CORE Leadership Presenters
Day 1: Understanding Our Leadership Muscle
One full day of understanding who we are as a leader and what we have the capacity to do!
Dr. Stu Carrier
Stu focuses on developing leadership and professional learning communities in a variety of educational settings - within schools, cohort groups, and virtual community through blended learning. Stu has a doctorate from University of South Florida and serves on the faculty of National Louis University.
Dr. Harry Ross
Harry works with developing leadership capacity in educators across the country. He has a doctorate from Northwestern University and is on the faculty at National Louis University.
Dr. Dilara Sayeed
Dilara focuses on change management and building capacity in leaders to improve systems towards stronger student learning and growth. She taught middle school for over a decade, has a doctorate from Harvard University in Education Leadership and is the Chief Education Officer at the Golden Apple Foundation. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University.
Dr. Sara Schneider
Sara is Associate Professor and Curriculum Lead for National Louis University's Teacher Leader Endorsement. In addition to her work in leadership, change management and experiential learning, she teaches about diverse and peaceful multicultural classrooms, arts integration, and incorporating movement and health topics within the school day. She is also a yoga teacher, helping teachers, especially of students with special needs, learn how to adapt yoga for every body. Her doctorate is from New York University.
Wellness for Leaders: Taking Care of Yourself So You Can Take Care of a Team
This workshop will empower you to use relaxation, breathing and movement to build your self-awareness, self-regulation and interpersonal skills that can then be translated to stronger leadership. The collaborative and experiential nature of the training provides participants with unique behavior management techniques by utilizing various SEL & Wellness activities. Carla is an international presenter, consultant, teacher, devoted wife & mother, certified yoga teacher and dog lover!
Corey is the Director of Placement and Alumni Relations at the Golden Apple. Corey’s team ensures we are placing our Scholars in the school that is the best fit for them and supporting them as they search for their first job as teachers. Corey’s team also works with the Scholars ARC and alumni to continue providing opportunities for networking, reconnecting, and professional development. Corey will provide updates and information on Alumni Relations work at the Golden Apple.
Day 2: Strengthening Our Leadership Muscle
Three breakout sessions that will help us develop specific leadership skills in the areas we want to focus on.
Collaboration in Action: Teacher and Administrator Perspectives on Leading Change
Panel discussion moderated by Lauren Pietruska, Scholar
Scholar and Fellow Administrators
Lauren, one of our very own Scholar Alumni Relations Council (ARC) members, will facilitate a discussion on leadership, working with diverse teams, and leading through challenging situations. Panel members will include Fellows and Scholars who have moved into formal leadership roles at the school, district or state levels.
Having Ideas, Making them Reality: Teacher and School Leadership
Ami Gandhi, Scholar
Ami will lead a session on thinking entrepreneurially about teaching and learning. How can you take an idea for your classroom, school, or district and move it to action?
Ami is a co-founder of Intrinsic Schools and oversees personalized learning. She is an instructional leader coaching school leaders, training teachers, and conducting professional development on district-wide initiatives. Ami taught math for several years. She loves live music, likes to travel, and enjoys the view of the Chicago Skyline from her hammock.
Coaching and Mentoring
Neal Grimes, Scholar
Having crucial conversations with colleagues about academic and behavioral interventions in their classroom is at the heart of instructional coaching and peer mentoring. This presentation will focus on peer-to-peer teacher mentoring and effectively collaborating to meet the needs of all stakeholders.
Neal is an ’05 Scholar. He is currently a Learning Parter at Kankakee School District. His responsibilities include teacher mentorship, incorporating academic and behavioral interventions into K-12 classroom, facilitating RENEW program (research study, grant based Tier 3 intervention through the University of New Hampshire) and incorporating Restorative Justice practices across the district. He was also a special education teacher in the district for four years and works with our Scholars at Summer Institute.
Teacher Leadership: The Power of Dreaming and Being You
Todd Katz, 2016 Golden Apple Fellow
Todd will facilitate your thinking and practice of teacher leadership through asking the reflective questions: Why? What is my goal? How do I move forward?
Todd Katz is part of our most recent cohort of Golden Apple recipients! Todd has been an Honors Biology, AP Environmental Science, and Forensics teacher for the last 15 years. He teaches at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. Outside of school he works with people to help them achieve their health and wellness goals.
Chontell Lane, Scholar
Relationships and social emotional needs are key areas of importance for teachers in schools of needs. In order to truly move and motivate students we must meet them where they are and show them we care. Statistics show that students perform better in classrooms with a teacher who they feel truly cares about them.
