Consilience Learning

Menu

Who We Are

We have something different to offer.

Consilience is a global innovation consultancy, grounded in school-based research and development. We have created school-tested systems, processes, and tools for sustained innovation for relevant learning for students. We take a systematic, research ­based approach to helping schools and organizations create new innovations that meet the needs of learners in their unique contexts.

OUR Team

We have built an experienced, agile team with an innovation mindset and a long term commitment to helping leaders and teams invent the future.

India Team

The talented team of tech integration specialists, researchers, maker engineers, data scientists, and instructional designers at our India office who support institutions as they lead change and transformation.

Board of Governors

Consilience is privileged to have the valued counsel of the following individuals.

Suzie Boss

Suzie Boss

Writer and Educational Consultant 

Read Bio
Dr. Paul Fochtman

Dr. Paul Fochtman

Head of School, Frankfurt International School

Read Bio
Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson

Head of School, American School of Bombay

Read Bio
Scott Klososky

Scott Klososky

International Speaker and Author

Read Bio
Dr Prasad Modak

Dr. Prasad Modak

Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) at IL&FS

Read Bio
Dr. Brett Jacobsen

Dr. Brett Jacobsen

Head of School, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Read Bio
Mike Ehrhardt

Mike Ehrhardt

Head of School,
Cary Academy

Read Bio
Ninad Karpe

Ninad Karpe

Director
Aptech Ltd.

Read Bio

OUR PANEL OF CONSULTANTS

Consilience is privileged to have the valued partnership of the following consultants serving on our Panel of Consultants

Bernajean Porter

Bernajean Porter

Bernajean Porter is a high energy, featured speaker, futurist, consultant and large group facilitator at national and international events or projects, inspiring vision into-practice strategies using technology to re-culture as well as accelerate possibilities in preparing the next generation for their own greatness. Her philosophy and approach uses cutting edge organizational processes for building local capacity to translate the power of technology’s potential into actual classroom practices for ALL students.

Bernajean’s enthusiasm and vivacious approach to work creates an energetic climate inspiring new possibilities. Her consultancy reflects a belief that technology can accelerate rediscovering joy, spirit and personal success for ALL learners – young and ageless. She is author of Evaluating Digital Products: Training and Resource Tools for Using Student Scoring Guides; DigiTales: The Art of Telling Digital Stories; I-imagine: Taking My Place in the World; and presently working with a publisher on her new ebook: Brains and Hearts On Fire ~ Learning, Thinking and Communication in a Digital Age.

Her special passion for media-making as an essential new literacy presently inspires facilitating digital storytelling events internationally as well as five [5] online graduate courses for global educators hosted by ASB Online Academy, culminating in a certificate for The Art of MultiMedia Communication and Digital Storytelling.

When it comes to doing the hard or impossible things now necessary in schools to ensure students having out-of-this-world possibilities, Bernajean’s personal motto of “Da Um Jeitinho”- there is ALWAYS a way – let’s make IT happen together - sets the tone for her dedicated long, term work with educators.

Colleen Broderick

Colleen Broderick

Colleen Broderick is the Chief Learning Designer of ReSchool Colorado, a multi-year initiative of the Donnell-Kay Foundation created to launch a new system of public education designed for today’s learner. At ReSchool, they’re digging deep into understanding how rapid cultural changes and breakthrough innovations can open the door to fundamentally transform the way we approach education. No longer captive of a single learning environment, they see learners unbundling school as we know it, then supported by an advocate network to rebundle opportunities aligned to a competency-based framework ensuring that learners develop the intelligence, confidence, and common sense they need to reach their potential.

Colleen has worked in education for more than twenty years as a teacher, an instructional coach, a learning designer, and a leader of professional learning across the state of Colorado and in Malaysia, Kazakhstan, and Nepal. She has been fortunate to open two project-based schools, one focusing on arts integration and the other on entrepreneurial skills while working as a school designer for EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning). Prior to returning to the United States in 2013, Colleen was the Director of Teaching and Learning for the American School of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and most recently, served as the Director of Online Professional Development for EL Education, leading the organization through the development and implementation of an online strategy that seeks to extend the learning of educators across the United States. She has led workshops on user-centered design with a focus on prototyping, cultivating professional learning communities, standards-based and competency-based learning models, project-based instruction and curriculum development, instructional coaching, new school planning, and assessment. You can learn more about her current work at reschoolcolorado.org

