Diane E. Paynter, an international trainer and researcher, has worked extensively in the areas of standards, curriculum and instruction, assessment, grading, record keeping, literacy development, and leadership. As a senior director in field services at McREL, she led various consortia across the nation, providing direction, training, materials, and technical support to leadership teams in their efforts to apply current research to improve student learning. She was awarded a commendation from the governor of Indiana for her efforts in helping low-performing schools in that state.
As former director of the McREL Early Literacy Project, Diane led a group of researchers in focusing on and training in early literacy development in young children. She assisted schools in Australia, Vienna, China, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Mexico, Colombia, and Canada with school-reform efforts. She is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development national cadre focusing on the implementation of research from Dr. Robert J. Marzano’s book What Works in Schools: Translating Research Into Action. Diane is author and coauthor of many works including For the Love of Words: Vocabulary Instruction That Works; A Handbook for Classroom Instruction That Works; and The Pathfinder Project: Exploring the Power of One Teacher’s Manual.
Diane received a master of arts in teaching from Oakland City University and a bachelor of science from Brigham Young University.