Consulting

While Bill is exceptionally proud of the fact that he is still a full-time classroom teacher, he is also determined to make a difference on education by working beyond his classroom as well.  To that end, he has started to offer consulting services for schools and districts locally, nationally and internationally.

He is comfortable offering support in a wide variety of areas ranging from teaching with technology to integrating literacy skills into the content classroom.

His personal passions are helping teachers to realize that digital tools can make work with essential skills more effective and efficient and helping students to realize that they can use digital tools to make a difference in their worlds.

Some of the most popular services that Bill provides include:

One and Two-Day Technology Workshops:  Are you interested in exposing your teachers to the ways that digital tools can be used to teach the learning objectives detailed in your state’s required curriculum or in curriculum detailed by national organizations like the Common Core or the Partnership for 21st Century Skills?

Bill can customize a one or two-day workshop that will introduce your teachers to technology-enhanced learning practices that are tied directly to the instructional standards that matter.

Team-Level Technology Coaching:  Changing teaching and learning spaces starts and ends with changing teachers — and changing teachers depends on finding comfortable starting points for progress.  To that end, consider asking Bill to spend a day in planning meetings with your professional learning teams. Working together, they will identify skills that matter, explore digital solutions for teaching those skills, and develop a plan for integrating those solutions into classroom practice.

Classroom Modeling:  Sometimes teachers need to see key instructional practices in action with students before they are willing to try something new.  To that end, consider asking Bill to spend a day working with your teachers to develop a lesson and then have him teach your students.  Doing so will give teams the opportunity to critique a practice together and to learn more about the role that peer observations can play in collaborative work.

To learn more about the kind of content that Bill brings to his workshops, consider exploring the resource wiki for the two-day technology workshop or the one-day workshop on laying the collaborative foundation in professional learning communities that he currently offers through his publisher, Solution Tree.

You might also be interested in the resources that Bill developed for a one-day workshop on creating highly engaged classrooms or the materials that he developed for a webinar on using digital tools to structure differentiated classrooms.

What makes Bill unique as a presenter and a professional development provider is that he is still a full-time classroom teacher.  That gives his voice a measure of credibility with teacher audiences that presenters who have left the classroom struggle to gain.  The solutions that Bill suggests for overcoming challenges are solutions that he’s actually tested — and when he talks about changing learning spaces for today’s kids, he’s literally talking about the students in his classroom.

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Bill also works in a school with a year-round calendar.  He has three-week windows in October, January, April and July open to consult with schools and districts.  That makes him a perfect option for schools and/or districts looking to establish a ongoing relationship with a critical friend.

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If you’re interested in learning more about working with Bill, feel free to email him directly at wferriter@outlook.com.  You an also find him on Twitter or on LinkedIn.

 

 

3 comments

  1. Cindy Cobb

    I was fortunate to have been chosen to represent Avon Elementary School from Avon Park, Florida at the PLC conference in Tampa last month. After attending one of your breakout sessions, “Students Can Assess Themselves”, I am excited to implement some of your strategies especially the unit overview. I teach third grade and my team would love to see what elementary resources you have that may better suit our students.
    We would appreciate any resources that you have available to help us begin this process.

    Thank you for your help,

    Cindy

  2. howlz

    Unfortunately your poster is feeding into the hands of non-believers and stone age ideas of pedagogy; wrong, all the evidence shows that technology does motivate kids and their natural instinct to learn, this encompasses; inquiry, problem solving, play, discovery, adventure and games…everything technology provides.

    A more productive and 21st century view of the role of technology in education see learning as; ‘learning in and through technology’ This means integrating technology and infusing learning with its affordances.

    It not productive to divide technology from learning, technology is more than just a tool is a product of our collective creative efforts, just like art, we need to use and appreciate technology for its own sake as well as its integrated learning and social benefits.

    • Bill Ferriter

      Howlz wrote:

      wrong, all the evidence shows that technology does motivate kids and their natural instinct to learn,

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      I’m not sure that I agree here, Howlz. I’ve seen dozens of digital projects fail in my classroom over the years. If technology was a motivator by itself, no digital project would ever fail.

      Where we agree is that the best learning experiences involve inquiry, problem solving, play and social interaction. Those learning experiences are not technology dependent, though. Watch toddlers in the woods — they’ll inquire, problem solve and play together all day long.

      The value in technology is that it makes MORE of those experiences possible for MORE children MORE of the time — but after watching kids turn their noses up at digital projects more than once, I’m convinced that slapping technology over a poorly structured activity (something that teachers still do all too often) won’t motivate anyone.

      Good teaching matters way more than good tools. Good tools just make good teaching easier.

      Any of this make sense?
      Bill

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