Saturday, 16 December 2017



Every educator engages in effective professional learning every day so every student achieves.

Dr. Marcia L. Tate
Developing Minds, Inc.

Marcia L. Tate, EdD, is the former Executive Director of Professional Development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia.  During her 30-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director.  She received the 2001 Distinguished Staff Developer Award for the State of Georgia and her department was chosen to receive the Exemplary Program Award for the state.

Marcia is currently an educational consultant and has taught over 500,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the world.  She is the author of the following eight best-sellers: (1) Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain – (3nd Ed.); “Sit & Get” Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Professional Learning Strategies that Engage the Adult Brain – (2nd Ed.); (3) Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Literacy Strategies that Engage the Brain – (2nd Ed.); (4) Shouting Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Techniques to Detour Around the Danger Zones – (2nd Ed.); (5) Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites – 20 Numeracy Strategies That Engage the Brain and (6) Preparing Children for Success in School and Life: 20 Ways to Increase Your Child’s Brain Power; (7) Science Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain; and (8) Social Studies Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain; and her latest book, Formative Assessment in a Brain-compatible Classroom: How Do We Really Know They’re Learning?.  Participants in her workshops refer to them as the best ones they have ever experienced since Marcia uses the 20 strategies outlined in her books to actively engage her audiences.

Marcia received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and elementary education from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.  She earned her Master’s degree in remedial reading from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, her specialist degree in educational leadership from Georgia State University and her doctorate in educational leadership from Clark Atlanta University.  Spelman College awarded her the Apple Award for excellence in the field of education.

Marcia is married to Tyrone Tate and is the proud mother of three children: Jennifer, Jessica, and Christopher; and seven grandchildren: Aaron, Aidan, Christian, Maxwell, Roman, Shiloh, and Aya.


Dr. Barbara Cooper
Deputy State Superintendent

Dr. Barbara Cooper serves as Deputy State Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Cooper oversees the Teaching and Learning Improvement Division in the Alabama State Department of Education.

Dr. Cooper’s degrees include a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation and a M.A. in Administration, Supervision & Curriculum Development both from the University of Colorado. She received her B.S. in Education from Western Illinois University. 

Dr. Cooper has been a public school educator for 25 years. She has served in many roles, as an educator including teacher, assistant principal, principal, and director. Dr. Cooper served as a consultant for principal development and served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado where she was responsible for training prospective principals. Dr. Cooper served as the Deputy Superintendent for Huntsville City Schools (HCS) from 2011-2016. 

She welcomes the opportunity to work with the ALSDE team to support all districts in becoming educational centers of excellence and equity. 

Dr. Cooper is the wife of Walter P. Cooper Sr. and the mother of two adult children, Walter Jr. (25) and Timera Denise (20). 

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Professional Learning Standards and the Common Core
Posted April 29, 2012

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