Charlie Coleman

Charlie Coleman

Charlie Coleman is principal of Cowichan Secondary School in Duncan, British Columbia. He has been a principal at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels in ethnically and socioeconomically diverse communities.

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Charlie Coleman

Charlie Coleman has been a principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in ethnically and socioeconomically diverse communities. As a principal at all levels, Charlie has been successful in decreasing behavior problems and increasing academic success. He is principal of Cowichan Secondary School in Duncan, British Columbia, where he is leading the staff to build a results-oriented professional learning community.

Charlie is former principal of Quamichan Middle School and Khowhemun Elementary schools, and he has also been involved with the Ministry of Education School Improvement Project in a variety of elementary, middle, and high school settings. He is a certified staff developer who combines his experience and expertise with an engaging sense of humor in his workshops and presentations.

As former principal of Khowhemun Elementary School, Charlie brought students and staff through challenges familiar to many socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. Four years after he became principal, the percent of all Khowhemun students who met or exceeded expected scores in math and reading (based on the British Columbia Performance Standards) increased significantly. At Quamichan Middle School, Charlie's PLC team increased reading scores significantly (as measured by the District Reading Test) and significantly improved the transition rates for the vulnerable Aboriginal population. At Cowichan Secondary, Charlie has led the team to decrease serious problem behavior and increase graduation rates.

Charlie's accomplishments earned him the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Outstanding Young Educator Award. He has also received Canada's Outstanding Principal Award from The Learning Partnership, and Khowhemun Elementary was named a Top 40 School in Canada by Today's Parent Magazine. He has published several articles in the United States and Canada and has served on numerous educational committees and teams.

A firm believer in servant leadership, Charlie uses his knowledge and energy to help other educators achieve great results. In addition, his experience working with urban and Native Canadian (Aboriginal) students translates into practical strategies for helping eliminate achievement gaps in diverse school communities.

He earned a master's degree in education administration and leadership studies and a bachelor's degree in secondary curriculum from the University of Victoria.

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Presentation titles by Charlie Coleman

  • Getting Started With Your PLC
  • Bringing Your PLC to Life: Keeping It Real
  • Results: Using Data in Your PLC
  • Collaboration: Building Your PLC Team
  • Learning: Keeping the Focus in Your PLC
  • Pyramid of Intervention in a PLC
  • Reading Intervention in a PLC (Elementary School)
  • Reading Intervention in a PLC (Middle and High Schools)
  • Pyramid of Behavior Interventions: Seven Keys to a Positive Learning Environment
  • Building a Positive Behavior Plan as a PLC
  • Building Common Expectations: The Behavior Matrix
  • Kids First: Getting the Right Balance of Relationships, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Creating a Culture of Collaboration

“The presenter was knowledgeable, engaging, and enthusiastic. He provided positive comments to all who made contributions. He's a great role model for all of us. The shared personal and professional experiences were so relevant.”

Ann Hilkert, supervisor of pupil services, Brandywine School District, Delaware

“The way you differentiated and used lecture, PowerPoint, and video kept me engaged! It was fabulous!”

Nicole Boris, teacher, Welch Elementary School, Delaware

“It was impressive and helpful to hear from a principal who made gains in his school by using PLCs. His feedback and suggestions were practical and realistic.”

Tracy N. Roberts, principal, Pulaski Elementary School, Delaware