traverse expedition guides
Bo Adams (@boadams1) believes any boundaries between school and life should be blurred and semi-permeable at least. For more than a decade, his core research question has been, “If school is meant to prepare kids for real life, then why doesn’t school look more like real life?”
In June 2013, Bo joined Mount Vernon Presbyterian School as Chief Learning and Innovation Officer.
From July 2012 to May 2013, Bo served as the Director of Educational Innovation at Unboundary, a strategic design studio in Atlanta, Georgia. From 1995 until 2012, Bo worked at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. In Bo’s last nine years at Westminster, he served as the principal of the Junior High School. In 2006, Bo co-founded The Center for Teaching at The Westminster Schools. In 2010, Bo and Jill Gough launched “Synergy” – a community-issues, project-based, problem-identification-and-solutions course for eighth graders.
Coeylen Barry has spent the last 10 years working in innovative educational programming. After receiving her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Teacher Education from Stanford University, she joined the founding team of African Leadership Academy (www.africanleadershipacademy.org) as manager of curriculum development. In this position she oversaw the design of a cutting edge Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Design, and African Studies curriculum. Students who have completed this program are already changing the world with their innovative ideas.
After launching the ALA in South Africa, Coeylen joined the K-12 lab at the Stanford Institute of Design to help with teacher training and curriculum development. She led workshops for schools and educators from around the world.
Coeylen is the founder and CEO of Createdu, a Human-Centered Design consultancy which provides design thinking workshops for leading institutions such as Stanford and Harvard and provides educational consulting to schools and districts both locally and internationally. She is currently working with CU Boulder and local businesses to tackle challenging problems ranging from marketing to product development to business strategy.
Tim Carlin (@TimCarlinNow) has experience in a variety of educational avenues that range from presenting school assemblies from Maine to Virginia, owning a rock climbing gym, developing an outdoor education program in Rifle Colorado, and leading many different schools.
As a leader, Tim has worked in a school at the top 1% of achievement in the US, lead a nationally known online school, and commuted 300 times over Berthoud Pass to work in rural Grand County. Each experience has added a new layer to his perspective of education and how to meet the needs of very different communities. Currently Tim works at Everitt Middle School, part of JeffCO public schools, and has joined a passionate group of educators driven to developing a growth mindset in students from truly diverse backgrounds.
Tim is a huge advocate for custom school design and powerful vision work. He champions the idea that with belief in design, schools can push beyond any barrier. When away from education, his joy is spending time with his family and venturing into the wilderness hiking, biking, or skiing.
Meredith Goddard (@meredithinpdx) teaches citizenship, empathy and innovation at Catlin Gabel School, co-founded Startup Camp, and directs Gender Gap Year. Meredith co-organized the first educational tract for Design Week Portland and works hard to reimagine and envision the future of learning.
Meredith has developed history and social studies classes around three questions, “Who am I?,” “Who are we?,” and “What is good?” and loves being part of student’s life-long journeys towards self-understanding and global awareness. She has also worked to realign incentives in the classroom with incentives in the real world by piloting an “Economics of Innovation” course that evaluates student portfolios on progress, process and reflection. Recently, Meredith partnered with the “Teach the Future” organization to introduce students to foresight methodologies, to better understand change, and to prepare students for livelihoods that have not yet been invented. Meredith is excited to lead learning expeditions on entrepreneurship and futurism at the Traverse Conference.
Meredith has a Bachelor's degree in History from Carleton College, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Duke University and spent five years teaching Advanced Placement US History in public schools before feeling called to a more meaningful, creative and sustainable life during a swim across Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. In her free time, Meredith reads voraciously, sets goals, runs long distances, hikes, swings in hammocks, bakes, and goes on long walks with her husband, Scott, and chocolate lab, Paddington.
Chris Jackson (@cjacksonj13) is the Chief Communications Officer of Big Picture Learning, whose mission is the education of a nation, one student at a time. At its core, Big Picture Learning is all about meeting students at their area of interest. Big Picture Learning designs innovative learning environments, researches and replicates new models for learning, and trains educators to serve as leaders in their schools and communities. Central to this design, Big Picture—like Traverse itself—understands that effective teaching and learning is not bound by the four walls of the classroom; that students have as much (if not more) to learn about the world around them--through direct interaction with community mentors—as they do in the school house.
