Professional Development at Research for Better Teaching

DeNelle West

Ms. DeNelle West is the Director of Professional Development for Research for Better Teaching. She has served in public education for over a decade helping to influence the lives of students and the practice of teachers and leaders across the country and began her career working in an inclusive classroom setting and continued her teaching career in both public and private educational settings. Subsequently in her central office roles with Duval County Public Schools, FL, she served in the Division of Professional Learning as a Coordinator for Instructional Technology, Secondary Literacy, and Middle School Cluster. In these roles, she implemented system wide programs and support structures that helped teachers and leaders navigate implementation of standards-based instruction. Ms. West later served as the Director of Staff Development for Gwinnett County Public Schools, GA, leading the implementation of performance-based evaluation, instructional coaching, new teacher induction, alternative certification, and school improvement initiatives. During this time, Ms. West became a Academy Coach for Learning Forward, working with superintendents, central office administrators, principals, coaches, and leaders from across the country to deepen their knowledge and ability to effectively plan and implement professional learning in their organizations. She is featured in the Journal of Staff Development, October 2012 Issue on Outcomes, and a blogger for Learning Forward.

Ms. West attended the University of North Florida where she earned BA in Literature and Political Science. She later earned her MA in Educational Leadership from Jacksonville University, focusing on Curriculum and Instruction, Program Evaluation, and Organizational Leadership. 

Director of Professional Development