Kirsten Peterson is an experienced online instructional designer and project director at Education Development Center (EDC), a global nonprofit that addresses urgent challenges in education, health and economic development. For the past 16 years, she has been managing online learning and instructional design projects at EDC and is currently Interim Director of EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO), a national capacity-building online learning program for educational organizations. Since ETLO’s inception in 1999, Kirsten has lead teams of instructional designers, content experts, media specialists and web developers to help clients understand and meet their educational needs through online learning. Kirsten is skilled in the development of professional learning communities as well as management, scaling and sustainability of online learning programs. Recent development projects include online high school courses with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; an online communication system for the Massachusetts Adult Basic Education professional development program; teacher and student training for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme Online, and online course development for Boston University’s Clinical and Translational Research Institute. Kirsten is also the lab instructor for Web-Based Communication Strategies for Public Health Interventions, a graduate course in the Boston University School of Public Health’s MPH program. Prior to her work at EDC, Kirsten taught high school English and Journalism. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Montana State University and an Ed.M. in Technology in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
As part of her responsibilities, Joyce works with participating organizations to prepare the necessary contracts and invoices. Joyce also coordinates and processes graduate credit for participants and provides literature and guidance as needed. Before joining EDC in 1999, Joyce worked in the legal field for many years. She holds a J.D. from Vermont Law School and an A.L.B. from Harvard University.
Liz facilitates training courses and manages post-training support and consulting for educational organizations as they implement local online learning programs. Liz is also an experienced course designer who has led the development of several online professional development courses in partnership with districts and organizations, including a series of courses for history teachers funded by a Teaching American History grant and a course on integrating Web 2.0 tools in the World Languages classroom funded through the Massachusetts Department of Education. Additionally, she manages several Title IID grants for high needs districts in Massachusetts focused on developing online professional development courses in science, math, and English Language Arts. Liz holds a B.A. in Educational Studies and Italian Studies from Brown University and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Jesse works on the technology team within ETLO. He helps develop and maintain course websites focusing on multi-media components and video production. Prior to joining ETLO, Jesse worked as a Technology Assistant at a K-8 school in Cambridge, MA. Jesse holds a B.S. in Biology from Eastern Connecticut State University and an A.L.M. in Educational Technologies from Harvard University. When time permits, Jesse tries to incorporate custom finish carpentry projects into his schedule to maintain the skills he learned while working his father.
Erin Earnst is an Online Course Developer and Facilitator for ETLO. Her work with ETLO includes developing and updating online courses and providing support to participants and facilitators of ETLO workshops and courses. Prior to joining EDC, Erin developed and facilitated online and face-to-face professional development workshops for educators focusing on improving student learning through the use of technology across the country for Pearson, Scholastic, and Tom Snyder Productions. She taught at the elementary and middle school levels in Oklahoma City and Newton, Mass. Erin received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Boston College and her Masters in Teaching from the University of Portland (Oregon) through the University of Notre Dame’s ACE AmeriCorps program.
As a technology specialist, Michelle has vast experience in IT management, executive level administrative support and extensive web site development. Michelle’s current work focuses on content management and course editing for online courses.
Lesley is an experienced online facilitator and curriculum developer for ETLO who has lead the design of several Web 2.0 courses in the ETLO catalog such as Learning and Teaching with Web 2.0 Tools, Designing a Virtual Field Trip, Cell Phones as Learning Tools, Supporting Student-Centered Learning with WebQuests 2.0 as well as Developing and Growing Personal Learning Networks for School Leaders. Lesley is also a core member of ETLO’s workshop update team. Prior to joining ETLO, Lesley taught elementary school in Virginia and Massachusetts. Lesley has a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Carolyn leads ETLO’s technical work and is responsible for designing, developing, and maintaining online courses, websites, databases, and accounting systems for a wide variety of educational projects. Most recently she has been developing websites using Drupal, an open-source content management system. In addition to her technical knowledge, Carolyn has 12 years’ experience as a mathematics teacher, teaching all levels of Algebra and Geometry. Carolyn has a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire and an Ed.M. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Barbara Treacy is a nationally recognized leader in online learning and Director of EdTech Leaders Online, or ETLO, EDC’s capacity-building online learning program for state departments of education, school districts, virtual schools, colleges and universities, and other educational organizations to enable them to establish successful online learning programs for teachers, administrators, and students. ETLO is the 2010 winner of the International Association of K-12 Online Learning Award for most innovative online learning program. Since ETLO's inception in 1999, Treacy has led teams of online curriculum developers, instructors, media developers, and technical specialists to provide graduate-level training programs in online and blended learning, a catalog of more than 70 online courses for teachers and administrators, a national forum for online specialists implementing local online programs, and custom online development and consulting services. Treacy directed EDC’s collaboration with e-Learning for Educators, a 10-state consortium funded by the U.S. Department of Education to establish statewide online professional development programs in each state. Research conducted in the e-Learning for Educators program demonstrated significant impact of ETLO courses and training on teachers’ content knowledge and instructional practices and on their students’ achievement. Treacy is the co-chair of the annual national Online Learning Institute held in collaboration with the Southern Regional Education Board and the International Society for Technology in Education. She serves on the Massachusetts Educational Technology Advisory Council and the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Digital Learning Advisory Board. Treacy is a featured speaker at numerous national, state, and local online learning and educational technology conferences. Before joining EDC, Treacy was a Developmental Math instructor at University of Massachusetts Boston and Roxbury Community College. She has an AB from Harvard University and an EdM in technology in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Valerie focuses on training course facilitation and custom online curriculum development. She recently developed custom online courses for Primary Source on Ancient and Modern China and for the Museum of the Moving Image in New York on presidential campaign videos. She holds a BA in English Literature from Bates College and an MA in Child Development from Tufts University.
As a technology specialist, Dot has vast experience in IT management, executive level administrative support and extensive web site development. Her current work focuses on content management and course editing for online courses.
Jen is an online course facilitator for ETLO. Prior to joining EDC, she worked as the Technology Integration Specialist and Computer Literacy Instructor for adult learners at a non-profit company in Attleboro, MA. Jen has also facilitated graduate courses for educators at Framingham State University and Salem State University and taught at the elementary level for many years. Jen received her B.A. in Psychology–based Human Relations from Connecticut College and an Ed. M. from Fitchburg State College.