Consultant, Teacher Trainer, Mentor, Author, Program Director
Grace Dearborn taught for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to teaching for nearly 15 years, Grace also worked as a BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment) Coordinator, PD Coordinator, Literacy Coach, Curriculum Specialist, and Mentor Teacher.
Grace has written powerful curriculum for elementary and secondary schools that has gained major notoriety. She authored a year-long literacy intervention social studies course in an Oakland, CA high school that resulted in a dramatic increase in CST scores, raising the school’s API by 70 points over two years. She also wrote and taught integrated 10 th and 11 th grade Humanities curriculums that were highlighted as models in her school’s accreditation review report. Most recently, Grace collaborated on the 5 th grade curriculum for a charter school in Richmond, CA.
Currently Grace facilitates workshops for Conscious Teaching on classroom management and brain compatible motivation and engagement. She also teaches workshops on adolescent literacy intervention for the Strategic Literacy Institute. In addition, she continue to work as a mentor teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area and just co-authored her first book for teachers, “Picture This!”
“Fantastic! Practical! Fun! I can tell [Grace] must have been a phenomenal teacher!”
Connie T., Mentor Teacher, Chicago IL
“Grace Dearborn is the best presenter I have ever seen! She kept us smiling and laughing and she inspired me to enter my room on Monday and teach with love, calm, and compassion.” Laura M., Teacher, Charlottesville VA
“Having doubts about Grace Dearborn? Let me put them to rest. Grace did a phenomenal workshop on student engagement with my staff. Their feedback has been 100% positive. It was hard to imagine that anyone could be as good as Rick (Smith), but Grace made a believer out of me. In fact we liked her so much, we’ve invited her back for two more days!”
Ilka O., Principal, Omaha NE