The national experts featured in Walden University teacher leadership courses share a passion for educators and education. They provide both real-world experience and research insights that are designed to enhance your existing skills while you develop your personal leadership style. As a result, you will gain the knowledge to help you be a more effective advocate for yourself, your students, and the education profession as a whole.

Roland S. Barth, Ed.D.

Author of Improving Schools from Within and Run School Run, Dr. Barth is a highly respected authority on school reform and teacher leadership. After receiving his AB degree from Princeton University and master's and doctoral degrees in education from Harvard University, he served as a public school teacher and principal for 15 years. In 1976, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and subsequently served on the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for 13 years. Today he consults with schools, state departments of education, universities, foundations, and businesses in the United States and abroad.

Charlotte Danielson

Charlotte Danielson's career has spanned teaching at all levels, from  kindergarten through college, as well as working as an administrator, curriculum director, and staff developer. In her consulting work, she  specializes in teacher quality and evaluation, curriculum planning, performance assessment, and professional development. She has worked  with hundreds of districts, universities, state departments of education, and agencies including the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Sonia Nieto, Ph.D.

Sonia Nieto is Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she was educated in the New York City public schools. As a junior high school teacher of English, Spanish, and ESL, she served in the first fully bilingual school in the Northeast. Dr. Nieto has taught students at all levels from elementary grades through graduate school, and she continues to speak and write on multicultural education and teacher preparation. Dr. Nieto has been recognized with many awards for scholarship, advocacy, and activism.