Diana A. Laufenberg
Alma Center, WI

Professional Objectives

  • Collaborate with teachers, principals and districts to create a meaningful and engaged learning environments through new school creation, school transformation and professional development

Principal Certification Program – Educational Leadership, May 2008
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Masters of Education- Educational Leadership, August 2002
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Bachelor of Arts-Broadfield Social Studies/Political Science, May 1997
Middle/Secondary Certification
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI

Honors and Awards

Debate Coach of the Year – Philadelphia Debate League – 2011
National Board Certified Teacher – Social Studies – 2010
Moral Courage Award – Martin-Springer Institute- Northern Arizona University – 2007
AzTEA Technology Teacher of the Year – 2007
Arizona Governor’s Master Teacher Corps – 2006
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship – South Africa – 2006
Mount Elden Middle School – Educator of the Quarter – 2005

Work Experience

Lead Teacher and Executive Director, (Sept. 2013-present), Inquiry Schools, Philadelphia, PA

  • Coordinate the structuring, visioning and opening of new schools
  • Manage several large grants that support the work of Science Leadership Academy, Science Leadership Academy @ Beeber and a visioning project for a new middle school in Philadelphia
  • Create and maintain budgets for the grants
  • Collaborate with the teachers of Inquiry Schools to produce high quality curriculum for publication
  • Craft professional development experiences for teachers
  • Facilitate connections between Inquiry Schools and new opportunities for funding and expansion

Current Inquiry Schools Projects

Henry County Schools, Henry County, GA (June 2013-present), Work in district led by Karen Perry and Aaryn Schmuhl

  • Strategic planning at the district and school level
  • School based transformation planning and plan fulfillment
  • School based professional development related to classroom application of personalization tenets and establishing a student centered environment

Liberty Public Schools, Liberty, MO (September 2015-present), Work in district led by Jeanette Westfall

  • Transform the textbook adoption process to include more than textbook publishers
  • Rethinking the traditional social studies classroom to include more modern methods and resources
  • Introduce and craft the use of Open Educational Resources as a vital tool in the modern classroom
  • Advise the district on initiatives related to their strategic goals in the area of digital tools and resources

San Marcos Unified School District, (November 2012-present), Work in district led by Adina Sullivan

  • Create professional development related to inquiry driven educational approaches
  • Reinforce the power of inquiry in the classroom to each cohort of teachers throughout a multi-year pedagogical transformation
  • Collaborate with district leadership on strategic goals

Phoenix Coding Academy, Phoenix Union School District (Jan. 2015-present), Principal – Seth Beute

  • Lead strategic planning meeting to develop the school mission, vision, core values, systems and structures
  • Advise school leaders on new school start up procedures
  • Advise school leaders on a timeline for professional development and establishing school culture

Educational Consultant (June 2012-present), Self-Employed

  • Facilitate school based professional development workshops focused on modern teaching methods, technology integration, inquiry-driven project based learning, resiliency
  • Collaborate with the University Assisted Schools program at Drexel University to support the Turn Around efforts at McMichael School in their transition being a Promise Academy
  • Conduct keynotes for regional, national and international conferences related to creating classrooms for the modern era
  • Write grants related to supporting the efforts of furthering inquiry driven, project based learning

Social Studies Teacher (August 2008-June 2012) Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, PA – Mr. Chris Lehmann, Principal

  • Instruct United States History, American Government and Issues in Global Studies courses
  • Facilitate lessons focusing on the development of critical thinking skills in a project-based curriculum.
  • Coach the Debate Team
  • Co-Chair the EduCon Planning Committee
  • Coordinate the SLA New Teacher Orientation and facilitate mentoring relationships between new teachers and SLA faculty
  • Actively participate in strategic and long-range planning for curricular and school based activities

Teaching Specialist –(August 2010-December 2010, July 2012-December 2012) University of Minnesota, St. Paul Minnesota – Dr. Cassie Scharber, Curriculum and Instruction Mentor

  • Facilitate an online graduate course – Technology Tools for Educators
  • Develop curricular challenges to expand the teaching and learning experiences of the class participants
  • Provide meaningful and timely feedback for increased exploration and engagement in an online learning environment
  • Craft an online learning environment that encouraged interaction between class members as well as with the instructor

