World Languages Instructional Coach & Inquiry Specialist
Ruth Whalen Crockett is the Spanish department chair at Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School (Parker), a small secondary school focused on performance based assessment and personalization of student learning. She teaches all levels of Spanish, and serves as a teacher leader providing supervision and mentorship for teachers in the Spanish department. Ruth is also a national facilitator for the School Reform Initiative. Ruth served as a world languages instructional coach, and inquiry specialist in the i3 New England Network for Personalization and Performance. In this role she facilitated content workshops for World Languages teachers at several sites, and participated in the 2014 Summer Institute. Over the five-year project, Ruth has hosted educators from across the i3 New England Network at Parker as they explored topics such as Senior Project, Advisory, and Authentic Assessment.
Ruth moved to Massachusetts to work at Parker with Ted and Nancy Sizer, founders and former co-principals. She has learned to teach and lead at Parker, and has the flexibility to work with educators from around the country who come to Parker to learn about their transformative practices. Ruth teaches Spanish in a non-traditional way, working closely with teachers who use the Organic World Language methodology, a practice of creating an immersion language environment in the classroom.
For Ruth, the most enduring impact of the i3 New England Network is the impact on student learning—where students are engaged in interesting, relevant work that extends their thinking well beyond what they thought they were previously capable of. As a coach, Ruth gained a deeper understanding and appreciation for the desire and capacity of most educators to make their teaching relevant and interesting for students.
Ruth holds an M.A. from Beloit College, and a M.Ed. in School Leadership from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She lives in Lowell, MA with her spouse and two children. When not working in schools, Ruth can be found running trails, urban gardening, or in the kitchen not following a recipe.