Who We Are

VEC is an interdisciplinary team of school leaders and teachers providing a range of consulting services to schools and colleges. Bill, Claudia, and Jim each approach their work with a common sense of purpose but very different experience. We work with educational innovators to ensure that new models of schooling sustain student learning in a fluid, changing world.

We help build innovative programs, through responsive, student-centered design. Representing broad experience teaching and leading schools and colleges from elementary through graduate school, our team works with institutions to build programs rooted in their vision for student learning, informed by a close examination of the student experience.

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How do schools and colleges prepare students for successful careers and citizenship?

Democracy requires informed and active citizens who view difference as a source of strength, leading to new and more developed ideas. Schools and colleges should prepare young people to make the important decisions of a citizen by creating opportunities for meaningful agency on the part of the student. We help guide this work by promoting research-based educational approaches that use project-focused, collaborative pedagogy, that is culturally and linguistically response and informed by data. The results produce engaged innovative leaders, responsive educators, and engaged students ready for future careers.

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How are curricular design and the student/teacher relationship connected?

We believe that curriculum design should be paired with thoughtful design of the leader/faculty and teacher/student relationship. The school is an inhabited world. The experience of this environment defines and shapes the habits and competencies that are valued. We work with schools to re-define these relationships away from a relationship of control toward one of mutual ownership of learning. How leaders co-develop a culture and how they view the ongoing development of individuals and the organization are key to student engagement. How students and teachers interact must be understood as part of the fabric of a curriculum and its learning objectives. A productive learning relationship at all levels is built around an understanding of each student and how they engage with curricular content and the surrounding environment that leads to learning.

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How do schools and colleges prepare students for success in a constantly changing world?

We live in an increasingly diverse world with evolving definitions of expertise and success. One that has ever evolving jobs, some yet to be known. Schools and colleges at all levels must redesign their fundamental approach to learning to prepare students for professional success and personal well-being in a changing landscape.

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Consultation and Services

Think Big — Think Innovatively. Follow Students — Focus on People.

Schools Design/Redesign

Redesign your learning environment for the future of education and career.

Program Evaluation

Know your population and experience learning through their eyes.

Strategic Planning

Build your plan around your mission and your vision for student success.

Professional Development

Co-design and tailored, research-based professional learning for faculty and staff.

Data Informed Programming

Examine programming at every level through data, from individual students to your whole district.

Partnership

Envision innovative, responsive partnerships that benefit schools, staff, students and community.

Ready to learn more?

Contact us to discuss your project.