Surely, every teacher wants to do a good job.  Every administrator wants teachers to succeed and wishes to lend assistance where needed-to new teachers, to struggling teachers, and to teachers who want to hone their craft.  That's where we come in.  We teach pragmatic and effective methods for growth-promoting leadership.

Tools for Administrators, Teachers, and Coaches

About Us

We teach pragmatic and effective methods for growth-promoting leadership among teachers, and we provide administrators with tools for collecting specific data, for identifying starting points and desired growth outcomes, and for consulting with and coaching teachers.

Have We Met?

Probably. Do you travel to NSDC or ASCD? Perhaps you have attended one of our sessions. Do you teach or supervise in a school district? Perhaps we delivered professional learning (our "facilitations") in your district.

If we have not yet had the pleasure, we'd like to use these web pages as our greeting. First, in a nutshell, here are some particulars about us:
Annette Brinkman
Annette Brinkman, Utah's first Early Childhood Specialist, began her career in the classroom and then in school administration as elementary principal in the Alpine School District before serving in site-based staff development positions in a variety of school districts. As a staff developer, consultant, and facilitator, Annette concentrates on training administrators to assist new and struggling teachers and trains coaches and mentors. She is a co-author of Class Acts: Every Teacher's Guide To Activate Learning and Help Teachers Engage Students.

Ellen Williams
Ellen Williams, university professor and co-director of BYU's Leadership Preparation Program and Principals Academy, began as a classroom teacher (20 years) and then served as elementary principal (7 years) and district administrator (5 years) before moving on to university work and consulting. Ellen focuses her work on assessing the culture of professional learning communities (PLCs) and instructional leadership. She has published in scholarly journals such as Mentoring and Tutoring, UCEA Journal of Case Studies, The Researcher, and the International Journal of Leadership in Education.

Gary Forlini Gary Forlini, education researcher and author, also began his career in the secondary classroom and then college before establishing Publisher's Research, Inc. to help private sector companies test and develop educational works for children and adults. In 1992, Gary established Research in Media to help non-profit and for-profit organizations analyze learning dynamics and best-practices in instruction. Along the way, Gary has written countless analytics and white papers relating to education in nearly every content area from pre-K to post-secondary. His educational publications include Class Acts: Every Teacher's Guide To Activate Learning, Help Teachers Engage Students, Communication in Action, Prentice-Hall Grammar and Composition, and SAT Home Study.

Are You Familiar with ObserverTab, LLC?

ObserverTab, LLC is our consulting practice, the three of us plus a handful of very talented educators whom we have trained in using the tools of our student engagement strategies and our classroom management techniques. (Please visit our Testimonials page for feedback.) We specialize in on-site facilitations, or situated learning, so that we can model, guide, and practice alongside our colleagues in education—whether they be inductees or veterans.

Our work in a district usually begins with sharing concrete, transferable tools with administrators because it is through them that teachers grow and, ultimately, children find psychological and academic success in school. Often, we return to a district for guided practice with administrators and for further facilitations with teachers on The Big Eight, our specific, easily describable, and transferable practices. Our most popular facilitation is The Big Eight: How To Help Teachers Manage Students for Maximum Engagement.