Harvey "Smokey" Daniels
Harvey “Smokey” Daniels is an extraordinary teacher leader, whose writing, presentations, and professional development work define a model for teaching and leadership development based on research, best practice, common sense, trust and respect. An author, editor, and consultant, he is Professor of Education at Education at National Louis University in Chicago, Illinois (currently on leave). Smokey served as Co-Director of the Illinois Writing for 26 years. A prolific writer, he has authored or co-authored 17 books, beginning with Best Practice: Bringing Standards to Life in America’s Classrooms, now in its fourth edition. In addition to books, he has contributed numerous articles and essays in professional journals. A common thread runs through his writings: literacy is accessible to all and it should offer joy to all. In 1989, Smokey founded a summer residential retreat, the Walloon Institute. During Walloon’s two decades, thousands of teachers from across the country were renewed and inspired, helping them create classrooms that were experiential and active with increased levels of choice and responsibility, leading to higher student achievement. His commitment to exceptional teaching led Smokey to spearhead the creation of Best Practice High School in Chicago in 1966. His belief in the leadership capacity of committed teachers launched the Center for City Schools, a dozen interrelated projects that supported teachers and parents in restructuring schools around Chicago and the mid-west. In his numerous workshops and presentations, Smokey connects theory and practice in a way that embodies the kind of learning we envision for ourselves and our students. Smokey Daniels: his work is visionary and his impact on the profession is of lasting significance.
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