The EdReach Authors
Daniel Rezac is the Editor in Chief of The EdReach Network. In addition- he has taught Science, Social Sciences, and Applied Technology en route to his position as a Tech Specialist for a school district in Northern Illinois. He often presents about Education's place in the media landscape, Youtube in the classroom, and supporting classroom skills with video tutorials, as exemplified by his Mathademics Project: youtube.com/mathademics.
Recent Post: EdReach Nominated for Chicago Innovation Award
Your friendly neighborhood tech guy. Jay is the Director of Information and Educational Technology at Tri-Creek School Corporation in Lowell, Indiana and a third-generation educator. He is an edugadget, Apple, and Foursquare nut and loves nothing more than working with teachers and students to get more tech in the classroom. You can sometimes find more of him at jayblackman.net.
Scott Meech is in his 16th year of teaching with a Master's Degree in Education. While he has a myriad of interests, his favorite pastime is studying the impact technology is making and can make on education. He believes that education is on the brink of major change and that technology will finally fulfill its promise.
Recent Post: #EduWin Weekly #003: The Social Networking Impact
Judith Epcke is a Technology Facilitator/Coach for Northbrook District 28 in Northbrook, IL. In her role as a technology facilitator, it’s Judith's job (and passion) to show teachers how technology can transform their teaching and their students’ learning. Prior to her current position, Judith ran a K-5 school computer lab for 3 years and spent many years as a 4th grade teacher. She holds an M.Ed in Technology in Education and her administrative certification with a concentration in technology leadership. Judith has presented at national and local education conferences on topics such as: curriculum development, the reading/writing process, and technology integration. Recently, she co-authored a book for teachers on using the software application, Comic Life. Judith blogs semi-regularly at http://Edtechapalooza.typepad.com
Recent Post: #EduWin-ners Circle 1/24/12 – Relationships Matter
During the weekdays you can find me at at Avoca West Elementary School in Glenview, Illinois. I teach 4th and 5th grade Encore Technology, a project-based technology enrichment class and work as a building technology facilitator conducting weekly trainings with teachers. My roots are in broadcast journalism and I graduated from the University of Oregon (GO DUCKS!) with a degree in electronic media in 2002. After a few years working in a Seattle newsroom, I threw in the towel to pursue education and have never looked back. I stay true to my journalism roots by running an after school broadcast club for 5th graders called "iOnAvoca". I'm a Google Certified Teacher, work at an Apple Exemplary School, conduct Google trainings throughout the year and have presented at numerous technology conferences. When I'm not geeking out, I keep myself busy with music, world travel and city life in wonderful Chicago.
Recent Post: SXSWedu: What does Disruption look like?
Chris Atkinson is an assistant principal at College Wood Elementaryl in the Carmel Clay school district in Carmel, IN. Chris is a devoted educator, leader, an advocate for educational technology, Google Certified Teacher, and a STAR Discovery educator. Chris has also taught grades 2-5, and served as a school technology coordinator. To learn more about Chris please visit www.ChrisLAtkinson.com.
Meg Wilson is a special education teacher and assistive technology specialist with a passion for educating others on the importance of individualizing instruction for all students. Meg presents at local, statewide, and regional conferences in order to offer professional development opportunities for educators to learn about using iPods, iPhones, and iPads in the classroom. She blogs at iPodsibilities.com about special education and mobile learning devices, app reviews, and resources for educators.
Recent Post: MacReach Show #48: Summer PD, Apple-Style!
"Sine Metu." Involved in education since 1999, James believes in promoting independent learners that will work in a flexible environment, that is inquiry-driven, thoughtful and empowering - not bound by disability or socio-economics. He believes that technology should transform pedagogy. More importantly, James believes in raising the level of expectation for student performance and teacher innovation. He has served in a variety of capacities including teacher (self-contained and special education), technology integration specialist, and director. Currently serving as the Director of Instructional Technology for Forrestville Valley School District 221 in Forreston, Illinois, James oversees district iPad 1:1 initiative for students in grades six through twelve as well as technology for the entire district. Connect with James via Twitter by following @jimohagan.
