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Jill is the President and Founder of Generation Text Online, a company whose mission is to teach programs that stop bullying and cyberbullying, teach 21st century character education, and establish a safe, positive and respectful school climate. The architecture of the program is to work with each individual in a school district; superintendents, school administrators, teachers, guidance counselors and students. There is a parent component and a community engagement component as well. Age specific programs for K – 12 and faculty programs empower each individual, equipping them with the tools to build relationships, improve the climate in their school and learn the skills in order to be be college and career ready.
In addition to the work in primary and secondary schools, Generation Text Online is well known at the university level, focusing on programs that guide 20 something’s in safe uses of texting, email, YouTube,Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and social media outlets. Through student services, freshman orientation and on campus career centers Gen Text provides a step by step approach to demonstrate how to protect yourself from inappropriate or harmless online behavior that can affect one’s career search and placement.
Jill teaches several courses at the University Level, typically within the school of Education. These courses include Classroom Management for the 21st Century Learner and Improving School Climate and Culture in the 21st Century Learning Environment. These online courses are also available to college professors as required materials for education classes. These courses guide education candidates and candidates for school administration on 21st Century instructional strategies, classroom practices, integrating technology into classroom instruction and how to build relationships in order to establish a safe, positive and respectful classroom climate.
Jill is a leader in the youth community and has served on the boards of: Presbyterian Church of Westfield, NJ Mission Commission, Family Life Department of Westfield Area YMCA, Citizens Advisory Committee for Enrollment for the Westfield Board of Education, and various roles in her local PTO. These experiences have given Jill a keen sense of how k-12 students interact, their social behaviors and the need for a parental controlled, on-line activity. Jill is also very active in 2 non- profit organizations. A member of the advisory board for Furniture Assist, she works to promote and fundraise for a non- profit that helps needy families receive used furniture, mainly beds. (An organization she co-founded over 5 years ago) Jill also sits on the board of a Canadian nonprofit organization, Kiwi Seminars, which works in Canadian schools teaching internet safety. Jill’s passion is youth ministry. For the last 24 years, she has volunteered in a weekly youth group meeting, spiritual retreats and mission trips all over the world. It is from her experience of working side by side with young people while serving people less fortunate, that her commitment to protecting ad empowering teens was born. Jill possesses that special connection with teens, one that includes listening, acknowledging and understanding 21st century youth.
Jill has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, for being a “Supermom” in 2005. She has appeared on Good Day New York, Live with Alex Witt, several NBC and ABC affiliates, Fox News, well as written up in the New York Times and the Boston Globe. Her participation on several panels at Social Media Week 2012 in Toronto and her work in Australia gives her an international perspective. Her most recent request is to work with youth in Africa.
Jill is a 1993 graduate of Northeastern University where she holds a BS in Management, as well as Marketing. Her specific interest and experience is Communications and Organizational Behavior, the study of behaviors of individuals, groups and structures and the impact each has on behavior within an organization. Jill’s experience of training school administrators, supervisors, and teachers or teacher coaching in the classroom and working with students, allows her to understand how and why these lesson plans give the opportunity for real change in your school! Jill’s experience as a mom of a high school aged child, a middle school aged child and an elementary school aged child, as well as being an active member of the community has played a key role in the shaping of her ideas and her business plan. Over the past 19 years, Jill has successfully balanced a career of consulting, leadership, management and motherhood.
Currently, Jill wears the hat of guest lecturer in Northeastern University’s business school, William Paterson University in the College of Education and Stockton College in the Students Services Department. She has 3 children, ages 19, 16 and 12. Jill Brown is the founder of ItsMyLocker.com, an online network where tweens can socialize safely. She is highly regarded and well known in the circle of Internet Safety experts. ItsMyLocker.com has been constantly regarded as the social networking choice by parents for their tweens.
Director of 21st Century Pedagogy and Practice
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Shawn Stone comes to us with vast background and diversity that is welcomed by our team. He was born in Alabama and being the first generation in his household to start his schooling in a desegregated classroom, his family offered little academic support but loads of love and values to get him through. From there, he has never looked back. Upon graduating high school, Shawn excelled at sports and was the Senior Class President; he often finds this an epiphany and symbolism as his journey has encountered frontiers; opportunities and experiences unseen by his own description from the humble beginnings of his hometown. Acknowledged or being the first to graduate from university and receiving a Division I basketball scholarship exceeded all expectations- hoping to finish school as a graduating high school student was the only goal at that time.
Joining the USMC with his closest friends was the start of his journey; he has since then completed bachelors, graduate diplomat’s, masters and currently a PhD student at one of Western Australia’s leading universities in Technology. Shawn was the founder, developer and part of the online learning, professional learning communities. He now blogs, tweets, consults and reviews the latest developments in 21st century learning.
Shawn maintains a very busy schedule by assisting businesses, schools and teachers across the globe in implementation and use of technology and educational practice that is in line with 21st Century Skills. As a valued expert in the field of 21st Century, Shawn has been an invaluable asset to the development and implementation of the Generation Text Framework to enhance the experience for the students, teachers and community audience. Shawn’s expertise comes from experience as he continues to refine and reshape education moving into the next century of education. Shawn’s current PhD looks closely at this digital revolution to explore what tools, skills, and abilities are essential and how we can quantitatively measure that in a variety of ways. Shawn continues to offer the Generation Text Online Framework in schools in Australia.
Shawn is the founding director of Australian Teachers; an online learning platform for teachers, tutors, and students. Shawn is highly regarded in the space of digital learning- Pedagogy and Practice.
Shawn is a 1996 graduate of California State University, Graduate Diploma at Edith Cowan University, Masters Degree at Curtin University in Perth Western Australia. Shawn’s experience of working in schools on a daily basis, consulting in the classroom or providing professional development, allows him to understand how and why this interactive staff development and accompanying teacher directed lessons give the opportunity for real change in your school! He has taught in some of the top schools in Perth and is highly regarded in his field.
Developer of Learning Designs
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Steven Dahl’s credentials include:
- Working as a professional administrator as a federal programs director
- Serving as a classroom Special Education teacher
- Adjunct university faculty
- Online professional development course instructor
- Private educational consultant
Steve’s expertise and interest is in designing learning systems for students, professionals and systems. His focus includes classroom based practices, teacher learning, maximizing student engagement, transformative practices, and supporting teachers making transformational shifts that results in evidence of impact of student learning.
Steve has provided insight in the development phase of the Generation Text Approach and developed the learning designs for the online professional development and the online student lessons and learning activities. Steve is a integral part the team at Generation Text Online to support the customization of our professional development systems ensuring state guidelines and standards are infused into our division that handles the larger school districts.
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Jen Lee is an online instructor for GenerationText online.