Instructional Coach & Professional Development Coordinator, Institute for Excellence in Education
A steadfast believer in collaborative learning, Blake Pratt has dedicated his career to teaching and learning, and winning for kids. Blake leads teams of teachers in growing their expertise around effective instructional methods, allowing them to reach their full potential and ultimately resulting in higher levels of student achievement.
Joining the Institute for Excellence in Education in 2011, Blake was tapped to center his expertise as a Targeted Learning Coach. Recognizing that effective schools must have strength and leadership among the teaching team, Blake works tirelessly with large districts – most recently Grant Public Schools, Swan Valley Elementary Schools, and Richfield Public School Academy – to develop these teams of professionals with a laser-beam focus on instruction and student engagement. In his role, Blake works extensively with these districts to ensure an unwavering commitment to student achievement, through providing cognitive coaching to teachers and to helping them implement the Focused Instructional Model for students in grades K through 12. Maintaining a commitment to sharing best practices across the nation, Blake has also been an integral team player in delivering professional development to middle school teachers as part of the Supporting Effective Educator Development grant. Blake serves as a Mathematics Coach Specialist at the Institute since 2011. He currently leads the Institute’s professional development programs.
Early on the journey, driven by a passionate belief that all children deserve a quality education, Blake dedicated over six years to teaching and learning, where he made a difference in the lives of children, firsthand, while serving as a classroom teacher, and Mathematics Department Chair for White Pine Middle School. Combined with his extensive experience, Blake was invited to serve on White Pine’s School Improvement Team, partnered with the committee charged with developing the Technology Curriculum, and spearheaded a dedicated partnership between Saginaw Valley State University’s College of Education prospective teaching students and White Pine’s teaching team.
Blake earned his Master of Education Degree in 2007 and Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree in 2004 from Saginaw Valley State University, respectively. In his quest to expand his professional enrichment and eager to gain a greater understanding of education on a global level, Blake was awarded the prestigious opportunity to serve as a Roberts Fellowship Program participant where he experienced intensive immersion into Asian culture (traveling to China, Taiwan and Japan) in 2004. Recognized for his commitment, Blake was awarded Saginaw Valley State University’s Gilbertson Travel Abroad Scholarship, a selective award where he was afforded the opportunity to participate in an international studies program at Edge Hill University in England in 2001.
Over the years, Blake has been recognized as an expert in the industry and has contributed much thought leadership, through numerous professional development and presentation opportunities throughout the state and nation.