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Olivia Amador

Professional Learning Consultant
Olivia joined the Corwin professional learning team in 2018 with a wealth of knowledge and experiences as a leading learner. She has been innovative in her practices and has instituted many transformative structures that have resulted in the development of effective teachers, improvement of student performance, and enhanced levels of family engagement. Olivia has been in the field of education for twenty-four years with 14 of those serving as an Elementary School Principal. Her teaching experience includes 10 years as an Elementary Bilingual Teacher and Reading Language Arts Specialist supporting Students with reading deficits.  Her leadership journey includes participation in Instructional Leadership Teams, Professional Learning Networks, as well as Leadership Design Teams focused on Cultural Proficiency and Equity.

As a Corwin author/consultant, Olivia is a certified Fisher & Frey trainer. She has co-authored The Teacher Clarity Playbook with Doug Fisher & Nancy Frey and travels the country supporting PLC development using this research-based, hands-on guide. Olivia is also a certified Visible Learning for Literacy trainer and this work has led her to work writing Visible Learning for the English Learner with Doug, Nancy and John Hattie (publishing Jan. 2020).

Partnering with school districts across the United States, Olivia also focuses on School Improvement Strategic Planning, Principal Leadership Development, Close Reading, Learning Intentions and Success Criteria, Guided Reading, School-wide Reading Initiatives, Data-based Decisions and English Language Development Design Planning. One of her most notable accomplishments while she served as a principal was receiving the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) Gold award in 2016. Olivia’s work as a leader is also featured in Cathy Lassiter’s Corwin publication, “Everyday Courage for School Leaders” which speaks to how impactful her work is nationally. On a personal note, Olivia is a Southern California native where she currently resides with her two sons.

Olivia is on a quest through her Corwin role to extend her reach through sharing her experiences as a transformative leader and effective teacher with other practitioners in support of their success with school improvement goals. Her energy and enthusiasm for this work is simply contagious!

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