Daniel A. Heller

Freelance Article Writer & Blog Writer

Location:Essex Junction, Vermont, United States
2 Skills
Box 2338—88 Red Oak Ridge
Brattleboro, Vermont 05303

College of Saint Joseph. Doctor of Humanities (Hon). 2008.
University of Vermont. Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Administration and Planning. (4.0) 1990.
Middlebury College. Bread Loaf School of English., MA English. (4.0) 1985.
Keene State College. M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction. (3.95) 1980.
Middlebury College B.A. English. 1975. Summa *** Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Valedictorian.
Tufts University. Graduate training in special education. 1976. 6 credits.
Research for Better Teaching. Observing and Analyzing Teaching I, 1992.
Observing and Analyzing Teaching II, 1998. Supervising the Mediocre Teacher, 1996.

July 1, 2006-June 30, 2008. Principal, Halifax (VT) Elementary School, grades K – 8, Windham Southwest Supervisory Union.

July 1,2001-June 30, 2008. Curriculum Coordinator, Windham Southwest Supervisory Union.

• Responsibilities include coordination and alignment of curriculum in a six-town, six-school district, as well as the developing professional development programs
• March 28, 2001-August 3, 2001. Mass Insight Education, Member, site visitation team, purpose of which was to determine replicable characteristics of high performing schools. Authored several reports.

February 16, 2001 – June 2005. Consultant for Curriculum and Instruction, Community High School of Vermont, a facility which adjudicated youth under the age of twenty-one must attend to complete their high school educations in accordance with Vermont Department of Education curricular Standards.

July 1, 1999 - January 19, 2001. Principal, Metropolitan Learning Center. Bloomfield, Connecticut. The MLC was a start-up public global studies magnet school, serving six communities, students chosen purely by lottery.

Responsible for:
• Recruiting staff
• Evaluation and supervision of staff
• Recruiting students
• Developing curriculum
• Developing policies and procedures

July 1, 1994 - June 30, 1999. Co-Principal and Director of Professional Development, Brattleboro Union High School. Brattleboro, Vermont.

Specialization in:
• Leadership
• Instructional Supervision and Evaluation
• Professional Development
Program Development Administrative duties included:
• Joint development of budget and curriculum
• Responding to daily and ongoing discipline issues
• Oversight of Special Education, Section 504, Title I Programs
• Administrative responsibility for departments of:
o English
o Social Studies
o Foreign Language
o Fine Arts
o Music
• Liaison with Community Agencies
Special Projects:
• Implementation of Discipline Study Committee and Attendance Policy Committee resulting in implementation of new policies and approaches to these issues
• Development of External Communication Committee
• Initiation of Community Speaking Engagements
• Development and Implementation of Student Evaluation of Teachers
• Development of Feedback/Communication Instruments between Faculty and Administration.
• Development of:
o Student Teacher Program
o New Teacher Program
o Professional Development Committee
o Peer Presentation Series
o Teacher to Teacher Peer Supervision Program
• Development and Implementation of Alternative Learning Programs
o Alternative Program Drop-out Prevention
o Work Sabbatical
o G.E.D. Program
o Job Corps Linkage Agreement
o Tutoring
• Training Faculty and Staff in Crisis De-escalation Techniques
• Work with District Diversity Committee and newly formed Cultural Advisory Group to address issues of acceptance and tolerance in a rapidly changing community

1989 - 1994 English Department Chair, Brattleboro Union High School.

1977 - 1989 English Teacher, Brattleboro Union High School and Middle School.

1975 - 1977 English Teacher, Chapin School, Princeton, New Jersey.

Summer 2009, 2010, 2011 sessions Adjunct Faculty
Antioch University New England
• Taught School Law

2005 China Project Leader

Formed and led a group of four American teachers who wrote and delivered a five-day inservice program on student centered instruction and constructivism for Chinese public School teachers in Xiamen, Fujian Province, People’s Republic of China.

1998 Adjunct Faculty
Keene State College Graduate School of Education.
• Taught "Staff Selection, Supervision and Evaluation" 3 credit course.
• Taught "School - Community Relations" 3 credit course.

