Author Archives: donnadalton

About donnadalton

Currently, I am honored to serve as the Chief Academic Officer for Chesterfield County Public Schools. This year begins my 41st year in public education and my final year in Chesterfield. Prior to this position, I served as the Director of Professional Development, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Mathematics Instructional Specialist. I have taught mathematics at the elementary, middle and high school levels. I have been married for 40 years to my husband, Bob, and our house is ruled by our sweet dog, Bella. We have one son and a daughter-in-law and are proud grandparents to Tyler and Kinsley!

Worth Repeating: Rigor = Epic Teaching and Learning

You made it through  last week. You have been inspired by your principal and developed professionally by the specialists. You have also reflected on these blogs, set up your classroom for success, mastered the skill of setting rules and procedures and … Continue reading

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Worth Repeating Part 3: Epic Classroom Management Begins With a Smile?

According to Margaret C. Wang, Geneva D. Haertel and Herbert J. Walberg in an Educational Leadership article titled Synthesis of Research / What Helps Students Learn?, “An analysis of 50 years of research reveals that direct influences like classroom management … Continue reading

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Worth Repeating Part Two: Epic Advice on Rules and Procedures

Did you know that teachers with rules and procedures have far fewer discipline problems than teachers who lack clear, consistent rules and procedures? We have the data to support this statement through our experience with positive behavior interventions and supports. … Continue reading

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Worth Repeating: Effective Teachers

This blog was posted three years ago…but the message warrants repeating.  So here you go… Next Tuesday, we will welcome almost 60,000 students through our school doors and into your classrooms. Each day this week, I will highlight key strategies … Continue reading

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Behind Closed Doors: The Taught Curriculum

As all good teachers do, let’s start with a quick review of the written curriculum before moving into the taught curriculum: The Standards of Learning for Virginia public schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able … Continue reading

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He Who Would Search for Pearls Must Dive Below: The Written Curriculum

The Standards of Learning establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course. The Virginia Department of Education provides tools to support teachers in teaching the standards: Curriculum … Continue reading

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I Believe

I believe that 2014-15 will be the best school year ever! Over the summer at iLearn and our superintendent’s professional development session, the superintendent, executive director for school administration and I handed out coffee cups, notepads and buttons with the … Continue reading

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