Connie White

Connie White

Connie White taught high school Physics, Chemistry & Math before becoming an Educational Instructional Specialist (EIS) for IBM. While there, she began working and consulting with teachers, teacher leaders, and administrators across the country. Her work supported schools and districts in planning and executing large scale improvement initiatives, visioning, professional development and technology integration. Connie then transitioned to become the leader of one of the first one-to-one laptop/tablet programs in the United States as Lakeview Academy’s Director of Technology and Learning. After 14 years of her successful leadership, Connie transitional into her role as the Director of Learning Design & Innovation at Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia where she can focus each day on her passion of teacher growth and curriculum development. Connie has specialized in start-up technology initiatives, professional development, pedagogies, STEM, strategic planning, brain-based learning, and leadership development since 1995. She is a frequent conference speaker and has conducted hundreds of workshops & seminars throughout the United States and internationally.

Connie has developed and taught on-line graduate and professional development courses for ASB Online Academy and with the Online School for Girls. Topics include curriculum mapping, creating online content and brain-based learning. She has also co-created and facilitated learning for hundreds of teachers through an online Google course. Connie is a life-long learner who stays abreast and launches contemporary instructional and technological tools and strategies to meet the needs of today’s students. She helped design GaETC’s Internet Safety Curriculum, she designed and implemented one of the first Remote School Plans in the US and her work appeared on the cover of USA Today.

Connie is also an educational thought leader. She writes the education column for Southern Distinction magazine and was recently selected as Georgia’s representative writer in EdSurge’s 50 States Project. She is currently serving her second term as the President of AATE which is an ISTE Affiliate and serves on the PSC (Professional Standards Commission) in the area of Instructional Technology for the state of Georgia. Connie is a Google Certified Teacher, a Microsoft Trainer, a certified LoTi mentor, a Paul Harris Fellow, and a finalist for the Tech Leader of the Year Award. Connie also serves on the Board of Governors for the Bammy Awards, and is a consultant for Educational Collaborators.

Don Buckley

Don Buckley

Don Buckley believes in design thinking as a methodology to solve wicked problems and is dedicated to creating new possibilities in education.

Don is a design thinker, innovator, and educator who uses design to create innovative solutions in education. He is an author, public speaker and workshop facilitator with appearances at TEDx, NAIS, NYSAIS CAIS, NWAIS, EduCon, COSEN, PAIS, ISAS, NCGS, EARCOS, INNOVATED, The Global Education Conference, PBS, Edutopia and more. Don is based in New York City and is the co-founder of Tools at Schools an organization that co-designs products with students and teaches them design thinking. He is also part of the faculty of the Teachers College, Columbia, Mathematics, Science and Technology.

Don is an author of the first web based science series for schools Interactive Science, published by Pearson. He is also featured in the book Blended Leadership –Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off, published by Wiley

Don lectures and consults internationally on design thinking, maker spaces and innovation in education.

Dorothy Barnhouse

Dorothy Barnhouse

Dorothy is a literacy consultant and instructional coach based in New York City and Mumbai. She started teaching through a fellowship at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project while studying writing at Columbia University. She has since devoted her career to making the teaching of reading and writing – from elementary school through college -- more authentic and engaging. A firm believer in the power of inquiry, Dorothy leads teacher study groups and facilitates classroom lab sites that are rooted in questioning and observing and that honor process and practice.

Dorothy regularly presents at national conferences and is the author of Readers Front and Center: Helping All Students Engage with Complex Texts (Stenhouse 2014) and co-author of What Readers Really Do: Teaching the Process of Meaning Making (Heinemann 2012). Her award-winning fiction and essays have been published in small presses and newspapers.

