High energy and student-tested strategies that can be applied across the curriculum are the hallmarks of Jill’s workshops. Jill actively involves her audience in her sessions ensuring they leave with a good sense of how strategies can be applied in different situations. She is passionate about creating learning environments for students that capture their interests, take advantage of their energy, and help them develop the skills and knowledge they need to be successful. An early advocate for incorporating digital learning in curriculum and instruction, she served on the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) Design Team (one to one computing for all Maine 7th & 8th graders) and on its Advisory Board.
A former teacher, she now works internationally with educators in the areas of literacy, leadership, effective instructional practices including technology integration and differentiation, and curriculum development. She is also Co-Director of the Middle Level Education Institute held in Maine each summer.
She is also the author of Everyone’s Invited! Interactive Strategies That Engage Young Adolescents, Teaming Rocks! Collaborate in Powerful Ways to Ensure Student Success, and Ten Differentiation Strategies for Building Prior Knowledge. Her articles have appeared in publications from NASSP, NAESP, AMLE, and MAMLE and her website, listed below, has links to examples of her handouts, pictures from her sessions, comments from participants, and examples of her workshops.