Susan brings 30 years of experience in facilitating work sessions, community gatherings, and challenging conversations with groups and teams. She has worked in schools with teacher teams, guiding coalitions, and parent groups. She has assisted school districts at the cabinet level, led task forces, served as a facilitator for contract negotiations and has conducted numerous strategic planning processes and Future Search Conferences.TM
In addition to working in education, Susan has supported governmental agencies, non-profit, and community based organizations.
Throughout her work, Susan keeps a keen focus on results. She works directly with the client to identify desired outcomes and she has a reputation for helping teams and groups attain positive results in less time. She models and nurtures the skills and dispositions in teams that foster a collaborative culture.
Over the years, she has helped schools develop rich professional learning communities and high functioning teams. Susan supports teams engaged in difficult conversations with increased efficiency, results, and ease. She helps individuals and teams develop effective interpersonal communication skills and use The Five Keys of Effective Team Meetings.
In addition to facilitating, Susan teaches consensus building, decision-making, conflict resolution, and collaboration in professional learning communities.
Prior to working full time as a consultant, Susan was a teacher, staff developer, and executive director. She was the executive director for the Front Range Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) where she supported 19 metro-area school districts as well as the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. Susan earned a bachelor of arts and teaching certification from Western State College of Colorado and a master of arts and administrative license from the University of Northern Colorado. For more on Susan’s experiences, publications, and more, see Susan Sparks’ full CV.