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This site, provided by VALIANT, ETC., is for educators, trainers, and others who have an interest in improving instruction. We will provide articles of current interest as well as links to a wide range of topics that we feel are related to the goal of improving learning for all, especially the disenfranchised. Over 50 articles on a variety of topics are included. Browse around or click the Sitemap below to see what is available. Much of the material found here was originally located on an older system and was transferred to take advantage of new technology. If you were directed here after clicking on an outdated link, use the sitemap to locate what you are looking for.


VITAE

ROBERT J. VALIANT

519 North Vancouver
Kennewick, Washington
(509) 783-8883

DEGREES

B.S. in Secondary Education, Eastern Oregon College, 1957.

M.S. in Dairy Chemistry, Cornell University, 1958.

Ed.D. in Ed. Administration, Washington State University, 1984.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

2000-Present Owner and Senior Consultant, VALIANT, etc. Kennewick, Washington.

VALIANT, etc. is an education and training consulting firm specializing in curriculum, instruction, facility planning, and education management. The firm has clients throughout Central Oregon and Eastern Washington.

Duties include development of Educational Specifications, facilitation of Strategic Planning, design of curriculum materials on Native American Culture and Science Inquiry, long-range facility planning, workshop development and delivery, and grant writing.

1998-2000 Curriculum Specialist, Crook Deschutes Education Service District, Redmond, Oregon

The Crook Deschutes Education Service District serves a large section of Central Oregon including the Bend, Redmond, Crook County, Sisters, and Brothers School Districts.

Duties included curriculum, instruction, planning, professional development, and other consultant services for the districts in the ESD. In addition, these services were provided to districts in Lake, Jefferson, Sherman, Gilliam, and Wheeler counties on a contract basis.

1991-1998 Manager, Education Services Division; Quality Coordinator, SCM Consultants, Inc. Architects and Engineers, Kennewick, Washington.

SCM Consultants is a full-service architecture and engineering firm employing over fifty design professionals. The firm serves a wide area in Washington and Oregon and specializes in educational facilities.

Duties included long-range educational facility planning, program planning, project management, and design and delivery of various professional development activities. Total Quality duties included staff training, team leadership, and marketing.

1979-1991 Assistant Superintendent. Kennewick School District, Kennewick, Washington

During this period the Kennewick School District grew from approximately 10,000 students to 11,500 in grades K-12. The population also became much more diverse during the period with both minority and poverty levels increasing dramatically.

Duties included supervision of 16 principals, directing the basic and special education programs, planning for school renovation and new construction projects, and various other duties as assigned. Fiscal responsibilities included supervision of the development of all school building budgets, the District instructional budget, and budgets for special education, federal and state special purpose grants.

1978-1979 Associate Director, Teacher Corps Project, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

While completing the residency requirement for the Doctorate I was employed full time by Washington State University to administer this project.

Duties included coordinating professional development efforts for teachers, supervising the budget of the project, and serving as liaison with the national Teachers Corps office. I was the lead author of a successful $1,200,000 proposal to continue the project beyond my tenure at the university.

1958-1978 Increasingly responsible positions moving from high school science and math teacher in Oregon to administration in Kennewick.

GRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT

Southern Oregon University: Science Inquiry for Teachers (Prineville, OR)

Heritage College: School/Community Relations (Maui, Hilo, and Tri-Cities); Developing Higher Level Thinking Skills (Tri-Cities)

Washington State University (Pullman): Improvement of Instruction; Supervision; Teaching for Higher Level Thinking

Washington State University (Tri-Cities): Basic Curriculum Design; Improvement of Instruction

Eastern Washington University: Developing Higher Level Thinking Skills (Tri-Cities); Teaching for Higher Level Thinking (Interactive Satellite TV)

Central Washington University: The Change Process in Education

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Presentations:

“Implementing a Native American Culture Curriculum,” a presentation to the Native American Education Summit, The Dalles, Oregon, 2001.

“The Brain, Learning, and Personal Intelligence Management,” a presentation to the National Management Association Hanford Chapter, Richland, Washington, 2000.

“How Does Brain Research Inform the Standards-Based Movement? Or Does It?” A presentation to the New England School Development Council Annual Meeting, Harvard University, 1999.

“Teaching to the Brain: Designing Instruction Based on Brain Research,” a presentation to the Learning and the Brain Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999.

“Current Research on Learning and the Human Brain: Implications for Facility Planners,” a keynote address to the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International, Kelowna, B.C., 1997

“Linking Brain Based Learning to Classroom Activities,” a seminar for secondary school practitioners and architects, Schools Exchange, Minneapolis, 1996.

