George Lucas Educational Foundation

Janell C.

I have spent my professional life creating curriculum and classrooms that nurture a passion for learning among adolescents. Even during my 12-year stint as a district curriculum director in a 4000-student high school district, I remained a classroom teacher in order to implement current research on teaching and learning. After retiring from public education, I joined the staff of a family foundation that supports high-achieving, low income students who will be first in their family to graduate from college. My Ed. D. in Curriculum as Social Inquiry provides the foundation for my work.

Currently, I am writing a blog for educators that synthesizes research and connects it to practical ideas for the classroom:

and I am researching the language teachers use in the classroom and determining how their language use impacts both academic success and access to rigor.

Follow Me



    Follow Edutopia

    • facebook icon
    • twitter icon
    • instagram icon
    • youtube icon
    • Privacy Policy
    • Terms of Use

    George Lucas Educational Foundation

    Edutopia is a free source of information, inspiration, and practical strategies for learning and teaching in preK-12 education. We are published by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.
    Edutopia®, the EDU Logo™ and Lucas Education Research Logo® are trademarks or registered trademarks of the George Lucas Educational Foundation in the U.S. and other countries.