Trevor Aleo

Trevor 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 is deeply passionate about exploring the new, emergent literacies that shape the way his students write, design, and make meaning. Although he’s intrigued by the role of technology in fostering these more contemporary forms of participation, he also believes there’s immense power in traditional forms of composition and storytelling. There’s nothing he loves more than partnering with fellow lovers of language, literature, and literacy and co-constructing purposeful curriculum and powerful instruction. 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 adorable son, Henry.

Competencies and Interests


BA in English

MAT in Secondary Education

EdD in Learning Design and Leadership (pursuing)

Classroom Teacher in Middle and High Schools

Featured by outlets like NCTE and National Write Center

Research Interests

New Literacies

Literacy Instruction and Support

Curriculum Design

Language and Literature

Multimodal Composition

Support Offered

Professional and Learning Workshops

Curriculum Co-design

Lesson Co-Planning

Educator Coaching

Currently reading or reflecting on:

  • Engaging Curriculum: Bridging the Curriculum Theory and English Education Divide
  • A Teachers Guide to Mentor Texts
  • Making Sense: Reference, Agency, and Structure in a Grammar of Multimodal Meaning
  • Adding Sense: Context and Interest in a Grammar of Multimodal Meaning
  • Education in a Time Between Worlds: Essays on the Future of Schools, Technology, and Society
  • Pointless: An English Teacher’s Guide to More Meaningful Grading

Blog Plosts

The Power of Small Changes

The Power of Small Changes

This blog was written by LTT Extended Team Member, Karli Lomax as well as teacher Sandra Lima. My school, Graded: The American School of São Paulo –...

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