Social Studies Teacher (August 2001-June 2008) Mount Elden Middle School, Flagstaff, AZ – Mr. Rodney Johnson, Principal

  • Instruct World Geography and United States History course on a multi-age, looping interdisciplinary instructional team.
  • Facilitate lessons focusing on the development of critical thinking skills in a project-based curriculum.
  • Coach Volleyball, Wrestling, Girls’ Basketball, and Boys’ Basketball.
  • Participate in IEP and Section 504 conferences with teachers, students and parents.
  • Orchestrate experiential learning opportunities for students.
  • Chair the Mount Elden Middle School Social Studies Department and Technology Committee.
  • Chair the Mount Elden Middle School Site Council, 2004/5 school year.
  • Troubleshoot the site-based technological needs for staff and students.

Teaching Methods Instructor (July 2004) Suzhou Municipal Education Bureau, Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, PRC

  • Instructed forty-five Chinese English teachers on American Teaching Methods.
  • Administered pre and post-tests to evaluate progress over the course of the class.
  • Organized weekly field trips and project-based lesson plans.
  • Published student work on the Internet.

Life Skills/Art Teacher (August 2000-June 2001) Mount Elden Middle School, Flagstaff, AZ – Mr. Russ Furstnow, principal

  • Instructed Life Skills and art courses.
  • Coached Girls’ Volleyball.
  • Collaborated with the Flagstaff Police for the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program.
  • Served on the Assistant Principal hiring committee.

Social Studies Teacher (August 1997-June 2000) Wellsville High School, Wellsville, KS – Mr. Randall Renoud, principal

  • Instructed American Government, World Geography, U.S. History and Psychology courses.
  • Planned lessons focused on the use of critical thinking in a project-based curriculum.
  • Performed the duties of the Social Studies Chair.
  • Developed a portfolio program to track the student development of critical thinking skills.
  • Coordinated a senior class community service program to increase voter registration and voter education throughout the district.
  • Served on the School Improvement Team and Crisis and Safety Planning Committee.
  • Created and conducted staff presentations on Technology Integration.
  • Coached Varsity Girls’ Basketball, Jr. High Basketball and Jr. High Volleyball.