2007, 2008, 2009 Spring Semester Adjunct Faculty
Community College of Vermont
• Taught “Foundations of American Education” 3 credit course
• Taught “Classroom Management”
• Taught “Composition I”

January 2008 – Present: Professional Participant
Principal Residency Network
• Writing and Presenting for principal preparation program

1998 Windham Northeast Supervisory Union
Bellows Falls, Vermont.
• Professional Teacher Evaluation Services

1996 Middlebury Union High School
Middlebury, Vermont.
• Training in Professional Peer Supervision

1994 Binghamton, New York Public Schools
• Training in Professional Peer Supervision

2007-8 Windsor Southwest Supervisory Union (ongoing)
• Facilitation of development of grades 5 & 6 Local Assessment Plan
• Contact Linda Waite at 802.875.3365X12

2007-8 Southern Berkshire School District
• Monthly coaching of administrative team, including superintendent, principals, and special education director
• Contact John Martin at jemartin@tek2000.net

2009 Audit of Math program
• Bellows Falls Middle School

2010-2011 State of Vermont Department of Education
• Lead five school academic audit teams
• Wrote each audit report

Daggett, Willard R., Gendron, Susan A. and Heller, Daniel. Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Assessments. International Center for Leadership in Education. 2010.

Ellis, W., Heller, D., & James, S. "Peer Supervision in a Small Distinct: Windham Southeast, Vermont." P.97-112. 1992 ASCD Yearbook, Supervision in Transition, Ed., Carl D. Glickman.

Harvey, J., Heller, D. A., McConnell, J, Williams, D. "Three New Teachers in the English Department." In Hayes, I. 1998. Great Beginnings. Urbana, Illinois: National Council of Teachers of English. p.139-143.

Heller, D. "Professional Growth Through Supervision." English Leadership Quarterly. October 1994. p. 2-3. Conference on English Leadership/National Council of Teachers of English.

Heller, D. "The Problem Of Standard English." English Journal. p. 17-18. September 1994. National Council of Teachers of English.

Heller, D. "The Problem With Power." Teachers as Leaders. P. 287-297. Ed., Donovan R. Walling. Phi Delta Kappa. 1994.

Heller, D. A. 1989. Peer Supervision: A Way of Professionalizing Teaching. Fastback 286. Bloomington, IN. Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation.

Heller, D. "Spirit of Collegiality." English Journal. p. 80. April 1989. National Council of Teachers of English.

Heller, D. Teachers Wanted: Attracting and Retaining Quality Teachers. ASCD. 2004.

Heller, Daniel A. and McNulty, Raymond J. Leadership Through Empowerment: Quadrant D Leadership Practices. International Center for Leadership in Education. 2010.

McNulty, R., Heller, D., Binet, T. "Confronting Dating Violence." Educational Leadership. p. 26-28. October 1997, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Heller, D. “Professional Growth as a Way of Life.” Virginia Journal of Education. P. 7 – 10. December 2005, Virginia Education Association, Inc.

1996 - 1998 Column Editor, "This World of English". English Journal. 16 issues, September 1996 - April 1998.

Heller, D. Curriculum on the Edge of Survival: How Schools Fail to Prepare Students for Membership in a Democracy. Rowman and Littlefield. 2007.

Heller, D. “At Our Peril.” Philadelphia Music Makers Special Issue: Peace Through Music”. P. 7 – 8. Fall 2008, Philadelphia Music Makers.

Article/book reviewer for English Journal and National Council of Teachers of English.

Essex Junction, Vermont, High School, "Peer Supervision," March 1987 (Invited).

Vermont NEA Annual Conference, "Peer Supervision," October 1987 (Invited).

Windham Southeast Vermont Supervisory Union in-service training sessions on Peer Supervision., 1987-88 (Invited).

Conference on English Leadership, Los Angeles convention, "Peer Supervision in the English Department," November 1987 (Juried).

Windham Central Vermont Supervisory Union, "Peer Supervision," February 1988 (Invited).

Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union Educators' Convention, "Peer Supervision," March 1988 (Invited).

National Council of Teacher of English, Charleston, NC, convention, "Peer Supervision," 1989 (Juried).

Conference on English Leadership, Atlanta, convention, "Leadership," November 1990 (Juried).

Conference on English Leadership, Pittsburgh convention, "Encouraging Professional Growth in Educators," November 1993 (Juried).

