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Our Faculty

The Curriculum21 Faculty

The members of the Curriculum21 Faculty are highly skilled national leaders who have extensive experience in the area of Curriculum Mapping. Their areas of expertise include the mapping process; assessment design; developing support structures and leadership teams to sustain the process; and integrating other initiatives into the mapping process.

Some of them are private consultants who do extensive work with schools and organizations in all aspects of 21st century curriculum and others are school leaders whose primary focus is to lead the work in their own school and/or organization. Many of them have published books and articles on the instructional process.

They have all presented at the annual national Curriculum Mapping Institute (CMI), regional conferences and workshops. We are proud to have them as our faculty given their ability to provide assistance to other schools, organizations, and leaders who are working to implement mapping. Because of their breadth of experience they are skilled in all four critical phases* of the mapping process:

To inquire about a Curriculum21 Faculty member working with your school, wish assistance in planning comprehensive professional development for your school/district/organization, or would like help training a leadership team to help implement the curriculum21 or mapping process, please send us a Services Request.

We will be glad to make recommendations as to which faculty member(s) might best meet your curricular needs.

    • Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, creator of Curriculum21, is also the founder and president of Curriculum Designers, Inc. and Executive Director of the National Curriculum Mapping Institute and Academy. Heidi has served as an education consultant to thousands of schools nationally and internationally. She works with schools and districts K-12 on issues and practices pertaining to: curriculum reform, instructional strategies to encourage critical thinking, and strategic planning. Numerous articles have appeared in professional journals. She is the author of six books, most recently The Curriculum Mapping Planner: Templates and Tools for Effective Professional Development, co-authored with Ann Johnson; and Curriculum 21: Essential Education for A Changing World, which was selected as the worldwide member book by ASCD.

    • Bill Sheskey is our Curriculum21 Project Specialist. Bill is a lifetime educator with experience as a school district instructional technology specialist, classroom teacher, and athletic coach. Educators now demand dynamic professional development experiences that are hands on in the development of authentic assessment strategies, digital literacy, contemporary content delivery, and web based tools for the classroom.Bill designs and facilitates a series of engaging workshops for educators at national, state and local education conferences where participants leave the workshop with multimedia tools to immediately engage their students.

    • Dr. Ann Johnsonis the Director of Professional Development for Curriculum Designers, Inc. and independent consultant.  She works extensively with public, independent, and post-secondary institutions internationally on implementing curriculum and assessment reform, developing high quality leadership teams, and developing training and implementation plans.  Her practical approach to design and alignment is based on her thirty years experiences as a classroom teacher, associate superintendent, building principal, adjunct professor, and leader in schools, who have implemented long term curriculum alignment and mapping initiatives.Ann has facilitated onsite and virtual work with schools and leadership teams to help them integrate the Common Core Standards and upgrade their curriculum to include 21st century skills and assessments.  She has also trained teacher leaders and administrators in the curriculum alignment process and coached leadership teams in developing comprehensive implementation plans.  The Four Phases of Mapping that she and Heidi outline in their book, The Curriculum Mapping Planner:  Templates, Tools, and Resources for Effective professional Development, provide the foundation for the training.  Ann is also featured in Heidi Hayes Jacob’s book, Getting Results with Curriculum Mapping, in ASCD’s DVD, Getting Results with Curriculum Mapping, and is working on the training modules for Heidi’s new soon to be released book, Mapping to the Core: Integrating the Common Core Standards into Your Local School Curriculum.  Ann has also served as a mentor and coach to ASCD Faculty members from the Pacific Rim (Japan and Australia) in curriculum mapping.  She also has been a member of the core CDI team who has worked on the Curriculum Alignment Project.

  • Earl Nicholas serves as Director of Communication for Curriculum Designers. An experienced mapper and curriculum mapping facilitator, he is a 35-year veteran classroom teacher. Earl has also served as a software consultant since 1979, and as the district-wide mapping facilitator for a large suburban K-12 school system. Earl has led curriculum mapping and technology initiatives across the United States and Canada, ranging from a county-wide district with over 4,000 teachers to independent schools, inner-city schools, and one small rural district with only 17 teachers in grades K-12. He frequently presents with Dr. Jacobs at regional mapping conferences. Earl uses the model of Heidi Hayes Jacobs to conduct both large and small-group staff development programs around the country, emphasizing how teachers can integrate 21st century technology into their mapping process.  A dynamic and engaging presenter, Earl’s effective combination of technology expertise, classroom experience, and light-hearted story-telling have brought him high praise from both administrators and teachers in the United States and Canada.

