W.V.C.ED is committed to the professional development of educators across the country and around the globe. Teachers can be transformed by a deep knowledge of the English language. The team at W.V.C.ED provides effective and engaging training and materials to build teacher knowledge of content and best teaching practices to better reach their students.
W.V.C.ED was started by educational consultant William Van Cleave. An internationally recognized speaker with an interactive, hands-on presentation style, William has presented on effective teaching practices at conferences and schools both in the United States and abroad since 1995. Recent projects include consulting with schools as part of a literacy grant in Montana; participating on the MTSS Writing Standards Committee for the State of Pennsylvania; implementing several Trainer of Trainers projects using his sentence structure approach; and writing a series of workbooks and a companion book on developing composition skills to complement his sentence approach.
W.V.C.ED provides professional development that engages and prepares teachers to increase their effectiveness with students.
A PROVEN RECORD
In 2004 William published the first edition of Everything You Want To Know & Exactly Where To Find It, an Orton-Gillingham based reference guide. Now in its fifth edition, this manual serves tutors and teachers of struggling readers and spellers around the country. In the fall of 2013, he and co-author Caroline Dover published Phrases & Sentences for Reading & Spelling, a companion to the Everything text.
In the spring of 2012, William completed Writing Matters: Developing Sentence Skills in Students of All Ages. Schools in the public and private school arenas have adopted his methodology, and his writing approach is used by both one-on-one language therapists and classroom teachers. Schools for struggling students including Triad at Summit (Winston-Salem, NC), The Key School at Carolina Day School (Asheville, NC), The Briarwood School (Houston, TX), The New Community School (Richmond, VA), and the Shelton School (Dallas, TX) use his approach with great success. Franklin Special School District (Franklin, TN), Marlboro School District (Marlboro, NY), Wausau School District (Wausau, WI), St. Francis School (Goshen, KY), and Port Allegany School District (Port Allegany, PA) are amongst the mainstream schools that have adopted his approach.
During his career William has tutored; taught literature, writing, and math; and held several administrative posts in schools for students who struggle. He continues to tutor. He received his B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from The College of Wooster (1990) and earned his M.A. in English from S.U.N.Y. New Paltz (2001).