Sharon Brittingham

Sharon Brittingham, Associate

  1. Ed.D University of Delaware 2009
  2. M.Ed Widner University 1987, Gifted Education
  3. M.I University of Delaware

sharonbr@udel.edu | 302-500-7031 | 302-856-1996

Sharon Brittingham has 42 years of Delaware public education experience including 24 as a middle school language arts teacher. As assistant principal at Seaford Middle School, Sharon played an instrumental role in the school’s selection as National Blue Ribbon School. Sharon also served nine years as the principal of Frankford Elementary School, a National Blue Ribbon and National Distinguished Title 1 school. Sharon was selected as Delaware’s National Association for Elementary School Principals’ National Distinguished Principal of the Year in 2003. She was recognized by EdTrust as a winner of the Dispelling the Myth Award. Her school also received the Fordham School Change Award. While a principal she was chair of the Delaware Principals’ Academy and served on the Delaware Professional Standards Board.
Since retiring from the principalship, Sharon served as Wilmington University’s Coordinator for the Teacher Practicum and taught in its Masters of School Leadership Program. She also served on the planning committee for the redesign of the Masters in School Leadership internship program for the University of Delaware. Sharon serves on the consortium for the redesign of Leader Preparation Programs at Delaware universities. She also teaches Instructional Strategies for the Alternative Routes Program at the University of Delaware. Sharon received her doctorate from the University of Delaware in Education Leadership in May 2009. Her dissertation was “Leadership Development: An Assessment of the Aspiring Leaders Programs in Seven Districts and One Charter.”
At DASL from 2006 to 2012 Sharon led the Developmental Assessment Center for School Leaders and the Distributed Leadership and Succession Planning projects. Sharon coled the Department of Education’s Coaching and Mentoring program for two years.  In addition, Sharon has been  a thought partner to Kuumba Academy and Edison Charter School. She also worked with Shue-Medill Middle School as their Distributed Leadership Coach. Sharon worked for  two years providing professional development to teachers and school leaders in Tobago, West Indies. She provided professional development on What Works in Schools and Classroom Instruction That Works as well as literacy and school change.  Most recently, she worked with the Hawaii Department of Education to train school leaders.
Sharon assisted DASL in its role in the development of the 5 state KODAK project on Teacher Leadership and wrote modules for the program curriculum on teambuilding. She also led the Quality Measures self-assessment review for two districts and the University of Delaware to assess their leader preparation programs.
Currently, Sharon is Project Director for Delaware’s Race to the Top Development Coach project where she works with ten full time coaches to improve school leaders’ formative assessments of their teachers.   With this group she plans and delivers statewide training on Delaware’s Evaluation System.
Sharon has presented at numerous national conferences including: National Staff Development Council, ASCD, EdTrust, the Delaware Valley Leadership Conference, and Wallace Foundation conferences. She has also written for ASCD PALs and for AASA Leadership Magazine.
Sharon’s areas of specialty are: Dimensions of Learning, Learning Focused Schools, Walkthroughs, Word Walls, Vocabulary Development, Interventions that Work, Math and Literacy, Brain Research Related to Instruction, Teambuilding, Conflict Resolution, Guided Reading, Reading Across the Content Areas, Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction, Motivation, Instructional Strategies, Literacy, Dealing with Difficult Teachers, Dealing with Difficult Parents, Engaging Stakeholders, Leading School Change, and Closing the Achievement Gaps. She has also been trained as a trainer for the Dinah Zikes Academy for foldables (interactive composition books).