Scott Weidig is currently the Technology Coordinator at Schaumburg High School in Township High School District 211. A life-long passionate learner, Scott became a teacher in order to help students embrace the joy learning can evoke in life. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and History, a Master in Education Leadership, and is completing his Type-75 Administration Certification. In addition to working with teachers and student, Scott can be found presenting at local and regional conferences on a variety of topics from the integration of technology in the classroom, specific technologies and tools, to student achievement and learning in the 21st century. He has been interviewed by Forrester Research and Network World and Converge Magazine. You can find some of Scott's thoughts, musings, and passion at his blog http://scottweidig.com
Zack Gilbert is currently a 6th grade social studies/language arts teacher in Normal, IL. He is a building technologist and an advocate for educational technology in central Illinois. He is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and has an M.S. in Instructional Technology and Design from Illinois State University. His master’s research looked at the impact of educational games and how the knowledge gained is stored into long term memory. Zack believes that games and learning helps students learn a broader spectrum of knowledge when compared to traditional teaching.
Fred Delventhal works as senior level Instructional Technology Coordinator for a medium sized school district in Virginia. He has presented at National Educational Computer Conference, Northern Virginia Technology Educational Consortium conferences, the Technology and Learning Symposia (Virginia), and the Virginia Department of Education Educational Technology Leadership Conference. Fred has worked as an adjunct professor for George Mason University Instructional Technology Certificate Program, the Four Rivers Consortium (Virginia), and most recently for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In 2009 Fred became a Google Certified Teacher and was named one of the leaders of the year by the Discovery Educator Network. In 2011 Fred was one of the recipients of Discovery Education's PL DEN award. Fred is part of the EdReach.us network and actively participates in the Google Educast Podcast and ToolZeit. Items appearing on any of his personal accounts have no connection to his current employer.
Recent Post: ToolZeit – Bedtime Math Updated
John Sowash is the director of online learning at Southfield Christian School outside of Detroit, Michigan. As a Google Certified Teacher and Trainer John provides professional development for schools and businesses around the country. You can connect with John through is blog, electriceducator.blogspot.com or on Twitter, @jrsowash.
Recent Post: Google’s Master Plan Behind the Chromebook
Instructional Tech Coordinator at Downers Grove South High School in Illinois. Advocate for inquiry-driven, student-centered education and evangalist for Digital Storytelling. Away from school I savor the "4 F's": Family, Football, Fishing, and Food.
Recent Post: Can Educon Start the Fire?
Gerry James is currently a Visual Arts educator in at Schaumburg High School in Schaumburg, IL. He has been at this current position for six years. Gerry obtained his B.S.Ed from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL with an emphasis in Art Education, Photography and Digital Technologies. He graduated with a minor in Art History as well. Last year Gerry completed his M.S.Ed in Art Education from Northern Illinois University, and with this degree he focused on Visual Culture and advancing technologies in the classroom. Gerry has done research in virtual learning environments and their use in the classroom (including SecondLife, World of Warcraft, and OpenSim) and continues to have great interest in gaming and its impact on education.
Recent Post: EdGamer Special: On the Road at GLS!
Jeremy Brueck serves as a Co-Director for Akron Ready Steps at the University of Akron where he provides strategic direction and coordination of web services in the design of professional development for pre-K-12 teachers. Mr. Brueck is a licensed teacher for grades 1-8 and also holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership with an elementary Principal license. He is a PhD candidate who is researching the use of eBooks and mobile devices in early literacy learning. Jeremy provides ongoing support to school districts and teachers to assist them in meeting their goals and for long-term success and efficacy. He has presented on a wide variety of education and technology topics to national and international audiences. Past conference presentations include the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), eTech Ohio (OETC), and other regional educational technology conferences.
EdReach invites educators from all over the world to make their voice heard. This blogger is just one of the many.
Director of Technology and Communications for Oak Lawn-Hometown District 123.
