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Shari Adwers, MJE

Shari Adwers, MJE

Editing

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
Kristofer Doran

Kristofer Doran

Multimedia Broadcast

Kristofer P. Doran is an interactive multimedia instructor for the Trumbull Career and Technical Center in Warren, Ohio, and teaches production courses for Youngstown State University as part-time faculty. Previously, he worked as a promotion producer and assistant creative services director for WKBN and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio, and as a producer for the Cleveland Indians. Doran holds a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology and in Career and Technical Teacher Education as well as a Masters of Digital Science all from Kent State University. In 2013, his students won the Business Professionals of America national competition in broadcast news production.

@kristoferdoran kpdoran@gmail.com
Megan Fromm, CJE

Megan Fromm, CJE

News Gathering

Megan Fromm, CJE, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Colorado Mesa University and JEA's Educational Initiatives director. She is also JEA's news literacy curriculum leader. Fromm has worked as a high school journalism teacher and as a professional journalist.

megfromm@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
Lori Keekley, MJE

Lori Keekley, MJE

Law and Ethics

Lori Keekley, MJE, advises at St. Louis Park (Minn.) H.S. Previously she worked as the director of contests and critiques at NSPA. The Echo has been a Gold Crown and Pacemaker recipient, and her students have won state and national awards. Keekley is a DJNF Distinguished Adviser and a member JEA’s Scholastic Press Rights Commission.

keekley@gmail.com
Valerie Kibler, CJE

Valerie Kibler, CJE

Leadership and Team Building

Valerie J. Kibler, CJE, teaches at Harrisonburg (Va.) H.S., where she advises the print and online newspaper. She was the local chair for the 2009 Washington, D.C., convention, and will chair the 2014 one as well. She is the JEA State Director for Virginia and Treasurer of VAJTA. Kibler helped begin jCamp and jDay in Virginia. She was named the 2010 Dow Jones News Fund’s National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year and has received the Gold Key Award from CSPA, SIPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award and VAJTA’s Thomas Jefferson Award.

vkibler@harrisonburg.k12.va.us
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

Entrepreneurship

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
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

 

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 furnas@ksu.edu.