Elizabeth Helfant

Elizabeth Helfant

Elizabeth Helfant is the Director of Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation at the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS), a JK-12 school of 1250 students in Missouri. Following graduation from Davidson College in 1984, Ms Helfant began her career in education teaching chemistry, physics, and mathematics. She has been in education for 29 years, 16 of which have been at MICDS. She had an integral role in implementing a 1-to-1 tablet program in grades 7-12 at MICDS. Elizabeth has presented at numerous conferences, including Midwest Educational Technology Conference, ISTE, ASB Un-Plugged and the Lausanne Laptop Institute. She presents and consults on a wide range of topics including Best Practices in Assessment, Teaching Skills with Technology, Using Brain Research in the Classroom. Designing Student-centered Curriculum, Engagement Strategies, Design Thinking, and STEM education. Elizabeth is also well-versed in designing and delivering professional development for faculty and connecting it to faculty growth/portfolios aligned to either Danielson or Marzano’s frameworks.

Elizabeth has worked as a consultant for the last 8 years providing workshops on her favorite presentation topics as well as on a variety of platforms and tools such as Google Apps, Office 365, Haiku, Instructure Canvas, Adobe, and Interactive Projectors. She has consulted internationally for both public and private institutions. In her spare time, she has taught courses for ASB Online Academy, The Online School for Girls, and Global Online Academy.

A perpetual learner, Elizabeth counts herself as a thought leader and change agent who has a talent for helping others synthesize the educational literature with their practice in a way that leads to thoughtful implementation and classroom change that impacts student learning.

Erma Anderson

Erma Anderson

Erma Anderson is a former high school physics and mathematics teacher and Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellow in the United States Senate. She was a Senior Program Officer with the National Research Council assisting in the development of the National Science Education Standards and a Christa McAuliffe Fellow with the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education. She has worked with the National Science Teachers Association on several projects including, the Mentoring Initiative e-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS), development of sciLINKS (www.sciLINKS.org) and Project Manager of Scope, Sequence and Coordination of Secondary School Science, a science curriculum reform project of NSTA. She was a consultant and advisor to the Council for Basic Education’s Schools Around the World (www.s-a-w.org ) project, developing and implementing the Evidence to Excellence protocol and a series of professional development activities that use student work from nine participating countries to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. She worked with the Council in the writing of state and district curriculum frameworks and benchmarking state standards to NAEP and designing a tool for reviewing state science frameworks. She has considerable experience developing and facilitating workshops with formal and informal science education entities such as Educational Field Studies; National Institute of Medicine; United States Forestry Service; National Park Service, Kidsnet, school districts, and states. Currently she is an independent science/ mathematics consultant working with more than 75 International Schools.

Gretel Patch

Gretel Patch

Gretel Patch has reared her four children in five countries so far and is a global nomad at heart. Passionate about where technology and education meet, Gretel enjoys working with students and teachers in a variety of settings. She holds a Masters of Educational Technology and a Technology Integration Specialist graduate certificate from Boise State University, and a BA in Communications from Brigham Young University. In 2013 she was selected to attend the Google Teacher Academy in Sydney and is a Google Certified Innovator. She has worked at Lincoln School in Nepal as a K-12 technology integration coordinator and in Virginia as a communications specialist for Falls Church City schools. She has presented in Washington, D.C. with the Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad for her technology outreach efforts with disadvantaged Nepali students. Gretel has presented at ISTE, ASB Unplugged, Google Apps for Education summits, online conferences, and various professional development efforts. She served for one year on the Parent Research and Development committee at the American School of Bombay, currently serves on the ASB Board's Council of Advisors and the Principal's Advisory Committee, and is an ASB Online Academy instructor. She is a literacy grant recipient from Phi Kappa Phi and shares STEAM activities with disadvantaged girls in Mumbai. Gretel blogs at www.edtechdidi.com.

Jessica Barksdale

Jessica Barksdale

Jessica is a specialist in creativity, art materials, and student-led inquiry in early childhood education. Her work emphasizes choice-based opportunities and focuses on open-ended exploration, experimentation, questioning, discovery, and reflection. Backed by research, she highlights and celebrates the importance of the process in quality art experiences for children and classrooms of all ages.

Jessica brings over 15 years of teaching experience in public, private, and international school settings. Her focus on developing innovative curriculum based on student inquiry has left long lasting impressions on hundreds of children and families. She is the founder of Early Years Art (www.earlyyearsart.com), which provides creative tools and consulting services for those seeking to add more artistic knowledge and skills to teacher “toolboxes” and programs. Jessica has executed numerous workshops and presentations for educators, parents, and caregivers. In order to gain and apply knowledge in a variety of settings, workshops are rooted in the power of play, exploration, storytelling, problem-solving, and creative thinking.

