Christopher Bronke, Director & Coach
Christopher Bronke has been teaching English for 13 years and is in his 5th year as English Department Chair at Downers Grove North. In this role he teaches 9th-grade honors, evaluates teachers, oversees the literacy coaching program, plans and implements PD, and works with other district leaders on CCSS integration/implementation and common assessments and rubrics. He has presented nationally on CCSS integration across all subject areas, creating a teacher brand, blogging to empower teacher voice, collaborative leadership, teacher blogging, teacher leadership, literacy leadership, as well as social media in the classroom. Christopher’s work with social media has been featured in the Atlantic, with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on EduTalk Radio, and on the social media platforms MightyBell and Celebrate Teaching. Additionally, he has presented at the state level on close reading strategies for fiction and nonfiction, 21st-century writing, teacher leadership, and innovative creative writing instruction. From 2014-2016, Christopher was a member of the Teacher Advisory Council for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is on the Executive Committee as a member-at-large for the Conference on English Leadership. He has served as a Community Manager and Innovation Coach for the Redesign Challenge, and has recently become the Community Manager Lead for new ed-startup, Sevenzo. Dedicated to helping bring to life the best in education, Chris is a host for the Teaching Partners Podcast and a regular host of the Teaching Partner Twitter chats. Because of his passion for teacher voice, Chris co-founded and is a director of the National Blogging Collaborative, an organization dedicated to helping teachers blog. In this role, he works one-on-one with teacher-writers from across the country, serves as the editorial lead, and delivers training to organizations in order to help infuse the national narrative with authentic teacher voice. Kristen Bronke, Director & Project Manager
Kristen Bronke currently serves as a Dean of Students at Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Illinois. Previous to this, she served Hinsdale District 86 in various roles including teaching Business Education for seven years, working as the Student Services Interventionist for four years, mentoring newly-hired teachers to the district as the co-mentor coordinator, coaching teachers in the role of Instructional Technology coach, and leading curriculum changes at the building and department levels. Kristen has presented nationally on the topics of teacher voice through blogging and social media use in the classroom. She has presented regionally on networking within your district, developing your brand, social emotional literacy, the role of the mentor teacher, professional learning networks, and writing through technology. She is passionate about how student services support student’s social emotional health in high schools, teacher voice, the use of social media as a learning tool in classrooms, and the benefits a teacher’s professional learning network can have on students. Kristen is a co-founder,director, and project manager for the National Blogging Collaborative, an organization dedicated to helping teachers find their authentic voice, join the conversation, and contribute to the national education narrative.
Brad Clark, Director & Coach
Brad Clark currently serves at the Hope Street Group Director for the Kentucky State Teacher Fellows Program. Prior to joining Hope Street Group, Brad was a 4th and 5th grade ELA and Social Studies teacher at Simmons Elementary in the Woodford County Public School system. He was a member of the first cohort of Kentucky State Teacher Fellows for the Hope Street Group. Brad is a co-founder and director of the National Blogging Collaborative, an organization dedicated to helping teachers find their authentic voice, join the conversation, and contribute to the national education narrative. He has been a featured blogger with the Center for Teaching Quality and has collaborated with other teacher leaders across the nation on various projects including designing virtual engagement and social media strategies, creating next generation professional learning events, promoting cross network collaboration, and establishing career pathways for teacher leadership.
Lisa Hollenbach, Director & Coach
Lisa currently serves as Editorial Content Manager for Teaching Channel. In this role, Lisa engages, empowers, and supports educators, education-minded partners, innovators, and analogous experts to share their stories, voices, ideas, and expertise via the Tchers' Voice blog, through social media channels, and through the production of a weekly newsletter. She collaborates and builds community as she manages Tch Laureate Work, the #TchLIVE Twitter Chat, Tch Talks Podcast, and Tch Tips Live video. Lisa is also a part of the Education Team at Teaching Channel and plays a role in the development of new content and campaigns. Prior to joining Teaching Channel, Lisa was a high school Social Studies teacher for 15 years and Social Studies Department Chair at Palmyra Area High School, Palmyra, Pennsylvania. In this role she taught 10th - 12th grade AP Psychology, Psychology, Sociology, American History and Government, and American Popular Culture. Lisa has experience planning and implementing professional development and designing curriculum. She is a Keystone Technology Innovator and served as a lead teacher working with the Literacy Design Collaborative framework. Additionally, Lisa is an instructor at the post-secondary level, working closely with pre-service social studies teachers and psychology and sociology students at Lebanon Valley College and the Pennsylvania State University. Lisa is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences, presenting on blogging to empower teacher voice, educational technology integration, CCSS, the Literacy Design Collaborative framework, innovative instruction via Teaching Channel, social media for teachers and with students, strategic storytelling, and teaching and leading with an improviser’s mindset. She is passionate about teacher voice and leadership, social media, storytelling, teacher collaboration, innovative instruction, and redefining professional development. Lisa’s work with National Blogging Collaborative has been featured on Edutalk Radio and Inspiration 4 Teachers Podcast. She continues to engage teachers in the work of National Blogging Collaborative through the ECET2 and EdCamp communities. Lisa has served as a Community Manager, Editor, and Storyteller for the Redesign Challenge and as a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2014–2016 Teacher Advisory Council. Lisa is a co-founder, director, and writing coach for National Blogging Collaborative, an organization dedicated to helping teachers find their authentic voice, join the conversation, and contribute to the national education narrative. Lisa leads the Collaborative in engagement and social media storytelling.
