Moving the Needle
March 2, 4, 9, 10, 16, 18 2021
School and District leaders have the opportunity and the responsibility to ensure continuous improvement of student learning. Taking action that leads to the desired outcome can be arduous and fraught with challenges. Danica Lewis and Shelly Daun have years of experience leading change in a number of schools and districts, large and small, urban, suburban, and rural. During this series, Danica and Shelly will share the practices that they have found to be effective at truly moving the needle.
Shelly Daun has over 25 years of professional experience in public education. Currently, she is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Menasha Joint School District located in Wisconsin. She has been an instructional leader and administrator for most of her career in education focusing on systems change and school-wide reform. She has worked in large suburban and high poverty school districts in Northeast Wisconsin.
Shelly has led school districts in district level and school improvement utilizing a systems approach to school improvement. All with a curriculum design that focuses on analyzing student data, developing standards and assessments, implementing research-based instructional pedagogy, honoring student equity, leadership development, and creating sustainability action plans. She has had success with developing and implementing school reform and improvement plans when schools are identified as needs improvement at the state level. Shelly is well versed in standards, assessment, K-12 literacy and mathematics instruction, equitable multi-level systems of support for students, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements, and leadership development.
Danica Lewis has 20 years of experience in schools, serving as an elementary teacher and later as a school and district administrator, including school building leadership, early childhood leadership, special education leadership, and curriculum & assessment leadership in urban and suburban schools. Danica led the development and implementation of culturally responsive teaching and learning practices as both a district-level and building-level administrator. Danica facilitates powerful professional learning around literacy, standards-aligned instruction, rigorous teaching, and culturally responsive school structures and classroom practices.