Janet Hale is an educational consultant who is passionate about supporting educators in making curriculum decisions that ensure, enhance, and enrich learning and teaching experiences.
Janet works with schools, districts, higher-ed programs, and educational organizations in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She specializes in curriculum mapping, standards alignment, and curriculum design based on a variety of models and frameworks, as well as contemporary learning and teaching, from pre-K to post-high school.
Her Masters of Arts degree in educational leadership and curriculum development; elementary, secondary, and special education classroom experiences; and consulting, training, and coaching for 25+ years enable Janet to provide information and insights to the variety of learning organizations she has the pleasure of working alongside.
Janet has written professional books published by Corwin Press and ASCD that focus on curriculum mapping and upgrading units of study.
When Janet is not traveling nationally and internationally, she lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband, Johnny, and their Schnauzer “children.” She loves going swimming, and spend time caring for her award-winning cactus garden.
Our district has been working closely with Janet for the past two years. Her hands-on approach and thorough knowledge of curriculum truly inspires all of our teachers to give their all. I don’t usually get thanked for asking teachers to sit on a committee, but one teacher really summed up the enthusiasm that is felt by those involved in our curriculum work. She writes, “Thank you for inviting me to represent 4th grade on the curriculum task force. I think we are doing fantastic things for our district. The summer work was one of the most worthwhile activities I have participated in, in a long time. I left feeling that I had truly contributed to something wonderful for our students!”
--Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Professional Learning Executive Director, Mexico Academy and Central Schools
To discuss your learning organization’s needs, please contact Janet via:
Cell: 520.241.8797 ⠂ E-mail: Contact Form ⠂ Skype: janethale
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More About Janet Hale
The Early Years
I started teaching when I was 12 years old. I was living in Seoul, Korea, where my father was serving in the Army. My first job title was Summertime Volunteer. I was responsible for teaching mentally challenged students how to swim. During the school year, I was a Library Tutor for early elementary students. On Saturday mornings, twice a month, I enjoyed helping Korean blind children learn English at the Korean Lighthouse for the Blind. I was hooked! I wanted to be a teacher!
During my high school years I continued with my newfound love working with severely mentally challenged young adults. This time proved priceless due to my responsibilities including the need to figure out how to best break down tasks and concepts so they could be easily understood—an important ability when consulting, training, and coaching.
I attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, earning a Bachelors of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. My first teaching position was at Sunnyside High School in Tucson, Arizona. Being the “last hired” caused me to teach in a variety of grade levels and schools during my first few years, which proved invaluable because it caused me to learn how to adapt quickly to a new environment. Likewise, changing grade levels from high school to middle grades to the first grade provided me with a unique insight into the need for a systemic mindset when considering students’ learning experiences during his or her academic years, which is a passion of mine to this day.
I received my Masters of Arts degree in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Development from Northern Arizona University with honors. My course instructors were active "in the field," including superintendents, principals, curriculum coordinators, and even district lawyers. Oh, the stories I heard! Their shared experiences opened my eyes in a new way to the critical role administration plays in creating harmony, and sometimes disharmony, in a school or district's life.
I was involved in committee after committee after committee, both at the school level and district level, which allowed me to experience first-hand the benefits of collaboration. I conducted a variety of district workshops and trainings, which eventually led me to reach beyond my district to investigate additional educational opportunities.
In the mid-1980’s, I decided to try my hand at writing an educational-resource book. I submitted my manuscript to a relatively young company at that time: Teacher Created Materials (TCM). My manuscript was accepted, and I began a wonderful educational-resources writing and editing experience for TCM that lasted many years. My published titles exceeded three dozen!
I began conducting Make It and Take It workshops for TCM in the late 1980’s. During this time I approached TCM with the concept of presenting content-specific seminars. They liked my ideas. I began by creating their first seminar: Balancing Whole Language and Basic Skills. I developed and presented a wide variety of TCM seminars, workshops, and trainings, both nationally and internationally, for about 10 years before leaving to begin my own business. My desire to stay current concerning educational methods, models, frameworks, and philosophies to best meet the needs of students, teachers, and administrators proved beneficial then, as well as in my current work.
A Curriculum Focus and Instructional Lens
Given my Masters’ focus on curriculum development, as well as my passion for designing curriculum with a systemic lens, I enjoy supporting learning organizations as they design various types of units of study, assessments, and/or instructional plans.
I became intrigued with Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs’ curriculum-mapping concepts after reading her seminal work: Mapping the Big Picture in 1997. My professional curriculum-mapping journey began, and has continued for almost 20 years now. I delight in exploring and experiencing new variations and viewpoints related to curriculum and curriculum mapping that embrace the educational models and needs of our current times and future needs. I enjoy being a collaborative member of Dr. Jacobs’ Curriculum 21 Faculty.
My training and coaching experiences aid educators in improving their instructional practices and methodologies. I enjoy working alongside teachers using a go and show model that includes exploring new learning; modeling the new learning in action (when appropriate), applying what has been learned (and observed), and participating in collaborative reflection and feedback sessions.
My best-selling mapping book, A Guide to Curriculum Mapping: Planning, Implementing, and Sustaining the Process (Corwin Press), is designed to help those who are just getting started and trying to make sense of “all things mapping,” troubleshooting a problematic implememtation, or beginning advance mapping processes.
My second mapping book, An Educational Leader's Guide to Curriculum Mapping: Creating and Sustaining Collaborative Cultures (Corwin Press), focuses on the climate and culture needed to ensure that curriculum mapping thrives in a learning organization.
I have also written a professional book that emphasizes the need for, and explains how to, upgrade (or modernize) curriculum, instruction, and assessments titled: Upgrade Your Curriculum: Practical Ways to Transform Units and Engage Students (ASCD).
It is a blessing to know that my educational journey is ever-evolving and allows me to grow both personally and professionally. I am thankful to everyone I have met—and will meet—for sharing in my passion and love for learning and teaching!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.