Alene Harris, PhD, is a retired professor from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University who for 50 years was a certified teacher in both elementary and secondary (English Language Arts and Life Sciences) levels. Her background includes 16 years of classroom teaching and 23 years of university teaching, including over 2,000 mostly middle school students, with a smattering of elementary and high school, in urban, suburban, and independent schools; and over 1,000 college students, mostly graduate students returning for a master’s plus teaching licensure, at Peabody College.
Her expertise includes classroom management, lesson design, and staff development. She has more than 25 years of educational research in classroom management and lesson design and effective teaching, including federally funded research in classroom management and inclusion students (elementary); student self-monitoring and its effect on special education placement (elementary); and lesson design, student engagement, and academic achievement (secondary and postsecondary).
As an educational consultant, Alene has developed and led teacher-level workshops in classroom management with more than 5,000 K-12 teachers and administrators, training-of-trainers workshops in classroom management to more than 800 school systems staff developers, and workshops in lesson design with more than 1,000 university professors and doctoral students. This staff development includes experiences in 30 states, one American territory, and the country of Costa Rica.