children's Center and Webber Elementary School, and an administrator at Saluda Middle School for 11 years. Shawn was Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Saluda County Schools for almost 5 years and currently serves as a Transformation Coach for the South Carolina Department of Education.
Shawn is the co-author of the book Using Quality Feedback to Guide Professional Learning: A Framework for Instructional Leaders. and she consults with Daniel Venables for the Center for Authentic PLCs and Grapple Institutes. As a two-time high school dropout, Shawn knows the meaning of not having a quality education and has devoted her life to making school the best possible experience for all students.
Shawn and her husband live in Johnston, South Carolina and she is the mother of 2 incredible adults, Peyton Love and Dana Kippel. Shawn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter.
Brady Venables entered the teaching profession through the backdoor as a veterinary school reject trying to mend her heart in the midst of great disappointment. Though she always loved school, valued her education, and considered herself a lifelong learner, teaching was not a profession she had ever considered for herself.
Raised in one of the poorest counties in South Carolina, Brady started education in public school. Unfortunately, It quickly became clear to her parents, that the public school district could not provide what they believed she needed to be successful. Her parents enrolled her in private school, taking a risk and spending the monies they had saved for her college. She attended Davidson College and is thankful that she received the best education money could buy.
A student’s access to knowledge should not be limited by the district in which her home is zoned or the amount of money her parents can afford to dedicate to tuition. All public schools should be as good as the best education money can buy and with that mindset she works to improve the education experience for students in a Title One district.
Brady spent her first years in the classroom teaching high school biology and now serves as a technology integration specialist supporting teachers and school-based technology learning coaches. She is a Certified Google Teacher and is Common Sense Media Certified. She strongly believes that technology can be key to personalizing learning for students and opening opportunities for underprivileged populations.