“Learning and the Brain: Application of Recent Findings to the Design of Learning Environments,” a seminar for school planners and architects, Council of Educational Facility Planners Northeastern Regional Conference, Annapolis, MD, 1996.

“The Brain and the Information Revolution,” a panel discussion with Joel Swerdlow (National Geographic Magazine) and Bernard Solomon (Philadelphia Public Schools) presented to the Council of Educational Facility Planners Northeastern Regional Conference, Annapolis, MD, 1996.

“Use Real-Life Urban School Vignettes to Learn Change Process Strategies,” with Bob Valiant, Jr., an Action Lab presented to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference (ASCD), New Orleans, 1996.

Publications:

“Native American Culture Curriculum Units,” North Central Education Service District (Oregon), Condon, Oregon, 2001.

“Cognitive Research and the Great Debates of Learning”, Oregon ASCD Outlook, January, 2000.

“Growing Brain Connections”, Schools in the Middle, NASSP, March/April, 1998.

“Using What We Know About the Brain to Design Learning Environments”, Issue Trak (Council of Educational Facilities Planners International monograph), 1997.

“Planning Your School’s Technology Future”. Designing Places for Learning, ASCD, 1995.

“Schools for a Changing World”, ASCD Educational Futurists, November, 1991.

Consultancies:

RICHLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT, Richland, WA: Research services regarding class-size policies, Washington State, 2007.

RICHLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT, Richland, WA: Research services regarding the WASL, 2006-2008.

COLUMBIA BASIN COLLEGE, Pasco, WA: Curriculum development for Critical Thinking Skills course, 2003.

RICHLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT, Richland, WA: Educational Specifications for Richland High School remodel and replacement, 2003.

TOUCHET SCHOOL DISTRICT, Touchet, WA: Educational Specifications for Touchet School remodel and addition, 2002.

NORTH CENTRAL EDUCATION SERVICE DISTRICT, Wenatchee, WA: Design and deliver four half-day science inquiry professional development workshops and two keynote addresses for K-12 teachers, 2002.

REDMOND SCHOOL DISTRICT, Redmond, OR: Facilitate science inquiry curriculum development project, 2002.

NORTH CENTRAL EDUCATION SERVICE DISTRICT, Condon, OR: Native American Culture Curriculum Development and Staff Training, 2001.

CROOK DESCHUTES EDUCATION SERVICE DISTRICT, Redmond, OR: Design and deliver a Scientific Inquiry professional development program for six school districts, 2000/2001.

NESPELEM SCHOOL DISTRICT, Nespelem, WA: Write Federal grant for Native American school facilities, 2001

NESPELEM SCHOOL DISTRICT, Nespelem, WA: Facilitate district Math Curriculum Study, 2001.

NESPELEM SCHOOL DISTRICT, Nespelem, WA: Develop Study and Survey of school facilities for OSPI report, 2000.

TOUCHET SCHOOL DISTRICT, Touchet, WA: Develop Study and Survey of school facilities for OSPI report, 2000.

REDMOND SCHOOL DISTRICT, Redmond, OR: Facilitate development of district Long-Range Technology Plan, 2000.

MILTON-FREEWATER SCHOOL DISTRICT, Milton-Freewater, OR: Building Condition Report for all district schools, 1998.

MILTON-FREEWATER SCHOOL DISTRICT, Milton-Freewater, OR: Growth Potential and Building Educational Adequacy Study for all district schools, 1997.

SEATTLE SCHOOL DISTRICT, Seattle, WA: Educational Adequacy Report for four “Landmark” schools, 1997.

RICHLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT, Richland, WA: Long-Range Facility Planning for the District, 1997.

RICHLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT, Richland, WA: Educational Specifications for Carmichael Middle School, 1997.

SEATTLE SCHOOL DISTRICT, Seattle, WA: Ballard High School Adequacy Study, 1997.

PULLMAN SCHOOL DISTRICT, Pullman, WA: Educational Specifications for two elementary schools, 1996.

LAKE WASHINGTON TECHNICAL COLLEGE, Kirkland, WA: Educational Specifications for new science facilities, 1996.

SEATTLE SCHOOL DISTRICT, Seattle, WA: African American Academy Educational Specifications, 1996.

SEATTLE SCHOOL DISTRICT, Seattle, WA: TOPS at Seward Educational Specifications, 1996.

PASCO SCHOOL DISTRICT, Pasco, WA: Long-Range Facility Planning for the District, 1996.

COLUMBIA SCHOOL DISTRICT, Burbank, WA: Educational Specifications for Elementary, Middle, and High School Vocational School Renovations, 1995.


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