Recent Post: iPad vs. Netbook for a 1:1
Patrick Black is a special education teacher who currently teach students with significant cognitive disabilities in a self-contained classroom in Mt. Prospect, IL. He is a self-described "geek" who loves to share all things technology, and has worked to integrate technology into the classroom to assist with communication, cognition, and socialization. He blogs about technology and it's use in the classroom at Teachingall.blogspot.com.
Recent Post: 2012 Edublog Awards
President of Generation YES, a non-profit with a mission to empower young people to improve their own schools and communities with the tools of the 21st century. I'm passionate about learning, and how education can become more authentic and relevant. I write and speak about project-based learning, student voice, technology teaching and learning, games in education, programming, and gender issues related to technology. I got my start as an electrical engineer and math geek.
Recent Post: Buzzword alert – Gamification
Recent Post: What if making videos made your students smarter?
Recent Post: SXSWedu: Alan Gershenfeld On Disruption
Emily is the new Learning Technologies Librarian at SUNY Oswego. She spends her time looking at technology, trying to find innovative ways to use it in learning, and then teaching others how to get the most out of what she's found. She's very eager to join the EdReach community and share in the conversation about libraries, literacy, and education!
James Sanders is a classroom teacher at KIPP: San Francisco Bay Academy. He was one of the first educators in the country to bring Chromebooks into his classroom. Through Google Apps, YouTube and other cloud-based tools, James has created a dynamic blended-learning environment for his students that demands collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. In addition to his role in the classroom, James is a project manger for YouTube on EDU initiatives. Since joining YouTube, his projects include YouTube Teachers, the YouTube Teachers’ Studio, and YouTube for Schools. James is a blended and cloud-based learning specialist for the EdTech Team. He consults for companies and schools on matters of education technology. He specializes in helping schools leverage web-based tools to increase rigor and student engagement.
Recent Post: EduNationCast #39: Blame the Professors
Elisabeth has been a school librarian since 1977. She has grown with every technological change of the field. She is proud to be an Apple product freak, a web 2.0 tools user, deep into transliteracy and is devoted to her K-8 students at a public school in suburban Chicago. Mom, wife, horse and dog person.
Recent Post: LiTTech Show 001: It’s All About eBooks!
Carol Broos has recently retired after thirty-three years of teaching music grades kindergarten through eighth grade in Illinois. Her passion is to bring infuse music and technology together. Awarded 2006 Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher, 2008 Google Teacher Academy, 2008 Illinois Music Teacher of the Year (Mary Hoffman), 2008 “Golden Apple” winner, and 2009 Apple Distinguished Educator. Her blog http://www.beatechie.com/ is one of the top ME (Music Education) bloggers on http://musicpln.org She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Music Educators Journal for NAfME.
Nathan Wear serves as High School Principal for Solon Community School District located in Eastern Iowa. Solon is a progressive district of about 1200 students nestled between the greater urban areas of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Nathan has been an administrator since 2005 and has worked with several organizations, such as School Administrators of Iowa, to support and encourage the professional growth of administrators. He has experience as both an elementary and high school principal. He also recently completed his advanced degree for school superintendency. Nathan enjoys the challenge of educating 21st century learners and working to build a collective "voice" in education to move our system ahead.
Recent Post: Does your school require learning?
Don is in his 9th year teaching full-time at Ladue Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis, MO. Don serves as the Broadcast Technology, Film & Multimedia Instructor and a Ladue School District Video Producer. He coaches the Varsity Rams Baseball team and in 2012, was named the Missouri Assistant Baseball Coach of the Year by the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association. In addition, Don speaks on the national circuit at educational conferences all over North America, including adviser institutes and conventions for the Journalism Educators Association. He serves as an Executive Board Member in charge of Media Relations for the Save A Life Campaign, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Megan Meier Foundation, which serves to end cyberbullying. Don is a dedicated Apple user, and was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2011. He was also named as the 2011 Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Educator of the Year by the Gateway Media Literacy Partners. And in 2012, Don was named as an award winner for S'Park Scholar Media Mentor through Ithaca College in New York. Don recently was the Keynote speaker at the 2012 SPUN Special Education Technology Conference. Don was also recently announced as a Spotlight Speaker for the 2013 Midwest Education Technology Conference METC.
