Heather Wolpert-Gawron is an award-winning middle school teacher, coach of one of the largest middle school Speech & Debate teams in the country, and enthusiastic curriculum design geek. She coaches teachers in developing their own Project Based Learning units and works to help tech-tentative teachers become more tech-tenacious.
She is passionate about educational technology and its role in helping students communicate all subjects. Heather helps her students become agile in 21st Century technologies so that they can be a part of the conversations to help develop the technologies for the next century to come. A 21st Century ELA teacher must focus, she believes, on communicating curriculum in an engaging way while teaching students strategies to communicate their passions themselves. Students must be able to communicate any content in a meaningful and current way; teachers, she believes must move beyond teaching content and must become more agile in focusing on strategies to communicate that content.
Heather has a Masters in Instructional Design and Technology with an online learning emphasis, and she believes that the teachers’ Maker Movement is in original curriculum design. Heather tells stories through her curriculum units, and her students help to craft the content’s tale.
Heather Wolpert-Gawron is the author of such recent books as:
Heather writes a popular education blog as Tweenteacher and is also a staff blogger for The George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Edutopia.org. She blogs about education and parenting at The Huffington Post and is a Fellow of the National Writing Project.
She has authored three series of workbooks:
Internet Literacy for grades 3-8
Project Based Writing, grades 3-8
Nonfiction Reading Strategies for the Common Core, grades 1-7.
Heather was the featured educator for the USDOE Connected Educator Profile of 2013, the San Gabriel Valley Computer Using Educators Outstanding Teacher of the Year for 2009, and a California Regional Teacher of the Year in 2004.
She is a professional speaker, appearing at many educational conferences. She also has designed and presented webinars for multiple educational organizations, websites, and publishing companies. She has worked with numerous districts and schools to help all grade levels to develop, implement, and enjoy their adopted curriculum.
She is wife to Royce, whom she met in 2nd grade, after karate-chopping him at recess. Additionally, she is a mom to two boys, both of whom always have leaves in their hair from some adventure or other. She lives with all her boys and their boxer/corgi mix, their laughter and chaos, in Los Angeles, CA.