Jan Lenci has been consulting with the PDA for the last ten years. Over the years Jan has been a teacher, educational consultant, and curriculum director. She has written, scored, and validated the state reading and writing assessments. This past year, she has joined the state Foundational Services and provides districts the most up to date information on the Common Core Math and ELA and the PARCC. Her trainings include many strategies on how teachers can incorporate these standards in their daily instruction.
Currently, Kim Pfoutz serves as an educational consultant for Foundational Services in the content area of Teacher Evaluation. She continues to provide training for district teams as they develop their PERA plans for implementation in Sept. 2016. In addition, Kim provides networking sessions for administrators and teachers on the following topic areas: The Rules and Regulations of Illinois Section 50, the Role of Districts’ Joint Committees, and an Overview of Student Learning Objectives (SLO’s). Kim is also a Principal Mentor for new principals.
Previously, Kim was an elementary and junior high school principal. She served on various district level planning committees. Kim attended Illinois State University for the B.A. and M.A. in Educational Administration.
Over the year Gail Bohnenstiehl has been a teacher, literacy coordinator & adjunct professor. She was also a program coordinator for the first primary year’s program in Illinois of the International Baccalaureate Schools. For the ISBE, Gail has written, scored, & validated the state reading & writing assessments. Gail is also a member of the State Language Arts Assessment Advisory Committee & the IL Reading Council and International Reading Association. Most recently, she has been invited to join PARCC, the national panel for passage review of the 2015 literacy assessment.
Jim Harvey has coached teachers in schools that participated in the Standards Aligned Classroom (SAC) initiative. As a coach for schools in the Statewide System of Support (SSOS), he has provided assistance in school improvement planning, development, & implementation. Jim has also developed and designed trainings for the skillful use of teacher-developed classroom assignments & assessments, both formative and summative, to improve student achievement & motivation. In his formative assessment workshops, he strives to involve participants by providing them with practical connections between the training and what they’re facing in their day-to-day activities.
Through the years Tom has taught freshman through senior level ELA courses at five local high schools. He was the English/Language Arts chairman at Lincoln-Way east for eleven years before retiring in 2014. As ELA chairman, he facilitated the CCSS curriculum revision to align curriculum to the New Illinois Learning and Common Core Standards. And, in addition to being a consultant at the Professional Development Alliance, Tom is also an Adjunct Professor of English at Joliet Junior College.
As a former high school English teacher, Tom’s presentation agenda focuses on increasing student achievement by improving instructional effectiveness and exploring activities and strategies that engage learners in student-centered environments.
Maggie has always enjoyed the dual role of being an enthusiastic classroom teacher and an instructional leader passionate about leading students forward to their best potential. Her outstanding resume includes presentations at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Convention, the Metropolitan Math Club Conference, and the Missouri International Reading Association Convention. She has served on numerous math curriculum teams, such as the Illinois Model Math Curriculum Team, President of the Math Department Heads of Western Chicago Suburbs, as well as being the Math Department Chairperson at Willowbrook High School in DuPage District 88. In her workshops, Maggie focuses on the skills, strategies and core knowledge fundamental to creating the learning framework and environment essential to CCSS math instruction, PARCC preparedness, and most importantly, expanding the capacity of teachers and students to achieve their best.
Sharon Rak has over 20 years of experience in the field of mathematics as a classroom teacher, adjunct professor and education consultant. From her rich experiences, she provides highly interactive and engaging math workshops that support successful implementation of CCSS and the New Illinois Math Learning Standards to districts, schools, and teachers.
She has been a contributing team member to the ISBE Math Model Curriculum Committee, ISBE Math Teach and Talk Developer, ISBE Common Core Math “Train the Trainer”, EQuIP Rubric Evaluator, Chicago Teacher Center and GEAR UP Professional Development Leader, as well as being a consultant to the Illinois Principal Association and the Professional Development Alliance.
Melissa Thulin is an accomplished educator who is dedicated to impacting students and fellow educators. She is currently a reading specialist and a literacy leader for her district. Melissa is well versed with Common Core standards and has vast ELA training experience.
DeDe Brenczewski is an experienced educator who specializes in teaching writing. She is a rhetoric professor who has been awarded the Sr. Shiller Award for English. Her years of teaching within the field of English Language Arts has prepared her for guiding educators who wish to improve their teaching writing skills.
Jill Krysinski is an accomplished high school science teacher and also a Golden Apple Fellow, class of 2013. She applies her years of research, development and experience in the field of science to help districts and teachers align their science programs to NGSS and Common Core.
Natalie Coleman is a district science and social science coordinator as well as adjunct professor. She has spent numerous hours in helping align her district to NGSS. Natalie also served as a member of the Science Curriculum Writing Team for the Illinois State Board of Education and is also a STEM Program Developer and Instructor.