Dr. Bonnie Bell is an educational consultant and former Superintendent of Schools with in southern California. Her professional experience in several school districts has spanned 34 years. She has served as a classroom teacher, district mentor, categorical coordinator, county consultant, as well as a site and district administrator. She has worked in both diverse and academically challenging situations, as well as in high socio-economic areas. With her years of experience in the instructional field and through serving in a multitude of capacities, Dr. Bell brings a wide and varied range of educational experiences to support student learning.
Dr. Bell’s recent work has been supporting school districts with the implementation of the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Additionally, she has facilitated and designed strategic plans that align with California’s Local Control Accountability Plan. Her passion revolves around planning for systemic reform initiatives. As such, she has successfully led leadership teams in closing achievement gaps. In 2014, Education Trust West released its annual District Report Cards, grading and ranking California’s largest unified districts on academic and college readiness for low-income, Latino, and African-American students. Dr. Bell’s district rose from 48th to 3rd in the State during her four-year tenure with them. Additionally, a 2015 research report highlighted the top eleven school districts in California that have closed the achievement gap for English Learners. Again, Dr. Bell’s work was highlighted.
Dr. Bell has also worked at the county and state levels, serving as county facilitator and trainer for several textbook adoptions and the State Mathematics Framework initiatives. In addition, she has worked collaboratively with the educational researcher, Doug Reeves, as a Professional Development Associate and has co-authored Navigating Implementation of the Common Core State Standards. In her capacity as a Professional Development Associate, she has provided professional learning to districts throughout the United States. Three years ago, Dr. Bell expanded her trainings to assist educators on an international level to support schools throughout China on building “21st Century Learning Skills.”
Dr. Bell believes that with the exciting opportunities facing the educational community today, school leaders must create educational organizations that are student-centered, improvement-oriented, rigorous, goal-driven, and innovative. In order to accomplish this, staff needs ongoing support and guidance. Her focus on educational initiatives has earned schools and districts under her leadership the prestigious National Blue Ribbon, Distinguished School, Title I High Achieving School, Gold Ribbon, the Business Council Educational Excellence, and the School Board Association’s Golden Bell awards.