Heather Clifton is a professional learning consultant, offering services to schools and districts in various aspects of professional development and organizational improvement. She has supported leadership development for instructional coaches, teacher leaders, and principals for more than a decade. As a Senior Consultant for Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council), she has worked with schools and districts nationally and in Canada to develop instructional coaching practices that lead to results for teachers and students.
In addition, Heather provides executive coaching to school leaders. She has facilitated the work of district executive leadership teams and school based leadership teams in planning school improvement efforts. Her professional experience in schools and districts includes positions as a teacher, an elementary school principal, and central office curriculum and staff development specialist. She is a co-author of “Coaching Matters”.
Mike DeGuire, Ph.D. has extensive knowledge and experience in executive coaching, change theory, curriculum methodology, data analysis, evidence-based teaching, distributive leadership, improvement planning, time management, and school culture. In addition to serving as a principal for nearly thirty years, Mike worked as an elementary and middle school teacher, central office literacy coordinator, school turnaround specialist, leadership coach, and time change coach. He coached school leaders for over 12 years, and he is especially skilled in helping leaders learn how to use their skills to distribute leadership with others.
Mike enjoys helping leaders determine their unique school priorities, and assisting them to design action plans that will ensure positive, lasting change for all stakeholders.