William M. Ferriter

William M. Ferriter

William M. Ferriter is a National Board Certified Teacher of sixth graders in a professional learning community in North Carolina. He has designed professional development courses for educators nationwide.

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William M. Ferriter

William M. Ferriter is a sixth-grade science teacher in a professional learning community near Raleigh, North Carolina. A National Board Certified Teacher, Bill has designed professional development courses for educators nationwide on topics ranging from establishing professional learning communities to integrating meaningful student-involved assessment and feedback opportunities into classroom instruction.

His educational technology trainings center on using digital tools to give students the opportunity to drive meaningful change in the world around them. Bill has also developed schoolwide technology rubrics and surveys that identify student and staff digital proficiency at the building level. He is a founding member and senior fellow of the Collaboratory—a digital home for progressive conversations around the changing nature of teaching and learning—and has served as teacher in residence at the Center for Teaching Quality.

Bill has had articles published in Kappan magazine, Journal for Staff Development, Educational Leadership, and Threshold Magazine. A contributing author to two assessment anthologies, The Teacher as Assessment Leader and The Principal as Assessment Leader, he is also coauthor of Teaching the iGeneration, Communicating and Connecting with Social Media, Building a Professional Learning Community at Work™, and Making Teamwork Meaningful. Bill also maintains a popular blog, “The Tempered Radical,” where he writes regularly about teaching in today’s world.

Bill earned a bachelor of science and master of science in elementary education from the State University of New York at Geneseo. 

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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 William M. Ferriter

  • Plug Us In: Using Digital Tools to Facilitate the Work of PLCs
  • Teaching the iGeneration: Five Ways to Introduce Essential Skills Using Web 2.0 Tools
  • Communicating and Connecting With Social Media
  • Get Connected: Build Your Own Personal Learning Network (PLN)
  • Using Digital Tools to Differentiate Instruction
  • We're Meeting. Now What? A Look Inside a Learning Team
  • Persuasion in a Visual World: Using Provocative Images and Video to Communicate Powerful Messages
  • Differentiating Through Collaborative Dialogue: How Extending Socratic Seminars Into Online Spaces Can Challenge Every Child
  • Poverty Is Real: Using Microlending to Teach Everything From Social Action and Persuasion to Geography and Financial Literacy
  • How to Use Technology to Connect Singletons in a PLC
  • PLC Tune Up: Moving Learning Teams Forward
  • Moving Your Classroom from a Culture of Grading to a Culture of Feedback
  • Our Students CAN Assess Themselves
  • Reimagining Assessment in a Professional Learning Community
  • Using Purpose-Driven Learning to Engage Modern Learners

“Bill is a terrific presenter! He clarifies questions, he is the doable guy, and he makes everyone feel as though they can do this at their schools when they get back.”

—Linda Fischer, teacher, Alameda County Office of Education, California