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Jill Spencer

High energy and student-tested strategies that can be applied across the curriculum are the hallmarks of Jill's workshops. Jill actively involves the audience in her sessions, ensuring they leave with a good sense of how strategies can be applied in different situations. She is passionate about creating learning environments for students that capture their interests, take advantage of their energy, and help them develop the skills and knowledge they need to be successful. An early advocate for incorporating digital learning in curriculum and instruction, she served on the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) Design Team (one-to-one computing for all 7th & 8th graders).

A former teacher, she now works with educators across the US in the areas of literacy, leadership, effective instructional practices including technology integration and differentiation, and curriculum development. An avid blogger, she writes about exemplary teaming practices at Teaming Rocks! (http://teamingrocks.wordpress.com/) and is a contributor to the Bright Futures blog (http://brightfutures4me.wordpress.com/).

She is also the author of Everyone’s Invited! Interactive Strategies That Engage Young Adolescents, Teaming Rocks! Collaborate in Powerful Ways to Ensure Student Success, and Ten Differentiation Strategies for Building Prior Knowledge. Her articles have appeared in publications from NASSP, NAESP, AMLE, and MAMLE. Jill's website, http://jillspencer.net, has links to her handouts, pictures from her sessions, comments from participants, and examples of her workshops.

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