Jessica holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership in the Visual Arts from a collaborative program with Bank Street College of Education and Parsons School of Design in New York City. This degree complements her work in the field and her love of working creatively with schools, teachers, and young children. She currently resides in Teton Valley, Idaho.

Connect with Jessica on her website: www.earlyyearsart.com, on Instagram @earlyyearsart, on Pinterest at earlyyearsart, or by email: jessbarksdale@gmail.com

Joseph Murphy

Joseph Murphy

As a veteran International School educator of twenty-two years, Joe’s avataar’s have included that of both teacher and counselor. He has taught Advanced Placement and IB Social Studies as well as Middle School Social Studies and Language Arts. As a counselor he has practiced in all three divisions: Elementary, Middle, and High School. Leaning on his K-12 experiences, Joe has developed a holistic vision of how to best help students as they transition between the phases of their educational careers. Joe’s expertise lie in transitional counseling; creating systems to support social and emotional development of students in addition to their academic growth; using data to inform learning; promoting the importance to teacher student relationships in the learning process.

Joe has developed the 3-prong approach of Thriving Transitions, Understanding the Adolescent Mind, and Connected Relationships to provide students with a caring, compassionate and relevant counseling program that creates an environment for success as they negotiate through an evolving educational landscape. His work with supporting transitioning families sets the stage for student growth and family engagement.

Joe has facilitated presentations to audiences of Middle School teachers and parents on topics such as Adolescent brain development; Adolescent Social and Emotional Needs; Creating strong teacher-student connections in the Middle School Years; Establishing Awesome Advisory Programs; Leading Parent Book Clubs; Transitioning Third Culture Kids; Transitioning To Middle School. In addition Joe worked with data scientists to create student data profiles to visualize student growth. Joe has presented at conferences on this topic and is also the author of the article, “Student Data Profiles: Visualizing Student Success in the Middle School.”

Joe is committed to ensuring the development and establishment of best practices in the world of counseling, and he is committed to supporting systems that bring about wellness and holistic growth. Helping students grow and learn is a team effort built on relationships and Joe would welcome the opportunity to consult with international schools looking to develop counseling programs that best meet the needs of their school community. You can follow Joe on Twitter at @JosephMurphy9

Kevin Jarrett

Kevin Jarrett

Kevin Jarrett is an award-winning educator, author, speaker, and respected STEM / Maker Education consultant. Everything he does is grounded in the belief that giving students the opportunity to imagine and create innovative solutions to real-world problems helps them develop the skills, dispositions, and adaptable mindset needed to survive and thrive in an uncertain future. He also believes that making in general and the school maker movement in specific presents a unique opportunity to put students in charge of their own learning. So, after fifteen years in public education, he now devotes 100% of his time to helping schools embrace maker-centered educational programs, primarily by designing awe-inspiring makerspaces and the hands-on, minds-on learning experiences that flourish within them. Kevin is a Google Certified Innovator, one of twenty current Stanford Fablearn Fellows, and a co-founder of the Edcamp movement. He is active on social media, having built a professional learning network of nearly 30,000 people worldwide on Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+. He lives in Northfield, New Jersey with his wife and two daughters. In his “spare time,” he enjoys geeking out with his maker friends, cycling, camping and photography.

Khushnuma Ferzandi

Khushnuma Ferzandi

For 22 years, Khushnuma Ferzandi has brought her enthusiastic, outgoing, and vivacious personality to The American School of Bombay (ASB). She has wholeheartedly given her all to the roles of Classroom Teacher, EAL Program Coordinator, IB PYP Coordinator and Instructional Coach. As PYP Coordinator, Khushnuma has facilitated and led ASB into Authorisation and Evaluation.

She continues to be active in IB Asia Pacific as part of the IB Educators Network, PYP Workshop Leader, Consultant and School Visitor. Her consultancy skills have been carefully honed over her years of experience - she's almost got consultancy down to a fine art! In her role as IB Consultant, she provides support to candidate schools mentoring in preparation for the verification visit. As a workshop leader, Khush has tailored in-school workshops to meet the needs of schools, as well as, led workshops at IB Regional Conferences to meet the needs of the IB Community. As an IB Visit Team Leader she has worked closely with the school and IB regional office in programme verification and evaluation visits. She has lead the visiting team when conducting visits and preparing the visit report for submission to the regional office.

