We have been acutely aware of the importance of engaging in professional conversations around the quality of teaching in classrooms in Webster Schools as the foundation for improving student learning. Candi McKay's work with teachers and administrators has been the driving force in creating both opportunity and commitment to this important work. Candi skillfully leads teams of teachers and administrators in a transparent, yet challenging manner, to address the complex issues of teacher evaluation and grounds every conversation in the core belief of quality learning for students. With Candi's expert and skillful help, we have forged agreements about the attributes of teaching as a catalyst for learning experiences that ensure our students are well equipped to challenge their future.
Adele Bovard, Superintendent of Schools
Webster Central School District
Mandatory new teacher evaluations in Florida caused great anxiety among school districts and teachers unions. Candi McKay's idea of using teacher leaders for training at school sites and bringing together school teams of administrators and teacher leaders to learn and practice activities for teacher growth together was brilliant! It was, for many, the first time teachers and administrators shared responsibility for implementing a teacher growth process in schools. Her work really helped us gain confidence and competency in our new definition of teaching. An additional bonus was that she is a great facilitator!
Karen Owen, Director of Staff Development
Escambia County School District
As a result of the guidance and facilitation provided by McKay Consulting, our district has had a flawless implementation of an improved teacher evaluation system. The process led by Candi McKay is heralded by our staff as one of the most positive experiences our district has ever implemented, and they now hold this experience as the model for any change initiatives we undertake.
Renee A. Williams
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
National Board Certified Teacher
Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District
With the leadership provided by McKay Consulting for the past two years, we have made great progress in having real conversations about best practices with our teachers, using the Danielson Framework to guide us through this journey. Many administrators have reported how much richer their conversations are with teachers regarding instruction and how teachers welcome the opportunity to reflect and discuss their work. Ms. McKay has helped us all to see the importance of moving away from managerial leadership to that of instructional emphasis and the support of teacher effectiveness.
Assistant Superintendent for Administration
South Orange and Maplewood Public Schools
My work with Candi McKay has led to significant improvement in the development of evidence-based teacher evaluation. Conversations with teachers about student learning are richer, more focused on student outcomes, and have led to dramatically improved classroom practice.
Dr. Kevin J. Smith
Bethel Middle School
Candi's work has transformed our pedagogical practice. Her expertise of instructional practice and gathering evidence of student achievement is second to none. Our entire system "speaks the same language" of student performance and professional practice. Our entire system examines and evaluates its practice continually based on the work Candi has engaged in with our teachers. Candi has taught us to talk about our teaching, our practices, our evidence and our achievement in a safe and nurturing professional environment.
Dr. Deborah O'Connell
Croton-Harmon School District
Candi McKay has been invaluable in our region helping us build capacity around the Framework for Teaching and in improving teacher effectiveness. Her work supporting our Staff Development Specialists and our districts has allowed us to be prepared for changes coming at us from the state and federal levels related to teacher evaluation. She has been an important partner in our work.
Theresa L. Gray
Coordinator, Integrated Education Services
Erie 2 - Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES
Quality school systems value learning for all. Candi McKay is a talented facilitator of learning who is able to engage educators in a reflection of practice that empowers them to take charge of their own learning. Ms. McKay has the knowledge base and interpersonal skills that can help move a system forward. Most importantly, Candi understands that trust is a critical element of positive change. She earns the trust of those she works with.
Dr. Edward Fuhrman
Superintendent of Schools
Croton-Harmon School District
Focused, "minds on" professional development.
Peekskill City School District
Knowledgeable about current educational theories and best practices, Candi McKay is able to offer specific and insightful ideas, examples, and feedback. She is readily accessible, and someone who sincerely wants to help you grow as an instructional leader. Candi has a wealth to offer our profession.
Dr. Kristen Brooks, Principal
Bethel Public Schools