Susan K. Sparks

Susan K. Sparks

Susan K. Sparks has served as a teacher, staff developer, and executive director. Her areas of expertise include consensus building, decision making, contract negotiations, conflict resolution, strategic planning, and professional learning communities.

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Susan K. Sparks

Susan K. Sparks provides professional development for building and sustaining professional learning communities and strengthening skills for effective teaming. Her extensive experience as an education leader includes service as a teacher, staff developer, and executive director. She worked in four different Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in Colorado and received state recognition for her work in standards-based education. Susan retired as executive director of the Front Range BOCES for Teacher Leadership, where she served 19 metro area school districts and the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver.

Her workshops and presentations focus on impacting results through interpersonal effectiveness, facilitating difficult conversations, and creating collaborative teams. Known as a results-based facilitator, Susan assists teams with developing skills to collaborate and increase student achievement.

Susan’s passion for empowering educators is evident in every aspect of her work. Her areas of expertise include consensus building, decision making, contract negotiations, conflict resolution, strategic planning, and professional learning communities.

Susan earned a bachelor of arts and teaching certification from Western State College of Colorado and a master of arts and administrative license from the University of Northern Colorado.

PLC at Work™

Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, Rebecca DuFour, Mike Mattos, Anthony Muhammad, and Tim Brown, the champions of PLC at Work™, are among the foremost authorities on applying PLC principles in the real world of schools. They consult with state departments, professional organizations, and school districts worldwide on strategies for improving schools.

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Presentation titles by Susan K. Sparks

  • Impacting Results Through Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Creating Collaborative Teams
  • Navigating Change and Transitions
  • Facilitative Leadership
  • Facilitating Data Conversations

“Susan has a gift of being in tune with her audience. She manages to be personal and accepting; at the same time she manages time effectively.”

Kirby Olson, teacher, Randolph Elementary School, Texas