Khushnuma believes in the importance of education and her deep love of the field is evident in everything she does. Through her IB knowledge and skills as a PYP leader, one thing is very clear. Khushnuma takes into account all aspects of teaching and learning. Like Aristotle said, Khush believes, "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."

Lucy Gray

Lucy Gray

Currently an education consultant advising a variety of organizations, Lucy Gray previously taught elementary grade levels in Chicago Public Schools and middle school computer science at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. She also has worked at the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute and the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education. In 2007, Lucy founded the Global Education Collaborative, a network for educators interested in collaboration which has been expanded into the Global Education Conference Network. In her consulting life, she has led CoSN’s Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative, developed strategic plans and content for companies, provided professional development coaching to school districts, and presented at many conferences. Lucy also has received the distinctions of Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Innovator, and has been appointed as an Education Fast Forward fellow.

Maggie Hos-McGrane

Maggie Hos-McGrane

Maggie has been teaching for over 30 years, 25 of these in international schools in Europe and Asia, and is currently working as a Director of Educational Technology at ASB. She is passionate about empowering teachers to use technology to transform learning. Maggie has taught students from age 3 to 18 in the IB PYP, MYP and DP programmes. She is also an IB consultant, school visitor and workshop leader, facilitating both online, face-to-face regional workshops and in-school workshops. Maggie has presented at international conferences including ISTE, Learning2, ECIS, AASSA and EARCOS, in Asia, Europe, Africa, North and South America. Maggie is a Google Innovator and has published several books about digital citizenship and technology integration. Maggie’s blog, Tech Transformation, has been read by around 900,000 educators. In 2012 Maggie was recognized as one of the 365 heroes of education by Anthony Salcito, the Vice-President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft.

Expertise: Technology Integration

Technology Integration

Maggie has more than 10 years of experience in 1:1 programmes and 4 years of BYOD. Throughout this time she has worked to help teachers to integrate technology into their programmes in meaningful and authentic ways.

Technology Audit

Technology should be used to promote higher order thinking, and to redefine the tasks that students are engaged in. For the past 4 years Maggie has conducted a tech audit at ASB to determine the impact of technology on teaching and learning.

Cognitive Coaching/Tech Coaching

Maggie has completed the advanced cognitive coaching training and has implemented this at ASB through developing the leadership skills of teachers as they have moved into a technology coaching role. Tech coaches help teachers to set professional learning goals using technology, as well as to assess the impact of technology on student learning.

Flipped Learning

Maggie has run workshops, including 4 week online workshops, to help teachers flip their classrooms and to consider what is the best use of face-to-face time in class.

Examples of My Work:

Mario Fishery

Mario Fishery

Mario has almost 16 years of experience in the areas of strategic planning, leadership and innovation, and change management in the field of information technology. He has a Masters Degree in Information Management and consults with international schools to provide infrastructure guidance, enabling schools to implement IT solutions that match their needs in areas such as complete Wired and Wireless Secure Infrastructure, BYOD, Cloud Computing (Microsoft Office 365 & Google Apps), Licensing, Resource Planning, Business Continuity and Infrastructure Disaster Management.

Mario has extensive experience in technology conference planning and execution, including organizing Asia’s first laptop conference for international schools. He has presented at international conferences such as the ISTE Conferences in the US, ASB Un-Plugged, Innovate Conference (Brazil), and the Laptop Institute in Memphis, USA. Presentations have included topics such as ITIL, Help Desk Management, IT Budgeting, Vendor and Configuration Management, Wireless Access and Security for IT Directors and Head of School's, BYOD and Cyber Security.

Mario’s current position as Director of Technology Support at ASB involves leading the entire IT infrastructure and IT support operations, providing critical support in a school known for being a world leader in education. He has successfully planned and implemented the BYOD program including setting up the IT infrastructure to support an environment for multiple operating systems. Mario has setup and administered online learning environments such as Haiku and Moodle. For the past decade Mario has taught a cyber security course at ASB and is now teaching this course through the ASB Online Academy.

