Elizabeth A. City has served as a teacher, principal, and instructional coach, primarily in North Carolina and Massachusetts. In addition to enjoying countless student-centered discussions in her own classroom, as a National Paideia Faculty member, she has worked with teachers and students across the country as they have learned to facilitate and participate in text-based conversations. Much of Lizs current work centers on supporting principals and teachers in creating collaborative communities where rich dialogue and learning for both adults and children is the norm. She is a member of the Senior Faculty of Bostons School Leadership Institute, where she teaches courses in using data, learning and teaching, and professional development to Boston Public School Principal Fellows. She is currently working on her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Lee Teitel is Associate Professor of Masters and Doctoral level programs in Educational Leadership at the University of Massachusetts. Teitel has been a researcher, writer, consultant, speaker, and professional development school advocate since 1989. His work focuses on PDS start-up, institutionalization, and impact issues; new leadership roles in PDSs for teachers and principals; and the development and implementation of national standards for PDSs. He has led workshops and presentations at AACTE and AERA and written numerous articles and monographs on these topics, including two PDS literature reviews and a handbook for the NCATE PDS Standards Project and booklets on governance and documenting PDS impacts for AACTE.