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Reinventing Education

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IDEA supports teachers and people who work with youth to recognize and become effective advocates for learning that matters to them and their communities.

Meet our organizers who are educators or are working with educators:

Nancy Flanagan

Nancy Flanagan, Sr. Fellow - Cedar, MI

Nancy Flanagan is a retired teacher, with 31 years as a K-12 Music specialist in the Hartland, Michigan schools. She was named Michigan Teacher of the Year in 1993, and is a National Board Certified Teacher. She served for two years as Teacher in Residence with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, working on issues of teacher leadership and education reform. Flanagan is co-founder of the Network of Michigan Educators and her blog, Teacher in a Strange Land, is featured on Education Week's Teacher division.

Marta Aguila

Marta Aguila - Chicago, IL

Marta was born in Chicago and has organized for the empowerment of student and youth voice in the community grassroots setting. She has done Participatory Action Research (PAR) and organizing with the Chicago Student Bill of Rights (CSBoR) project, as well as undergraduate research on student voice and its importance while at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Marta is committed to changing the paradigm of how youth and community are engaged in the process of development and change.

Kathryn Byrnes

Kathryn Byrnes - Brunswick, ME

Teacher educator Kathryn Byrnes facilitates the capacity of preservice teachers at Bowdoin College and inservice teachers in Maine to cultivate contemplative/mindfulness pedagogy and practices. Her scholarship seeks to understand how these practices impact communities of learners.

Josephine Salvador

Josephine Salvador - Brooklyn, NY

Josephine has worked with students from kindergarten through college. Starting as a Spanish language teacher, she is dedicated to helping students express their dreams in many languages. Her most recent work has been supporting student efforts to create the governments-- in elementary, junior and high schools-- that they'd like to be.

Sharon Trautwein

Sharon Trautwein - Moscow, ID

Sharon Trautwein is a theatre professional and educator whose eclectic background ranges from teaching at-risk children in Laramie, Wyoming, to building a hostel for women in the Everest region of Nepal. Sharon earned her BFA and MFA in theatre directing and has worked 15 years as a theatre educator across the Western US. She began her career as a theatre educator working with the Youth Theatre Northwest, while living in Seattle. She taught at-risk children working with the Mae Olsen Education Ctr and the Laramie Jr. high school in Laramie, WY. She has taught with the Idaho Repertory Theatre and at the Moscow Charter School in Moscow, Idaho. Sharon also taught a Theatre Methods course at the University of Idaho (UI), teaching education majors how to use theatre methods to teach core classes. She taught Globalization and Genders Studies courses at UI, as well. She is a staunch supporter of arts education programming and the de-polarization of gender. She currently works as the Regional Director with the Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (MAPP).

John Dubie - South Hero, VT

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