Betsy Wierda

Elizabeth (Betsy) Wierda is a coach and consultant for FranklinCovey Education. She is a former principal and learning leader of three schools in Northeast Florida, including an at-risk school in Duval County. She also worked as a standards coach, an assistant principal, an adjunct professor at the University of North Florida, and the Director of Professional Development in St. Johns County.

Wierda has a bachelors degree in specific learning disabilities and music education and a masters degree in educational leadership and a gifted endorsement. She constantly seeks to grow as a learning leader and encourages all students and teachers to do the same.

Written by Betsy Wierda:

Embracing 3rd Alternatives

This is post written by Betsy Wierda, Educational Coach and consultant at FranklinCovey, and Edie Jarrell, principal and Learning Leader at Wards Creek Elementary School in St. Augustine, Florida. Embracing 3rd Alternatives in the Schoolhouse Stephen R. Covey, in his renowned book The 3rd Alternative (2011), tells us that 3rd Alternatives are a breakthrough approach read more

Using Authentic Literature to Enhance Student-Led Learning

What is student-led learning? As educators, we often use these words to describe a plethora of specific tools and strategies that empower students to track, direct, and accomplish their learning goals. If we were to continue to expand our view of student-owned learning beyond specific strategies to entire content areas and push further to look read more

Empowering Students Through Play

Student empowerment comes in a variety of forms. Leadership Notebooks, leadership roles, and community service are a few examples. When I think of younger students, I often wonder if their empowerment comes through the creative and imaginative time they spend playing? I once knew a teacher who taught very young children. She was in a read more

How to Use Student Data as a Tool in Self-Directed Learning

How do you track student data in your classroom? Do you use binders, notebooks, or digital charts? Do you have a collection of folders you fill out that are only pulled out at parent-teacher conferences? Many teachers use some type of student data notebook to keep track of where their students are in achieving learning read more