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Alison OlzendamAlison Olzendam

Adjunct Faculty
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4393
Fax: 509.777.None listed
Office Location: Dixon Hall 315


Ph.D. Gonzaga University
M.Ed. Eastern Washington University
B.A. Washington State University

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Administrative leadership; executive coach

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Publications include: author of "Building or Fixing? Where to Start with Increasing the Impact of Your Leadership," in The Principal News (2010); author of "Practices that lead to achievement – What are they?" in WSASCD Curriculum in Context (2008); author of "The Powerful Teaching and Learning Project: How Teachers in Washington Developed the Essential Components of Powerful Teaching and Learning" (2005); author of "How the Brain Learns: the pieces that complete the puzzle," in New Century Schoolhouse (2003).

Presentations include: "Moving Toward a High Performance System," for the Moscow School District (2011); "Developing Extraordinary Leadership: Building on Strengths," at the National Staff Development Council National Conference (2009, 2010); Developing the Right Leadership Skills: Case Studies in the Impact of Leadership in Improving Instruction," at the Washington Educational Research Association, Seattle (2009); "The Best of the Brain and Teaching," at the California Association of Renaissance Educators, Reno (2002); "Powerful Teaching and Learning" at the WSASCD Conference (2007); "Creating High Morale: Recognizing Staff on a Shoestring Budget," Las Vegas (2000).

Named one of Josten's National Educator Hall of Fame Inductees; received the 2010 Phi Delta Kappa Distinguished Educator Award; received the Anti-Defamation League Award for Promoting Respect and Tolerance; received the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award in 1997.

Service includes: Member of the Washington State Leadership Academy; Coach for the Cheney School District