Carolyn Hirst-Loucks

601 Sunset Lakes Boulevard SW
Sunset Beach North Carolina 28468-4903
315.729.6476
teachingandlearningconnected@gmail.com

Carolyn Hirst-Loucks

Carolyn Hirst-Loucks is currently the co-owner and consultant for Teaching and Learning Connected.  She develops and provides professional development as well as follow-up support to teachers and administrators on a wide variety of topics.  Carolyn custom designs sessions for parents, middle-level educators, mathematics teachers, school librarians, and educational leaders.  She presents sessions based on two unique programs co-created with Kim P. Loucks, Study Strategies for Student Success and Serious Fun: Practical Strategies to Motivate and Engage Students.

Ms. Hirst-Loucks completed a 33-year career as a public educator, with an incredibly diverse background: middle and high school teacher, data and curriculum coordinator and assistant superintendent. She is a graduate of the State University of New York system and has developed an invaluable understanding of learning standards and assessments, as required under national, state and local standards. Carolyn spent the first 23 years of her career as a middle-level and high school Social Studies teacher in Weedsport (New York). During that time, she was recognized as an exemplary New York State Middle Level Educator and presented numerous times on a variety of topics at national, state, and regional conferences.

Ms. Hirst-Loucks moved into administration at the Cayuga-Onondaga Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) in Auburn New York and finished her distinguished career as an Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Auburn (New York) Enlarged City School District.

Carolyn Hirst-Loucks is the co-author of Serious Fun: Practical Strategies to Motivate and Engage Students. In press by Routledge (www.routledge.com), Serious Fun includes content-specific examples, sample lesson plans and practical strategies that are adaptable to any content and grade level. Readers will discover how to make lessons more fun and meaningful, thereby increasing students’ retention of new knowledge. The book is filled with dozens of engaging instructional strategies that can be implemented immediately into any classroom to improve student motivation, foster collaboration, and boost achievement.

Carolyn also co-authored Study Strategies for Student Success ©. S4, as it is affectionately referred, is a program that is firmly grounded in research, allowing educators to use a variety of strategies that help students reach higher standards.  The interdisciplinary approach improves students’ study habits and allows educators to plan for enhancement of student achievement in more consistent and effective ways. Students become better goal setters, homeworkers, test takers, listeners, organizers, and a host of other “…ers” all within the context of their subject areas.

Ms. Hirst-Loucks believes strongly that if students are provided opportunities in the classroom to ask questions, problem solve and engage in discovery and conversation around a piece of content, they will be motivated to learn, engaged in their learning and as a result, acquire knowledge.  Through the professional development she provides teachers can acquire the classroom strategies that allow this to happen and administrators the support to help their teachers succeed.


CONSULTANT 1990-PRESENT

Responsible for creating, developing, and delivering trainings on a wide variety of topics

  • Parent topics (ex. Creating Windows of Light)
  • Importance of data use to focus school improvement efforts (ex. Day-to-Day with Data Day)
  • Use of effective instructional strategies (ex. Serious Fun in the Classroom)
  • Middle level topics (ex. Interdisciplinary Projects)
  • Curriculum mapping and gapping (ex. Gap Analysis: What is and What Should Be)

ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION 2004-2010 Auburn Enlarged City School District, Auburn, New York

Responsible for supervision of curriculum development and execution, instructional practices and assessment

Responsibilities and contributions:

  • Manage, supervise and evaluate administrative staff
  • Monitor district adherence to state and federal mandates
  • Facilitate the development of district plans
  • Plan and execute staff development aligned with district and building goals
  • Oversee, evaluate, and monitor the district’s community-based Universal Pre-Kindergarten program
  • Supervise and direct the submission of district data to Data Warehouse
  • Write and manage grant programs
  • Demonstrate exemplary interpersonal skills
  • Possess high-level written and verbal communication skills
  • Participate in regional, state, and national curriculum and instruction associations

COORDINATOR OF DATA, CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT 2000-2004
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, Auburn, New York

Coordinated and delivered customized professional development in the areas of curriculum and assessment
Responsibilities and contributions to the public and nonpublic schools within the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES region:

  • Provided customized professional development on a wide variety of topics, primarily in the areas of curriculum and assessment
  • Researched, disseminated and delivered information regarding curriculum, assessment and information and updates from state and federal Education Departments
  • Coordinated the regional scoring of state assessments
  • Facilitated district teams in data analysis using multiple measures for the purpose of school improvement
  • Clarified regulatory guidelines, legislative mandates and provided information to help districts fully comply
  • Supported short- and long-range planning efforts for component districts
  • Assisted in preparation and submission of competitive funding proposals

Responsibilities and contributions within the Professional Development Unit include:

  • Budgeted and organized services for the Data, Curriculum and Assessment Department
  • Supported members of Professional Development Unit through accessing and sharing current information and resources from the New York State Education Department and the component districts

PRESENTER 1990-PRESENT

Presentations at selected conferences

  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual National Conference, 4/03
  • National Staff Development Council Annual National Conference, 12/02, 12/05, 12/09
  • International Alliance for Invitational Education, 10/09
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual National Conference 3/10, 3/11, 3/12, 7/12

SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER 1977-1979, 1979-2000
Union Springs Central School, Union Springs, New York
Weedsport Central School, Weedsport, New York

