EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

FACULTY

WENDY COLSEN
Assistant Professor
EDUC 310 - Elmentary and Middle School Curriculum & Methods

Email: colsen@hope.edu

EDUCATION
B.S. - Psychology – Purdue University
M.A. - Teaching – National-Louis University
Ed.S. - Leadership – Grand Valley State University (Currently pursuing)

TEACHING
RESPONSIBILITIES
Assistant Professor
ED 310 Curriculum and Methods for Elementary and Middle School Teachers
ED 311 Field Placement for Curriculum and Methods

PRIOR EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE
Adjunct Professor ~ Hope College
- ED 360 Secondary Principles
- ED 361 Field Placement Secondary Principles
Adjunct Professor/Continuing Education ~ Grand Valley State University
- WRT 305 Writing Across the Disciplines
- Hot Topics for Educators - Service Learning: Building a Culture of Giving in your Classroom
Reading Intervention Coordinator ~ Saugatuck Public Schools
Middle School Teacher - 6th Grade LA/SS ~ Saugatuck Public Schools
Elementary School Teacher - 3rd & 5th Grade ~ Saugatuck Public Schools
Writer and Editor ~ School Zone Publishing Company

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
Between the Lines
The Commercial Record
Allegan County News
The Local Observer
The Community Connection

PRESENTATIONS/WORKSHOPS
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
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