Recent Post: Heads Up Lone Nut
Recent Post: Google Educast #58: We’re Keeping our Nexus 7
I am currently the Chief Technology Officer for District 207 in Park Ridge, IL. Before I moved into this role I was a technology coordinator and also taught science and music at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, IL. I earned my Doctorate from Roosevelt University in Chicago while investigating the impact online communication can have on learning. I am a Google Certified Teacher, Administrator, and Trainer. I believe that personalization of instruction, assisted by technology, allows students, parents, community, and staff to improve their skills to become adaptable and productive in today's world and into the future.
Lyn Hilt is an elementary school principal and technology integrator/coach. She believes in learner-centered, passion-driven educational experiences, and seeks to model for her students and staff the power of connected learning. Her thoughts on learning can be found on her blog, Connected Principals, and Powerful Learning Practice's Voices from the Learning Revolution. She lives in Pennsylvania, has enjoyed many world travels, and encourages everyone to adopt a greyhound or two.
Recent Post: Control or engage?
Patrick Larkin is the Principal of Burlington High School in Massachusetts where he is in his 15th year as a high school administrator and eighth as a building Principal. Prior to serving as a school administrator, Patrick was a high school English teacher. As an Assistant Principal, Patrick was named Assistant Principal of the Year in the state of Massachusetts. He also is a former Executive Board member in the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Administrators Association (MSSAA) and he recently completed a two year term as a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Public Secondary Schools. Patrick’s school is in its first year as a 1:1 school after distributing over 1,000 iPads to students. He is active presenting to colleagues on the power of social media for administrators, teachers, and students. In addition, he is an avid blogger and a proponent of social media to better engage teachers, students, and parents in the education process. Patrick is one of the founders of the Connected Principals Blog and #cpchat on Twitter. He is one of the authors of the Super Book of Web Tools for Educators, an avid blogger and a proponent of social media to better engage teachers, students, and parents in the education process. Both Burlington High School and Patrick have been highlighted in a number national and regional publications during Patrick’s tenure at BHS. "I have learned more from my Personal Learning Network (PLN) in less than two years than I did in my previous decade in education," says Larkin. "This is the most exciting time in history to be involved in education and I am enjoying every minute of it!
Jon believes educators should ask one guiding question: What is best for my students in my classroom? To the best of his abilities he has done this in his twenty five years as a high school science teacher. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence for Math and Science Teaching in 2002 and was named Semi-Finalist for the Colorado Teacher of the Year in 2010. He is currently the Lead Technology Facilitator for the Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth, Illinois. He is the father of three teenagers and is happily married to the love of his life.
Recent Post: The Flipped Classroom Revisited
Recent Post: MacReach Show #55 – The Paperless Principal
Andy is Director of Educational Technology for District 30 in Northbrook,IL. Besides this, he is also a teacher, writer, running nut, and a fan of sports teams that never seem to win anything. He lives within running distance of District 30, where his wife, son and daughter are always within arms reach.
Recent Post: Permission to Play
Michael Walker is the Secondary Technology Integration Specialist for the Edina Public Schools in Edina, Minnesota. A life-long learner, Mike has served as a Middle School Technology Coordinator, taught Math, Computer Applications, and coached Tennis at the Middle and High School levels, and served as an adjunct professor at Hamline University. He is a Certified Educational Technology Leader through COSN. Walker has presented on blogging, 1-1 computing, Blended Learning and Bring Your Own Device initiatives both regionally and nationally, and is excited to share the positive stories that are happening every day in classrooms around the world via #EduWin!
Recent Post: EduWin Weekly Show #16: Connections
Apple Distinguished Educator - Class of 2011; Chair of the Arts and Media Department at Amity HS - Created a Media Lab for students to experiment with digital media and challenge themselves and teachers to develop new curriculum and create projects that address real world situations; recently we worked with the local police, fire and EMS to create a training film for first responders. I’m a passionate advocate of Apple technology and the use of digital content to connect globally to a much larger classroom - to change how we teach, learn and communicate with our students, colleagues and children.