Chris is also the former Director of the College & Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA), a problem-based assessment of 21st century skills. Prior to his work with the Big Picture Learning and CWRA, Chris taught high school English, served as an AmeriCorps volunteer, and distributed books to the nation’s most in-need children as part of the national team at Reading Is Fundamental (RIF). Chris holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado (so is excited to come home to Boulder!) and a Master’s Degree in Policy and Non-profit Management from the New York University Wagner School of Public Service. Despite years of professional experience, Chris still has not thought to boilerplate his personal biography, which is evident by this timely reference: Go see Big Hero 6!
Gretchen Morgan (@gretchedu) is the Executive Director of Choice and Innovation at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). In this role, she leads work in the areas of Innovation and Charter Schools, Online and Blended Learning, and Innovation Learning.
Prior to being at CDE, Morgan worked as a principal, curriculum and program developer, instructional and leadership coach, and an elementary school teacher.
Gretchen Morgan is also the author of Innovative Educators: An Action Plan for Teachers, in which she shows teachers how to adapt existing practices and how to invent new ones that foster a proactive mindset.
Ross Wehner (@RossWehner) is Founder of World Leadership School and TabLab. Both organizations help K-12 schools empower young leaders by making the shift to student-centered learning.
Ross is focused on exploring world problems and their solutions. He began his career as a journalist covering the end of the Pinochet government in Chile for the San Francisco Chronicle. He went on to write about climate change, terrorism, corporate corruption, and other topics in Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, and Mexico.
Ross started World Leadership School because he wanted to shift from reporting on problems, to generating solutions. Over the years, World Leadership School has developed dozens of travel and learning partnerships between schools in North America and developing regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
TabLab is an effort to help rural schools in the developing world transform themselves by overcoming the digital divide. TabLab is a two-year school transformation program that includes a teacher trainer and a mobile tablet lab, which needs neither electricity or internet to operate. TabLab currently operates in Costa Rica, Tanzania and rural USA with a program coming soon in India.
Greg Bamford (@gregbamford) is Head of School at Watershed School in Boulder, Colorado.
A veteran independent school teacher and faculty leader, he took a break from school life in 2010 to work with corporate and school clients. During this time, he curated TEDxOverlake and co-founded Leadership+Design, which launched a leadership development program that trained young people to use design thinking to solve community challenges.
In 2014, he returned to school life full time as Head of School at Watershed, attracted by its tradition of embodying research-based innovations in education.
Greg holds an Ed.M. in Educational Leadership from Columbia University and is a featured presenter on education at national events. He is a father of two and lives and works in Boulder County, Colorado.
Emily Braucher makes a unique contribution to the field of cultural competency by combining a strong academic background with extensive experience in international development programs and a masterful approach to group facilitation.
Having worked, volunteered, researched and traveled in over 30 countries including two years of service in the US Peace Corps, Emily has worked with diverse clientele including non-profit staff, international business professionals, refugees, university students and high school students both domestically and abroad.
She completed her Bachelor of Arts at Brown University and graduated with two Master of Arts degrees from the University of Denver (Cultural Anthropology and International & Intercultural Communication). Emily also works with the graduate department at Regis University (Denver, CO) teaching Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication and Ethics.
Meghan Cureton is the Director of the Innovation Diploma, a newly launched program at Mount Vernon that encourages students to explore and investigate questions or curiosities that may not fit within the typical framework of school. The program encourages student learners to partner with leaders in the community to tackle real-world challenges. Built upon the foundation of the five disruptive skills of innovators from Innovator’s DNA - observe, question, associate, network, and experiment - this program allows students to become the drivers and designers of their own learning.
Meghan grew up in the northeast, graduated with a Bachelor’s from the University of Connecticut, and a Master’s in the Art of Teaching from Simmons College. Having grown tired of the north, her family of four relocated to Atlanta, where Meghan initially taught English and served as the Coordinator of Mount Vernon’s school-wide writing program. Since relocating to Atlanta, she has also served as a Designer for the #AK12DC team, and a Design Thinking coach for #fuse14.
