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Shari Adwers, MJE

Shari Adwers, MJE

Curriculum Coordinator

Shari Adwers, MJE, teaches journalism and advises the North Pointe newspaper and Valhalla yearbook at Grosse Pointe (Mich.) North High School. Her students have received CSPA Crowns, been Pacemaker finalists and won top state and national awards. Adwers serves on the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) board and presents at local and national journalism workshops for students and advisers. She is a leader in curriculum development and alignment in her district and state.

@sadwers sadwers@gmail.com
Candace Bowen, MJE

Candace Bowen, MJE

Editing

Candace Perkins Bowen is an associate professor who directs the Center for Scholastic Journalism and the Ohio Scholastic Media Association at Kent State University. She is course manager and teaches the Honors sections of the largely freshman-level Writing Across Platforms and Teaching High School Journalism, a methods course required for all Integrated Language Arts majors. She also developed and directs the online master's degree for journalism educators, teaching Opinion Writing each spring. Perkins Bowen served in several JEA board positions, including president from 1994-1996, and has received the association's Carl Towley, Medal of Merit and Linda S. Puntney Teacher Inspiration awards.

cbowen@kent.edu
John Bowen, MJE

John Bowen, MJE

Law and Ethics

John Bowen is an adjunct professor in journalism sequence and assists in the development of online journalism educator master's program at Kent State. At Kent he teaches Writing Across Platforms, Storytelling Across Platforms, and Ethics in the undergrad program. He teachers Ethics and Social Role and Responsibility in the grad program. He is former director of JEA's Scholastic Press Rights Committee and has been a member of the SPLC Board of Directors and convener of the SPLC Advisory Council. He taught high school journalism and social studies and advised student media for 30 plus years.

jbowen1007@gmail.com
Ava Butzu

Ava Butzu

Entrepreneurship

Ava Butzu has almost 20 years of advising yearbook. She has built two separate programs in two high schools in the same county but with vastly different demographics. She was a major contributor and writer of the marketing and entrepreneurship modules for her yearbook printing company’s 7-minute starters and their week-long module for classroom instruction. Ava is frequently asked to present her students' marketing, branding and social media projects at workshops.

abutzu@grandblancschools.org
Megan Fromm, CJE

Megan Fromm, CJE

Educational Initiatives Director

Megan Fromm, CJE, Ph.D., is the Educational Initiatives Director of JEA. She works with the curriculum coordinators to implement new curriculum and support module leaders as they develop new material. Fromm is an assistant professor at Colorado Mesa University, and has worked as a high school journalism teacher and as a professional journalist.

megfromm@gmail.com
Erinn Harris, MJE

Erinn Harris, MJE

Multimedia Broadcast

Erinn Harris, “yerd” for the past 24 years, advises Techniques yearbook, tjTODAY newsmagazine, tjTODAY Online and TJTV at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia. Her staffs have earned CSPA Silver Crowns, NSPA Pacemakers, Gold Medalist and All-American ratings and many state and local awards. JEA named Harris a 2010 Rising Star, a 2014 Special Recognition Yearbook Adviser and a 2016 Distinguished Yearbook Adviser. She is also a 2016 CSPA Gold Key recipient. Harris serves on the board of the Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers and Advisers, acting first as Associate Director and now as Treasurer.

vamedianow@gmail.com
Brian Hayes, MJE

Brian Hayes, MJE

Design

Brian Hayes, MJE, joined the Ball State journalism faculty in 2005 and serves as interim assistant department chair and academic adviser to all news, magazine media, journalism graphics, photojournalism and journalism education majors. Prior to joining Ball State's faculty, Hayes worked as a designer and editor at multiple newspapers and taught journalism, photography and graphic communications at Lawrence North H.S. in Indianapolis.

bhayes@bsu.edu
Elizabeth Levin, MJE

Elizabeth Levin, MJE

Writing

Elizabeth Levin, MJE, teaches journalism and advises The Omega at Downers Grove (Illinois) North High School. Her students have won a number of regional, state and national awards, including the Pacemaker, NSPA Best of Show recognition four years in a row, and a team state championship win. She presents at local and national conventions and has led journalism curriculum teams and professional learning communities in her district. She earned her Master in the Arts in Teaching English from the University of Chicago.