Teaching and leadership responsibilities

  • Taught Social Studies 8, Global History and Geography, Advanced Placement American History, U.S. History and Government: Regents and Non-regents, Economics, Government, Global Studies, Keyboarding, Skills, Remedial Writing
  • Renewed and advised a National Junior Honor Society chapter in Weedsport Central School District
  • Responsible for the initiation of and support for middle-level practices within Weedsport District
  • Co-designed, integrated and evaluated the extensive use of project assessments within the core Social Studies/English Language Arts curriculum, aligned to New York State Standards
  • Supervised student teachers and interns

DEVELOPMENT OF RUBRIC TO EVALUATE LIBRARY MEDIA CENTERS

  • Participate in development of NYSED School Library Media Program Evaluation Rubric, released 12/09
  • Conduct and collate research on attributes of effective library media programs
  • Research and apply appropriate rubric design
  • Plan and execute professional development to launch rubric
  • Communicate to stakeholders how to effectively use the rubric to impact school improvement

DATA ANALYSIS FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT

  • Establish a culture and climate within buildings that encourages the formation of Professional Learning Communities
  • Foster a safe climate for professionals to use data appropriately to impact student achievement
  • Facilitate district data teams in reviewing and drawing conclusions from the assessment item analysis
  • Act as a liaison between the Regional Information Center and district
  • Provide training to teachers and administrators to enable them to thoughtfully and effectively examine student work from the New York State Assessments and draw meaningful conclusions in regards to curriculum, assessments and instruction
    Member of regional data team
  • Received training from Edie Holcomb, Ann Delehant and Victoria Bernhardt in the area of data use

STANDARDS-BASED CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENTS

  • Present overviews of all aspects of New York State Standards and Assessments and United States Department of Education No Child Left Behind legislation to groups on a regional, district, team and individual basis
  • Provide training and assistance in aligning curriculum and assessment practices with state initiatives
  • Facilitate and guide the curriculum mapping and gapping process within district
  • Participated as an Assessment Liaison in Albany. Received training from Giselle Martin-Kniep in regards to standards and assessments for different content areas
  • Participated in New York State Staff and Curriculum Development Network, Albany. Receive current information from departments within the NYSED on new initiatives for the purpose of sharing that information with districts

MIDDLE LEVEL INITIATIVES

  • Region 2, Alternate to the Director of the New York State Middle School Association, 2003-2006
  • Actively involved in the New York State Middle School Association
  • Co-chair of the Speaker committee for the NYSMSA Conference, Syracuse, October 2004, contracted with Monty Selby and Rick Wormelli to provide keynote addresses
  • Present at local, regional, state, and national level on variety of middle level topics
  • Co-designer of the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Middle Level Initiative steering committee, exploring the Essential Elements of Middle Level Instruction

STUDY STRATEGIES

  • Co-authored Study Strategies Across the Cirriculum©, 2003, an interdisciplinary program for teachers that improves the likelihood of student success through the practical application of essential study strategies
  • Design and deliver professional development for teachers to effectively implement study strategies within the context of content area instruction
  • Create and deliver seminars for parents and children on the use of study strategies at home

GRANT WRITING AND ADMINISTRATION

  • Responsible for writing and administering grant funding for the Auburn Enlarged City School District
  • Written, awarded and administered grants for consortium groups worth over $3.5 million Title II Part D, Enhancing Education Through Technology Grant, NYS Learning Technology Grant, Goals 2000 grants: Statewide initiatives in the areas of science and math, and an ELA and Math Initiative

CO-AUTHOR OF THE BOOK, SERIOUS FUN: PRACTICAL STRATEGIES TO MOTIVATE AND ENGAGE STUDENTS

CO-AUTHOR OF “FROM RELUCTANCE TO REJUVENATION”, ASCD EXPRESS, MARCH 2008

CO-CREATOR AND CO-AUTHOR OF STUDY STRATEGIES FOR STUDENT SUCCESS ©, 2003

CO-AUTHOR OF SYRACUSE NEWSPAPERS’ NIE BOOKLET, INTERMEDIATE MATHEMATICS, 2001

AUTHOR AND CO-AUTHOR OF ARTICLES ON MIDDLE LEVEL TOPICS IN TRANSITION AND MESSENGER: INTERMEDIATE MATHEMATICS

CO-AUTHOR OF NEW YORK STATE MIDDLE SCHOOL ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION (PAMPHLET SERIES); SETTING THE STAGE WITH STUDY SKILLS, SEPTEMBER 1996

NYS SLMS SECONDARY ADMINISTRATOR AWARD 2009

NAACP AUBURN/CAYUGA BRANCH MILLENNIUM AWARD 2008

PI STATE WOMAN OF DISTINCTION, DELTA KAPPA GAMMA, ALPHA MU 2007

DELTA KAPPA GAMMA, PI STATE, GEORGIA M. HARTMAN SCHOLARSHIP 2001

NEW YORK STATE MIDDLE SCHOOL ASSOCIATION TEACHER AWARD 1996

NORMA METROKA AWARD, TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD, WEEDSPORT, NY 1992

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE–EDUCATION, 2002

CERTIFICATE OF ADVANCED STUDY—EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION, 2002
State University of New York at Oswego

30 HOURS— READING, 1982
State University of New York at Cortland

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE—EDUCATION, SOCIAL SCIENCES, 1977
State University of New York at Oswego

SCHOOL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATION IN NEW YORK STATE
NEW YORK STATE PERMANENT – EDUCATION, SOCIAL STUDIES