Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:41

Elizabeth Imende-Cooney

Elizabeth-ImendeElizabeth Imende-Cooney is founder and director of Advancing Educators, a design firm that guides and supports high-quality teaching in schools. She earned her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University and her Ed.M in Teaching & Learning and Adult Development from Harvard University.

Elizabeth was licensed as a staff developer by Research for Better Teaching in Acton, Massachusetts, the organization with the longest and most successful track record of any professional development provider in the United States for building in-house professional development capacity to ensure skillful teaching. Elizabeth is also a Jay Mctighe Associate for the Europe, Africa and Asia regions helping international schools that are adopting the Understanding by Design framework to train and support their faculty in its implementation.

With over a decade of experience in her field, Elizabeth has led over 2000 educators and administrators in school-based graduate courses and workshops. In her work, Elizabeth helps schools to institutionalize the study and application of research-based instructional practices to improve instruction and increase educators’ confidence and skill in analyzing their practice. Elizabeth designs and presents professional development programs in a way that fosters the development of professional learning communities within schools. In addition to her work in American
public and private schools, Elizabeth has consulted for schools and educational organizations in Latin America, Asia and East and Southern Africa and presented on a range of educational topics including curriculum planning, thinking skills, instructional strategies, developing coaches and teacher leaders, skillful data use and student motivation.