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Dr. Thomas Van Soelen

Master of Education Instructor

Ph.D., University of Georgia
M.Ed. and Ed.S., Florida Atlantic University
B.A., Dordt College

Publications and presentations

  • Van Soelen, T.M. (December 29, 2016). "Four Ways to Make Professional Development Work." Guest blog post on "Leadership 360" online, Education Week.
  • Van Soelen, T.M., Kersey, S.N., Perkins, R. (November 2016). "Teacher evaluation and support are not mutually exclusive." Principal Leadership, 17:3, 44-47.
  • Van Soelen, T.M. (June 23, 2016). "Team work boosts student learning and professional community." Phi Belta Kappan Common Core Writing Project.
  • Van Soelen, T.M. (2016) "Crafting the feedback teachers need and deserve: A guide for leaders." NY: Routledge/Taylor and Francis.
  • Van Soelen, T.M. & Harden, D. (October 2015). "Navigation aids: 9 shifts in practice smooth the transition from school to central office. Journal of Staff Development, 36 (5), pp. 22-25, 38.
  • "Know Thy Impact," Georgia MAP Partner Meeting (2014)
  • "Common Core Shifts," Georgia Assessment Summit (2013)
  • "Using Student Growth Scores for School Improvement and Teacher Evaluation," Georgia Assessment Summit (2013)
  • "Using Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) for Students and Adults," Georgetown International Academy, Georgetown, Guyana, South America (2011)
  • "Screeners, Interventions and Data Collection: Oh My!:" National Expeditionary Learning Conference, Portland, OR (2011)
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Professional experience

  • President, Van Soelen & Associates, Lawrenceville (GA)
  • Adjunct Professor, Dordt College, Sioux Center (IA)
  • PLC Virtual Coach, Education Northwest, Portland (OR)
  • Director of Achievement, EdisonLearning, Knoxville (TN)
  • Adjunct Professor, Piedmont College, Demorest (GA)
  • Associate Superintendent, City Schools of Decatur (GA)
  • Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Accountability, City Schools of Decatur (GA)
  • Director of Human Resources, City Schools of Decatur (GA)
  • National Facilitator, The School Reform Initiative