Barb Solomon is a culture shifter. Over Barb’s career, she has worked to shift culture within classrooms, public schools and recently at a nonprofit corporation through communication and relationships. For the past seven years, Barb has worked at ACT, Inc. — a nonprofit education company best known for The ACT college entrance exam. Barb helped to lead a small team to shift innovation culture. In less than five years, ACT moved from a company known for paper and pencil assessments externally and adverse to risk internally to one that was awarded the Innovation Culture Award by the Innovation Enterprise’s Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer Summit.
Barb spent 15 years in Montana public schools as an elementary and middle school teacher and administrator. She led efforts to implement analytics around student discipline and assessment data. Rather than reacting to student behaviors, she championed the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Using PBIS, her school decreased discipline referrals by 33 percent in one year.
Barb holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Montana. Barb’s more recent training includes the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) on innovative tools and techniques, Chicago’s ITT Institute of Design Immersion Course on User Centered Design, Systematic Innovative Thinking Ideation Tool Training from SIT, and Business Model Canvas Train the Trainer Course by Strategyzer on how to build a business model and value proposition canvases.
Contact us for more information about Barbara, or call Stephanie Savage at 630-563-6454.