With eleven years of professional experience in Education, Meghan is an enthusiastic learner, reader, and constant sharer of ideas who embraces any opportunity to broaden her learning network.
Simon Hart is a cultural anthropologist gone experiential educator who has worked in both wilderness and cross-cultural settings since a teenager. For the past ten years he has worked with colleges, high schools, and local communities to develop experiential international programming, professional trainings, and innovative curriculum that engages participants in intimate relationships with the unknown towards holistic learning and development.
He is currently the Director of School Partnerships at Where There Be Dragons where he works to design and implement experiential training seminars focused on best practices in risk management, curriculum design, and facilitation.
Christian Long (@ChristianLong) is an educator, designer, school planner, technology expert, educational futurist, and passionate advocate for innovative learning communities. He is also the co-founder of WONDER, By Design, a multi-disciplinary collaborative that explores the future of learning.
Before co-founding Wonder, Christian served as Vice President / Education for Cannon Design, while also co-leading the firm’s The Third Teacher + design team / platform. Additionally, Christian is the founder/co-developer of Prototype Design Camp, an innovative national design program for young creatives.
Christian holds a master’s degree in education, with a concentration in school design, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Beyond his work in the school design industry, he spent 15 yrs as an educator, coach, program director, and experiential education leader in the US, as well as an educator in Tokyo, Japan and on the Navajo Reservation (New Mexico).
Garrett Mason (@GarrettWMason) is Director of Innovation+Design at St. Martin's Episcopal School in Metairie, Louisiana where he trains teachers in the design thinking process and facilitates experiential learning opportunities for students through the application of design thinking to real-world problems. He has spent the past 10 years serving as an independent and public school educator and administrator, and he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia.
Garrett has led design thinking and group dynamics workshops in the U.S. and overseas. He facilitates professional development training for educators through Leadership+Design (www.leadershipanddesign.org<http://www.leadershipanddesign.org>) and works with CorpsAfrica (www.corpsafrica.org<http://www.corpsafrica.org>) to train young African leaders using design thinking as a tool for community development. He believes passionately in empowering others to be creative, collaborative problem-solvers.
Jeff Osgood is a Middle School Educator at Watershed School in Boulder, CO.
Jeff grew up in central Ohio, but a fateful backpacking trip to Colorado and Utah as a teen firmly anchored his heart in the American West. After graduating from Ohio University with an MFA in film and working for a year in film and video production, Jeff hoodwinked his wife into moving to Boulder.
Jeff entered education in 1999. He’s worked with just about every age group and ability level. He’s assisted special needs kids at the elementary level, taught English to high school students, led writing courses for adults, and guided middle school learners through humanities, animation and video production. Jeff has worked in public schools as well as independent educational settings such as The Governor’s Summer Institute in Akron, Ohio and Alexander Dawson Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
Outside of the classroom, Jeff wrangles his four children, keeps bees, and grows vegetables. He is also a published and prize-winning writer. In his meager spare time, Jeff slips away to the Desert Southwest in search of mystery and peace.
Jeff’s hopes as an educator are to provide a variety of resources and genuine opportunities for every one of his students. With respect, understanding, and patience, he strives to realize every student’s attributes and potential.
George Zaninovich (@PLACE_PDX) is the PLACE (Planning and Leadership Across City Environments) program director and PLACE Center director for Catlin Gabel School. PLACE is open to youth throughout the region who are interested in using real-world problem solving to be leaders for substantive positive community change.
As a longtime advocate of progressive and experiential education that puts students in real-world leadership postings, George also established EECO (Environmental Education and Community Outreach) for Peninsula School in Menlo Park, CA, created a hands-on, urban issues-based course for Global Online Academy and has worked on multiple community projects around the Portland region.
George holds a master's degree from Portland State University in urban planning with a focus on citizen involvement and social equity.
George has presented his work in varying forums around the country and worked with teachers from around the world on authentic ways to connect classrooms to communities.