external image vlalbeharie.jpgVerna Lalbeharie is a Senior Program Director at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and coordinates the professional development work of the Digital Learning Collaborative. She also serves as Co-PI for the Golden LEAF Foundation's Learning Technology Readiness Initiative and the SAS funded, Redesigned Schools 2.0 initiative. Prior to joining the Friday Institute in January 2008, Verna spent most of her career working on initiatives and research efforts that advance student success. Her work has focused on both secondary and post secondary education reform. She worked in an R&D capacity in the non-profit environment for eleven years, first at Jobs for the Future in Boston, MA and then at MDC, Inc. in Chapel Hill, NC. In both these positions, She worked on teams that managed large-scale, national, multi-component, and multi-year initiatives. Verna holds a B.A. in Psychology from College in Northampton, MA and a M. Ed. in Cultural Diversity and Curriculum Reform from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. To contact her: verna_lalbeharie@ncsu.edu

external image ecoleman.jpgEmmy Coleman, MSA, is a research associate and co-lead of the Digital Learning Collaborative at The William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. She serves as Co-PI for the Golden LEAF Foundation's Learning Technology Readiness Initiative, Redesigned High Schools 2.0, and the IMPACT-Continuation Grant. Her primary responsibilities include managing and supporting coaching teams, strategic planning assistance for school and district leadership teams, and professional development opportunities for schools and districts participating in the North Carolina Learning Technology Initiative (NCLTI). Currently, she serves as the Principal Investigator for the Connected Online Communities of Practice project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, conducted in partnership with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA). Prior to joining the Friday Institute in November 2008, Emmy spent her career as a secondary English teacher, curriculum specialist and school administrator. She was the founding director of Warren New Tech High School in Warrenton, NC and is certified with the New Tech (Knowledge Works) Leadership Program. Emmy holds a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, highly qualified licenses in secondary English and principal leadership, and an MSA in Leadership and Administration from North Carolina State University. To contact her: emmy_coleman@ncsu.edu

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Sophia Stone, Ed.D., is a Research Associate for the Digital Learning Collaborative at the Friday Institute and develops online professional development programs for educators. In this capacity she provides leadership in the design of virtual learning initiatives for online professional development delivered to educators practicing in technology-enabled environments. Sophia has experience designing, developing, and implementing distance learning programs aligned to best practices in online learning and adult learning theory. In addition to her role at the Friday Institute, she serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Instructional Technology Program at NC State, teaching ECI 716: Design and Evaluation of Instructional Materials, a graduate level, web-based instructional design course. Prior to joining the Friday Institute, Sophia was Assistant Director for Distance Learning, Duke University, and taught EAC 583: Needs Assessment & Task Analysis, for the Dept. of Leadership, Policy & Higher Education at NC State. Sophia has previous experience developing faculty development programs for higher education and managing human resources personnel and recruitment programs. Contact: sophia_stone@ncsu.edu

external image lisa.jpgDr. Lisa Hervey, NBCT is a teacher educator at The William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Her work focuses on the creation and facilitation of both face-to-face and online professional learning opportunities around K-12 digital conversion and the development of teachers’ Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) while practicing in technology-rich settings. She earned her B.S. in K-12 Special Education and K-6 Elementary Education from Central Michigan University and holds highly qualified NC licenses in both certifications. She achieved her National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification while teaching middle grades language arts for ten years at a public separate school in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Hervey acquired her M.Ed. in K-12 Reading and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, both at North Carolina State University. Currently, she designs, develops, and facilitates several graduate level online courses and online professional development courses for NCSU and Digital Learning Collaborative(DLC), respectively. In addition, she works on a Connected Online Communities of Practice project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, conducted in partnership with Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and State Education Technology Directors Association(SETDA), to create an online community that will support teachers, administrators, chief technology officers, and instructional technology facilitators in the planning and implementation of ubiquitous computing environments in K-12 schools. To contact her: lisa_hervey@ncsu.edu

external image bobby.jpgBobby Hobgood, Ed.D. is a global educator, online learning specialist, and linguaphile. He managed the development of online language courses in Mandarin, Arabic, and Japanese for the North Carolina Virtual Public School. He has chaired the North Carolina Distance Learning Association Conference for the past three years, producing two virtual conferences with national sponsorship. Bobby speaks French and Spanish and uses his research interests in global education, technology integration, and intercultural competence to develop professional development workshops for K-12 education. Bobby is a Research Associate at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University where he currently leads the development of the epic-ed community, epiced.org (Empowering Digital Transition).

external image JBell_pic_%28wiki%29.jpgJaclyn Bell began her career in education after her successful work as a media consultant and award-winning media designer in New York. Extending two years beyond her initial contract with the Nation's Teach For America Program, Jaclyn transitioned to the classroom where she taught English I and Digital Media, as well as helped start a technology high school in its first two years of operation. While there she assisted in the establishment of a school wide 1:1 Project Based Learning platform and has earned 21st Century Certified Educator status through the nation's New Tech Foundation, sharing her experience and best practices with educators and state administrators in a number of workshops and lectures around the country. As the Digital Learning Collaborative Project Coordinator, Jaclyn continues to assist educators to incorporate technology and blended learning models into their curriculum.
To contact her: jlbell@ncsu.edu

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Brittany Burns is an online facilitator for the Digital Learning Collaborative who also fulfills multifarious needs of the institute. She recently graduated Cum Laude with her Masters in Instructional Technology from North Carolina State University. She has a BA in English Education from North Carolina State University, and an alumni of both the Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and Golden Key International Honor Society. She holds a NC license in Secondary English Education, Middle Grades Language Arts, and Instructional Technology and has taught a range of high schools courses from a literacy elective to AP English III. She is an active editor for the Cool Tools for Schools wiki, and is currently developing her own YouTube channel featuring Web 2.0 tool tutorials for teachers.