Barry Sweeny

Consultant, Presenter, Trainer, Facilitator, Coach, Planner, Evaluator & Writer
26 W 413 Grand Ave. Wheaton, IL 60187, 630-668-2605, email <>


The Ways I Can Help You
Areas of My Expertise
My Client List
My Experiences
My Fee Structure

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I can help you to:

- Plan for, develop, evaluate, and refine programs to improve teaching & learning
- Diagnose problems and then quickly and positively solve them
- Train people & develop a range of skills
- Improve decision making processes & the results you attain
- Create consensus and focus for work on shared agendas
- Create products, reports, books, plans, visuals
- Plan, create, and post a terrific web site

I am an expert in:

- School & Organizational Improvement
- Mentoring & Induction in all settings, but especially for new teachers
- Authentic Performance Assessment
- Staff Development & Change Facilitation
- Peer Observation & Coaching
- Curriculum Development, Standards Development, and Alignment

In any of these topic areas I can do a large number of "How to" or practical presentations, workshops or key notes.


CLIENT LIST

My materials & services have been used by may diverse kinds of organizations, such as:

- Hundreds of schools & school districts in over 30 states and 6 countries

- 7 State Departments of Education, most recently by the Rhode Island Dept. of Education, where I trained two days on developing quality induction programs, and consulted with and trained the state task for which developed "The Rhode Island Mentoring Program Standards".

- Over 40 college & university teacher education programs world-wide. A most recent example is advising the leader of the teacher education institution who is developing the induction program for all of Singapore's new teachers.

- Over 10 professional educational organizations including NASSP, Missouri NEA, Illinois NEA , United Federation of Teachers (NY), PDK chapters, & Teachers 21 (not-for-profit arm of Research for Better Schools), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), & the Association of Teacher Educators.

- Regional and state level consortia & service centers, such as The Panhandle Center for Technology and Professional Development, Lubbock, TX., the South Carolina Center for Teacher Recruitment, The Partnership for Professional Practice (U. of IL. at Chicago, Chgo. Publ. Sch. & Chgo Tchrs Union), the ESC Region XI in Ft. Worth, Texas, as well as many other regional and intermediate service centers and state agencies.

- Businesses, such as A.T. & T. Network Software (now Lucent), Frito-Lay, Parker Aerospace, Value Enhancement Strategies, Inc. and RMS Business Solutions

- Community-based organizations, like World Relief Corporation and the Illinois Adult Learning Resource Center.

I am an invited keynoter/presenter at numerous national & state conferences such as a two day pre conference institute for ASCD at their March 2000 Conference in New Orleans, La.

I have been employed as a program evaluator for grants, such as a Goals 2000 Reading Improvement Project for the Professional Development Alliance, Joliet Illinois, and for professional development programs, such as in ESC Region XIII in Austin Texas, and ESC Region 2 in Corpus Christi Texas.

I have been asked to work on numerous commissions, panels, research groups, and program development or planning groups. Two recent examples are:

1. The Teacher Induction Advisory Group, writing a research report and recommendations for a state induction program for the Illinois State Board of Education (1997-2000). The final report that I helped co-author was sent VERBATIM to the legislature in 1999 and i was selected as one of 2 authors for the 2000 reort to ISBE and the legislature!

2. The National Commission of Novice Teacher Support: Policies, Progress & Practices, a five year project of the Association of Teacher Educators (1996-2000). I co-authored three chapters in the book we published in February 2000, "Quality Mentoring for Novice Teachers".

I have been an invited author for numerous newsletters, journals, occasional papers, grants, research reports and books. A recent example was being invited to write a lead article for a theme issue on content standards for The Kappa Delta Pi Record (January 1999).


WORK EXPERIENCE & ROLES I CAN PLAY

- Private consultant and trainer since 1987. Now working for Best Practice Resources.

- Manager of School & Program Development, Kane Co. Regional Office of Educ. serving 140 schools, 1995-98
- Past President, Illinois Staff Development Council, & ISDC Board of Directors, 5 years.
- Co-Founder & Executive Board, The Mentoring Leadership & Resource Network, an ASCD network , 1991-98
- National Commission on Novice Teacher Support, Association of Teacher Educators, 1996-99
- Member, Teacher Induction Advisory Board, Illinois State Board of Education, 1997-98
- Staff Development Program Coordinator, DuPage-Kane Education Service Center, serving 349 schools 3 years, 1992-95
- District Staff Development Specialist & Mentor Program Coordinator, 1/2 time for 4 years, 1988-92
- Teacher of art & science, grades 6-12 for 22 years, at middle & high school


RECOGNITION THAT I HAVE RECEIVED:


My Con$ultant & Trainer Fee $tructure:

- I am a full time private consultant which, of course, means I can work with you in many ways on a limited or very in-depth and long term basis. In addition to working in areas of my expertise I also try to select consulting opportunities which allow me to learn or expand my experiences. In this latter case, I am willing to price my services at a discount. Let me know what your needs are and we can discuss my costs.

- I do NOT specifically or automatically charge clients for my traveling time. If travel must be done during work hours and requires me to use time during which I could be working with other clients, I will consider the time lost in the pricing. The cost of this time is negotiable and very reasonable since it is necessary to the work but I know it is of little direct value to the client.

- It is my preference to only consult for a full day or more, especially if I must travel to your site. Exceptions to this are partial days of work which pay well enough to compensate me for the time lost in travel. That usually means the client pays for a full day, even when only a part day is required. This is often done in circumstances such as providing a keynote or training for a large audience (such as 50 +), in which the number of people served makes the time involved in my travel and the cost of my services worth while for the client.

- When I am under contract to present, train or consult, I do NOT also specifically charge clients for my preparation time unless the work is a considerable project or requires creation of lots of new materials. In these cases, I will gladly negotiate a "package price" for the project. This is true unless the work is to actually develop materials, in which case I am doing the work in my own office (see "E" below) and I will charge for the time spent.

- MY BASIC FEE FOR CONSULTATIONS, TRAININGS, AND PRESENTATIONS:

- The client pays my travel and other expenses, which I promise to keep reasonable. For example, I prefer to fly a main air carrier but I am glad to travel coach class. My hotel and eating needs are simple too.

- The client provides AV equipment (overhead, screen, VCR and monitor or projector) and duplicates all handouts and other materials that I provide in advance.

LET'S TALK.


MY GOALS - IN ALL MY WORK, MY GOALS ARE:

1. TO PROVIDE MATERIALS AND SERVICES WHICH EXACTLY TARGET THE NEEDS YOU DESCRIBE

2. TO EXCEED YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR QUALITY AND USEFULNESS OF MATERIALS AND SERVICES

3. TO BEHAVE AS AN ETHICAL, SINCERE, UP FRONT, CUSTOMER-FOCUSED, PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR.




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