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Maria Nielsen

Maria Nielsen, consultant and author, specializes in supporting teachers and administrators in the areas of PLCs, RTI, school culture, curriculum design, the highly engaged classroom, and assessment systems. Her life’s work is to help schools build successful systems to ensure high levels of student learning.

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Maria Nielsen

Maria Nielsen, consultant and author, specializes in supporting teachers and administrators in the areas of PLCs, RTI, school culture, curriculum design, the highly engaged classroom, and assessment systems. Her life’s work is to help schools build successful systems to ensure high levels of student learning.

Maria has more than 30 years’ experience as a teacher and administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in Utah. As a principal, Maria helped Millville Elementary earn state and national recognition as a high-progress, high-achievement Title I school. Solution Tree named the school a national model PLC in 2012.

Maria was named the 2007 Utah Behavior Initiatives Principal of the Year. In 2010, she received the distinguished Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education.


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Presentations by Maria Nielsen

  • Uncommon Common Assessments
  • Positive Behavior Support Systems for Students
  • What Is a Professional Learning Community?
  • Engage Their Brains: Engagement Strategies for Student Learning
  • Culture as the Foundation

“I appreciate Maria's passion and enthusiasm. We are lucky to have her at our school.”

Gary Allen, principal, Box Elder School District, Utah

“Our day with Maria was wonderful. Because of her experience from K–12, she was able to speak to every one of our teachers. She poured her passion and wisdom on us every moment of the day. It was a huge success.”

Dani Heathington, assistant superintendent, Muleshoe Independent School District, Texas