EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

FACULTY

WENDY COLSEN
Adjunct Professor of Education
Elementary and Secondary Education

Email: colsen@hope.edu

EDUCATION
            Ph.D.  Currently enrolled in program at Eastern Michigan University
            Ed.S. (Leadership)  Grand Valley State University
            M.A. (Teaching)  National-Louis University
            B.S.  (Psychology)  Purdue University

TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES
            Adjunct Professor, Education Department
                        ED 500  Perspectives in Education

PRIOR EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE
            Visiting Assistant Professor ~ Hope College, Education Department
                        ED 310   Curriculum and Methods for Elementary and Middle School Teachers
                        ED 311   Field Placement for Curriculum and Methods
            Adjunct Professor ~ Hope College, Education Department
                        ED 500  Perspectives in Education
                        ED 287  Classroom Management for Secondary Teachers
                        ED 360  Secondary Principles
                        ED 361  Field Placement Secondary Principles
            Adjunct Professor  ~ Grand Valley State University, Writing Department
                        WRT 305 Writing Across the Disciplines
            Adjunct Professor ~ Grand Valley State University, Continuing Education Department
                        ED 601 08  Building Literacy in the Content Areas, 4-9
                        ED 601 11  Making Curriculum Relevant with Project Based Learning
                        ED 601 12  Using Learning Styles to Engage Learners
                        ED 600 15  Service Learning: Building a Culture of Giving in your Classroom
            Reading Intervention Coordinator ~ Saugatuck Public Schools
            Middle School Teacher ~ Saugatuck Public Schools
                         6th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies
            Elementary School Teacher ~ Saugatuck Public Schools
                        3rd Grade
                        5th Grade

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
            Public Relations/Communications Director ~ Saugatuck Public Schools
            Reporter/Photographer ~ Commercial Record/Allegan County News
            Freelance Writer/Editor

PUBLISHING CREDITS
            School Zone Publishing, Super Reading Made Easy Grades 1-2
            Alternative Medicine Magazine
            Grand Rapids Press
            The Commercial Record
            Allegan County News
            The Local Observer
            The Community Connection

PRESENTATIONS/WORKSHOPS
            GVSU Charter School Training - Using Learning Styles to Engage Learners, 2014
            GVSU Charter School Training - Using Data & Learning Styles to Differentiate Instruction, 2011
            AdvancED National Conference - Using Data & Learning Styles to Differentiate Instruction, 2011
            MEA Regional Conference - Using Data & Learning Styles to Differentiate Instruction, 2010
            GVSU Charter School Training - Using Data & Learning Styles to Differentiate Instruction, 2010
            Holland Area Arts Council - Telling Tales for Teens Youth Writing Workshop, 2010
            Grand Valley State University - Using Data & Learning Styles to Differentiate Instruction, 2009 & 2010
            AdvancED National Conference - Differentiated Instruction/RtI in Middle School, 2009
            Saugatuck Center for the Arts - How to Write Query Letters for Freelance Writers, 2008
            Spring Lake Public Schools - Differentiating Instruction in 6th Grade, 2008
            Saugatuck Public Schools - Differentiating Instruction in Reading, 2007

LEADERSHIP ROLES
            ASCD - Student Chapter Advisor
            Free Spirit Publishing - Advisory Board Book Reviewer
            Quality Assurance Review (QAR) - School Evaluation Team Member
            Saugatuck Center for the Arts - Educational Programming
            Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society - Educational Consulting/Programming
            North Central Accreditation (NCA) – Former Reading Chair
            Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) Change Network - Professional Collaboration
            Saugatuck MS/HS English Department – Former Co-Chair

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
            Online Course Development
            Differentiated Instruction & Learning Styles
            NEWA Measures of Academic Progress
            Data Driven Instruction
            MLPP Reading Assessment
            Dibels Reading Assessment
            Evidence Based Literacy Instruction (EBLI)
            Six + One Writing Traits
            John Collins Writing Method
            Math Strategies (Don Blanchard)
            Assessment & Accountability
            How to Grade for Learning (Ken O’Conner)
            Love and Logic (Jim Faye)
            SCBWI Children’s Book Writers’ Conference
            NSPRA Public Relations Conference
            Grant Writing

COACHING
           Girls on Track

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER
            Hope College Children’s Writing Workshop
            Girls on the Run
            Art á Loan
            Douglas Social
            Saugatuck Center for the Arts
            Mt. Baldhead Challenge
            Chili Cook-off
            SPS Sporting Events
            Friends of the Library
            Venetian Festival
            Taste of Saugatuck

HONORS
            Honor Societies
                        Phi Beta Kappa
                        Kappa Delta Pi
                        Psi Chi
                        Golden Key

            Teacher of the Year Nominations
                        USA Today
                        Disney
                        Sallie Mae