Gina Cappelletti (Editor)
Gina is an Ed.D. student in Educational Leadership. Gina holds a fellowship position with the Penn Center for Educational Leadership where she studies the impact of distributed leadership on school decision-making. She also serves as a new teacher mentor with Teach for America in Philadelphia. Prior to her work at Penn, Gina was an elementary educator in Prince George’s County, Maryland. She earned teacher certification though The New Teacher Project, a program committed to ensuring the quality of education in high-poverty schools. Gina holds a B.A. with honors in Political Science from Penn State University and an M.A. in Geography from The George Washington University.
Andy Danilchick (Editor)
Andy is an Ed.D. student in Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education. Andy was an English and social studies teacher for over 15 years, primarily in urban settings. A teacher educator and leadership consultant, Andy holds a master's in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Swarthmore College. Andy's research interests include practitoner research, teacher action research, collaborative inquiry, resonant leadership, and data collection in qualitative research. Andy is especially interested in how educators engage in reflective inquiry and how they develop conceptual frameworks for practice. He has been a lecturer for Adolescent Development and Advanced Social Studies Methods. Andy is a Rockefeller Brothers Fund/Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a member of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund second leadership cohort.
Cat McManus (Editor)
Cat is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Cat has a B.A. in Anthropology from Dartmouth College and a Master's in Education, Culture and Society from Penn GSE. Before returning to academia, Cat was an admissions officer for 8 years at both Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked on staff training and development and managed a partnership aimed at bringing more low-income students to the University. She's interested in issues of access to higher education, the interaction of non-profit organizations with educational institutions, organizational learning and organizational theory, and community colleges.
Andrew J. Schiera (Editor)
Andrew is a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania studying teaching, learning, and teacher education. His research interests seek to understand how students, teachers, and researchers can all be positioned as co-teachers and co-learners, conscious critics, and engaged activists towards socially just practices and purposes of education. Prior to his doctoral studies, Andrew was a social studies educator at University City High School in Philadelphia, where he taught various social studies subjects including an Urban Education elective, and co-developed the Leaders of Change summer service learning internship. Andrew previously earned a M.S. in Secondary Social Studies and a B.A. in American History, both from the University of Pennsylvania.
Frances O'Connell Rust (Faculty Advisor)
Dr. Rust is a Visiting Professor and Director of Teacher Education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She is Professor Emeritus at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education where she was a professor of education between 1991 and 2007. Since 1985, she has directed undergraduate and graduate-level teacher education programs at Teachers College of Columbia University, Manhattanville College, Hofstra University, and NYU. She has published widely on topics related to teacher preparation and teacher quality. As well, she has written on teacher-driven action research and school improvement. Active in numerous professional organizations, she serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, Teacher Education Quarterly, and Teachers and Teaching – Theory and Practice.