Wicht Consulting was founded in 2016 with a goal to offer customized professional development in anti-bias education to K-12 schools. This internally driven, deeper dive PD approach believes that sustained support of practitioners is where long-term impact can happen in our schools.
Wicht has 25 years of experience in K-12 education, and her work in social justice and anti-bias education includes expertise in instructional practice, teacher mentoring, professional development, curriculum design and educational publishing in the United States and Brazil. Wicht holds an MaED in Language and Literacy, a BA in English and certification in secondary education from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN.
As the senior manager of Teaching and Learning with Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Wicht led content development on the award winning viewer’s guide to Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot and Teaching Tolerance K-12, literacy-based, anti-bias curriculum that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards as well as the publications Beyond the Bus and Let’s Talk: Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics with Students. She is a contributing writer on Teaching Tolerance’s Social Justice Standards, Code of Conduct: A Guide to Responsive Discipline, Civil Rights Done Right and Teaching Tolerance’s The March Continues: Five Essential Practices for Teaching the Movement. Additional Teaching Tolerance articles authored by Wicht can be found here.
Since 2012, Wicht has facilitated professional development on anti-bias education at national conference events hosted by the National Council for Teachers of English, National Council for Social Studies, Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, National Association of Multicultural Educators, Association of Middle Level Educators, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, American School Counselor Association, Human Rights Campaign and the National Coalition on School Diversity. More recently, she provided in-person professional development for Global Islam and Arts Teacher Fellows through the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and for Chicago-area educators at the IL Holocaust Museum and Education Center on “Confronting Bias and Facilitating Difficult Conversations” and provided content for the America Divided Viewer's Guide.
Wicht’s master’s thesis, How does the explicit instruction of a multiple lens through literature affect reader response to text? (2007) was awarded the Beulah Benton Tatum award for research in multicultural issues, and she is the recipient of the 2015 Adam Solomon Award for Excellence from the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, NY.
Wicht Consulting Inc works directly with independent, public and private K-12 schools across the United States; including in CA, CO, MA, MI, MN, NC, NY, NJ, VA, WVA, and WI.
Carlton Carter, Professional Development Facilitator. Carlton has more than 20 years of comprehensive experience in directing all aspects of elementary, middle and high school operations, including oversight of educational strategy and initiatives, policy development, program and curriculum development. He also has worked in the private sector as a School Turnaround Specialist specifically focusing on Leadership Coaching for District leaders, Principals, Instructional Coaches and Department Chairs in four main areas: Driving for Results, Influencing for Results, Problem Solving, and Leading Confidence. Carlton received his Bachelor of Science in Technology Education from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Master's of Arts in Administration/Supervision from Bowie State University and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northcentral University.
Jarah Botello, Professional Development Facilitator. Jarah brings more than 16 years of education experience to her role as facilitator with Wicht Consulting. After earning her B.A. in English and theater from Howard Payne University, Botello began her career as an actress and theater instructor in Denver, CO. She moved to Selma, Alabama, in 2007, where she taught high school and college English and drama for eight years. In Selma, she also co-founded New Expressions, an art program for students of all ages that centers on community service, activism and self-expression. From 2015 to 2018 Botello served as a Teaching and Learning Specialist for Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Jarah loves all things creative and enjoys serving and encouraging other educators. She holds an M.A. in liberal arts from Auburn University at Montgomery and currently works as a freelance trainer and education consultant. Botello and her family split their time between Atlanta, Georgia and Lima, Peru where they use education and the arts to help families escaping violence.
Adrienne van der Valk, Professional Development Facilitator. Adrienne is a fulltime writer, podcaster, communications consultant, and trainer focused on racial equity, feminism, and intersectionality. She began her career in social work, advocating for homeless and runaway youth and survivors of sexual violence. Her graduate studies led her to political science and journalism, which sparked her passion for narrative storytelling as a tool for social change. She has used her editorial skills in a variety of social justice settings and served as the deputy director for Teaching Tolerance for many years. Adrienne holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Grinnell College and master’s degrees in political science and magazine journalism from the University of Oregon.
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