CARL ATKINSON, Ed.D.
With almost 35 years in education, Carl finds his work positioned at the confluence of three practices: inquiry as a stance, observing student learning, and data informed decision-making. Carl supports leaders in schools and districts as they seek to confront and address problems of practice. Inquiry as stance conveys the overall locationality of Carl's approach. It places the practitioner at the center of these efforts to better understand and change practice. Observing student learning is a refocus of Danielson’s Framework for Teaching and addresses the need to focus more directly on learning practices in response to teacher actions. This redirection of focus opens new avenues for teacher growth. Finally, data informed practice seeks to identify gaps in student learning so that teams of educators can work collectively to identify problems of practice, bringing data indicators to bear on instructional practices. Carl's work brings together these three distinct approaches to help practitioners better understand problems of practice and develop specific approaches to address these gaps.