Prior to coming to Oakland Schools in 2004, Les Howard worked as an independent consultant across the United States. He was based in San Francisco Bay, literally, as he lived on a sailboat. Les came to California in 1994 to help establish Reading Recovery in California.
He has been an educator for almost 40 years, almost 20 years in Australia. During this time he has been an elementary teacher, assistant principal, and literacy consultant and district literacy coordinator.
He is passionately interested in the link between literacy and thinking which leads him to Critical Literacy and New Literacies. Currently he is researching and studying formative assessment and its relationship to improving teaching and learning.
Les is also a trained Ontological Coach. He believes coaching is a powerful process that empowers educators. Through Oakland School he offers coach training. There is a link to this on the Services page of the website.
He loves being outdoors and loves bicycling hiking, paddling, triathlons and adventure races, and trying to tire out his border collie. He and his wife enjoy traveling and camping. After a great day outdoors, playing the guitar around a campfire is bliss.