Creative learning for children ages 3-13
July 3 - 28, 2017

JANIS R. BARON

8 Standish Circle

Andover, MA 01810

(508) 662-9751

mypopcorn2@aol.com

Professional Summary:

Over thirty-five years experience teaching, developing and administering children’s programs, training faculty and administrators, and conducting follow-up demonstration lessons and small group consultations with K-12 staff. Advisor to principals and superintendents, as well as mentor to teachers, parents and students in diverse communities, resulting in a unique perspective on successful practices in the classroom. Proven track record of success in strengthening teachers’ abilities to meet the needs of a diverse population of learners.

Key Accomplishments:

· Founder and Director of Creative Learning for Children, Inc. (DBA Kaleidoscope), a 34-year-old non-profit summer enrichment program that began as a one-week program for fifty children. In 2013, over 100 staff members worked with 750 students from 40 communities.(www.kaleidoscopekids.com)

· Founder and Director of KITE summer program for high ability students in Grades K-8.

· Staff Development Consultant for over thirty years, specializing in Differentiated Instruction and Effective Teaching Strategies

· As a Nationally Certified Trainer for the Talents Unlimited critical and creative thinking skills model, trained thousands of teachers throughout New England; recognized as one of the most respected and effective Talents trainers in the country.

· Authored a publication (“Fulfilling the Promise: Enrichment Strategies for the Regular Classroom”) for the Massachusetts Department of Education’s Office for Gifted and Talented.

· Invited to present at local, state, regional and national conferences.

· Developed and taught graduate level courses in critical and creative thinking and curriculum differentiation for Salem State College, Simmons College, and Endicottt College. (K-12)

· Principal of Meritor Academy in Middleton, Massachusetts (a private school for students in Pre-K through Grade 6)

· Member, Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education, Massachusetts DESE. Currently serving three-year term.