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Tina Harper - Program Implementation, Curriculum Design, and Differentiated Instruction

I am passionate about unleashing talents through team building and collaboration for groups of students and educators.  I currently serve as the Middle Grades Humanities Coordinator and New Faculty and Staff Induction Coordinator at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas.  In my career as a leader and classroom teacher, I have developed the ability to articulate and implement sustainable programs to address the needs within school communities.

I am also in the process of implementing an academic support services program at my school for grades 5-12.  Through this, I will help serve the school community in rethinking curriculum and pedagogy to incorporate differentiated instruction, implementing learning plans for students with diagnosed learning differences, and ensuring proper testing accommodations for students who qualify on standardized tests.

I attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas where I received a Bachelor of Arts in History and English.  I continued at Trinity University to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching where I focused on curriculum design and differentiated instruction.

I enjoy the opportunity to focus on individual courses or grade levels. I love to help educators redesign lessons and curriculum to allow for meaningful project based learning and interdisciplinary planning.  Most recently, I worked with teachers to integrate animatronics in the Humanities curriculum and literature and writing in the science curriculum based on best practices that have been proven effective in educational research.

I believe that all students can be motivated to learn and contribute to the school community. I see differentiated instruction as essential to effective teaching and curriculum design.  Focused on the key skills and content taught in a course, I motivate my colleagues to create curriculum that meets students with their many varied abilities, backgrounds, and learning styles.

I am a big picture thinker as well as a pragmatic practitioner. I partnered with schools and leaders in my community to create a successful new teacher induction program for a K-12 independent school. I developed electives programs in the middle school where I currently teach.  I organized and implemented TEDx Youth Fort Worth as an annual conference for students in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. I have also been part of teams to implement new policy related to student support and clearer policies addressing inclusion of all student populations.

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Consultant Contact

As a Lausanne Learning Consultant, Tina exemplifies the LL Five Consulting Characteristics:

  1. Student-Centered Character: LL Consultants always keep each student at the center of the conversation in imagining what “could be” from “what is”
  2. Sustaining Character: LL Consultants are focused on working with the school to implement practices that can be sustained over the long term to support the school’s mission
  3. Imaginative Character: LL Consultants are expert and thus can imagine different answers as you interrogate the key question or questions that you are being asked
  4. Independent Character: LL Consultants ensure that their clients become independent of them over time, not co-dependent
  5. Fearless Character: LL Consultants won’t tell their clients what they want to hear but what, in their professional opinion, should be said

Resources

Allen, L.V. (2014). Connecting the continuum: A university-based induction program to improve teacher quality. Teacher Development, 18(1), 65-80.

Bryk, A. S., Harding, H., & Greenberg, S. (2012). Contextual Influences on Inquiries into Effective Teaching and Their Implications for Improving Student Learning. Harvard Educational Review, 82(1), 83-106.

Lieberman, A., & Miller, L. (2011). Learning Communities: The Starting Point for Professional Learning Is in Schools and Classrooms. Journal of Staff Development, 32(4), 16-20.

McLaughlin, M., & Talbert, J. (2006). Building school-based teacher learning communities: Strategies to improve student achievement. New York: Teachers College Press.

Ritchhart, Ron. (2002). Intellectual Character: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Get It. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Strobel K. (2010). Practices that Promote Middle School Students’ Motivation and Achievement. Issue Brief: John W. Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities.

Tishman, Shari , Perkins, David N., Jay, Eileen. . (1995). The Thinking Classroom: Teaching and learning in a Culture of Thinking. Needham, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Brown, P. C., Roediger, H. L., III., & McDaniel, M. A. (2014). Make it stick: The science of successful learning. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Marzano, Robert. (2010).  On excellence in teaching. Bloomington, Indiana: Solution Tree Press.

Tomlinson C. A. (2017). How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms 3rd Edition ASCD.

Tomlinson, C., & McTighe, J. (2006). Integrating differentiated instruction and Understanding by Design: Connecting content and kids. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Wiggins, G., & McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by Design (expanded 2nd edition). Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Tina Harper

Seventh Grade Humanities Teacher & MS Co-curriculum Coordinator

Trinity Valley School

7500 Dutch Branch Road

Fort Worth, TX 76132

tel. 817-321-0100

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