Brandon, Vermont, Schools, "Peer Supervision," 1993 (Invited).

Successful Classrooms Conference, Keene State College, NH, "Peer Supervision," Fall 1994 (Juried).

Oregon ASCD Pre-service Conference, Speaker on Mentoring Programs
Monmouth, Oregon, February 25, 2005 (Invited).

Supporting New Teachers—A Workshop for Administrators, Keynote Speaker on Teacher Induction and Mentoring, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada, May 12, 2005 (Invited)

The Principal’s Role in Teacher Retention: “Mending the Leaky Bucket”—Principals’ Executive Program, Chapel Hill, NC.: Conducted two breakout sessions. “Don’t Let All That Experience Walk Out the Door” and “Developmental Supervision: Treating Teachers as Professionals From Start to Finish” (Invited)

2007 ASCD Annual Conference Presenter, Session # 2440, “The Four Fundamentals of Curriculum.” Anaheim, CA., March 18 (Juried)

Vermont State Colleges Academic Retreat: Engaging All Students: Learning That Matters, Co-presenter, Session #IIC, “Abstract Thinking: Can it Be Taught?” Johnson, VT. May 22, 2007 (Juried)

2007 Teacher Retention Conference sponsored by the University of Delaware, College of Human Services, Education, & Public Policy, Institute for Public Administration, and the Delaware Academy for School Leadership, Speaker, “The Principal’s Role in Teacher Retention.” Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. June 5 (Invited)

2008 Commencement Speaker, College of Saint Joseph, Rutland, Vermont (Invited)

2008 School for International Training, MAT culmination Sondona Conference on Language Teaching and Learning, Plenary Session Speaker, May 27 (Invited)

Developed and prepared grant applications winning funds from:
• Windham Foundation for Alternative Program
• School to Work for Alternative Program and Work Sabbatical
• Vermont Yankee for Peer Supervision
• Title II Eisenhower Professional Development Education Grant for Crisis Intervention Training
• The Freeman Foundation for Asian Studies in the Schools
• Federal Titles II/V for Supervisory Union

1994 - 1996 Homestay Coordinator
• Arranged homestay placements in the United States for Eastern European Teachers of English through NCTE International Consortium.
National Council of Teachers of English.
• Member, 1986 - 2003.
• NCTE SLATE Nominating Committee Chair, 1998. (Elected).
• Standing Committee on Testing and Evaluation, Member. 1996-1999. (Appointed).
• Secondary Section Steering Committee, Member, 1991-1995. (Elected).
• Conference on English Leadership Executive Committee, Member 1990-1993. (Elected).
• Standing Committee, Peer Evaluation Models. (Appointed)
• February 2006, reader/evaluator for session proposals for November 2006 National Convention Concurrent Sessions (Invited).
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
• Member 1990 - 2009.
Vermont State Department of Education Committee to establish an index of adequate yearly progress.
• Member, 1997 - 1999. (Appointed).
Northeast Family Institute Advisory Board.
• Member 1997 - 1999. (Invited).
Vermont Department of Corrections. Brattleboro Area. Educational Advisory Board.
• Member 1997 – September 2005. (Invited).
Community High School of Vermont Board.
• Member, 1998 – September 2005, served two years as Vice President.
United Way of Windham County Allocations Committee.
• Member, March 2001.

Vermont Adult Education, tutor/instructor.
• March 2001.
Windham County Reads, board member.
• March 2001 – September 2005, served one year as Vice President.
Teacher Group in the Valley :
A monthly meeting of regional educators who work with teachers to problem solve professional challenges using the Prospect Center Process of Descriptive Review of Teaching as a ‘Work’ and as an Art Form.
• Member December, 2005 – June 2007 (Invited).

• Principal grades K - 12
• Supervisor grades K - 12
• English teacher grades 7 – 12
New York:
• School District Administrator
• English teacher grades 7 – 12
• Secondary English teacher grades 7 -12
• Senior High Principal
• Middle School Principal
• Superintendent
New Hampshire:
• English teacher grades 7 – 12
• Principal
• Intermediate Administrator or Supervisor
• English teacher grades 7 - 12

REFERENCES: Available upon request.
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