Grace Dearborn has taught for many years in the San Francisco
Bay Area. She has worked as BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support and
Assessment) Coordinator, Professional Development Coordinator,
Literacy Coach, Curriculum Specialist, and Mentor Teacher.
In addition, 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.
facilitates workshops for Conscious Teaching on classroom management
and motivation/engagement. She also teaches workshops for the
Strategic Literacy Initiative on metacognitive reading intervention
for adolescent readers.
Praise for Grace!
"One of the most practical, empowering,
and well-delivered professional development sessions I have had
the opportunity to attend."
Markward, Superintendent, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Elementary School
"Fantastic! Valuable! Practical! Fun!
Effective! I can tell you must have been a phenomenal teacher!"
-Connie, secondary English,
5 years teaching
"Wow! How can I even begin to thank
you for such a wonderful workshop/day?! I can't wait to try so
many effective new teaching strategies! This was the most helpful
and wonderful inservice ever!"
Kindergarten, 17 years teaching
"What they never taught me in college!
Excellent regardless of subject/department- good for rookies
and veterans alike. Especially helpful that you modeled the strategies
Math, 41 years teaching
"It was a nice surprise to actually
have immediate tools to have with me as I teach tomorrow . And,
I was INSPIRED!! Thank you."
3 rd Grade, 4 years teaching
"The best staff development I have
had in all my years of teaching. You are a wealth of knowledge.
I hope all teachers can have the pleasure of your time. Thank
Clint, secondary Science, 12
"This is the best workshop I've been
to in a looonggg while! Thank you so much! I can't wait to get
back to my classroom to try some of these strategies out."
Amy, secondary Foreign Language, 16 years
"Grace Dearborn is the best presenter
I have ever seen! She kept us smiling and laughing and she inspired
me to enter my classroom on Monday and teach with love, calm,
rd Grade, 1st year teaching
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