elizabeth.levin1@gmail.com
Tim Morley, CJE

Tim Morley, CJE

Photojournalism

Tim Morley, CJE is adviser of the Nexus yearbook at Inland Lakes High School in Indian River, Michigan. His students' books have won six Michigan Interscholastic Press Association Spartans, been named a Pacemaker finalist three times, and earned a Pacemaker and Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Crown. Morley was named a JEA Rising Star in 2006 and a Distinguished Adviser in 2009. He is celebrating his 20th year running his studio, Inland Lakes Images, in his spare time.

tmorley@inlandlakes.org
Abrianna Nelson, CJE

Abrianna Nelson, CJE

Curriculum Coordinator

Abrianna Nelson, CJE, advises The Ridge Online, The Ridge Newspaper, and The Rampage yearbook at Pleasant Ridge High School in Easton, Kan. She majored in journalism at Washington and Lee University and interned with the Fairfax County Times and USA Today. Nelson also holds an M.A.Ed. in Education from The College of William and Mary and is a candidate for an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Virginia. Her specialties include web-based journalism and social media.

@abrianna85 abrianna85@gmail.com
Rebecca Pollard, MJE

Rebecca Pollard, MJE

Leadership and Team Building

Rebecca Pollard advises high school student media at Heritage High School in Frisco, Texas. During her career of 17 years in scholastic journalism, she has advised yearbook, broadcast, newspaper, web and literary magazine. Her students have won state and national awards. She has served as the Journalist of the Year Committee Chair for JEA and teaches at publications workshops around the country.

rebecca_pollard@lovejoyisd.net
Justin Raisner

Justin Raisner

Web

Justin Raisner is in his eighth year advising student media at Carlmont High School. His scotscoop.com staff won an Online Pacemaker in 2014 and was selected as the top high school website by the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club in 2015. In addition to advising, Raisner has worked as a writer and managing editor for several local publications.

jraisner@seq.org
Margie Raper, MJE

Margie Raper, MJE

News Gathering

Margie M. Raper advises student publications and teaches journalism at Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas. She is proud to share her passion for scholastic journalism with her students, see them grow as storytellers and celebrate their achievements. She serves as the president-elect of the Texas Association of Journalism Educators, part of the Gloria Shields workshop committee, and on the local committee for the JEA/NSPA Dallas 2017 convention. Before her teaching career, Margie was a broadcast reporter and videographer for CBS-affiliates in small markets in Texas.

raperm@hpisd.org

 

PREVIOUS CURRICULUM LEADERS

  • LINDA BALLEW / Editing (2013-2014)
  • MICHELLE BALMEO, MJE / Web (2014-2015)
  • VICKI MCCASH BRENNAN / News Writing (2013-2014) and News Gathering (2014-2016)
  • RENEE BURKE, MJE / Design (2014-2015)
  • PHIL DIGNAN / News Gathering (2013-2014)
  • MEGAN FROMM, CJE / News Literacy (2013-2015)
  • BRENDA GORSUCH, MJE / Writing (2014-2015)
  • JULIEANNE MCCLAIN / Photojournalism (2013-2015)
  • LORI OGLESBEE-PETTER, MJE / Writing (2013-2014)
  • HOLLY SOBOROFF / Opinion Writing (2013-2014)
  • TRACEY WARD / Web (2013-2014)
  • CASANDRA WORKMAN, CJE / Design (2013-2014)

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We are always looking for members who can help us contribute to make this curriculum stronger. Here’s how you can get involved.

  • Apply to be a curriculum leader. As openings develop for curriculum leaders, we will post them on jea.org.
  • Provide us with examples. Getting permission from copyright owners is among the most difficult tasks of developing curriculum, and if you and/or your students have materials we could incorporate as examples, we’d love to add them. Contact the appropriate curriculum leader directly.
  • Help us test the curriculum. We are looking to ensure that the curriculum we present is both valid and reliable, but to do that it needs to be tested in the classroom, with independent assessments of its effectiveness. If you are using some of the curriculum in your classroom and would be willing to be part of this ongoing study, please email furnas@ksu.edu.
  • Help us apply more standards. While we have applied Common Core State Standards to every lesson in the initiative, we know that many of our members live in states that do not adhere to CCSS. If you have experience with standards in these states and would like to help us tag the curriculum appropriately, please email mfromm@coloradomesa.edu.