Hi! I am Barry Sweeny, a staff developer, consultant, planner, author,
trainer, and grant writer. Here is some information about my wide
background, experiences, and areas of expertise.
26 W 413 Grand Avenue, Wheaton, Illinois 60187, 630-668-2605
My e-mail is



Manager of School & Program Development, Kane County Regional Office of Education, Geneva, Illinois, serving 139 schools in 9 districts from July 1995 to September 1998. My roles included conducting teacher & administrative development workshops & courses, consulting with schools & school districts in developing & refining curriculum, standards, assessment, staff & organization development, instructional & school improvement programs. I wrote many grants, served as a grant reader, and managed many state & federal grants.

Adjunct Instructor in Assessment, Aurora University/KCROE, MAT/MAEL programs, 4 terms, Aurora Illinois

Staff Development Program Coordinator, DuPage-Kane Education Service Center, Lombard, Illinois, serving 349 schools in 53 districts 1992 to 1995. My roles included conducting teacher & administrative workshops, consulting in curriculum, assessment, staff & organizational development, instructional & school improvement programs. I wrote many competitive and non-competitive grants, was a grant reader, and managed several million $ of grants each year.

Staff Development Specialist, Coordinator of the Mentor & Guide Programs, the District 200 Career Ladder, & school improvement consultant, half-time for 4 years, Wheaton-Warrenville School District, Wheaton, IL

Past President & Board of Trustees, Illinois Staff Development Council, serving on the ISDC Board of Directors 1990-95

Teacher, art & science, grades 6-12 for 22 years, most recently at Wheaton School District 200 in Wheaton Illinois.

Salesman, Owens Corning Fiberglas, Skokie, IL, seeking architectual specification of company products in new construction, and outside sales to building & roofing contractors and to retail home supply businesses.




7 books & dozens of articles on mentoring, peer coaching, authentic assessment, staff development, and school improvement.

For example, I recently wrote:

Other Publications:

Barry's writing has been cited by NASSP, NFIE/NEA and many other professional organizations and authors

Barry has been a contributor to:

Barry has also self-published over 120 papers on mentoring, coaching, assessment, and school improvement.



Invited keynoter & presenter at numerous national, regional & state conferences, including:


Overall, Barry has worked with hundreds of mentoring programs world-wide in school districts, businesses, industry, governments, not-for-profit community-based agencies, and community colleges and universities. A sample of these many clients includes:

* AT&T, Network Software Division (now Lucent Technologies), a 3 month full time contract, needs assessment, program research & design

* Parker Aerospace, consulting regarding training and program design

* "Wireless Mentoring", Education Career Alternatives Program, Fort Worth Texas, a federally funded grant to explore use of Palm Pilots, email, online chat & discussion groups, online forums, and other online resources for mentoring of alternative certification interns.

* Frito Lay, consulting regarding program design

* Tucson Arizona Public Schools, consulting in program development for 8 different district mentoring programs, wrote proposals for a framework to align all programs & create a unified mentor training.

* World Relief, grant writing, program design as well as mentor and manager training

* North Carolina Central University, faculty & student mentoring

* Memphis Tennessee Public Schools, program design and consulting

* University of New Mexico, training in induction program development, especially for smaller school districts in the state's Title II Teacher Quality Grant Project.

* Educational Service Unit #3, consulting with the Center and 3 school districts near Omaha Nebraska

* Benedictine Univ.& Illinois Math & Science Academy, Alternative Certification Program, consult in program & training design, train mentors

* TxBESS Induction Program at 2 Education Service Centers in Austin (Region 13) & Corpus Christi (Region 2), Texas, consult in program development, program evaluation & training for university, school & ESC staff. Consultation and planning for grant writing at Austin ESC Region13.

* TxBESS Induction Program at Region 9 Education Service Centers in Wichita Falls, Texas, training district induction program teams, speaker at administrative conference, and consult in program development.

* TxBESS Induction Program at Region XI Education Service Center in Fort Worth, Texas - A two year contract totalling over 130 days of work, including consulting in program development, program evaluation & training for mentors, and university & ESC staff, mentoring of mentors and program leaders.

* Rhode Island Department of Education, consult and facilitation of meetings for development of state mentoring program standards

* Rhode Island ASCD, two state-wide training in mentoring and mentor program development & evaluation,

* Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv, Israel, mentor training of teachers & administrators in Jewish day schools from all over North, Central & South America

* Prince Georges County Public Schools in Maryland, design and assist in implementation of their new induction program and mentor training for 158 schools and 400 new mentors

* Missouri NEA, three state-wide mentor and new teacher trainings

* Panhandle-South Plains Center for Profess. Dev. & Technology, Lubbock, Texas. Consulting on school district & university teacher development continuum and programs, research on mentoring, use of distance learning technologies, developed pre-service mentoring & training models, trained principals & preservice mentors from 15 districts & teacher education supervisors at 4 universities.

* Prince William County Schools, Manasses, Virginia, Training of Trainers in mentoring and coaching

* Bremen High School District 228, Midlothian, IL. Consult on development & integration of their Mentoring, Induction, Peer Coaching, & Collegial Evaluation Programs, advising on contract renegotiations, provided coaching trainings, and continue to consult on increasing the impact of their programs on teaching and student learning.

* Alamance-Burlington Counties School System, North Carolina, Keynoter, Mentoring Conference

* New Mexico ASCD, keynote speaker at state-wide training in "Induction Program Development" for 55 school districts

* South Cook Intermediate Service Center, Chicago Heights, IL. Consulting, develop a Regional Induction Program to service small districts, trainings & for new teacher, mentors & induction program leaders.

* University of South Dakota/School Districts- "Inclusion Peer Mentoring Project", training regular & special educators in use of mentoring & coaching strategies to support implementation of inclusion staff dev.

* "Mentoring of Mentors", a 3 day training for 50 mentor managers, Fort Worth ISD, Ft. Worth, Texas

* "Increasing the Effectiveness of Mentors", training site-based mentor leaders, Killeen ISD, Texas

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