Margaret McNutt

Margaret McNutt

Director of Training and Communications

Mrs. McNutt has been an educator and school administrator and has made the shift to training business and corporate writing communications

 

Education

  • Nonprofit Leader Certification, Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives, Glasscock School of Continuing Education; Rice University, Houston, Texas
    Art of Fundraising, Glasscock School of Continuing Education; Rice University, Houston, Texas
    Ph.D. (abd, all coursework completed) in Literature; University of Houston, Houston, Texas
    ESL Endorsement, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
    Special Education coursework, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
    M. Ed. Austin College, Sherman, Texas
    B.A. Austin College, Sherman, Texas

 

Professional Achievements

  • Leadership
  • Educational Consultant:
    Successful Sole Proprietor of a consulting firm offering services to multiple public, charter, and private schools for grades PS-12, as well as Texas Education Agency Regional Educational Service Centers, in areas of strategic planning, school improvement planning, teacher evaluation and training, data driven instruction, curriculum design and integration, technology design and implementation, accreditation, and business planning. Consultant working with teachers and students regarding project-based learning, engaging learners, learning strategies, writing skills, organizational skills, and test-taking skills; training for AP, honors, ELL and special Education students; co-author Practical Teaching Methods, K-6: Sparking the Flame of Learning published by Corwin Press, 2003.

    Implementation Consultant working in a variety of schools to provide assistance to administrators, teachers, and students using Achieve3000, a literacy program proven to raise reading levels across grades, content areas, and all student populations.

    Dynamic Administrator with a record of ever-increasing responsibility:
    Head of school for a private middle school using the concept of project-based learning to fully engage students in their learning. Responsible for strategic planning; staff recruitment and training; curriculum design; data driven instruction; board interaction; fundraising; student recruitment and admissions; budgeting and fiscally responsible school management.

    School principal, of two schools (preschool-twelfth and preschool-fifth) with responsibility for strategic planning; teacher recruitment and professional development; faculty and staff supervision and evaluation; reaccreditation; curriculum development, data-driven instruction technology design and implementation; student recruitment; student discipline. Schools served AP, gifted, ELL, LD, and special education students. Both schools enjoyed markedly increased enrollment and extensive program rejuvenation during respective principalships. New standards for teaching, student behavior, and achievement helped schools to flourish.

    Curriculum Coordinator of PS-12th grade school: Curriculum developer for grades K-12 with responsibility to design curriculum materials for all subject areas, design new courses; evaluate and adopt curriculum materials; train, supervise, and evaluate teachers; supervise extra-curricular activities. Fine Arts program introducing high school students to the fine arts offerings in Houston became a celebrated activity involving the entire high school. As a result of new courses and curriculum introduced, upper school enrollment more than doubled. School included teachers and students from all over the world, many of whom were ELL teachers or students. Many native Russian and Hebrew speakers attended the school

    Department Chair and Teacher Trainer: With responsibility to supervise 20+ teachers; supervise and evaluate student teacher; act as mentor for teacher in alternative certification program; conduct workshops for HISD teachers in the National Endowment for the Humanities/University of Houston program Texts and Traditions; design, conduct, and implement teacher training in uses of software and technology. Teach Honors and ELL students.

    Teaching
    Talented Teacher: Classroom experience from 1977 continuing to the present in grades K-12 English/language arts, history, and technology.
    Other teaching experience includes: Elementary computer lab design and technology curriculum development; curriculum designer and teacher for one of the first high school computer writing labs in Texas; implementation and coordination of school-wide poetry reading contest; textbook selection committee, SAT prep teacher; sponsor UIL Spelling Team; National Honor Society Sponsor; Special Education teacher.

 

Other Professional Experience

  • Supervisor Counseling and Testing, UH: With responsibility to supervise staff; administer and score standardized tests; present freshman orientation programs; interface with faculty and staff to construct viable testing programs.

 

Publications

Co-author, Practical Teaching Methods K-6: Sparking the Flame of

Learning, Corwin Press, 2003

Co-author, Middle School Curriculum, Austin Jewish Community Day School

Author and Presenter, “Shakespeare’s Metamorphosis,” AEGIS Conference, UH

 

Sampling of Seminar and Conference  Publications

Achieving Success, Using Data to Drive Instruction, Ensuring Rigor in the Classroom, Integrating Close Reading Strategies, multiple presentations in multiple states and schools, 2015-2016

Planning for Curriculum Integration and Faculty Collaboration, Shekinah Institute for Learning, multiple campuses, multiple workshops, 2015

Curriculum Mapping and Coherent Lesson Planning, Tekoa Charter School, Port Arthur, Texas. Presenter, 2014

Differentiated Instruction, Shekinah Institute for Learning, San Antonio, Texas. Presenter 2014

Response to Intervention II, Academy for Careers and Technology, San Antonio, Texas. Presenter, 2014

Using Data to Drive Instruction, Academy for Careers and Technology, SanAntonio Texas. Presenter, 2014

Making Project-based Learning a Reality, ERB Conference. Presenter, 2013

Getting Started with Project-Based Learning, The Branch School, Houston, Texas. Presenter, 2012, 2014