Available for staff development, workshops, mentoring & coaching teachers and administrators, parent education, working with student groups, and selective tutoring of student groups and individuals. He is also available to travel.
Bill’s approach is similar to his teaching style. Before getting started, he likes to do a “walkabout” the school and classrooms, while talking to staff members, and gaining a sense of the culture & environment. After discussing goals for the workshop with appropriate people, he creates a personalized program that includes the dissemination of information, active games and projects, demonstration & modeling, and lots of collaborative activities for participants to engage in. Comments about his presentations and workshops have stated how engaging & participatory they are, as well as informative. They all state how there are always a lot of takeaways to try the next day at school.
Dr. Overton believes that every child is entitled to being respected, being treated as an individual, and that his/her teacher cares for them and sees them as capable students. He also believes that school should be fun for everyone and be a place of physical and emotional safety. From this axiom, he believes in designing a curriculum that is engaging, personalized, rigorous, and fun, all while being appropriate for each student.
Some of the areas of expertise that Dr. Overton has developed over the years include: project-based learning, larger Beyond Project-Based Learning, social-emotional learning, developing a safe classroom and school culture, integration of curriculum, classroom management and planning, multi-grade classrooms, creating dramatic & educational simulations, social justice & community service, creating curriculum relevant to student interests and needs, assisting teachers & students to be accountable & responsible, teacher-parent communication, and American History.
Presently, Dr. Overton is preparing a series of podcasts helping parents to adjust to homeschooling while working at home. He also has two books in process: “Beyond Project-Based Learning” and “Doing What’s Right: One Teacher’s Quest to Balance Student Needs & Desires in a Standards-Based World.
- 30+ years as an elementary school teacher
- 5 years as an elementary principal
- 15+ years as a mentor teacher
- Presented at many conferences throughout the U.S.
- Mentored administrators through Santa Clara University
- Taught student teachers through University of Notre Dame de Namur
- EdD. from Fielding Graduate University in Leadership for Change
- MA in Education Administration from Santa Clara University
- BA from San Jose State University
- Approximately 15 hours of graduate-level classes related to childhood trauma
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
- Progressive Education Network
- Transformative Education Network
- Fielding University Alumni
- 6 Seconds social-emotional learning organization
- Rethinking Schools