Meet The Speakers
Author, The Framework for Teaching and Founder, The Danielson Group
Charlotte began her career in education over 50 years ago as a teacher in a multi-age (1st and 2nd grade) classroom in Washington, D.C. From her first year in the classroom, she recognized the importance of encouraging students’ natural intellectual curiosity and creating the conditions that allow them to engage with important concepts and content. Twenty-five years later (and almost 25 years ago), after working as a teacher, curriculum director, staff development director, and assessment designer, she put pen to paper and wrote Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching.
The Danielson Framework, as it has come to be called, has become the most widely used instructional framework in the United States. She and her team have worked with educators using the framework in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, The U.S. Virgin Islands, and 12 other nations, including Canada, Colombia, Lebanon, Spain, Chile, and Thailand.
Charlotte is an internationally-recognized expert in the area of teacher effectiveness. She advises State Education Departments and National Ministries and Departments of Education. She is in demand as a keynote speaker at national and international conferences, and as a policy consultant to legislative and administrative bodies. She has published widely on the use of her framework and related aspects of the teaching professional and instructional practice. Among other things, she’s written about organizing schools for student success (Enhancing Student Achievement: a Framework for School Improvement, 2002), teacher leadership (Teacher Leadership that Strengthens the Profession, 2006), professional conversations (Talk about Teaching! Conducting Professional Conversations, 2009), and numerous practical instruments and training programs, both onsite and online, to assist practitioners in implementing important ideas about teaching.
She is a graduate of Cornell University (history), Oxford University (philosophy, politics, and economics) and Rutgers University (educational administration and supervision.) She has taught at all levels, kindergarten through university, has worked as a curriculum director and staff development director, and is the founder and board chair of The Danielson Group.
Executive Producer, The Infamous Future
Born in Paddington, London England, John’s career first started in the music industry. With significant opportunities to work with some of music’s most prolific artists in the industry, including Whitney Houston, Elton John, George Michael, Boy George, Jon Secada, Zucchero, Nu Colors, Brand New Heavies, and Eurythmics, and contracts signed with Warner Bros. and A&M records. He went on, and moved his career into the financial industry, with 17 years of experience in many departments including, Citi Private Bank, and then landing an opportunity as Chief of Staff for Citigroup’s Global Digital Strategy.
Currently, John is Founder of JCINTIME, LLC, Creative Management & Production, as well as Partner, and Head of Management for Buffalo 8 – A BondIt Media Company, a first class full service media company with four core divisions: development, production, post-production and client management services with accolades from Sundance, Berlin, Toronto and SXSW festivals, where John manages movie & Television Directors, Writers and Actors, as well as Producing Award Winning Films including the recent, ‘A Boy, A Girl, A Dream’ as well as 9 time Film Festival Award winning feature ‘Destined’, and Executive Producing the upcoming documentary ‘The Infamous Future’ highlighting the prolific Eagle Academy under the leadership of David C. Banks. John recently Produced the 2018 March on Washington Film Festival.
Associations: sustaining Board member of Youth Inc. – Host Committee member for The Robin Hood Foundation – Voting member of the Grammys Academy – Former Chair of Ailey Ambassadors Committee
Charles Cole, III
Charles Cole, III
Founder of Energy Convertors
Dr. Charles Cole, III is an educator focused on the advancement of youth of color, but more specifically Black males. This passion comes from his experiences growing up without proper support, including being homeless and attending more than ten elementary schools across the country while his parents battled addiction and incarceration. Throughout that experience, no adult, no group, no organization ever asked him how he was achieving success nor how he was surviving. Schools were not a place where students in similar predicaments were learning.
As founder of Energy Convertors, Charles comes from the community and has shared many of the students’ experiences. Previously Charles served as a social worker, a Director for Teach for America, the Vice Chair of the California Young Democrats, Black Caucus and at a director’s level with various youth-focused nonprofits.
Charles is a national speaker and a writer, and he can be found in Oakland and around the country working with youth on how to equip themselves appropriately to lay the groundwork for a bright future. Charles is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence focusing on building student navigation skills and voice in education for his burgeoning organization, Energy Convertors.
Charles’ life goal is to better the communities he grew up in, which include Chicago, Paducah, KY, and Oakland.
2018 National Teacher of the Year
Mandy Manning teaches English to newly arrived refugee and immigrant students in the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. In her classroom, Mandy uses experiential projects like map-making to help her students process trauma, celebrate their home countries and culture, and learn about their new community. As 2018 National Teacher of the Year, Mandy encourages educators to teach their students to overcome their fears and seek out new experiences.
“Let’s teach our students to be fearless,” she says. “Let’s teach them to be brave when confronted with uncertainty. Brave when they fail. Brave in meeting new people. Brave in seeking opportunities to experience things outside of their understanding.”
Mandy strives to create connections between her students and the community inside and outside of the school. Her students work in the student store and she encourages other students to visit and volunteer in the Newcomer Center. She also invites district leaders, campus resource officers, community members of color, and professional writers to visit her classroom. The visits help her students learn cultural expectations and how to express themselves effectively. In return, her students teach these leaders where they come from, who they are, and the beauty they add to the community.
“All of us together make this world interesting and good. We must teach our students to overcome their fears and seek out new experiences. The only way to teach fearlessness is to show it. We must show kindness by getting to know our students, learning about them, and showing them how to connect,” she says.
Mandy has taught for the past 20 years, eight of which have been in her current role. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Washington University, a Masters of Arts from West Texas A & M University, and a Masters of Fine Arts from Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Mandy is a National Board Certified Teacher.
Chief Executive Officer of Kids First Chicago
Daniel Anello is the Chief Executive Officer of Kids First Chicago. He previously served as the Chief of Strategy and External Relations for Chicago International Charter School. In 2014, Daniel played an important role in securing equitable funding for students citywide, working side-by-side with the CPS budget office on the implementation of student-based funding that remained agnostic to school-type. Daniel came into education through the Broad Residency. Prior to working in the public sector, he was an Associate Brand Manager for Unilever.
In 2015, Daniel was named in the inaugural class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, an initiative that draws upon the resources of the U.S. presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. He was a member of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship Summer 2016 cohort and the Leadership Greater Chicago 2018-19 cohort. Daniel is also a member of Education Leaders of Color, and a Board member of Bottom Line Chicago and Chicago Urban League.
Daniel received a BA in Mathematics from Williams College and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth.