About Susie Morice

Susie has served as a school district leader in English language literacy, gifted education, and teaming. After retiring from the full-time public school classroom, she continues to consult for school districts in need of strengthening their literacy programs. From its inception, Susie has worked with the Gateway Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, as the Program Director and then as a Teacher Consultant. Developing educators as writers and thinkers who use writing and civil discourse to clarify their ideas, perspectives, and goals, Susie is at the heart a writer and a teacher. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and studied gifted education at the University of Connecticut and at Maryville University. She is a frequent contributor to the professional journal, Talking Points, as a professional resource reviewer. Recently, she earned a first place for one of her poems entered in the Missouri State Poetry Society Winter Contest. Poetry is her writing passion. Yet, academic writing is always on Susie’s desk; formerly, she was Editor of the Missouri Association of Teachers of English FYI newsletter, and has written and edited articles and segments for academic publications throughout her career. She was the first-tier editor and writing coach for authors Barb Kohm and Dr. Bev Nance as they wrote Principals Who Learn: Asking the Right Questions, Seeking the Best Solutions (ASCD). She served as writing coach for Barb Kohm with her new publication, The Power of Conversation: Transforming Principals Into Great Leaders, due out in the fall of 2016 from Routlege. Currently, Susie is co-authoring a book on transformational school leadership with Dr. Linda Henke and Barb Kohm. Observing transformational schools and writing the ethnographic descriptions of what that looks like takes Susie across the country and into remarkable educational settings. When Susie's not immersed in writing and teaching, she is on her bicycle or writing music. Or she’s around the campfire, playing guitar and singing.

What Makes a Good Team

APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY AND THE LANGUAGE OF EXPLORATION   Throughout the transformational processes, it is essential to recognize the power of Appreciative

Deeper Learning in Our Schools: Our Shared Voices

Deeper Learning in Our Schools: Our Shared Voices by Susie Morice At the heart of human-centered school transformation we find a pumping

Dr. Henke’s Comments to Our Funders

Speech to Potential Funders, February 28, 2017 Linda Henke, Santa Fe Center for Transformational School Leadership Do you ever wonder why, with

Improving Attendance: Action Research with Amber Spencer

IMPROVING STUDENT ATTENDANCE AT CENTRAL by Amber Spencer The goal of my action research project was to determine the effects of Central’s

Action Research in Reading at Walnut Grove

LAUNCHING ACTION RESEARCH IN READING by Teresa Green Based on STAR reading scores, approximately ⅓ of Walnut Grove students are reading two

Yoga in the FFSD Pre-School Classroom

Yoga and Literacy in the Preschool Classroom: Action Research by Kara Grice The Ferguson-Florissant School District has a strong focus this year

Dr. Davis shares a colleague’s post…

Team, I wanted to share this blog post from one of my colleagues in the Deeper Learning Leadership Forum, of which I

Fine Motor Skills and Increased Engagement

MORE FINE MOTOR PLAY LEADS TO MORE WRITING THE PRE-SCHOOL WAY by Mary Edstrohm More fine motor play will lead to more

Student Goal Setting to Improve Learning Growth

Action Research with Student Goal Setting by Pam Burroughs Instructional Support Leader Lee-Hamilton Elementary Unmotivated students seems to be an increasing problem

Action Research: Guided Reading

Action Research:  Guided Reading by Jacqueline Moonier Can we use Guided Reading to meet the diverse needs/support growth for all students in