2015 Ideas in Education Festival

Confirmed Speakers

Barnett Berry 

Barnett Berry is founder and CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ), which launched the nation's first virtual network of teacher leaders in 2003. The CTQ Collaboratory now supports more than 8,900 teachers who have unique opportunities to lead boldly without leaving the classroom. Barnett is a former classroom teacher, think tank analyst, senior state education agency bureaucrat, and university professor. His two books, TEACHING 2030 and Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead But Don't Leaveframe a bold vision for the profession's future. Follow Barnett and CTQ on Twitter: @BarnettCTQ and @teachingquality


Brianna Crowley

Brianna Crowley is a National Board Certified Teacher who teaches high school students and works as an instructional technology coach in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She currently serves in a hybrid role as ateacherpreneur with the Center for Teaching Quality and was named an ASCD Emerging Leader in 2013 and a Keystone Star Educator in 2014. She blogs at Red Pen Confessions. When not engaging with her passion of teacher leadership, Brianna can be found at a poetry slam, on a Twitter chat (@akamscrowley), or working up to her first 5K race.


Eric Westendorf

CEO and Co-Founder

Eric incubated LearnZillion at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, in Washington D.C., where he was Chief Academic Officer and principal. While he was principal, E.L. Haynes posted three-year student achievement gains of 50 percentage points in math and 26 percentage points in reading. In each year the school was named a national Silver Award winning school through the federal Effective Practice grant program. Prior to leading E.L. Haynes, Eric founded a non-profit focused on teacher leadership development; was the Assistant Principal of St. Joseph’s School in Harlem, where he raised over $1 million dollars for technology and other programs; and taught for seven years in North Carolina, New York, and Yogyakarta, Indonesia.Eric holds a Bachelors of Arts in Public Policy from Princeton University, a Masters in Teaching from Brown University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University. Eric lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children. Eric loves to throw and chase Frisbees, especially on the beach when there’s just a little bit of wind. His favorite teacher is Joe Kolman, his history teacher and cross country coach in high school.


Julie Wilson

Founder & Executive Director of Institute for the Future of Learning

Julie is the Founder and Executive Director of Institute for the Future of Learning, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping transform the factory model of education. Julie has over fifteen years experience in organization development program, provided organization development consulting to University leaders and was the recipient of the 'Harvard Hero' award for outstanding contributions to the University. 

Julie's articles have been published on the EdWeek.org website and the 'Futures of School Reform' blog. In addition to helping schools reimagine pedagogy and the role of teacher, Julie has been visiting innovative schools around the US and blogging on her reflections on curriculum, pedagogy and space at http://www.the-ifl.org/ . Recent speaking engagements include TEDx and fuse14. 

Julie graduated from Queen's University, Belfast, with honors in Business Administration and French and from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Masters degree in Technology, Innovation and Education. 

Current projects include working with school leadership and teacher teams to reimagine curriculum and pedagogy, researching the current state of the K-12 transformational landscape, and coaching school and district leaders. 

Blake Kohn

Executive Director of the National Network of Schools in Partnership

Prior to this appointment, she spent two years as the Program Manager for NNSP cultivating the membership, establishing its brand and advocating for collaboration and partnership amongst all schools.

A passionate bi-lingual educator, Blake Kohn started her career as a high-school Spanish teacher. Blake continued teaching as she took on administrative leadership roles in the schools she served. At Ravenscroft, she was the Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Admissions and was Director of Student Activities at Oldfields School. Blake also founded and served as co-director of Tiny Explorers, a bi-lingual preschool with a customized curriculum for children from 18 months to 4 years.

Blake holds a B.A. in Spanish and International Relations from Bowdoin College and an M.Ed. in School Counseling from University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. She is an active member in her community and serves as the PTA president for her childrens' school. 

Glenn Whitman

Director of the Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning

Glenn arrived at St. Andrew’s in 1997 where he has been a History teacher, coach, advisor and is currently Dean of Studies for grades PS-12. In 2013, Glenn was appointed a Fellow of the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence. Glenn is an All Kinds of Minds facilitator and author of Dialogue with the Past: Engaging Students and Meeting Standards through Oral History. Glenn directs the American Century Oral HIstory Project (www.theamericancenturyproject.org) at St. Andrew’s which is the largest pre-collegiate oral history archive in the United States. Glenn’s current research focuses on the neurodevelopmental demands of oral history as an educational methodology.