Vanessa Atkins, Ed. D.
Professional Development Facilitator
Vanessa Atkins Ed. D. serves as a Professional Development Facilitator with SLI. Her educational training reflects extensive knowledge in delivering Best Practice Workshops and instructional support to schools whose goal is to improve and increase student achievement and teacher accountability. Vanessa holds a BS degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University, a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Governors State University, and a Doctorate Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University. Her dissertation was a qualitative and quantitative study of Mentoring Behavior and Academics: A Case Study of a Mentor and Protégé program for At-Risk Junior High School Boys in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. She is a former elementary and high school teacher, an assistant principal for two high schools and she just retired from the principalship of a high achieving junior high school where she was employed for the past 15 years. Vanessa supervised over 95 teachers and ancillary staff. She provided professional development in areas such as: the Charlotte Danielson Evaluation Framework, Professional Learning Communities, aligning data and instruction, Response to Intervention, differentiated instruction, how to write Common Core Curriculum guides and facilitated school improvement team initiatives. Vanessa’s believes in giving teachers and administrators the educational tools to transform their school district, which will have a positive effect on all children to experience success academically, socially and emotionally.