DANA L. CARMICHAEL, Co-Founder & CEO
Dana Carmichael is a renowned thought leader on authentic learning, systems-change and reflective practice. She has 25+ years experience in K-12 education in urban, suburban and international settings. In 2006, she founded Dynamic Learner Consulting, a mission-driven company to transform learning for the next generation. From 2007-2015 she worked closely on this mission in Iowa with acclaimed researchers, Fred Newmann and Bruce King, co-founding the Center for Authentic Intellectual Work. Their recent book, Authentic Intellectual Work: Improving Teaching for Rigorous Learning (2016, Corwin Press) details this successful endeavor. Her unique childhood as a “third culture kid” and “highly mobile” youth led her to pursue a PhD in Comparative International Development in Education Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her life mission is ensuring today’s youth have authentic learning experiences regardless of personal circumstance.
FRED NOLAN, Strategic Partner, AIW Lead Coach
Fred has worked in public education in Minnesota as a 6th grade teacher, elementary and middle school principal, community education director, and superintendent of schools since 1974. He currently serves as external partner for Ogilvie, Minnesota Public Schools in their school improvement grant providing coaching in Authentic Intellectual Work, curriculum mapping, curriculum development, and teacher evaluation system development. Fred also serves as the executive director of the Minnesota Rural Education Association. Fred holds a Ph. D. from the University of Minnesota in Educational Administration with emphasis on communication, ethical leadership, and school culture.
GREG EBELING, Strategic Partner, AIW Local Coach
Greg has been the Superintendent of Pella Community Schools since 2011. Prior to Pella he spent seven years as superintendent in Spencer, and five years at Maquoketa Valley School in Delhi, Iowa. Greg started his career in as a math teacher and coach in Oskaloosa. He earned his B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College, his M.A. from Drake, and his superintendent’s endorsement from UNI.
JANELLE SCHORG, Coaching Council, AIW Lead Coach
Janelle Schorg is currently an Instructional Coach and Math Consultant for Northwest Area Education Agency. Prior to her current position, she taught middle school Math and Reading for 8 years. Janelle holds a Master Educator License, including a BA in Elementary Education, and endorsements in middle school, math, and coaching. She is also a Cognitively Guided Instruction Leader in the state of Iowa. Janelle serves three school teams as an AIW Liaison and works with two school districts as Lead AIW Coach.
RITA MARTENS, Coaching Council, AIW Lead Coach
As lead consultant, Rita provides leadership to the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Iowa Core for the Iowa Department of Education. Prior to her current position, she has served as the secondary Literacy Consultant and a school accreditation specialist for the state of Iowa. Rita was a classroom English teacher for 24 years; during this time she provided leadership to a variety of district and school improvement initiatives. Rita holds a Master of Science degree and is currently a PhD candidate at Iowa State University. She is currently a Lead AIW Coach for Scavo Alternative Program in the Des Moines Public Schools.
EDUARDO BRICENO, Mission Ally
Eduardo is the Co-Founder and CEO of Mindset Works, the global leader in growth mindset training for educators and students, which he started with Carol Dweck, Lisa Blackwell and others to help people develop as motivated and effective learners. He has spoken at numerous industry conferences and has been featured in prominent media. Eduardo grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and holds MBA and M.A. in Education degrees from Stanford University.
KENAN MOORE, Mission Ally
Kenan began his journey in youth work while still in high school where he worked as a child care worker for the Blaisdell YMCA in Minneapolis. That position spring boarded his career and passion for working with urban youth. He has dedicated more than twenty years in serving middle and high schools as well as non-profit and county youth programs. Additionally, he has served as the head track coach and assistant football coach at Minneapolis Washburn High School for the last sixteen years. Recently, Kenan returned to the Blaisdell YMCA as the Community Program Director of the Teen Thrive initiative. His passion to support the families within in his community has always been evident in the work he has done. In his leisure time, Kenan enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, coaching and officiating basketball, and grilling in the back yard.
MARILYN PHELPS, Mission Ally
Marilyn works for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe as an ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) Social Worker in the Urban (Minneapolis) office, providing case management to children, youth and families who are experiencing trauma and family transition. She has a long history of working in human services and in the Native American community, having worked for Kateri Residence (transitional housing for Native American women in recovery), the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa, and for Minneapolis Public Schools. She has extensive education and training in tribal and federal Indian law and policy and issues regarding the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Marilyn holds a BA in Sociology from Yale University and a Minnesota License of Social Work.
DANA L. CARMICHAEL, Center Executive Director
JENNIFER CADWELL VAUGHAN, Center Events Coordinator