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Moving Beyond Classroom Management - Leading a Culture of Learning


Moving Beyond Classroom Management - Leading a Culture of Learning

Katie Budrow (Author), Garnet Hillman (Author)

No one can argue that effective classroom management is critical for teaching, but what if there was something more than just managing student behavior. What if we could stop simply trying to control or deal with students? What if we could move beyond the tips and tricks of traditional management systems and obtain a more harmonious environment for students and teachers? The beautiful thing is we can. In Moving Beyond Classroom Management: Leading a Culture of Learning, Katie Budrow and Garnet Hillman show how to shift away from short-term classroom management solutions and create a culture of trust, empathy, and safety that builds essential leadership skills for students to use in the classroom and throughout their lives.

About the Authors

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Katie Budrow is a middle school science teacher in Deerfield, Illinois. Her work in the past thirteen years in education has centered around inspiring learners with healthy classroom practices. Her classroom includes both project-based and standards-based learning, which takes students from simply doing science to becoming scientists themselves.

Before teaching, Katie spent five years doing chemistry work in the labeling industry. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Master’s of Art in Teaching from National Louis University. Katie also works with teachers and districts around the world on personalized learning, project-based learning, NGSS implementation, and standards-based learning.

Garnet Hillman is an educational consultant and author from Crest Hill, IL. She has previously served as an instructional coach in Deerfield, IL and as a high school World Language instructor in Lockport, IL. She has been an educator for more than 20 years. Garnet enjoys working with schools and educators to improve instruction, classroom leadership, assessment, and grading practices. She also helps teachers create differentiated environments that best support all students.


As a leader wanting to set an example for students and teachers alike, Garnet is always seeking new knowledge, skills, and understandings. She has authored three books, Standards Based Learning in Action co-authored by Tom Schimmer and Mandy Stalets, The Grade Cleanse co-authored by Danny Hill, and Coaching Your Classroom co-authored by Mandy Stalets. In addition to delivering live presentations and workshops, Garnet collaborates with fellow educators at various conferences and events throughout the year. Garnet enjoys spending her free time with her husband and their two wonderful sons. She also likes to travel, read, run, and cook.

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