“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
~ African proverb
As our Powerful Learning Practice Network grows, we are doing some amazing things with communities of practice, e-learning, raising the voices of forward-looking practitioners, and more. With these and other PLP initiatives underway, we feel it’s time to establish an advisory board to help us keep our work out on the edge of professional learning in the 21st century. As we went about selecting our first advisors, we looked for individuals who would collectively offer PLP a diverse perspective on current and future trends.
We settled on a combination of leading thinkers around social media in education, researchers who know a lot about learning in community, and seasoned educators with plenty of practical expertise. We are proud to announce our 2012-2013 Advisory Board: Wendy Drexler, Karl Fisch, Jackie Gerstein, Claudia L’Amoreaux, Ann S. Michaelsen, Howard Rheingold, and Will Richardson.
What does the board do?
Our Advisory Board:
- Reviews PLP programs and proposals and gives diverse feedback through three face-to-face meetings per year, plus conference calls, social media, and email contact
- Advises on new initiatives
- Gives honest, valued input on ways we can improve
- Joins us in thinking through challenges or lessons learned as we create action plans for the future
- Helps us network with other smart people
- Shares their specialized knowledge of 21st Century learning
- Holds us accountable to a standard of excellence in business and personal relationships
- Provides pushback and a diverse flow of ideas to our company
Our 2012-13 Board Members
Will Richardson (Chair)
Will Richardson is an internationally respected author, speaker and blogger whose focus is helping educators realize the potential of Web 2.0 technologies in their own personal and professional practice and in their classrooms. He is the author of the best selling Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms from Corwin Press and spent 22 years as a public school educator. Will co-founded Powerful Learning Practice, is a national advisory board member for the George Lucas Education Foundation, is on the New Media Consortium’s Horizon.K12 Advisory Board, and is the Chief Learning Officer at Connective Learning, LLC. You can find out more about Will on his blog.
Wendy Drexler is currently Director of Online Development for Continuing Education at Brown University. Before earning her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Florida, she taught elementary, middle, and high school in both public and private schools. As a postdoc, she managed the Title II EETT Grant research effort for the State of Florida. Wendy developed the first blended learning programs at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida and remains an active member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) 21st Century Task Force. She managed eLearning design teams at IBM and AT&T and continues to teach in the Educational Technology Program at the University of Florida. Wendy considers herself an advocate for the student in alternative learning spaces. Her research interests include student construction of personal learning environments, balancing teacher control with student autonomy, and scaffolding the processes necessary to support networked learning.
Karl Fisch has been a teacher for twenty-three years. He has taught middle and high school students math and is currently Director of Technology at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, USA. In 2006, Karl originated the famous viral video Did You Know? (Shift Happens), and was named Outstanding Educator of the Year in 2009 by The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). He invites you to join the conversation at The Fischbowl.
Dr. Jackie Gerstein’s byline is, “I don’t do teaching for a living. I live teaching as my doing, and technology has amplified my passion for doing so.” She has been teaching face-to-face and online for several decades. Currently, she teaches Master’s level online courses in Educational Technology for Boise State, Argosy, American Intercontinental, and Western’s Governors’ Universities. Her background includes a strong focus on experiential and adventure learning, which she brings into her teaching. She has had several books published on the subject: Metaphors for Living: Stories & Related Experiential Exercises for Individual, Group & Family Growth; Sticking Together: Experiential Activities For Family Counseling; and Work in Progress: Facilitating the Human Side of Experience-Based Training.
Inspired early on by visionaries like Alan Kay (“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”), Claudia has focused her career on inventing the future of education. Current projects include a “community-sourced” teacher professional development network for the Monterey Institute of Technology and Education, and a prototype for an Open Educational Resources “DIY in Supported Community” learning network for youth. As Senior Associate at the Natoma Group, Claudia contributes expertise on technology and education for a wide range of projects in the developing world.
From 2006-2010, Claudia directed Education Programs at Linden Lab, creators of Second Life, the 3D Virtual World. At Linden Lab, Claudia advised universities, colleges, large urban school systems, small rural schools and international Ministries of Education on how to deploy Second Life for improved student learning and teacher professional development. Before joining Linden Lab, Claudia led her own eLearning consulting company, providing leadership since 1985 on internet projects in the U.S., Brazil, Fiji, Europe, and the Middle East in the areas of Education, Culture, and Sustainability.
Ann S. Michaelsen
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. Her international collaboration with African educator Moliehi Sekese is recounted in several articles at PLP’s group blog Voices from the Learning Revolution.
Futurist and educator Howard Rheingold likes to say that he’s “been in on the Web since the beginning, and long before.” A sought-after speaker who takes audiences “on a journey through the human side of the technology-shaped future,” Howard describes himself as “a participant-observer in the design of new technologies, a pioneer, critic and forecaster of technology’s impacts, and a speaker who involves his audience in an adventure in group futurism.”
Howard is the author of:
- editor of Whole Earth Review
- editor of The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog
- founding executive editor of Hotwired
- founder of Electric Minds
- Participatory Media and Collective Action (UC Berkeley, SIMS)
- Virtual Community/Social Media (Stanford; UC Berkeley)
- Toward a Literacy of Cooperation (Stanford)
- Digital Journalism (Stanford)
- Social Media Classroom
- The Cooperation Project
- Rheingold U
- 21st Century Literacies 40 min video & 6 minute vid interview
- Infotention & Curation Workshops