In addition to his role in schools, Mario has worked in the Business Processing Outsourcing industry, providing complete infrastructure setup of offices in the UK and India, and remote set up of offices in the US, New Zealand, Spain and Mexico. His role involved managing the entire IT infrastructure to best provide a quality service to customers. Mario is an expert in leveraging his experience and skills to accomplish, innovate, and lead organizations as they develop their strategic information technology vision.

Nupur Gupta

Nupur Gupta

Nupur is an educator with master's degrees in education from Boston University, and in fine arts from India. She has over twenty years of diverse teaching experience. She has taught in grades K-12 in the USA, and in India, in both local and international schools. Her teaching experience spans a wide spectrum ranging from US public school systems, Indian school boards, PYP, MYP, and IB diploma programs. As a fine arts teacher, she encourages innate creativity of students with emphasis on personalized learning.

She headed the fine arts department at the American School of Bombay for three years, and has served in a variety of leadership roles including grade level team leader and technology coach. She has integrated technology tools for formative assessment, reflection, and research as part of students’ e-portfolios. She has delivered technical presentations on “technology as an art tool” at the European Educators conference in Zurich. She has conducted an interactive workshop on the “Use of e-portfolio for reflection and assessment” at NAEA conference in New York. Nupur has designed curriculum for art therapy for motivation and effective self-expression by students.

Pip Curtis

Pip Curtis

Pip (Philippa) Curtis is currently the Middle School Principal at the American School of Bombay. She has been an international educator for 16 years. Born in England and raised in New Zealand, she has been an educator on four different continents. Prior to her current position, she spent ten years in China, most recently as the Middle and High School Principal at Shekou International School, and as the Curriculum Consultant at Shanghai American School. Pip teaches in the field of curriculum leadership at the Principals’ Training Centre. Over the last five years, she has worked with Principals and school leaders, providing training on a variety of approaches to curriculum as it pertains to planning, assessment, pedagogy, review and structures.

Pip’s profile allows her to work closely with learning coaches and teacher leaders to monitor learning and design professional development experiences which target deficits. Using an action research approach alongside data analysis and robust debate, Pip encourages coaches and leaders to take an honest look at student learning systems, curriculum models, and the organizational structures which support learning. Pip’s passion is working with faculties who wish to undertake curriculum development and who are committed to creating learning ecosystems committed to student growth. Believing that every school’s earnest desire is to enhance student learning, Pip is able to to promote reflection and discussion resulting in thoughtful plans for change.

Pip has expertise in standards based assessment and reporting, moving schools from simply planning based on academic standards, to collecting learning and assessment evidence which impacts student metacognition. She has worked with teams to build standards based grade books which delineate academic learning data from data collected on skills and habits. Her use of data to impact intrinsic motivation in a student body and to truly define learning goals for faculty is particularly relevant to the work of many schools. Implementing standards based assessment and reporting in middle and high school involves a great deal of parent education and professional learning for faculties around the world; Pip has steered two schools through successful implementation of standards based systems.

In the field of curriculum leadership, Pip is well grounded in documenting curriculum and quality assurance. She leads educators in a deep dive into what is worth learning. She analyzes learning evidence with teams and fosters an examination of the most relevant and appropriate pedagogy to achieve the intended learning.

A constant evaluation and analysis of what is relevant for today’s learner in terms of skills, dispositions and academic learning is essential for international schools. Pip works with groups of educators using protocols and processes which allow for honest debate and a student centered lens. She is well versed in her understanding of contemporary learning pathways and innovative curriculums – both in academic research and practical study.

Pip has led the Studio 6 program at the American School of Bombay that embraces a hands-on, rigorous, cross curricular approach to curriculum design and student learning. Pip is able to help school leaders and educators to consider how an innovative curriculum could maximize student learning and be best matched to a school’s mission. Such questions as how can Project or Problem Based Learning (PBL) be used effectively to support college readiness? How can service learning be incorporated into an academically rigorous program? How can the maker movement enhance achievement in cross curricular units? Or how can design thinking and creativity be used in the math classroom?

Purvi Vora

Purvi Vora

Purvi Vora is passionate educator who has donned several hats in the past 12 years - teacher, school leader, researcher, coordinator, teacher educator and social entrepreneur. With a PhD in science education from Teachers College Columbia University and a keen interest in issues of social justice, Purvi taught at two public schools in Harlem, NYC before moving back to India, where she took on the role of school leader at a charter school in Mumbai, located in a largely underserved community in the city.

