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William M. Ferriter

William M. Ferriter is an eighth-grade science teacher in a professional learning community near Raleigh, North Carolina. A National Board Certified Teacher for the past 28 years, Bill has designed professional development courses for educators nationwide on topics ranging from establishing professional learning communities and using technology to reimagine learning spaces, to integrating meaningful student-involved assessment and feedback opportunities into classroom instruction.

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William M. Ferriter

William M. Ferriter is an eighth-grade science teacher in a professional learning community near Raleigh, North Carolina. A National Board Certified Teacher for the past 28 years, Bill has designed professional development courses for educators nationwide on topics ranging from establishing professional learning communities and using technology to reimagine learning spaces, to integrating meaningful student-involved assessment and feedback opportunities into classroom instruction.

What Bill brings to audiences is practical experience gained through extensive and continuing work with his own professional learning team and students in his classroom. Teachers appreciate the practicality of both his writing and his presentations, knowing that the content shared is currently being used by a full-time classroom teacher. Every book that he writes and session that he delivers is designed to give participants not just a clear understanding of the whys behind the ideas that he is introducing, but tangible examples of how to turn those ideas into classroom and collaborative practices that work.

Bill has been published in Phi Delta 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 several Solution Tree titles, including Teaching the iGeneration; Building a Professional Learning Community at Work®; Making Teamwork Meaningful; Creating a Culture of Feedback; and You Can Learn: Building Student Ownership, Motivation and Efficacy with the PLC at Work Process. Finally, he is the author of The Big Book of Tools for Collaborative Teams in a Professional Learning Community at Work.

Bill earned a bachelor of science and master of science in elementary education from the State University of New York at Geneseo. To learn more about Bill’s work, visit his blog The Tempered Radical or follow him on Twitter.


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Presentations by William M. Ferriter

  • Why This? Why Now? Why Bother? Exploring the Power and Purpose Behind PLCs
  • Exploring the Role of the Collaborative Teacher Team in the Intervention Process
  • Helping Students to Gain a Reputation as a Learner
  • Making Tier 2 Interventions Meaningful
  • You Can Learn: Building Student Efficacy with the PLC at Work Process
  • Collaborative Tools for Learning Teams in a PLC at Work
  • Small Schools and Singletons: Structuring Meaningful Professional Learning Teams for Every Teacher
  • Understanding the Role of the Guiding Coalition in a Professional Learning Community
  • Making Differentiation Doable
  • One Step at a Time: Understanding the Stages of Team Development
  • How Will We Extend Learning When Students are Already Proficient?
  • Louder and Slower Is NOT an Intervention
  • Moving Beyond Curriculum: Identifying, Teaching, and Assessing Academic Skills and Dispositions
  • Team-Created Common Formative Assessment in a PLC at Work

“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