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Debra Shrout


  • Frazier Moon Administrator of the Year – Columbia College
  • Teacher of the Year
    Kirkwood High School, St. Louis, MO
  • Communications Alumnae of the Year - Truman State University

We have more than 35 years experience fulfilling this mission in a variety of settings. Now, we are sharing our experience and expertise with clients who need to move public opinion and people forward to achieve major objectives of their organization. We assess your goals and help you develop appropriate strategies for implementation and eventual success. Whether your needs are communicating a message verbally or in writing, organizing a critical friends group to implement an initiative, managing a public relations effort, or leading an organization to success, we have the experience. Whether your needs involve your staff, your managers, or your leaders, we have the experience. And whether your needs are internal or external, small or large, now or in the future, we have the experience.




Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Managing Partner, Avvantt Partners LLC
  • Director, Columbia College – St. Louis
  • Chair, School Improvement Team
  • Chair, English Department
  • Chair, North Central Accreditation Committee
  • Facilitator, Desegregation Program
  • Critical Friends Coach
  • Supervisor of Student Teachers
  • Coalition of Essential School Five-School
    Project Leader
  • Coalition of Essential Schools Coordinator
  • New Teacher Mentor
  • Collaborative Teaching Special School District
  • Teacher at college and high school levels
  • Professional Development
    A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Closing
    the Achievement Gap, Differentiated Instruction, Thoughtful Education, Coalition of Essential Skills

Selected Speaking and Consulting

  • New Partners for Smart Growth - 2014 - "A Metropolitan Revolution - Game Changers"
  • Transit for Liveable Communities - 2013 - Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • CFTE Transit Initiatives Conference - 2013 - Moderator - "Getting on the Ballot and Getting the Ballot Right"
  • Metro Detroit Transit Workshop - 2013 - "The Nuts and Bolts of Transit Ballot Campaigns"
  • Nashville Transit Conference
  • Jackson County Regional Rail Initiative
  • Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance
  • Boston - Conservation Law Foundation
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul - Transit for Livable Communities
  • Fort Worth - The T
  • Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group
  • Blacks in Government – St. Louis Chapter
  • Kirkwood School District Summer
  • Workshop Facilitator Teaming English
    and Social Studies classes
  • Kirkwood High School Faculty
    In-Service Training
  • Ladue School District Training
  • Missouri Show-Me Professional
    Development Conference
  • St. Louis Regional Education Conference
  • Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville Teacher Education Conference