Purvi later headed the Community and Social Responsibility Program at the American School of Bombay for four years, during which time the program evolved significantly to include authentic service-related experiences for students and meaningful, long-term relationships with NGOs. Her determination to focus the program on critical reflection and developing a sense of agency in students led to the design of enduring understandings for CSR that truly aligned with the school’s mission and core values, as well as the initiation of fifteen student-led service clubs that are still running sustainably. During this time, Purvi published two papers in Future Forwards- Volume 4.

In 2013, Purvi co-founded Reniscience Education, a boutique education consulting firm and think-tank. Since then, her firm has worked with more than five hundred teachers and school leaders across India, designing professional development opportunities around Project-Based and Experiential Learning, Understanding by Design, Data-Driven Planning, Critical Reflection and Praxis, Leveraging the Power of PLCs, and STEM education. Her organization is also the pedagogy partner for an English reading program delivered through Mumbai’s Virtual Classroom Program, a government-led initiative that uses VSAT to transmit live lessons to more than thirty-five thousand students across the city. Additionally, Reniscience Education also provides consulting services to corporate houses who are interested in the education sector.

Purvi’s expertise and interest lies in teacher education, program and curriculum design, and school leadership. She cares intensely about fundamental issues that impact teaching and learning, and believes that education reform MUST consider the school as a dynamic, inter-connected ecosystem.

Savio D'mello

Savio D'mello

Savio D’mello, has been in the Information Technology industry for sixteen years and associated with Education for the past nine years. He has a wide range of experience in leading technology infrastructure implementations globally. He has played a key role as a member of a team that audits schools globally looking in the areas of compliance and readiness in setting up their own systems. He helps schools build their technology vision and sustain it through continuous innovation. His strengths lie in working collaboratively with educators to bring innovation in classroom learning. With a focus on technology being the enabler, he has successfully helped educators embrace 21st century learning by providing solutions that help them achieve their goals of enhancing student knowledge. Savio has also been the leader in designing and implementing state-of-the-art Audio Video solutions for theatre and fine arts. This is an area of special interest - event management and providing AV solutions.

Savio has been active in organizing both TEDxASB and TEDxBandra – he has overseen the design and implemented the technical aspects for these events to run successfully. He presents at various international conferences including ASB Un-Plugged, ISTE Conference, Innovate Conference, and The Laptop Institute. His presentations focus on technology management and support throughout the organization, technology growth in the classroom using current technologies including networking solutions, security enhancements in data access, and addressing how education institutions can make informed decisions by helping them plan their budgets to generate higher returns on investments.

In his current role as Director of Technology Support, Savio has overseen the American School of Bombay’s progressive transition to a BYOD model. He also works to sustain innovation by being actively involved in the Research and Development team. He also oversees the Audio Video department and continuously helps the school leverage the latest technology to enhance student performance and learning.

Savio has also worked in different leadership capacities with planning and rolling out retail store projects that involved technology requirements to meet demanding timelines. He has worked in transitioning business processes and setting up offshore business units. He holds a Masters Degree in Information Management and a Masters in Educational Leadership.

Scott McLeod

Scott McLeod

Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on K-12 school technology leadership issues. After a 4-year hiatus to serve as the Director of Learning, Teaching, and Innovation for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency in Iowa, Dr. McLeod is returning to university life this August as an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado-Denver. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens).

In 2003 Dr. McLeod and his CASTLE co-director, Dr. Joan Hughes, created the country’s first graduate program designed to prepare technology-savvy school leaders. Since then he has worked with a number of corporate and organizational partners to move schools into the 21st century. Partners and supporters of his work have included Microsoft, IBM, the National School Boards Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the International Society for Technology in Education, the Consortium for School Networking, and the George Lucas Educational Foundation. In addition to his technology leadership work, Dr. McLeod has helped numerous school organizations survive and thrive in today’s data-driven accountability environment.

