Presenters 2019-20

Agency Through Inquiry

Presented by Colin McCarty, Jennifer Towleh and Lesley Yeo

The Agency Through Inquiry course provides an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues across divisions and subject areas to redesign your course, curriculum, classroom or procedures to better address the needs and desires of your students. The goal is to enable teachers and students to shape their school experiences through agency and engagement.On the first day, we will explore practical inquiry models as an avenue to redesign the student or teacher experience at ASL. On the second day, we will workshop the models based on each educator’s individual needs.


Jennifer Towleh lived in California, Bolivia, South Korea, and Cameroon before coming to ASL where she is a Grade 6 science teacher. Jennifer's work on student agency and design thinking in the classroom has been inspired by the Nueva School Design Thinking Institute and the course Thinking and Learning in a Maker Centered Classroom.




Colin McCarty taught in New Mexico, Arizona, and Mozambique before coming to ASL as a Grade 8 science teacher. Colin transitioned to the role of MILL co-teacher three years ago and as a result has had the opportunity to work with students and teachers across all three divisions on inquiry and design thinking projects. 




Lesley Yeo is currently the LS math coach. Since joining ASL in 2008, she has also been a Grade 3 and 4 classroom teacher and a MS advisor, electives and health teacher. Prior to her move to London, she was a classroom teacher and instructional technologist in New York, and began her teaching career in her native Singapore. Lesley is a graduate of Bank Street College, whose progressive approach to teaching and learning strongly influenced her belief that children learn best when they are actively engaged with ideas, people, and materials.

Paul Andersen

We are pleased to have Paul Andersen return to work with our K-12 science team as we continue to implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and vertically align the curriculum. Paul is an educational consultant and experienced science teacher having taught in Montana for 20 years. He was the 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year and one of four finalists for the 2011 National Teacher of the Year in the United States. He is also a YouTube creator and was selected by YouTube as one of ten YouTube Edu Gurus. Paul’s work focuses on NGSS, educational technology and effective classroom design and he has provided training for thousands of educators across the globe. His work supports our K-12 team in deeply embedding the scientific and engineering practices in the curriculum so that our students have the opportunity to develop the habits of mind and behaviors of scientists. Learn more about Paul’s work at and

Paul will be on campus 28 October-1 November 2019

Jeff Berger-White

Jeff Berger-White teaches English at Deerfield High School, where he has been teaching his entire career. This is the end of his twenty-seventh year. Over that time period, he has taught all grades and all levels. He currently teaches Sophomore English, A.P. Literature and Composition, and Sophomore English Survey, a course for struggling readers. In 2007, Jeff was selected as one of Golden Apple’s Teachers of Distinction, and this spring, Jeff won the Distinguished Secondary Teaching Award (DSTA) from Northwestern University. Since 1996, Jeff has been a faculty associate at Bard College’s Institute for Writing and Thinking, where he leads workshops for teachers. He holds a B.A. and an M.A.T., both from
Boston University.

Jeff will be on campus 20-22 January.

Jan Chappuis

Educator and author Jan Chappuis began her career as an elementary and secondary teacher, after which she became a curriculum developer in English/language arts, mathematics, social studies, and world languages. For the past twenty-five years she has written books and developed workshops focused on classroom assessment practices that support learning. A respected expert and thought leader in the area of formative assessment, Jan has presented both nationally and internationally and is best known for her work in translating research into practical classroom applications.

Jan is author of Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning, 2nd ed. (2015) and co-author of Classroom Assessment for Student Learning: Doing It Right—Using It Well, 3rd ed. (2020); An Introduction to Student-Involved Assessment FOR Learning, 7th ed. (2017); Creating and Recognizing Quality Rubrics (2006); and Understanding School Assessment—A Parent and Community Guide to Helping Students Learn (2002). After working with Rick Stiggins at the Assessment Training Institute in Portland, Oregon for more than a decade, Jan is currently a writer and independent consultant specializing in student-involved classroom assessment practices.

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Jan will be on campus 16-17 December 2019

Jenny Killion

Jenny Killion is currently the Middle School Instructional Coach and a Grade 9 World Literature teacher at The American School of Barcelona. She is passionate about developing independent learners, as well as building capacity in teachers. In her eight years at ASB, Jenny has also been a 5th and 6th grade teacher, as well as the K-8 Literacy Coordinator and Coach. Before moving to Barcelona, Jenny was an upper-elementary teacher and K-5 Literacy Coach in Denver, Colorado. Jenny has worked with teachers from a variety of international schools on implementing reading and writing workshop, small group instruction, developing integrated curriculum, connecting instruction across languages, and literacy coaching. Jenny loves the balance of supporting teachers in a coaching role, working to develop curriculum and instruction, and having the opportunity to refine her own teaching in the classroom with students of all ages.


