Tom Alves is the Executive Director of the San Juan Teachers Association serving 2800 teachers in the San Juan Unified School District located in Sacramento, CA. He has served in this position since 1994. Previously, he served as President of the San Juan Teachers Association from 1987-91. Over the years he has successfully negotiated a peer assistance and review program, alternative teacher evaluation programs, democratized teacher leadership teams, and alternative pay systems.
Tom received his BA in English and a MA in Secondary Education from California State University in Sacramento. He has been a middle school and high teacher, college lecturer, mediator, consultant, and trainer for the past 25 years. Tom also currently serves as the Co-director of Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN), which serves to promote progressive teacher union models that will lead the way in building and sustaining effective public schools for all students.
Jo Anderson Jr.
In November of 2005, Jo Anderson Jr. was named executive director of the Illinois Education Association. IEA is an association of 120,000 members composed of Illinois elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty and staff, educational support professionals, retired educators, and college students preparing to become teachers.
Prior to becoming executive director of the IEA, Anderson was director for the IEA-NEA Center for Educational Innovation, a center created to facilitate school restructuring and reform efforts throughout Illinois. The center serves as a catalyst for positive changes in education and provides Illinois Education Association locals with the resources, expertise, and motivation to experiment with school restructuring.
Anderson has facilitated collaborative negotiations in over 60 situations in Illinois and other parts of the country. He has extensive experience in innovative negotiating processes such as win-win and interest-based bargaining. He is also a founder and facilitator of the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC), a network of 50 school districts throughout the Chicago suburbs that are working collaboratively to restructure and improve their schools. He has presented an array of training programs and workshops in Illinois and other parts of the country in the areas of collaborative labor-management relationships, professional unionism, and educational change.
Dr. Ellen Bernstein
Ellen Bernstein has been president of the Albuquerque Teachers’ Federation in New Mexico, for the past eight years. She was chosen to be Co-Director of the Teacher Union Reform Network in 2007. She previously taught Elementary School for 17 years, earning National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist in 1997. Dr. Bernstein earned her doctorate in educational Leadership from the University of New Mexico in 2003, and served for two years as Clinical Supervisor for student teachers. Dr. Bernstein served as a Task Force Member on School Communities that Work – A National Task Force on the Future of Urban Districts at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform; served as Commissioner of the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women; and served as Chairwoman of the Governor’s Council on Teaching.
Susan Moore Johnson
Susan Moore Johnson is the Pforzheimer Professor of Teaching and Learning at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she served as academic dean from 1993 to 1999. She studies and teaches about teacher policy, organizational change, and administrative practice. Johnson is director of The Project on the Next Generation of Teachers, which examines how best to recruit, support, and retain a strong teaching force in the next decade. She is the author of Teachers Unions in Schools (1984), Teachers at Work (1996) and Finders and Keepers: Helping New Teachers Survive and Thrive in Our Schools (2004). She co-authored Leading the Local, a report on local teachers union presidents, which was released by Education Sector in July 2007.
Paul Reville is the president of the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, and serves as the Director of the Education Policy and Management Program and a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the National Center on Time & Learning. Paul is the former executive director of the Pew Forum on Standards-Based Reform, and was the founding executive director of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education. He also served on the Massachusetts State Board of Education from 1991-96 and chaired the Massachusetts Commission on Time and Learning, as well as the Massachusetts Education Reform Review Commission. Most recently, Paul was appointed the chairman of the Massachusetts State Board of Education by Governor Patrick.
Before this recent appointment, Paul served on Governor Patrick’s Transition Team and as chair of the Governor’s Pre-K – 12 Task Force on Governance. He is a former teacher and principal in urban, alternative schools. Paul is a trustee of Wheelock College and the Nativity School of Worcester, and serves on numerous other boards and advisory committees. Last year, he edited the book, “A Decade of Urban School Reform: Persistence and Progress in the Boston Public Schools.” He is a graduate of Colorado College and Stanford University.
Dr. Adam Urbanski is the president of Rochester (NY) Teachers Association, a vice-president of the American Federation of Teachers, and director of the Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN) aimed at creating a new vision of teachers’ unions that supports needed changes in education. In Rochester, he proposed and designed an internship program for new teachers; a peer review intervention plan; a career ladder and a homework hotline service for students.
Dr. Urbanski was a trustee of the National Center for Education and the Economy and a Senior Associate to the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. He served on AFT’s Task Force on the Future of Education and now chairs AFT’s Democracy and International Affairs Committee. He is a recipient of Phi Delta Kappa (Rochester Chapter, 1983) Leadership in Education Award. Dr. Urbanski also served on the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Executive Session on “Making the System Work for Children in Poverty;” Stanford University’s Educational Leadership Institute’s National Advisory Board; the Federal Department of Education Board of Directors of the Fund for Improvement and Reform of Schools and Teaching; the Advisory Board of Harvard University’s National Center for Educational Leadership; the Board of Advisors of “Education for Democracy/International;” the Policy Working Group at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform; the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; and the National Assessment Governing Board. Dr. Urbanski appeared on several nationally broadcast television programs, including the NBC Today Show, ABC News World Report, CBS News watch, and PBS MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour. A native of Poland, he immigrated to the United States in 1960 at the age of 14. He earned his Ph.D. in American Social History from the University of Rochester. A former high school teacher and college professor, Dr. Urbanski is an active proponent of change in education.