Recent Post: iDig Video #36: How2 Mangage Digital Content (pt1)
James is a Technology and Information Literacy Teacher at a K-6 school in Connecticut. With a background in Special Education and as a classroom teacher, James has experience using technology with a wide range of students. He enjoys working on with digital video and images to bring out the best in his students. James Connecticut Educators Computer Association award winner for his Digital Storytelling project. James is certainly a Mac addict and in his spare time loves to learn how things work and tinker with almost anything.
Recent Post: iDig Video Quicktip: Cropping Video in iMovie ’11
An educator for the past 17 years, Corin considers herself an instructor first and a technologist second. Less about bright and shiny, Corin’s focus is teaching, learning and change for the 21st century. When she isn’t supporting other educators, you can find her cycling and hiking around the Pacific Northwest.
Recent Post: Google Voice: Not Your Mother’s Voice Service
Amy and Dave Freeman
Dave and Amy Freeman run the Wilderness Classroom, a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing kids to some of the world’s wildest places. On Earth Day, 2010 they began a three year, 11,700 mile journey across North America by kayak, canoe, and dogsled. They are using journey as a platform for gaining support and protection for North America’s waterways and wild places, while actively engaging over 100,000 elementary and middle school students in their journey though their website and live school assemblies. Through lesson plans and daily web updates, elementary and middle school students learn alongside the explorers through wildernessclassroom.com and adults can follow their progress through NorthAmericanOdyssey.com.
Chris is an Australian educator, blogger, podcaster and author. He currently works at PLC Sydney, a large independent girls school in Sydney's inner western suburbs, where he provides ICT integration support from R-12.
Recent Post: Google Educast #65: K to the B
Troy Cockrum is a Middle School Language Arts Teacher in Indianapolis. He is a Google Certified Teacher, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer, and presenter with the Flipped Learning Network.
Brian E. Bennett began as a chemistry teacher in South Korea and then in Evansville, Indiana. Two years ago, he made the decision to flip his class because there was a need he couldn't meet using traditional teaching. Over the last two years, Brian has learned how to effectively meet student's needs through leveraging the power in technology. Brian has had opportunities to share about his successes and failures with the Flipped Classroom in Korea, Malaysia, Russia, and throughout the United States. He is a graduate of Asbury College in Kentucky and has recently moved to South Bend, Indiana and is now a Solutions Engineer with TechSmith Education. When he isn't working, Brian enjoys playing soccer, camping, writing about education philosophy and policy, and reading. Additional information can be found at www.brianbennett.org.
Recent Post: Flipped Classrooms: Let’s Change the Discussion
A former elementary school teacher and technology integration specialist, Nic is currently the Chief Learning Engineer for Blended Tech Learning, which provides a broad range of customized professional development, training, and consulting services, focusing on meaningful, efficient, and successful technology integration. With more than 13 years of classroom teaching experience and years of service as a school-based technology-integration specialist, Nic brings an appreciation for the teaching and learning context, and an extensive first-hand knowledge base, that is unique and unmatched among full-time providers in the edtech field today. Nic is both a Google Apps Certified Trainer and a SMART Certified Education Consultant and works with iPad integration as well. He is also a National Board Certified Teacher, a Google Certified Teacher, and a curator for YouTube for Teachers. He is an advocate for the Google Chromebook Crew for Education and a Discovery Star Educator. Nic has a Masters in Teaching, has instructed graduate-level courses in technology integration for Coastal Carolina University and College of Charleston, and, as a full-time professional development provider, trainer, and consultant, has served education, business, and government organizations.
Recent Post: Connected for Communication, Yet Still Disconnected
Andy Losik has been teaching for 18 years in a variety of elementary school settings. For the last twelve, he has run the Infotech program in Hamilton, MI. Andy is Discovery Education Star, a Google Certified Teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator, and an inaugural Sony Education Ambassador. Losik was named Michigan Tech-Educator of the Year in 2009. Along with his classroom duties, Andy serves as a technology consultant in his school district and across the country for private, public, and charter schools. He has also provided insight for companies like Kerpoof.com and Sifteo. First and foremost Andy is a husband and dad who loves his family, fishing, and football as much as he loves the techie stuff.
Recent Post: Trivial Pursuits: What’s Trending Now
Josh Stumpenhorst is a 6th grade Language Arts and Social Science teacher from Naperville, IL. He is an ISTE Emerging Leader, OfficeMax Innovative Educator, Those Who Excel Classroom Teacher Nominee, ICE Educator of the Year, Illinois Education Association Educator of the Year and the 2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year. He has presented about technology and education at Illinois ASCD Conference, Illinois Reading Conference, Illinois Computing Educators Conference, EDCamp Chicago, Reform Symposium 3, Midwest Education Technology Conference and the International Society of Technology Educators Conference. In addition to presenting, Josh blogs about his experiences at www.stumpteacher.blogspot.com, and you can follow him on twitter @stumpteacher.
Recent Post: Unpopular Thoughts
Jac de Haan
Integrator using tech with intent to design curriculum. iPad 1-1 manager, Google Certified Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator, @fliplab co-founder, edCampSeattle & edCampIS co-founder.
Catherine “Cat” Horton Flippen, a secondary educator, is a Google Certified Teacher, an educational technology leader, and a doctoral student at the University of Florida researching and specializing in digital pedagogy, technology integration, and emergent trends in education. Her mission is to not only spread the word of modern and bleeding edge technology and trends in education through presentations and professional development, but also to integrate them in her own classes so she can be an example of effective and appropriate instruction using 21st century instructional approaches. Catherine has been featured in both EdSurge and Edudemic and is an active presenter at numerous conferences and webinars, including Georgia Educational Technology Conference, Classroom 2.0 LIVE, Virginia Society for Technology in Education's Summer of Learning, and ISTE's SIGOL and SIGML Webinars, respectively. To explore Catherine’s experience, research, and revolutionary ideas, follow her on Twitter @CatFlippen [twitter.com/CatFlippen] and Google+ [http://gplus.to/CatFlippen], read her blog Ctrl+Alt+Teach [www.ctrlaltteach.com], and explore her digital footprint [about.me/CatFlippen].
Recent Post: Taking Your First Disruptive Steps
Christopher Nyren founded Educated Ventures around his education industry advisory work completing over 2012 three separate capital raises totaling $30 million and advising two clients with successful strategic M&A processes. Christopher also founded Educelerate, a not-for-profit network to foster start-up ventures focused on education technology and innovation. They have held monthly events involving a membership base of over 500 Educelerants in Chicago and Los Angeles. He spent the prior four years helping to build the Corporate Development & Global Strategy team for Apollo Group, the owner of the University of Phoenix and largest for-profit educational company in the world and also previously worked in education industry private equity and investment banking.
Carl Hooker is the Director for Instructional Technology in the Eanes Independent School district and President of TECSIG, the largest TCEA special interest group. As Director, he helps spearhead a 1:1 initiative at his district, providing iPads for all students 8th-12th and 2 grade levels at each elementary campus. He is also the founder of “iPadpalooza” - a cultural event showcasing the use of iPads in education. This past June over 500 people attended the inaugural iPadpalooza with representatives from over 71 districts and 5 different states in attendance. He has used his expertise in rolling out 1:1 iPads to consult and train districts in multiple states about the effective use of the device in schools.
