John Harrison & Associates, Inc.

A FEW WORDS ABOUT US

ABOUT JOHN HARRISON

 

John Harrison is the president and thought leader of John Harrison & Associates, a company he founded over 20 years ago. He works with successful practicing and retired administrators and supervisors at the school, district, state, and university level to provide first-rate management, consulting, and expert witness testimony.

 

John Harrison, Ph.D., presents and consults around the US and internationally on topics of organizational culture & transformation, using data to improve instruction, and aligning curriculum & instruction to enhance learning for students at all levels. He has a special passion for helping meet the needs of at-risk/alternative students, gifted, and special needs learners.  A highly regarded speaker and consultant, Dr. Harrison began his journey in education reform over 35 years ago, when conversations about “A Nation at Risk” led him from the laboratory, where he worked as a research scientist, to the classroom, where he became one of North Carolina’s first lateral entry teachers.  An award-winning teacher, principal, and district administrator, he created a school transformation effort funded by the State of North Carolina, and, building on the success of that program, helped develop and fund a $6 million US Department of Education grant. Dr. Harrison served for 16 years as executive director of the North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education, an organization of over 20,000 middle level educators in over 500 schools, and is past-president of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. He has participated in White House and Capitol Hill briefings and presented and worked with educators in over 40 states and seven countries.  He also works as an adjunct faculty member at several universities--teaching graduate courses at the doctoral level and chairing dissertations. His travels have brought him to well over a thousand classrooms--which gives him a rare perspective on what quality education is, and should look like in action. When he is not working to help schools and districts improve education for their students, he can be found enjoying the amazing food and music at his home in Austin, Texas.

 

WHAT WE OFFER

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BUILDING A STRONG

ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE

 

Navigating the change process is tricky, and creating a strong, positive culture doesn't happen by itself.

 

COACHING FOR IMPROVED 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

We're skilled at coaching and mentoring teachers, teacher leaders, and executives to help them help others achieve. 

CURRICULUM MAPPING & 

STANDARDS ALIGNMENT

 

Every district has standards, but figuring out how and when to teach them all requires  a different skill set.

EFFECTIVE DATA TEAMS

 

Data analysis is one thing. Figuring out how to strategically use data to change instruction is something entirely different.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

 

Developing new leaders requires a deliberate process of study, action, and reflection, along with a clear set of expectations.

STRATEGIC PLANNING 

 

Strategic planning can be boring or terrifying... a political powder-keg or a precious gift. The process used has a huge impact on the results.

TESTIMONIALS

What people are saying...

 

We work with a lot of providers and have had a lot of consultants over the years. I've got to say that Dr. Harrison is the "real deal." It's rare to work with somebody who can walk into a classroom, and after a short time, have an accurate assessement of how students are thinking and learning.

 

-Principal, Texas

 

Wow... This was really powerful professional development. Everyone in our district needs to participate. I'm bringing another group of teachers to the next training!

 

-Superintendent, Michigan

 

Thanks so much for your excellent leadership as we work together to create true middle schools, and to turn our school around. For the first time in many years we met all of our targets. We're so excited for what this means for our learners.

 

-Middle School Director, North Carolina