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Larry Alper, Executive Director

Larry is Co-Director of Designs for Thinking, leading implementations of Thinking Maps in whole schools while also supporting schools and school systems in developing long term plans for implementing these tools. He is the co-author the new guide and training, Thinking Maps: A Language for Leadership. Presently Larry is focused on piloting and revising the Thinking Friends Program for early childhood learning.

David Hyerle, Ed.D., Founder & President

David is the co-developer of the Thinking Schools International approach and lead author of the Growing Thinking Students LUMIBook resource. David also created the Thinking Maps model and leads the research and development team for TSI. He has authored the primary training resources for implementing Thinking Maps®. As frequent keynote speaker, David draws from his experiences teaching K-12 in the Oakland CA public Schools and his academic research at UC Berkeley and Harvard Schools of Education.

Robert Price, Global Network Development

Robert creates and promotes the use of a particular model or method through presentations, hands-on professional development, media articles, blogging, user and recorded demonstrations, programming and development of technology systems, and/or the creation of sample projects. Robert initiated and led the Thinking Schools Ethiopia effort and continues to support  implementation and dissemination of our work.

Atsede Tsehayou, Lead Trainer

Prior working as a Thinking Schools Ethiopia co-lead trainer, Atsede served as an assistant lecturer at New Millennium College, SOS Herman Gemiener  School. She also taught  Civics, Geography and social studies at Children & #39s, Home Academy and Maya International School. She has worked with a number of private schools, NGOs, and consultancy organizations. Her teaching interests and experiences include the areas of professional development training, coaching and tutoring students at all levels.

Dagim Melese, Lead Trainer

Dagim is an educator both by training and profession. He has been teaching Social Studies and Geography in Elementary and High Schools for 10 years. He received his teaching credentials from The University College of Kotebe Teachers Education, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has a B.A and M.A in Geography and Environmental Studies. And he has served as a Thinking Schools Ethiopia co-lead trainer for over four years.

Jane Urbaska, Philanthropy Cosultant

Jane Urbaska has spent half of her professional career in business, public relations and teaching and the other half in university advancement. Most recently, she served as the director of major gifts position at Montana State University Billings Foundation, associate vice president at Utah Valley University and in similar positions at the universities of Winsconsin, Virginia and Idaho.

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