Leadership

Dr. M. Bruce King

Dr. M. Bruce King is a Faculty Associate with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work in ELPA concentrates on teaching courses on instructional leadership and teacher capacity, coordinating the Wisconsin Idea PhD cohort program in K–12 leadership, and building effective partnerships between the department and schools and districts.

Bruce has been a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, where he contributed to two studies focused on Authentic Intellectual Work, the Research Institute on Secondary Education Reform for Youth with Disabilities and the Center for Organization and Restructuring of Schools. He received his PhD in curriculum and instruction from UW-Madison and taught upper elementary, middle, and high school for 11 years in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Quito, Ecuador.

Bruce has been a research fellow at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, and has consulted on two research projects in Australian schools that extended the body of research on AIW. He serves as associate editor for the international journal Teaching and Teacher Education, and has published in national and international research and practitioner journals. Currently, he provides professional development as an AIW coach in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Georgia, including (with Dr. Laura Lang) Green Lake School District, Wisconsin’s first 4K-12 IB district. Bruce was a co-founder of the Center for AIW, but is no longer affiliated.

Along with UW-Madison colleague, emeritus professor of Curriculum & Instruction Fred Newmann, and Dana Carmichael, Bruce recently published Authentic Intellectual Work: Improving Teaching for Rigorous Learning (Corwin, 2016). He is also the editor of How Schools and Districts Meet Rigorous Standards Through Authentic Intellectual Work: Lessons from the Field (Corwin, in press, May, 2016).

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Dr. Laura Lang

Dr. Laura Lang is a Lecturer and Senior Outreach Specialist with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also works as an independent literacy consultant, with collaborations across a wide range of schools and organizations in WI and in the Chicago-area.

Dr. Lang received her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction (Literacy Studies) at the UW-Madison in 2012, her M.S.Ed in Reading Instruction from National Louis University in 2000, and her B.S.Ed (Secondary English education) from Northwestern University in 1996. She also completed required coursework for Educational Leadership certification in 2006.

Prior to arriving in Madison, Laura spent 10 years working in the Chicago-area as a high school English teacher, reading specialist and literacy/instructional coach in both urban and suburban settings. During her tenure at New Trier High School, she taught interdisciplinary courses, designed curriculum, directed the Academic Assistance Center, facilitated an interdisciplinary literacy committee and developed the school’s literacy coaching position.  In Madison, Laura served as a high school literacy coach for 3 years before completing her doctorate; she continues to consult on a variety of projects within the Madison Metropolitan School District.

Currently, Dr. Lang collaborates with Dr. Bruce King, providing professional development for a team of Madison-area teachers and working as an AIW coach for the Green Lake School District, a 4K-12 IB district.  She also develops curriculum and consults for the Newberry Library of Chicago and for the Terra Foundation of American Art through the foundation’s American Art at the Core of Learning program.

Laura also serves as Past-President of the Madison Area Reading Council, a local affiliate of the Wisconsin State Reading Association and recently participated as a fellow with the Greater Madison Writing Project. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and as reviewer for Teaching and Teacher Education. She has coauthored multiple texts for educators, most recently “Academic Vocabulary in Middle and High School: Effective Practices across the Disciplines” (2015, Guilford Press).


TS Educational Leadership Consultants was established in 2010 by Christina Wahlert and Susan Peterson. Drawing on their individual and combined educational experiences, Wahlert and Peterson began consulting with school districts, working with leadership and staff to effectively implement Authentic Intellectual Work professional development. Through their AIW work, the pair began developing tools for program evaluation and monitoring teacher implementation, while also instructing leadership to collect and evaluate the data points.

TS Mission: To design and deliver effective, collaborative professional development, meeting the specific learning needs of educators as they work to improve teaching and learning, and to provide reliable tools and rigorous training for program evaluation that measures the impact of professional development on student achievement.



Tina Wahlert

Tina Wahlert is an independent consultant with TS Educational Leadership Consultants. She also serves as a school improvement professional development consultant with Green Hills Area Education Agency in western Iowa. Tina has been in education for 31 years. Prior to her current position, she taught K-12 special education, reading, English, and technology for 18 years. She holds Master’s degrees in Education and Educational Administration. Tina has been serving Authentic Intellectual Work schools in Iowa and Minnesota since 2007.

Susie Peterson

Susie Peterson is a former English and History high school teacher, adjunct college instructor, and high school principal, working with several southwest Iowa schools for the past 30 years. She holds a masters degree  in English and her administrative doctoral work was done at Iowa State University. Susie is an independent consultant for TS Educational Leadership Consultants and currently works with school districts in Iowa, Minnesota, and Georgia.

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