Brooke Perry, DIrector & Coach@brookster29
Brooke is currently serving as an English Language Arts TOSA (Teacher On Special Assignment) in Kent School District, WA, where she's been a classroom teacher for 6 years. In her TOSA position, she is supporting 3rd - 6th grade teachers in the implementation of the district's new ELA curriculum. As a Puget Sound Teacher Leader and whole-hearted believer in high expectations for students, Brooke writes about the Common Core, effective teaching strategies, and assessment practices for CORElaborate; a blog hosted by the Puget Sound Educational Service District. As a member of their Teacher Advisory Council, Brooke works frequently with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support effective teaching practices and to bring teacher voice to the forefront of our nation’s conversation about public education. Believing that nobody knows teaching like teachers, Brooke introduced ECET2 (Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching) to the Seattle area; hosting 100 educators for a day of teacher-to-teacher professional learning and celebration. Brooke is a co-founder, director, and writing coach for National Blogging Collaborative, an organization dedicated to helping teachers find their authentic voice, join the conversation, and contribute to the national education narrative. Brooke leads the Collaborative in engagement and social media storytelling.
@Ehretbanks | https://medium.com/@Ehretbanks
Shelia Banks is a Specialist in supporting teachers with training and implementation of The Literacy Design Collaborative, Science, ELA, and Math instruction and assessments. Shelia received her undergraduate training at Louisiana State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science. She completed her graduate work at Xavier University of Louisiana with a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership.Shelia has been involved with LDC since the fall of 2011 in her first LDC role as a classroom teacher. After implementing modules in Physics, Physical Science, and Anatomy classes, she transitioned to a role as an LDC Trainer. She is currently a lead LDC trainer for the Louisiana Department of Education and trains teachers around the state and is the author of an exemplary LDC module entitled “Building Bridges” and several mini-tasks. Outside of LDC, Shelia is a Louisiana Department of Education Teacher Leader Advisor. She facilitates professional developments and writes blogs for TeachingChannel.org and has been featured in several videos on the website.
@renee_boss | reneeboss.blogspot.com
Renee Boss is a National Board Certified Teacher leading a collaborative project between Kentucky and Colorado. She works with teachers, administrators, and researchers on the design and implementation of CCSS aligned units of study with embedded Literacy Design Collaborative modules. For the past 17 years, Renee has worked as a teacher, district literacy specialist, state literacy consultant and academic core manager. In these roles, she has taught English, arts and humanities, and science, served as department chair, designed and facilitated professional development on topics related to literacy, balanced assessment systems, curriculum development, and effective teaching and learning. She has served on numerous standards, curriculum, and assessment teams at the state and national levels, including work with PARCC, EQuIP/Achieve, CCSSO, NCEE, NBPTS, and NAEP. She regularly presents at local, state, and national conferences, and she blogs for various organizations including Teaching Channel and The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky.
@robyncorelitz | https://medium.com/@robyncorelitz
Robyn Corelitz is an English teacher at Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Illinois, where she teaches Freshman English, AP Literature and Composition, and Creative Writing. She has a B.A. in English (Creative Writing) from The College of Wooster, a M.A.T. in Secondary Education from National-Louis University, and has completed coursework at Northwestern University in the MCW program (Poetry). Her poetry and personal essays have been published in The Artful Dodge, on WBEZ (NPR), and in various online journals. Prior to teaching, Robyn worked as a writer for arts and nonprofit organizations, and she loves working with writers of all ages to develop narratives that are infused with voice, imagery, and verve. Robyn is also a yoga and meditation teacher and her research interests include mindfulness in the classroom, social emotional learning, and thoughtful technology integration. She has presented on Transcendental Meditation in Schools and Google Apps for Education. Robyn is excited to be a part of the NBC coaching staff and looks forward to supporting and encouraging writers.
