Julie Stern is passionate about synthesizing the best of education research into practical tools that support educators in breaking free of the industrial model of schooling and moving toward teaching and learning that promotes sustainability, equity, and well-being. She is a four-time, best-selling author of Learning That Transfers: Designing Curriculum for a Changing World, Visible Learning for Social Studies, The On-Your-Feet-Guide to Learning Transfer, and Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary and Secondary. She is a James Madison Constitutional Fellow and taught social studies for many years in Washington, DC and Louisiana. Julie moves internationally every few years with her husband, a US diplomat, and their two children. Visit Julie’s website: www.edtosavetheworld.com
Krista Ferraro is a history teacher and department head at Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts. Her passions include civic education, social justice, and preparing students for effective global citizenship. Previously, she served as deputy director of public policy and curriculum innovation at Chavez Schools in Washington, DC, where she also taught history and public policy courses. Her published works include the bestselling Learning That Transfers: Designing Curriculum for a Changing World, Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary and Secondary editions.
Kayla Duncan is a co-author of Learning That Transfers: Designing Curriculum for a Changing World. She is a personalized instruction coach for Forsyth County Schools in Cumming, Georgia. Her passion centers around empowering student voice through meaningful, authentic experiences and increased ownership. Kayla currently supports personalized learning schools in creating their new vision for education through the design thinking process. She believes the voices of students and the community should drive what happens in the school building. Before her coaching role, Kayla taught elementary physical education and middle grades mathematics. She holds a bachelor of science in kinesiology from the University of Georgia, a master of arts in mathematics education from Western Governors University, and an educational specialist in learning, design, and technology from the University of Georgia. Kayla is pursuing a doctor of education in school improvement from the University of West Georgia and hopes to use this new knowledge to propel schools toward innovative visions for education. Kayla resides in Georgia with her husband, a fellow educator, and their dog, Arch.
Trevor Aleo is a co-author of Learning That Transfers: Designing Curriculum for a Changing World. He is a high school English teacher in Connecticut, where he designs meaningful learning experiences while reading and writing alongside his students. Prior to his current position, he taught middle school and was a grade-level lead in Prince William County, Virginia. In addition to leading teams at his own school, he’s drafted curriculum at the district level, created instructional resources for the Virginia Department of Education, and presented at local, state, and national conferences. He believes education should help people become better sense makers and story tellers and is a passionate believer in pedagogies that align with those values. Growing up in a house of teachers, he developed a love of learning that continues to serve as the driving force behind all his work. He holds a bachelor of arts in English and a master of arts in teaching from James Madison University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in learning design and leadership at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Trevor currently resides in Fairfield, Connecticut, with his amazing wife Lindsey and son.