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Paul C. Farmer

Paul C. Farmer is an experienced practitioner who started in education as a career and technical education (CTE) teacher. He has held multiple leadership roles, including department chair, teacher specialist in career and technology education, assistant principal, principal, and project director of instructional technology integration.

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Paul C. Farmer

Paul C. Farmer has worked in public education for over thirty-five years. He started his education career teaching autobody in Montgomery County Public Schools of Maryland. He has held multiple leadership roles, including department chair, teacher specialist in career and technology education, assistant principal, principal, and project director of instructional technology integration. He retired from public education in Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia.

Paul was the principal of Joyce Kilmer Middle School, one of the first schools in Fairfax County to build and sustain the Professional Learning Community (PLC) at Work model. Kilmer was one of fifty schools in the United States recognized by Standard and Poor’s School Evaluation Services for narrowing the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged students and the general population.

Paul now leads professional development focused on creating and sustaining PLCs at Work and Response to Intervention at Work for teachers, school administrators, and district administrators throughout the United States and Canada. He has coauthored Collaboration for Career and Technical Education: Teamwork Beyond the Core Content Areas in a PLC at Work®, How to Help Your School Thrive Without Breaking the Bank, and Dealing With the Tough Stuff: Practical Solutions for School Administrators.


PLC at Work®

PLC at Work® experts have proven success in leading the PLC at Work process in a school or district. Work with them to implement a focus on learning, build a collaborative culture, and create a results orientation that leads to sustained, substantive school improvement.

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RTI at Work™

RTI at Work experts focus on learning for all students and will empower you to build your own timely, targeted, and systematic intervention program. Work with them to implement a results-driven program that provides targeted instruction at all tiers of intervention.

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Presentations by Paul C. Farmer

  • Virtual PLC Processes
  • Keeping Virtual Collaborations Focused

    Embracing the Four Critical Questions Virtually

    Developing Leadership in the Virtual Environment

  • PLC Overview and Orientation
  • A Look at How Professional Learning Communities Can Foster Strong Career and Technical Education Programs
  • A Closer Look at Collaboration, Essential Skills, Assessments, and Interventions
  • Building Successful Response to Intervention RTI Systems
  • Role of the Administrators in a PLC
  • Role of the Leadership Teams in a PLC
  • Creating an Effective Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 RTI
  • The Power of Data in a PLC
  • Secondary Master Scheduling for Collaboration

“Paul was fabulous! He not only put together an easy and applicable way for us to understand and practice writing SMART goals but also helped me set standards to make us a schoolwide team! I'm so pleased, as is my staff. What a great way to set the tone and kick off a new year together. Thank you!”

Dawn Hagness, principal, West Wendover Elementary School, Nevada

“Paul Farmer ignites the belief that schools can change from within. He backs up his expertise with the tools for each school to begin that first step. Loved hearing you from the first 45 seconds.”

Paula Wykle, instructional coach, Raleigh County Schools, West Virginia

“I saw you in Washington DC and just fell in love with the idea of PLC. I was excited to come back to my district and get started. I was thrilled that you came to our district to share this idea and new thought with everyone. I can only hope everyone becomes a change agent and focuses on learning this way.”

Mary A. Cartwright, teacher, Newlonsburg Elementary School, Pennsylvania

“Paul was an extremely personable and engaging presenter. He easily engages the audience with his charm and extensive knowledge.”

Cynthia Higgins, school counselor, Aldine Independent School District, Texas

“ I absolutely loved how interactive you made this meeting, given it was through Zoom. The polls, thumbs up, chats, short quizzes, and breakout rooms were all well done! It kept us engaged, and you showed your expectations of our involvement through that.”

Kendra Gelrud, math specialist, The Classical Academies, California