Professional Learning Facilitator
Gene brings 30 years of experience working with numerous reform organizations, schools and school districts, leading seminars on becoming culturally competent, examining student work collaboratively, coaching for equity, engaging in collaborative inquiry, understanding school culture, developing facilitative leadership, creating professional learning communities, and designing and facilitating adult learning experiences. Gene is one of the original developers of Critical Friends Groups (CFGs), and is a founding Board member of the School Reform Initiative (SRI) and Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR). She has been a CFG coach since 1995, and is a National Facilitator for SRI and All Kinds of Minds (AKOM). She has authored several of the protocols used nationally for engaging in collaborative examination of practice.
Most recently, Gene was Co-Director of Clinical Teacher Education for the Boston Teacher Residency Program. For six years prior, she was the Director of Professional Development and Special Initiatives for the Public Schools of Brookline, where she was responsible for the district’s Equity Project, as well as for several system-wide adult learning initiatives. Gene was a Clinical Professor of Education, a Professional Development Associate for the Coalition of Essential Schools, and a Senior Associate at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform – all at Brown University. She began her career as a high school and middle school English teacher in Watertown MA. Gene has a B. A. in English and Secondary Education from Boston College and received her M.Ed from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.