Alene Harris, Ph.D. is a retired professor from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and for 50 years was a certified teacher in both elementary and secondary (English Language Arts and Life Science) levels. Her background includes 16 years of classroom teaching and 23 years of university teaching, including (a) over 2000 mostly-middle school students, with a smattering of elementary and high school, in urban, suburban, and independent schools and (b) over 1,000 college students, mostly graduate students returning for a masters plus teaching licensure and Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.
Her expertise includes classroom management, lesson design, and staff development. She has a background of over 25 years of educational research in classroom management and in lesson design and effective teaching, including federally funded research in (a) classroom management and mainstreamed students (elementary); (b) student self-monitoring and its effect on special education placement (elementary); and (c) lesson design, student engagement, and academic achievement (secondary and post secondary).
As an educational consultant, she has developed and led teacher-level workshops in classroom management with over 5,000 K-12 teachers and administrators; developed and led training-of-trainers workshops in classroom management to over 800 school systems staff developers; developed and led workshops in lesson design with over 1,000 university professors and doctoral students. This staff development includes experience in in over 30 states, one American Territory, and the country of Costa Rica.