Steven Leinwand

Steve Leinwand is a Principal Research Analyst at AIR and has over 35 years of leadership positions in mathematics education. He currently serves as mathematics expert on a wide range of AIR projects that turn around schools, improve adult education, evaluate programs, develop assessments and provide technical assistance. Leinwand’s work at AIR has included leadership and change instigator in AIR’s school turnaround work in Hazelwood, MO, East St. Louis, IL and Alexandria, VA; developing specifications and an Algebraic Reasoning item pool for the NCES High School Longitudinal Study; serving as Implementation Task Leader for the IES Mathematics Professional Development Impact Study; co-authoring “What the United States Can Learn from Singapore’s World-Class Mathematics System (and what Singapore can learn from the United States”; and co-authoring a comparison of the 2007 Grade 3 assessments administered in Hong Kong and in Massachusetts. In addition, Leinwand has provided school and district-level support and technical assistance for the General Electric Foundation’s Ensuring Futures in Education project and the Microsoft Math Partnership, as part of AIR’s assessment program, Leinwand has overseen the development and quality review of multiple-choice and constructed response items for AIR’s contracts with Ohio, Hawaii, Delaware, Minnesota, South Carolina and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

Before joining AIR in 2002, Steve spent 22 years as Mathematics Consultant with the Connecticut Department of Education where he was responsible for the development and oversight of a broad statewide program of activities in K-12 mathematics education including the provision of technical assistance and professional development, the evaluation of Title 1 and K-12 mathematics programs, the assessment of student achievement and teacher competency, and the coordination of statewide mathematics programs and activities. Steve has also served on the NCTM Board of Directors and has been President of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. Steve is also an author of several mathematics textbooks and has written numerous articles. His books, Sensible Mathematics: A Guide for School Leaders and Accessible Mathematics: 10 Instructional Shifts That Raise Student Achievement were published by Heinemann in 2012 and 2009 respectively.

In April of 2015, Steve was honored to receive the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Mathematics Education Leadership Award.

Trevor MacKenzie

Trevor MacKenzie is an award winning English teacher at Oak Bay High School in Victoria, BC, Canada, who believes that it is a magical time to be an educator.  By increasing student agency over learning, weaving in strong pedagogy, transformative tech use, and sharing learning to a public audience, Trevor’s learners are ready to take on important roles in the 21st century.

Trevor is the author of Dive into Inquiry: Amplify Learning and Empower Student Voice as well as Inquiry Mindset: Nurturing the Dreams, Wonders and Curiosities of our Youngest Learners (co-authored with Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt) published by Elevate Books Edu.

Glenn Singleton

We are very pleased to have Glenn Singleton return to ASL. Glenn E. Singleton has devoted over thirty years to constructing racial equity worldwide and developing leaders to do the same. He is the author of Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools (2006), a protocol for sustained, deep dialog, and the creator Beyond DiversityTM, the curriculum that has taught hundreds of thousands of people how to use it. As President and Founder of Pacific Educational Group, Inc. (PEG), Singleton has created an agency that has developed racially conscious leaders in a variety of sectors: education, government, business, law enforcement, and community organizing among them. The work has been transformative and far-reaching. In September 2015, The United States Embassy selected PEG to guide law enforcement leaders throughout Western Australia. Singleton launched the first Institute for Courageous Conversation – in New Zealand. In the US, Singleton has served on statewide commissions for racial equity in New York and California, and all the while he has stayed true to his hometown, Baltimore, the premiere and two-time host of PEG’s National Summit for Courageous Conversation.

Singleton’s passion for equity flows to and through his civic life as well. He is the founder of the Foundation for a College Education of East Palo Alto, California, an agency responsible for the collegiate admission and graduation of hundreds of students. Accolades for his work include The 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Community Service Award in 2015 and The Eugene T. Carothers Human Relations Award in 2003. A graduate of The University of Pennsylvania (BA) and Stanford University (MA), Singleton is also member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. He currently resides in San Francisco, California.

In the two-day Beyond Diversity seminar, participants learn and engage in the protocol as they examine their own biases and beliefs. Learn more about this transformative experience.

Glenn will be on campus 16-17 December 2019.

Mike Smith

Mike Smith is a nationally known expert in safeguarding and licensed social worker. Through this interactive seminar and the use of case studies, the safeguarding team will deepen their understanding of current best practice in the areas of online safety, peer on peer abuse and sexual harassment. This is an excellent opportunity for the team to also dive deep into the implications of the new KCSIE framework (effective 3 September 2018) with special attention to the new guidance on sexual violence and sexual harassment between children. The overall framework is how to ensure the school environment promotes well-being and social emotional health.

Mike will be on campus 27 September 2019.