Diane Sweeney is an author and educational consultant specializing in coaching, literacy, and leadership. She holds a longstanding interest in how adult learning translates to learning in the classroom and has authored the following books:
· Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level (Corwin, 2013)
· Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2010)
· Learning Along the Way (Stenhouse, 1993)
Sweeney’s bestselling book, Student-Centered Coaching, is grounded in a simple but powerful premise: school-based coaching can be designed to directly impact student learning. When the focus is shifted from “fixing” teachers to collaborating with them to design instruction that targets student achievement, coaching becomes both more respectful and results-based. Also underscored is the critical role of the principal in developing systems and structures for supporting teacher development and fostering a culture of learning.
Sweeney has worked in education for over twenty years. In the past, she was a classroom teacher, literacy coach, a trainer for literacy coaches, and a university professor. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Denver, a teaching degree from the University of California, Irvine, and a Master’s in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Sweeney offers a unique blend of real-world experience and research-based practices that provide clients with specific strategies to advance student learning in their own schools and districts. Her consulting work often includes all levels in a district. For example, she partners with district leaders to create and sustain a vision for improvement, with professional development coordinators and coaches to design and implement support for teachers, with principals to lead teachers towards improvement, and with teachers through student-centered coaching. By working throughout the system, Sweeney ensures that there is clear communication and growth at all levels.