DeNelle West supports curriculum and instruction, special education, career and technical education, and English language learning programs. Prior to joining Kent School District, she served as the director of professional development at Research for Better Teaching, in Acton, Massachusetts. Research for Better Teaching is a leading organization in guiding the professional growth of teachers and leaders on the use of highly effective research-based practices. West has served in public education for over a decade helping to influence the lives of students and the practice of teachers and leaders across the country.
When we think about what hooks us to popular reality television shows, it’s often the characters that pull us in each week. Is it the odd or eccentric idiosyncrasies that leave us baffled and intrigued about what they might do next? Do we find ourselves trying to predict their behaviors and how others around them might respond? Trying to decipher the needs and behaviors of others is a critical skill that helps make leaders effective.
It started with a simple statement: “We need a vision.” As the director of staff development for Gwinnett County Public Schools, I realized I was in trouble when similar sentiments echoed throughout our staff development team.