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Συνοδία (sunodia) is an ancient Greek word that describes a journey that one takes with companions.  My goal in working with educators is to foster growth and innovation in the areas of instructional practice and curriculum development by offering meaningful learning opportunities and sustained support during implementation.

 

About Me

A passion for supporting teachers as they grow

I am a veteran educator with over fifteen years of experience in both teaching and teacher leadership in K-12 schools.  I am committed to partnering with schools to support teachers in their professional growth. I believe that professional growth opportunities must be individualized and tailored to meet a school’s needs. To this end, I value working with school’s to provide meaningful learning opportunities for teachers and sustained support throughout the implementation process.

In my own teaching, my goal has always been to plan and deliver rigorous and engaging lessons. I have been able to lean on my strong foundations in backward curricular planning, differentiation, and cooperative learning to ensure that my curriculum and instruction are effective.

I am a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching awardee and spent the first 6 months of 2016 in the Netherlands conducting a research project. This award offered me the opportunity to think about professional growth in news ways.

I founded Sunodia Educational Consulting to share my passion for teaching with my fellow educators by providing creative, tailored, and patient professional development services.  I earned my teaching credential from Santa Clara University, my master’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and my bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Services Offered

I value opportunities to work collaboratively with school leadership to address the specific needs of the community.

 

Instructional Coaching

Strategic planning and support of new coaching programs. Additionally, individualized mentoring of teachers through a coaching cycle of reflection, goal setting, learning, and implementation.  Coaching can be done in-person or virtually.

Curricular Planning

Guide teachers in the development of curricular units using the backward design process.  Meet with groups of teachers at the team or department level to facilitate the curriculum writing process.

Technology Integration

Classroom centered technology training delivered in context to increase teachers confidence with and creative integration of technology.

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Testimonials

Lynne West understands the 21 st century learner and how curriculum writing translates to the classroom and student engagement by helping teachers find real-world examples to draw students into the learning process. Lynne has been tremendously helpful in working with our faculty both in person and online. Her focus with individual teachers or departments has been customized to meet their needs in the curriculum development and review process, ensuring alignment between content, assessment, and the learning plan. Not only have I seen the results on paper but also in the classroom. Lessons are more intentional and refined, leading to stronger instruction and positive student outcomes!

Jeanne Whittington, Assistant Principal, Canisius High School, Buffalo NY

After several years teaching English full time, I discovered a need in my classes for more varied assessments around writing instruction. Observing my class and discussing my own reflections, Lynne provided me with both helpful research specific to the content of my class and valuable lessons from her years of teaching experience. As a result, I was able to shift the focus of my assessments from drafting in stages to targeting the development of specific skills that would help my students write more confidently. As I develop new units and lesson plans, these benefits of Lynne’s coaching continue to be very valuable.

Ben Sigrist, Bellarmine College Prep, San José CA

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