Dr. McLeod’s honors include being named as a Leader in Learning by the cable industry; an Emerging Leader by Phi Delta Kappa International; and one of the National School Board Association’s 20 To Watch. He was the first untenured faculty member to ever receive the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He received the William J. Davis Award in 2002 for the best research article of the year in Educational Administration Quarterly. In 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and was recognized as a technology innovator by the Center for Digital Education. In 2013 he received the Technology Leadership Award for the state of Iowa. In 2016 he received the Award for Outstanding Leadership from the International Society for Technology in Education.

Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at regional, state, national, and international conferences. He also is the co-editor of the book, What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media.

Shannon Gallagher Farrell

Shannon Gallagher Farrell

Shannon has held the role of classroom teacher, program coordinator, and instructional coach at schools in the U.S., Asia, and South America over the past nine years. In the coming school year, Shannon will be joining a team that works to develop innovative practices, through instructional coaching in mathematics, to a variety of schools and districts across Northeast Ohio. Throughout these varying roles Shannon has remained committed to developing innovative, authentic, and relevant experiences for learners of all ages. As a teacher and instructional coach, Shannon continues to seek out opportunities that challenge students and teachers to extend and enhance learning beyond the classroom walls.

Shannon has presented at conferences in the United States, Asia and South America on topics connected to student-driven learning, utilizing data to personalize learning, and a variety of innovative classroom strategies and practices. From her experiences globally, Shannon has developed a keen interest in developing her skills as a change agent. She continually seeks out new ways to transform, redefine, and disrupt traditional teaching practices; altering them into opportunities that allow for creation, innovation, and the ability to make an impact on the world.

Tomas Eliaeson
AIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C

Tomas Eliaeson

Partner & Director of Design for Community, Little

Tomas Jimenez-Eliaeson is the director of design for the Community Practice Area at Little, an industry leading architecture and design firm with more than 350 professionals in six locations around the globe. He leads a team of architects and designers dedicated to pre-K-12th grade education, civic and college and university projects. With more than 20 years of experience, Tomas’ passion is on creating immersive learning environments that meet the needs of global learning in the 21st century.

Tomas is a member of the AIA, NCARB, A4LE, and is a LEED Accredited professional. Originally from Spain, Tomas received his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Houston and a Master’s Degree in Architectural Design from the University of Texas. Tomas is currently focused on projects that fuse typological redefinitions and environmentally conscious design with leading-edge technology and innovation. In addition to his research and writing on designing the Immersive LearningScape, he has been exploring the relationship and connectivity between learning and the workplace in the future, as well as the intersection between learning, environments and the brain. He is a frequent presenter around the globe at such conferences as the AIA National Convention, the International Society of College and University Planners conference, A4LE (formerly CEFPI), NeoCon World’s Trade Fair and the Innovate 2015 conference.

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Brain + Space + Learning: Learning with Wellness and the Brain in Mind - UPCOMING : A4LE International Conference 2016
  • Brain + Space + Learning: Learning with Wellness and the Brain in Mind - Early Childhood Design Conference - A4LE
  • Where things Stand - Council for Great City Schools Conference - 2016
  • 21st Century Learningscapes - Council for Great City Schools Conference - 2016
  • Beyond Boundaries: Intersectional Learning for the Innovation Economy - 2016 NEOCON
  • Beyond Boundaries: Intersectional Learning for the Innovation Economy - 2015 Innovate Conference - Re:Imagine Schools Conference
  • 2014 Innovation in Education Symposium - University of Maryland Innovation Symposium
  • Beyond Boundaries: Intersectional Learning for the Innovation Economy - Society Of College and University Planners (SCUP) 2014
  • Matching Last Century’s Schools to 21st Century Needs – Symposium for Reforming Tucson USD
  • Dept. of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Think Tank - Vision For 21st Century Military Schools, 2011. Washington, DC

Recent Articles

2011 "The Immersive Learningscape" – Innovative Education Delivery – CEFPI Educational Facility Planner Magazine Volume 45, Issues 1&2.. http://media.cefpi.org/efp/EFP45-1and2Jimenez-Eliaeson.pdf

"The Immersive Learningscape 2.0 – A Pattern Language for the Design of the Learning Revolution Environments". CEFPI Educational Facility Planner Magazine Volume 47, Issues 2&3.pgs 54-64 2014 http://viewer.epaperflip.com/Viewer.aspx?docid=775ccad7-ced5-489b-af94-a2e000d68319#?page=0.

Sample of Work

Collaborators

The Company We Keep