  • Mike Fisher is a Nationally Certified former teacher with over a decade of classroom and professional development experience and is now a full time educational consultant and instructional coach. He has worked with schools internationally regarding topics such as Curriculum Mapping, Instructional Technology and 21st Century skills, Response to Intervention, and creating Digital Professional Learning Networks.Mike specializes in instructional coaching around curriculum mapping and curriculum upgrades, particularly in the wake of technology tools, Common Core integration and alignment, and research based instructional strategies. Mike is currently co-authoring a book with fellow Curriculum 21 Faculty member Janet Hale tentatively titled Curriculum Transformations: One Unit At A Time.  Mike is available for individual coaching, school based workshops, conferences, keynotes, or online consultations and coaching.You can find Mike online on TWITTER, the CURRICULUM21 NING, ASCD’s EDGE Social Network, or on his BLOG.

  • Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). Wikipedia refers to a TCK as “someone who, as a child, has spent a significant period of time in one or more culture(s) other than his or her own, thus integrating elements of those cultures and their own birth culture, into a third culture.”  Silvia was born in Germany, raised in Argentina and currently lives in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness and competencies.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with a Minor in International Studies and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has worked as a World Language teacher, Technology Integration Facilitator and 21st Century Learning Specialist.Her interests include globally connected learning, technology integration, 21st Century skills and literacies,  as well as digital storytelling.  Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is available for national and international conference presentations, consultations, and teacher training sessions. She is able to work with you and present in English, Spanish and German.Silvia is known in the international blogersphere under the name of “Langwitches.” To learn about her work, subscribe to the Langwitches Blog and follow her on Twitter. She is a regular contributor on the Tech & Learning Advisor Blog. Silvia is also the author of the book Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators‚.

  • Dr. Marie Alcock is a national and international education consultant. In addition she is currently on the faculty of Walden University’s School of Education where she serves as a lead professor in curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices. Working with the American Education and Research Association (AERA) and People to People Dr. Alcock has traveled broadly to share her knowledge and to gain insight into what other countries are developing in the field of education. With extensive experience working in public and private education in Vermont, North Carolina, New Jersey, and New York City schools as a teacher and administrator Dr. Alcock brings a broad range of experience and knowledge peppered with an original vision to the field of education. As a public advocate she founded the non-profit TEN list (Tomorrow’s Education Network), which is dedicated to connecting the greater community with students in the classroom to improve student literacy.

  • Jeanne Tribuzzi is the Director of English Language Arts, ESL and Second Languages in the West Seneca Central School District in West Seneca, NY. She has served in a variety of roles in the West Seneca district for the past 21 years as a primary teacher, a middle school English teacher, the Director of Staff Development and she is currently the ELA/ ESL & Second Language Director. Jeanne has extensive experience with curriculum mapping, and is currently working to align district work to the Common Core Standards.  She works with teachers and schools across the nation on curriculum and literacy and is working on her doctorate at the University of Buffalo. Jeanne presents at the National Curriculum Mapping Conference each summer and at other conferences with Heidi Hayes-Jacobs several times each year. Jeanne lives in Orchard Park, NY with her family.

  • Dr. Debbie Sullivan is Associate Superintendent in MSD of Decatur Township in Indianapolis, Indiana who has first-hand experience in supporting a school district in implementing the curriculum mapping process. She has worked in Decatur for over 25 years and has served as teacher, staff developer, and administrator. The district has used the curriculum mapping process for over ten years as part of the district Journey Toward Excellence so her approach is based on practical experience.Debbie has also worked with schools and districts across the country to help them implement and support the mapping process in their schools. As a member of Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs’ core team, she has helped facilitate aspects of the training for the Curriculum Alignment Project in New York City including unpacking standards, aligning curriculum, promoting vertical and horizontal articulation, creating leadership structures and implementation plans, and assessing student performance.

  • Chic Footeis an educator of more than 30 years experience who is committed to the 21st century curriculum as an achievable reality for all learning communities. She began her career as a teacher and later an assistant principal in New Zealand schools. She has been fortunate to have had a wide range of opportunities to work in the education sector both nationally and internationally. Chic has enjoyed working with teachers and school systems, pre-service teacher education, and professional development projects within New Zealand, the USA and the Middle East. This has included project coordination and leadership, teaching and supervising undergraduates, resource development, facilitating teacher leadership, and developing effective curriculum design. Over the past 15 years this range of experience have led to in-depth skills in analyzing need, and designing, coordinating and facilitating targeted professional learning opportunities.While working as a visiting instructor at Oakland University, MI, USA, in 1998, Chic was fortunate to have the opportunity to begin her continued association with Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Curriculum Mapping. She completed in-depth training in Curriculum Mapping with Heidi and Bena Kallick in 2002, and has continued to develop her knowledge and skills over the years. Chic believes that Curriculum Mapping is the essential hub of all design structures for effective learning institutions, their strategic direction, and an aligned and relevant curriculum for the 21st century learner in their local and global community.

