Noyce Foundation

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2500 El Camino Real, Suite 100, Palo Alto, CA 94306
June 3, 2004
To Whom It May Concern:

Susan Radley Brown has worked with the Noyce Foundation as a consultant to The Every Child a Reader and Writer initiative since its inception in the fall of 2000. Through Every Child a Reader and Writer, the Foundation provides professional development and funding to assist 15 school districts in the implementation of writing workshop. Susan’s expertise has fundamentally influenced the content, coherence and effectiveness of the program.

We employ a systems approach, working with district and site administrators, literacy coaches and staff developers and classroom teachers. Susan has provided initial induction training for all new participants in summer institutes led by Susan and a cadre of staff developers, trained and managed by Susan. Susan has been masterful in reshaping the design of the institute each year, in order to meet the changing demands of the initiative.

During the last two years, Susan has also provided staff development for coaches and teachers during the school year. These professional development institutes have been designed and delivered by Susan, sometimes in collaboration with other consultants, after working with Foundation staff to determine the learning needs of the group. Susan also consults with Foundation staff on a regular basis and provides expert advice to inform the development of the initiative. By virtue of her work throughout the country, she is able to draw on a variety of models and experiences to inform our thinking as we continue to develop our model and action plans.

Susan is well regarded throughout the initiative. Participants in staff development sessions – teachers, coaches, and administrators alike – find her sessions to be informative, interesting and inspirational. She is a wonderful presenter and her passion for writing and teaching are evident in all she does. Because she continues to involve herself in the real work of teachers and classrooms, her professional development is credible and grounded in practice. She is a very supportive, affirming person, and working with her in planning and development is rewarding and enlightening.Susan is well regarded throughout the initiative. Participants in staff development sessions – teachers, coaches, and administrators alike – find her sessions to be informative, interesting and inspirational. She is a wonderful presenter and her passion for writing and teaching are evident in all she does. Because she continues to involve herself in the real work of teachers and classrooms, her professional development is credible and grounded in practice. She is a very supportive, affirming person, and working with her in planning and development is rewarding and enlightening.

Sincerely,
Audrey E. Poppers, Ed.D.
Literacy Program Director