Helping schools make the grade, from administrative offices to the classroom.

Teri Schwartz not only began her career as a teacher in Boulder, Colorado, she also spent 25 years working in the private sector specializing in leadership, culture change, team building and executive coaching. Combining her two passions, she has years of experience working with students, teachers, and administrators to create more highly successful education environments.

Most recently, Teri is running a process for a Denver Public High School to bring together a divided community and student body. Critical stakeholders come together over a long weekend to establish a common ground foundation for the future. Students, parents, faculty, staff and other stakeholders engage in inclusive dialogue to share perspectives and experiences of the past, take ownership for the present situation, create their vision for the future and form self-managed action teams to realize common ground goals.

Teri’s additional educational work includes:
Tomorrow’s Leaders – a leadership program designed and facilitated by Teri for students from 9th through 12th grades. The program engages teens in hands-on experiences that reveal their unique leadership skills, enhance individual self-awareness, sense of self-worth, personal responsibility, compassion, critical thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills. Tomorrow’s Leaders offers a safe learning environment where teens can be vulnerable, practice skills, and take risks.

Serving on the core team of the Transitions Project for Denver Public Schools. This project is a district-wide effort to decrease dropout rates. Work on the project includes teacher training, strategic planning and leadership coaching with principals and administrative staff.

Strategic planning and team development with principals and administrative staffs. Includes working closely with these groups on creating a positive culture, a clear vision and mission, agreed-upon goals and plans for implementation while building team effectiveness.

Leadership Coaching. Includes observing or shadowing principals and other leaders as they work, conducting assessments for self awareness and improvement, and developing plans and strategies to increase leadership impact and goal achievement.