@ThisTeacherSays | http://grateexpectations.net/
Mackenzie Grate is a passionate middle school educator who has taught ELA for the past 9 years in New York City. She holds a BA in English Education and a MS in Teaching English as a Second Language from New York University. Recently, she has also acquired her second MS in Educational Leadership from The College of Saint Rose. She aspires to eventually open up a middle school using the teacher-led model. In the meantime, she is a literacy coach, blogger, traveller and mother of a beautiful pug named Kiwi. When she is not blogging for NBC or Middleweb.com, you can find her leading her book and writers clubs with current and former colleagues from across New York City.Julie Hiltz@juliehiltz
Julie is a National Board Certified Media Specialist currently in her 13th year of teaching at Lutz Elementary in Lutz, Florida. In her role she teaches literacy and library skills to Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth Grade students and teachers, provides technology integration and repair support, serves as the Chair for the School Advisory Committee and has helped with the implementation and ongoing maintenance of the Response to Intervention/Multi-Tiered Support System with the school’s Problem Solving Leadership Team. In 2015, Julie received the Governor’s Shine Award for Inspirational Teachers from the Florida Department of Education. Julie also worked as a Teacherpreneur for the Center for Teaching Quality during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school year. Her Teacherpreneur work focused on advocating for teacher leadership opportunities in Florida, helping teachers leverage their passions and skills to personalize their leadership experience. She has presented at teacher leadership conferences throughout Florida and is the co-creator of the #TeachingIs social media campaign. Julie’s blogs have been published by the Washington Post, EdSurge, Impatient Optimists, Kappan and the Center for Teaching Quality.
Ashley is in her 10th year of teaching high school English and Creative Writing at North Oldham High School outside of Louisville, Kentucky. Ashley is the current Kentucky Teacher of the Year working on a semester sabbatical with the Kentucky Department of Education. She received a Fulbright Scholarship to Thailand and Vietnam and studied writing at the University of Oxford on a scholarship with the English Speaking Union. She is National Board Certified and received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Kentucky. Ashley's writing interests include innovation, creativity, classroom practice, teacher leadership, and student engagement. She has published with Higher Education Revolution, Sammichesandpsychmeds.com, Kentucky Teacher, and Louisville.com. She has also published fiction in various literary journals including The Molotov Cocktail, Typehouse Literary Magazine, and Eunoia Review.
Jennifer Orr is a National Board Certified Teacher in her 18th year of teaching. She currently teaches kindergartners, but has taught fourth, fifth, and first graders as well. She is a Teacher Consultant with the National Writing Project and Northern Virginia Writing Project. She works closely with George Mason University to support pre-service teachers, hosting them in her classroom for their internships, coordinating with the university to support them in her school, and presenting in their university classrooms. Ten years ago Jennifer started blogging. Since then her writing has been featured in ASCD’s Educational Leadership, NCTM’s Teaching Children Mathematics, and on teachinghistory.org.
Jamie has been teaching primary and elementary English Language Learners in the Chicagoland area for 13 years. Currently, she is a K-2 ELL resource teacher in Des Plaines, Illinois. In this role, she pushes-in to primary classrooms supporting English Language Acquisition and Literacy Development. Early intervention advocacy, literacy skills, and teacher led schools are Jamie’s educational passions. She designs and implements professional development and mentors new teachers in her district . Jamie earned her BA from the University of Iowa in English and Spanish literature. She has an MAT from Rockford College in Bilingual and Multilingual Education and an M.Ed in School Leadership and Administration from Concordia University. She has served as a 3rd grade team leader, English Language Learner Facilitator, and works on her school’s School Improvement Plan team as well. Jamie has presented regionally for the Illinois NCLB statewide conference, the Illinois State Bilingual Conference and the #ECET2Chicago conference. In addition, she is a member of the #ECET2Chicago planning team.
@Robbinswriters | https://robbinswriters.wordpress.com/
Molly is a 22-year veteran teacher of English at Cherokee Trail High School in the the Cherry Creek School District in Denver, CO. She is currently in a hybrid role teaching AP English Language and Composition and Instructional Coaching in her building. She works with new teachers as well as a team of teachers in her building to implement culturally responsive teaching. She has been a Teacher Consultant with the National Writing Project through their affiliate, the Denver Writing Project, for the last ten years. She has brought LDC work to teachers through their national network since 2011. Her latest adventure was the nationwide hybrid Tasks Matter Task Jam, a year-long project to implement the LDC work in more places, including rural areas. Molly is a frequent presenter at local and national conferences focusing on using the LDC frameworks to implement the CCSS, culturally responsive teaching, and using infographics to teach argument.
Sarah Yost has taught middle grades English language arts and reading intervention since 2005. She currently serves as the University of Louisville Teacher in Residence at Westport Middle School, a hybrid teacher leadership role, in which she works with students, teachers, school administrators and the University of Louisville's teacher preparation program. Yost is a Teach to Lead Team Leader, a Hope Street Group Kentucky State Teacher Fellow, a National Board Certified Teacher, a Louisville Writing Project Fellow and a Teach Kentucky Fellow. Yost earned her B.A. in English and World Religion from Colgate University in 2004, her M.A.T. from the University of Louisville in 2007 and her M.S.L.S. from the University of Kentucky in 2014. Her professional work has been published in the Teach to Lead Blog, Kentucky Teacher, Education Week, Louisville Public Media, the Louisville Writing Project Journal and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Blog. Her poetry and short stories have been published in various online literary journals, including The Orange Room Review, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, Eclectica Magazine and the Loch Raven Review. She has presented at various state and regional conferences, including the Louisville Writing Project, Kentucky Council for Teachers of English and Kentucky Reading Association. Yost believes teachers can empower all students through effective teaching and inspire other teachers through clear writing.