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.
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.
Leinda develops custom course content, provides support and consulting to organizations, and facilitates training courses. Leinda is an experienced instructional designer of both face-to-face and online professional development, and she has led the development of online professional development modules for school counselors in career and academic advisement, classroom data-driven decision making, Web 2.0 for school administrators, and planning and implementing virtual school programs. Prior to joining ETLO, she was a K-12 teacher, school administrator and director of a federally-funded regional technology integration and professional development project. Leinda holds a B.A. in English from Mississippi University for Women and an ED.M. in education administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Kirsten's areas of expertise include K-12 virtual education; online course design and facilitation; and capacity building strategies for growing and sustaining online learning programs. Kirsten's current work includes serving as Co-Chair of the Virtual Education Initiative for the New England Comprehensive Center, where she advises state-level leaders on online learning policy and practice issues; managing a high school online course development initiative for The Education Cooperative; and designing and facilitating ETLO's online professional development and virtual school training courses. Prior to joining ETLO, Kirsten was a high school English and Journalism teacher. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Montana State University and an Ed.M. in Technology in Education from Harvard University’s 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.
Tricia is responsible for all financial aspects of the unit. Financial management tasks include revenue analysis; financial forecasting; budgeting; expense projections, monitoring and analysis; proposal development and she serves as the liaison between the unit and he business department providing support for contract review and negotiations. Prior to joining the ETLO team, Tricia served as the financial representative for a number of other centers and projects within EDC. Before coming to EDC, she served as a Reimbursement Financial Analyst for the Boston University Medical Center for several years. Tricia holds a B.S. in Business Management with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Alex is an experienced online course designer and facilitator who manages ETLO training course content and plays a key role in updating and maintaining ETLO’s workshops. He also provides technical assistance for online course participants and designers, as well as support for course management systems that run ETLO’s content (Blackboard, Moodle, Desire2Learn, and Epsilen). Alex holds a B.A. in Psychology from Tulane University and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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. 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 4th grade 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.
Mike works on the technology team within ETLO. He helps to develop, implement, and maintain the various online courses, sites, and resources that ETLO uses. Most of his time is spent working on Moodle and Drupal, two open-source content management systems with broad use in the education sphere. Mike's previous experience was both as a classroom teacher and technology specialist at a charter high school. Mike has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Computing in Education from Teacher's College, Columbia University.
Nevin develops math and science courses, including Using Technology to Explore Weather and Climate. An experienced Flash developer, Nevin also designs multimedia for courses across disciplines such as an applet on phonemic awareness, a lesson plan applet and multimedia projects for EDC India, including a Physics CD for single-computer classrooms, and audio/video programs for science and geometry. Prior to joining ETLO, Nevin taught high school science and authored the Dr. Birdley Teaches Science series of teacher resource books. Nevin holds a B.S. in Biology from Swarthmore College and an Ed. M. in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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.
Karen is an online course facilitator for ETLO. Before working in online course development and facilitation, she worked as a high school History and Social Studies teacher with special interests in Asian and African cultures and issues affecting women worldwide. An ongoing interest in the potential of technology to positively impact teaching and learning has paralleled a recent focus on special education policy. Karen graduated from the University of Michigan and Tufts University.
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.
Laura is a Research Associate and Curriculum Developer who joined ETLO in 2008 after teaching high school English and Creative Writing for four years in the Boston area. Laura’s work includes curriculum development, most recently working with YouthBuild to develop a green building curriculum for teachers preparing students for the GED. Laura also updates ETLO’s catalog of English Language Arts workshops, conducts onsite teacher trainings, and facilitates ETLO’s training courses. She holds an A.B. in English from Washington University in St. Louis, a M.A. in English Literature from University of London, and a M.Ed. from Boston College.
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.