Garnet Hillman is an educational consultant and author from Crest Hill, IL. She has previously served as an instructional coach in Deerfield, IL and as a high school World Language instructor in Lockport, IL. She has been an educator for nineteen years. Garnet enjoys working with schools and educators to improve instruction, assessment, and grading practices. She works with teachers to incorporate new technology to differentiate instruction and connect with the students on a new level.
A passionate educator, Garnet has extensively researched and implemented standards based learning and grading in her classroom and district to maximize student growth and achievement.
As a ‘lead learner’ wanting to set an example for students and teachers alike, Garnet’s quest for knowledge continues. Her first book, Standards Based Learning in Action, provides teachers, administrators, and schools practical ways to implement Standards Based Learning, Assessment, and Grading in their schools and classrooms. It will be published in January, 2018 (Solution Tree Press). In addition to live presentations on Standards Based Learning and Grading to fellow educators, she enjoys writing about her educational journey in her blog, co-moderating and participating in various education-focused chats on twitter, such as the #SBLchat (Wednesdays, 9pm est/6pm pst) , and working as a mentor. Garnet also enjoys collaborating with fellow educators at various conferences and events throughout the year.
In March 2014, Garnet was chosen as Sophia.org Featured Teacher of the Month. The site featured one article per week for the month of March from Garnet. Read the first in her series about standards-based education, “A Teacher’s Journey of Positive Deviance.”
Garnet likes to travel, read, run, and cook in her free time. She also loves to spend time with her husband and their two wonderful sons.