    Chic is based in New Zealand and consults primarily in the Pacific Western Rim. You may reach her at

  • David Niguidula has been involved in educational technology projects since 1983. David led the original research on digital portfolios while managing the technology group at the Coalition of Essential Schools and Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. His work has focused on issues of technology, assessment, and school reform.Prior to joining the Coalition of Essential Schools, David worked on educational technology projects at the Institute for Mathematics and Science Education Development (ISMED) at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, and at the Educational Technology Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.David has held workshops across the country and served on numerous national advisory boards on educational technology. He is also the co-author (with Andries van Dam) of two programming textbooks. David received two bachelor’s degrees (in computer science and education) at Brown University and his doctorate in Instructional Technology and Media at Teachers College, Columbia University.

  • Dr. Bena Kallick is an international consultant providing services to school districts, state departments of education, professional organizations and public sector agencies throughout the United States. Dr. Kallick received her doctorate in educational evaluation with Union Graduate School. Her areas of focus include group dynamics, creative and critical thinking and alternative assessment strategies in the classroom. Formerly a Teachers’ Center Director, Dr. Kallick also created a Children’s Museum based on problem solving and invention.She was the coordinator of a high school alternative designed for at-risk students. Her written work includes Literature to Think About (a whole language curriculum published with Weston Woods Studios), Changing Schools Into Communities for Thinking, North Dakota Study Group, University of North Dakota, Assessment in the Learning Organization, co-authored with Arthur Costa, from ASCD, Sept. 1995. Her audio tapes include Creative and Critical Thinking: Teaching Alternatives and Collaborative Learning: Strategies to Encourage Thinking (with Marian Leibowitz). She is co-creator of TechPaths, a system designed to facilitate teachers’ networks and communications about performance assessment. Dr. Kallick’s teaching appointments have included Yale University School of Organization and Management, University of Massachusetts Center for Creative and Critical Thinking, and Union Graduate School. She is on the Boards for JOBS for the Future and the Apple Foundation.

  • Trevor Parscal, in addition to his full-time work as a lead software developer for the WikiMedia Foundation, is an independent multimedia production consultant who uses a large variety of applications, languages, and technologies to produce media, design websites, and develop software applications. In partnership with Earl Nicholas through AMO Software and Sequence Artworks, Trevor has created websites for three major political campaigns, numerous small businesses, and six U.S. Congressional offices. Trevor is the system architect for the Curriculum 21 websites and and the web technologies used for the CMI National Curriculum Mapping Institute.  Trevor and his wife Melissa reside in San Francisco with their two daughters, Cadence and Aurora.

  • Janet Hale has been consulting and training for over 20 years. She has specialized in curriculum mapping since 1998. Janet works extensively with inner city, urban, suburban, and rural schools/districts, dioceses, and counties concerning their initial understanding, prologue, implementation, and advanced mapping needs. Her ability to work with and engage teachers, teacher leaders, and administrators in the mapping processes is a benefit to those who desire systemic change and educational growth in all learners.Based in Tucson, Arizona, the nationwide schools and districts that Janet works alongside appreciate her knowledge, expertise, and accessibility while involved in curriculum mapping including planning and implementation, quality map writing with design in mind, breaking apart or unpacking standards, replacing/upgrading assessments and evaluations, and conducting curriculum reviews.Janet has two professional curriculum mapping books available from Corwin Press. A Guide to Curriculum Mapping: Planning, Implementing, and Sustaining the Process, and An Educational Leader’s Guide to Curriculum Mapping: Creating and Sustaining Collaborative Cultures. Both titles include a Forward by Heidi Hayes Jacobs.

  • Stephen Wilmarth is a teacher, writer, conference speaker, and specialist in curriculum design based on rapidly changing workforce needs in a global knowledge economy. He founded and serves as the President and Managing Director of New School Student Ambassadors, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit community supported organization providing educational and cultural exchange programs between US students and students in northwest China.Steve is a contributing author to the book Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World, (edited by H. H. Jacobs; published by ASCD; available January, 2010) in which he describes five major sociotechnologytrends that will transform learning communities over the next several years. His current projects include developing participatory learning communities in northwest China, and student and teacher exchange programs between Chinese and US university students using project-based curriculum and real-world case study methods.Steve currently serves a Visiting Lecturer at Ningxia Polytechnic & TV University and Ningxia Teachers University in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, PRC, and as a Research Fellow at the Academy for Global Economic Advancement at the University of Connecticut. Since 2004, he has been a co-founder and Senior Program Development Specialist at the Center for 21st Century Skills in Litchfield, Connecticut. Steve has been a featured speaker at a range of international conferences on curriculum reform and design.Prior to his experience as an educator, Steve played a lead role in three high-tech, venture capital funded start-ups. He has been an active friend of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and the Information Society Project at Yale Law School over the past several years.


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