Board of Education welcomes Melanie Wightman as Director of Teaching and Learning

During the Board of Education meeting that took place on Tuesday, April 21, the Board approved a three-year contract to appoint Melanie Wightman as the district’s Director of Teaching and Learning, effective August 1, 2015.

Wightman will oversee the district’s curriculum, assessment, instructional practices, and teacher collaboration and professional development.

Melanie grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio.  She earned a B.S. in Education at Miami University, a reading endorsement at Bowling Green State University, and a Master of Arts in Education from Baldwin-Wallace University. Wightman is currently a doctoral candidate at Concordia University of Chicago.

From 1976-2011, Melanie was affiliated with the Lakewood City Schools as an English teacher, department chair, and district instructional coach. During her tenure in Lakewood, she achieved National Board certification, the Phi Beta Kappa Best Practices in Teaching Award, and designation as a Jennings Scholar.

In 2011, Melanie joined Battelle for Kids as a Powerful Practices Specialist.  Her work there included implementation of Ohio’s Learning Standards, formative assessment, and personalized learning. While at Battelle for Kids, she designed and delivered professional development for teachers and principals in Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, and Georgia. Her culminating project at BFK focused on literacy for grades K-3 in some of Ohio’s most challenged districts.

During 2013-14, Melanie served as an instructor with the Ohio Instructional Leadership Academy–an endeavor sponsored by the Ohio Association of Elementary School Principals. Recently, she has been invited by the Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC) to review student work and assist with establishing national and state achievement levels for Performance Based Assessment in Boulder, Colorado, July 2015.

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