Chontell is currently a middle school ELA teacher at Clara Barton Elementary. She is a member of the ILT as well as CHAMPS coordinator for middle school, and leads professional development on building relationships and classroom culture to motivate and move students.
Rising Star Meets Teacher Leadership: Your Role in School Transformation
Jeanine Rainey, Scholar
Schools of need submit plans to the state and local leaders indicating how the school will become better at serving it's students. This workshop will supply the tools needed to create an action research plan leading teachers/colleagues to evaluate school transformation plans in order to ensure successful implementation at school level with students, administration and other stakeholders.
Jeanine is completing her masters and loves to hang out with her three-year old baby boy! Jeanine is a 2001 Scholar. She has had deep experiences working in schools as an English teacher, curriculum developer, and teacher leader. She was a founding faculty member of Christ the King Jesuit College Prep, has taught at DuSable Leadership Academy and North Lawndale College Prep. She is currently at Proviso East High School.
Critical Conversations: Teacher Vision and Community Building
Ernesto Saldivar, Scholar
Every school has student-centered mission and vision. As important as the mission and vision are, keeping it alive throughout the year is not an easy task. Participants will strengthen an understanding of how to engage faculty and staff in difficult conversations for sharing key ideas, values, and beliefs to build a community within a school. This will increase teacher morale, deepen honest conversations, and deepen your leadership.
Ernesto Saldivar, Jr. currently teaches at Jones College Prep High School. One of his greatest accomplishments is developing the School Culture and Climate Committee, in conjunction with the Local School Council. A key strength includes interfacing effectively with stakeholders to recommend, develop, and sustain appropriate systems of leadership, innovation, and responsiveness for acceptance and growth for all.
The 2016-2017 Scholar ARC
Scholar Alumni Relations Council (ARC) members will co-facilitate sessions and be your hosts during the two-day conference.
Natalie Aguilar, 2002 Scholar. Natalie is a teacher and has served on the CORE team over the last several years. She wants to support other Scholars in engaging in CORE.
Sara Baar-Ledford, 2005 Scholar. As a Teaching Scholar who was disconnected with Golden Apple and then found her way back, Sara is eager to help develop opportunities to engage Scholars with the organization that developed them as teachers.
Sherri Bradford, 2001 Scholar Pathway. Sherri is a teacher and an administrator. She has also been a leader in developing teachers for the Teach for America program and wants to bring her experiences to serve the Scholars CORE.
Stacy Coglianese, 2009 Scholar. Stacy taught English in South Korea for the past two years and is now serving students in schools-of-need in Illinois and working towards completing her Golden Apple five-year commitment.
Tracy Coon, 2005 Scholar. Tracy teaches third grade and provides professional development in analyzing student data towards improving teaching and learning. She also served on the CORE team over the last several years.
Colum Dillon, 2012 Scholar Pathway. Colum will be a 2016 graduate of the Scholar Pathway program. Colum states he looks forward to “bringing a significantly young perspective to this team” as he begins his career as an educator.
Tara Davis, 2010 Scholar. Tara teaches high school English at a rural school-of-need. She brings an understanding of the needs of Scholars across Illinois in small towns and rural areas who are working to improve communities.
Neal Grimes, 2005 Scholar. Neal has been a special education teacher and teacher leader at the high school level. He brings to the Advisory Team deep knowledge on mentoring teachers and providing opportunities for professional growth.
Amanda Hazelip, 1999 Scholar. Amanda has over 12 years of teaching experience and is a teacher leader at Prescott School and at the university level. She strives to support teachers on reflecting and improving on our practice.
Aaron Hopper, 1993 Scholar. Aaron is currently the superintendent of a rural school district in southern Illinois. He has worked with the State Board of Education (ISBE) to advocate for better education opportunities for all our students.
Jenny Ma, 2004 Scholar. Jenny teaches at the elementary level and is focused on Bilingual education and cultural competency. She graduated from Kelly High School at CPS and returned to CPS to teach! Jenny advocates for Golden Apple in a variety of areas and she is eager to engage other Scholars in CORE.
Zio Perez, 1993 Scholar, 2006 Fellow. Zio is one of two Golden Apple Scholars awarded the Golden Apple Excellence in Education. She has co-led the CORE team for the last several years and is committed to supporting efforts moving forward.
Lauren Pietruszka, 2005 Scholar. Lauren is a teacher and wants to develop stronger opportunities for Scholars to engage with the Golden Apple. She hopes to find ways for Scholars to collaborate after the SI experiences are over.
Ernesto Saldivar, 1998 Scholar and 2013 Teacher of Distinction. Ernesto wants to support better teaching and learning through instructional leadership and incorporating the belief that “I change myself; I change the world.”