Darlene H. Axtell is a Framework Specialist and Curriculum Designer for the Danielson Group. As a charter member, she has worked with the Framework for Teaching since 1997. She is co-author of the Action Tool, “Implementing the Framework for Teaching.” She has been a teacher and counselor at all levels. As an administrator she was director of counseling, curriculum coordinator, and middle level principal. Darlene has lived and worked in England and consulted in several European countries, in Japan, and on various Caribbean Islands. Darlene holds an undergraduate degree in education and a master’s degree and advanced certification in counseling. Areas of specialty include elevating educator effectiveness, establishing a school culture for learning, and improving the communication skills for all educators.