Voices from the Learning Revolution is a blog where voices, strong voices from our Powerful Learning Practice (PLP) communities, tell their stories about connected and shifted learning. What we love about this blog is that it isn’t about the company and its work, but about the collective “us” who share a powerful vision about the future of learning.
We’ve titled this group blog “Voices from the Learning Revolution” not because our bloggers are necessarily revolutionary leaders — but because they are leaving behind outdated practices and mindsets and shifting toward the kind of connected, digitally infused teaching and learning that we know our iGeneration students need.
For us, this is about storytelling, capacity building, and giving back. This is about sharing what educators and schools who are part of the Powerful Learning Practice network are doing as they put all they have learned in our community and their networks into their daily professional practice.
Voices from the Learning Revolution — like everything we do at PLP — is also about creating and mobilizing connected, collaborative communities on behalf of 21st century learning. So we need you to join our conversations. We must have your voices. Read, post your own thoughts, and push the work of this excellent blogging team out through your own networks. Together, we are so much smarter than we are apart.
Meet our Voices
Becky Bair teaches fourth grade in Pennsylvania’s Elizabethtown Area School District. She is passionate about incorporating technology as one of many tools to help students view learning as an exciting, lifelong endeavor. She writes the blog Teach ‘N’ Life and can be followed on Twitter @becky7274.
Tony Baldasaro is the Chief Human Resource Officer at Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) in Exeter, New Hampshire. Tony chronicles his transformation as an educational leader at TransLeadership and on Twitter at @baldy7.
Jennifer Carey teaches at Trinity Valley School in Ft. Worth, Texas. She’s a student of the human condition: history, philosophy, art, and culture — and a passionate educator. A lover of new technologies and their ability to share knowledge, she’s written some of our most popular Voices articles about new tech. She blogs at Indiana Jen and you can find her on Twitter @teacherjencarey
Kathy Cassidy is an award-winning Canadian grade one teacher, author and speaker who is passionate about literacy and about connecting her classroom with the world. Her students regularly learn from and with people and classrooms in diverse places. Kathy’s classroom blog features her student’s individual blogs, which are online digital portfolios of their learning. You can also find her online at her professional blog and on Twitter @kathycassidy.
Brian Crosby has been a Community Leader and Mentor with Powerful Learning Practice, as well as a contributor to Voices from the Learning Revolution. He is a 32-year veteran teacher, author and speaker, and he is currently the STEM Training Facilitator for the Northern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program. Brian blogs at Learning is Messy. You can also follow him on Twitter at @bcrosby.
Susan Lucille Davis Susan Lucille Davis teaches 5th and 6th-grade Language Arts at St. Mark’s Episcopal School in Houston, TX, and is a part-time instructor for CTYOnline, a program for gifted students hosted by Johns Hopkins University. Susan is also a regular contributor to the Getting Smart blog and tweets @suludavis.
Wendy Eiteljorg is a fifth grade teacher at The Shipley School outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One of the things she loves about fifth graders is that every day is different. She and her class try to live up the their school motto of “courage for the deed and grace for the doing.” Wendy was selected as an NAIS Teacher of the Future in 2009. Her students blog at We have some things to share and she blogs at Thoughts from School.
Dolores Gende has been teaching science and math for over 30 years in the U.S, Mexico, Belgium, and the Netherlands Antilles. She is the Director of Instructional Technology at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas where she also teaches Honors Physics. Her award-winning AP Physics website serves as an important reference tool for teachers all over the world. Dolores is a member of The College Boards’ AP Physics Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee, presents at national and international conferences and leads week-long summer institutes for new and experienced physics teachers.
Smadar Goldstein is a dynamic and successful online teacher in the world of Jewish and virtual education. She served as a classroom teacher in the US before moving to Israel in 1998. She taught a variety of online courses for the Lookstein Center of Bar Ilan University and for DLS, Distance Learning Solutions, before creating her own company - JETS, Jerusalem Ed Tech Solutions. Along with her partners at JETS, Smadar designs, creates, markets and teaches online to over 30 schools across North America and Eastern Europe. Read more about Smadar.
Patti Grayson is an elementary teacher at Virginia’s Hampton Roads Academy and a member of the digital learning leadership team. This year she’s looping with rising fourth graders. She blogs at Patti’s Ponderings Follow her on Twitter @pattigrayson.
Margaret Haviland is Director of Teaching and Learning at Westtown School in West Chester, PA. She combines responsibilities for curriculum development with fostering a school climate that emphasizes continuous professional learning. Margaret constantly evolves her own teaching practice in her high school US History course. She believes her task as a teacher and administrator is to shape her students’ school environment to focus on collaborative learning and ethical leadership in a connected world. She occasionally writes a blog called Breaking Down Walls. Follow her on Twitter @mhavilan.