David Prindle is a Forensic Science and Chemistry teacher at Byron Center High School in Byron Center MI. He has been teaching for 26 years in a suburban district in Michigan, a suburban district in Texas and two rural districts in Alaska. David holds a BS in Geology and Chemistry and a M.S. in Educational Technology. David is also a educational technology leader in his district and state, a MACUL Board Member, a 2011 MERIT Program graduate (Foothills College), and co-host of the #21stedchat on Twitter. David presents across the state of Michigan about various blended learning and mobile applications. David believes that students should be able to access classroom content anywhere, anytime and on any device. You can find out more about David at davidprindle.com
Recent Post: Institutionalized
Apple Distinguished Educator Phi Delta Kappa Teacher of the Year Technology Coordinator
Recent Post: The First Disruptors: Eleanor Roosevelt
Jeremy Friedman is Co-founder and CEO of Schoology, a leading cloud-based collaborative learning platform for K-12 classrooms. As CEO, Jeremy directs corporate strategy, builds strategic partnerships, and ensures the product vision and Schoology platform experience exceeds the expectations of its users - nearly one million educators, students, administrators and parents. Since founding Schoology in 2009, Jeremy has helped navigate the company through financing rounds and successfully prepare for rapid growth, including the support of more than 20,000 schools and districts.
Recent Post: Opening the Gateway for Education Technology
Eileen Murphy is the author of "360 Degrees of Text" (NCTE, 2011), a book on close reading and powerful writing, the skills featured in the Common Core State Standards. She was the founding English Department Chair at Walter Payton College Prep, one of the country's highest performing high schools, and a district leader in Chicago Public Schools. As the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for over 100 of Chicago’s highest performing schools, she became passionate about the role technology could play in education in the 21st century. She is currently a member of a blended-school design team that will launch the first of 30 new schools in August 2013. Eileen has been collaborating with teachers, administrators, and scholars across the country to bring a new level of rigor and engagement to blended learning in the era of CCSS. She also speaks throughout the country on CCSS, differentiating for growth, and professional collaboration around close reading and evidence-based argumentation.
Host of TheaterCast, Theatre & Film Teacher, EdTech Enthusiast, Thespian Sponsor, Google Apps for Ed- Qualified Individual, Adobe Certified Associate- Video Communication-
Ariel Diaz is the founder and CEO of Boundless, a company creating low-cost, high-quality digital college textbooks from the best open sources available on the internet. As an experienced entrepreneur, he understands the opportunity to improve the educational landscape by offering textbook alternatives directly to students, helping them save hundreds of dollars each semester. Before Boundless, Ariel co-founded YouCastr, an online video platform that enabled hundreds of high schools to broadcast and sell live sports and other events to parents and community members.
Recent Post: Boundless: Disrupting the Textbook Industry
Diane Darrow is a former elementary and preschool teacher, art professor and Information Media Specialist. She lives in Marin County California with her husband and two sons. She writes web reviews for TeachersFirst and is a guest blogger for edutopia.
I'm a User Experience Designer and front-end web developer. I'm passionate about creating engaging and delightful experiences. I try to live my life at the intersection of art and science.
Mitch is from Toronto, Canada and has careered from career to career until finally ending up where he started, drawing cartoons. Go figure. For more detail, visit mitchmoldofsky.com.
Recent Post: Chalkles: Barbie and American Girl Talk Math!
Mark Johnson has 20 years of experience in education. He was an elementary school teacher for twelve years before moving into an elementary principal position, which he has held for the past eight years. He received the "Milken National Educator Award" in 2004 as a teacher, and as a principal was a “National Blue Ribbon Award" winner in 2010. He was also named “Outstanding New Principal of the Year” for the state of Nebraska in 2011. His passion for education continues to grow exponentially every single day.
Recent Post: The Power of Saying “OK”
Sam is presently I am in my third year serving Emerson Elementary of Kearney, Nebraska as principal. Prior to this service he held the position of Dean of Students at Kearney High School for three years. He got my start in education as teacher at Horizon Middle School where he taught History and coached wrestling for 11 years. He is also co-founder (with Mark Johsnon) of educational consultant firm known as MissionMonday.com which specializes in providing teachers, schools, and communities with interventions to foster a positive school culture. Outside of school he spends a lot of time on a mountain bike. When he gets the time he like to head to Omaha to compete in Poetry Slams. And after a long absence from the mat as a I college wrestler I made the return to the grind completing in submission wrestling/jiu jitsu tournaments. At 39 he is not usually the oldest competitor but he is close.