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Welcome to Gene Thompson-Grove's Wiki!
Consultant, Transformational Learning for Equity and Excellence
Gene Thompson-Grove's consulting focuses on building the capacity for transformational learning. Most recently, she was Co-Director of Clinical Teacher Education for the
Boston Teacher Residency Program
, where she oversaw professional support for the Clinical Teacher Educators, as well as BTR residents, mentors, and graduates in BTR partner schools. For six years prior to her work at BTR, she was the Director of Professional Development and Special Initiatives for the Public Schools of Brookline, where she was responsible for the first year teacher Induction Program, the second-third year teacher Mentoring Program, Instructional Rounds, the Alternative Evaluation Program, and Child Study Teams - as well as other adult learning initiatives. She has been a Critical Friends Group (CFG) coach since 1995, is a national facilitator for the
School Reform Initiative (SRI)
All Kinds of Minds
(AKOM). She also works closely with the
Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC)
Gene began her career as a high school English and Social Studies teacher in Watertown, MA and later, was a middle school teacher in Cambridge, MA. She is a founding member of
Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR)
, the National School Reform Faculty (NSRF), and more recently, the
School Reform Initiative (SRI)
. Gene worked at Brown University from 1988-2001, where she was a Clinical Professor in the Education Department, a professional development associate for the Coalition of Essential Schools, and a senior associate at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.
For the past twenty-five years, Gene has worked with numerous reform organizations, schools and school districts, leading seminars on examining student work collaboratively, understanding school culture, creating professional communities, coaching critical friends groups, engaging in collaborative inquiry, developing facilitative leadership, and designing and facilitating adult learning experiences. While at the Annenberg Institute, Gene participated in the development of Critical Friends Groups (CFGs), and coordinated the National Looking at Student Work Collaborative. She is one of the authors of the
Looking at Student Work
web site, and led the team that produced a set of videos to introduce educators to critical friendship including Looking at Student Work: A Window into the Classroom, A Community of Learners, Making Teaching Public, and the Tuning Protocol videos.
Gene is also the author of several protocols that can be found on the SRI web site, as well as in several published books, and has authored various other processes and support materials for creating and sustaining professional learning communities and studying student work collaboratively. She wrote the forward for two books: A Facilitator’s Book of Questions, by D.Allen and T. Blythe (Teachers College Press), and The Reflective Educator's Guide to Classroom Research, by N. Dana and D. Yendol-Hoppey (Corwin Press).
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. She currently resides in Brookline, MA with her husband, Keith, who is also an educator. Gene and Keith have two children; Kerry is a first year student at Smith College, and Brendan is a junior at Washington University in St. Louis.
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