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 The Principal’s Posts and Connected Principals. She lives in Pennsylvania, has enjoyed many world travels, and encourages everyone to adopt a greyhound or two.
Tim Holt is a 26 year public school educator. He has been a classroom teacher, a teacher leader, a program evaluator and a district-wide administrator. He currently is the Director of Instructional Technology for the El Paso ISD in El Paso Texas. He is an avid technology experimenter (no doubt coming from his science teacher background) and is always seeking ways to make teaching and learning more meaningful and enjoyable. He lives in Canutillo Texas with his family. He blogs at Holtthink and he recently wrote his first electronic book : 180 Questions for Educators and Their PLCs, available in the iTunes Bookstore.
Bud Hunt is an instructional technologist for the St. Vrain Valley School District in northern Colorado. Formerly, he taught high school language arts and journalism at Olde Columbine High School in Longmont, Colorado. He is a teacher-consultant with the Colorado State University Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project, a group working to improve the teaching of writing in schools via regular and meaningful professional development. Bud is a co-founder of Learning 2.0: A Colorado Conversation. He reads, writes, and worries about the future of reading and writing and teaching and learning at http://www.budtheteacher.com.
Arwen Kuttner began teaching in Portland Public Schools after earning an MAT in elementary education at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. A decade later, she is now supporting Second Grade students at Yeshivat Noam in Paramus, New Jersey.
Jenny Luca is a Teacher-Librarian from Melbourne, Australia who is passionate about exploring the potential of new technologies in educational settings. She writes a blog called ‘Lucacept – intercepting the Web’ and has presented at conferences in Australia and internationally. Follow Jenny on Twitter @jennyluca
Ann S. Michaelsen is a teacher and administrator at Sandvika High School in Oslo Norway. She has promoted the use of computers in school since 2002, working on the county level to implement the Skillsoft LMS in our 34 schools. Sandvika was Norway’s 2009 Pathfinder school in the global Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovative Education Forums, and Ann presented at the same event in South Africa 2010. She is an active writer of the blog Teaching English Using Web 2.0 where she offers advice to fellow educators.
Lisa Noble teaches French and music to Grade 4-8 students in Peterborough, Ontario. She strives to be a life-long learner along with her students and colleagues, and is passionate about issues of digital citizenship and media literacy. She tweets as @nobleknits2.
Marsha Ratzel is a National Board-certified teacher in the Blue Valley School District in Kansas, where she teaches middle school math, science, and sometimes social studies. To read more of her writing about her teaching practice, visit her blog Reflections of a Techie.
Lani Ritter-Hall is a Community Leader and Co-director of Connected Coaches for Powerful Learning Practice and a National Board Certified Teacher. She blogs at Possibilities Abound and is on Twitter at @lanihall. Read more about Lani here.
Sister Geralyn Schmidt, SCC, is the Wide Area Network Coordinator for the Diocese of Harrisburg (PA). She has been a high school tech coordinator and graphics design teacher who’s also taught middle grades math and science in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York City.
Brenda Sherry is community leader in the Canadian community and a connected coach. She is currently an Itinerant Technology Coach at Upper Grand District School Board in Ontario, Canada, after 20 years as a regular classroom and special education teacher. Using social media to connect and learn with teachers both nearby and around the world, she has co-founded Minds On Media, she chairs the Educational Computing Organization’s Annual Conference, develops and facilitates professional learning for the Ontario Teacher’s Federation and has been a Connected Coach with the PLP Network. Brenda blogs at Learning Zone and tries to get to the mountains for skiing and hiking whenever she can.
Peter Skillen is a Community Leader in the Canadian community with the PLP Network, He is currently Manager of Professional Learning for Social Media with the YMCA of Greater Toronto after 40 years teaching students & teachers. He was a founding teacher at the YMCA Academy. Peter has been involved in technology supported, project-based learning since the late 1970s. He serves on the Board of Directors of iEARN-Canada, The Educational Computing Organization of Ontario, and is global ambassador with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Peter is also co-founder of the Minds On Media model of professional learning.
Rachel Small is an elementary educator in New Hampshire. She believes in fostering deep thinking and a love of learning in her students. To achieve these goals, she employs modeling and connected learning strategies and encourages her students to collaborate and create projects that enrich their lives beyond school. Visit her blog, , and follow her on Twitter at .Rachel’s Reflections and on Twitter at @rvsmall.
Shelley Wright is a teacher/education blogger who lives in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. She teaches high school English, Science and technology. Her passion in education is social justice, global education and helping her students make the world a better place. She blogs in Wright’s Room.