For 16 of the last 20 years, I have been a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. I most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. My practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Prior to my work in Philadelphia, I was an active member of the teaching community in Flagstaff, AZ where I was named Technology Teacher of the Year for Arizona and a member of the Governor’s Master Teacher Corps. I was featured on TED.com for her “How to Learn? From Mistakes” and recognized for earning National Board Certification. My publications include a featured piece on the New York Times Learning blog, co-authoring a chapter in an educational leadership book, and an article in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. In 2013, I partnered with Chris Lehmann to start Inquiry Schools, a new non-profit working to create and support student centered learning environments that are inquiry driven, project based and utilizing modern technology. I currently serve as the Executive Director and Lead Teacher for Inquiry Schools.
Conversations I'm Presenting
- On Being Resilient
- Unraveling the Textbook
- Facilitating Change in Traditional Settings
- Standards, not Standardization
- Personalized, not Individualized
- Silver Bullets, Panaceas and Elixirs: The False Prophets of Educational Reform
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