Presentations and Workshops

  • Unraveling the Textbook – Conversation Leader – Educon 2.5 – Philadelphia, PA – January 25-27, 2013
  • Creating the Classrooms we Need – Keynote Speaker – VA ASCD – Williamsburg, VA – November 30, 2012
  • Creating the Classrooms we Need – Plenary Speaker – School of Tomorrow Conference – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – November 20-21, 2012
  • Realizing the Potential of the Classroom: Teaching and Learning with Modern Tools – Keynote – TechForum Texas – Austin, TX – November 8, 2012
  • Creating the Classrooms We Need – Hawktoberfest – Keynote and Session Facilitator – Arrowhead Union Schools – Hartland, WI – October 25, 2012
  • Inquiry Driven Instruction and 1:1 Workshop – Facilitator – San Marcos School District, San Marcos, CA – October 18-19, 2012
  • Building an Architecture of Participation – Featured Speaker – integratED San Francisco – San Francisco, CA – October, 14-15, 2012
  • Fostering Reslience – Fall Conference – Featured Speaker – PNAIS – Tacoma, WA – October 12, 2012
  • School Based Professional Development (PBL, History, Geography, AP) – Collegiate School, Richmond, VA – October 3-4, 2012
  • Creating the Classrooms We Need – Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS – August 23, 2012
  • Inquiry Education: Pedagogy, Systems and Structures – Lumen Charter High School, Ripon, WI – July 16-18, 2012
  • Learning Visually: Analysis, Critical Thinking and Creativity – ISTE12 – San Diego, CA – June 27, 2012
  • A Day of Learning with Diana Laufenberg – Ed Week – St. Joseph School District, MO – June 22, 2012
  • School Based Workshops: Inquiry, History, Technology and PBL – Collegiate School – Richmond, VA – June 20-21, 2012
  • Project Based Learning for College Professors – West Chester University – May 23, 2012
  • Creating the Classrooms we Need, Learning Visually and Experiential Education – Saskatchewan IT Summit – Regina, SK, Canada – May 7-8, 2012
  • Amplification – TEDxSummit Opening Night – Doha, Qatar – April 16-20, 2012
  • Creating the Classrooms we Need – Keynote – Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network Annual Meeting – April 14, 2012
  • Creating the Classrooms We Need/Learning VisuallyKeynote/WorkshopITSC – February 19-20, 2012
  • Embracing Failure – Presentation – The Catalyst – T. Rowe Price – February 15, 2012
  • On Being Resilient – Presentation – Educon2.4 – January 28, 2012
  • Creating the Classrooms We Need – KeynoteNYSCATE – November 20, 2011
  • Democracy in Action – Presentation – Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum – Washington, DC – November 10, 2011
  • Creating the Classrooms our Students Need – Co-Presenter – TechForum – Tarrytown, NY – October 21, 2011
  • Innovation Now – Keynote – Edscape – New Milford High School, New Milford, NJ – October 15, 2011
  • Mobile Etiquette in the Classroom – Intel – Webcast panelist – October 11, 2011
  • Inquiry-based learning & other contemporary pedagogies in a technology-rich world – Keynote – Expanding Learning Horizons 2011 – Lorne, Australia – August 15, 2011
  • Learning Across Disciplines with Social Tools in a PBL Environment – Presenter – ISTE – June 29, 2011
  • Beyond Words: Using Infographics to Help Kids Grapple with Complexity – Presenter – ISTE – June 28, 2011
  • Education Nation – Philadelphia Teacher Town Hall – Panelist – NBC – June 5, 2011
  • IdeaJam: Creativity and Technology in the Classroom – Featured Classroom – Katalyst and Intel – May 2, 2011
  • Realizing potential: Teaching and learning in the age of information – Featured Speaker – Queensland Studies Authority – Brisbane, Australia – April 28, 2011
  • Creating the Classrooms We Need – Keynote – Magic Hour Communications – April 4, 2011
  • Creating the Classrooms We Need – Keynote Presentation – NJECC – March 15th, 2011
  • InterdisciplinarityEducon2.3 – January 29, 2011
  • Embrace Failure – TEDxMidAtlantic – November 5th, 2010
  • 1:1 Laptop Transition and Integration – Archdiocese of Philadelphia – April 2010
  • Learning as Real Life – Presentation – Educon2.2 – January 2010
  • Social Media Possibilities – Drexel Great Works – 2008-2009 School Year
  • Embracing Failure – A Colorado Conversation – February 2009
  • Embracing Failure – EduCon2.1 – January 2009
  • Authentic Learning – EduCon2.0 – January 2008
  • Starting the Conversation – Discovery Educator Network Virtual Conference (AZ)  January 2008
  • Learning 2.0 – Peak Performance Conference – November 2007
  • Educator Spotlight – EdTechConnect – May 2007
  • Digital Publishing in the Classroom – Way Out West Conference – May 2007
  • The Power of Digital Mapping – Way Out West Conference – May 2006
  • Shortcuts, Timesavers & Interesting Web Resources for Teachers and Students – Flagstaff Unified New Teacher Seminar – November 2005
  • CurriculumMapper training – Flagstaff Unified Professional Development – October 2005
  • GradeLogic and TeacherLogic training – Flagstaff Unified Professional Development – September 2005
  • Integration of GIS mapping in the Social Studies classroom – Teaching American History Summer Seminar – June 2005
  • Integration of GIS mapping in the Social Studies classroom – Way Out West Conference – May 2005

Committee Memberships – Grant Collaborations – Volunteer Activities

  • EduCon Planning Committee – 2008 to present
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grant – Interpreting America’s Historic Places: Nature, Culture and History at the Grand Canyon
  • Flagstaff Unified Curriculum Mapping Cabinet
  • Discovery Educator Network Leadership Council
  • Strategic Planning Committee – Social Studies
  • Flagstaff Unified School District Technology Committee
  • Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival Student Program Coordinator
  • Grand Canyon Youth Volunteer Trip Coordinator
  • Flagstaff Biking Organization
  • National History Day Judge

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