Friends and Partners



Balanced Professional Learning

with Michelle Kuhns

Through sustained onsite and online partnerships, Balanced Professional Learning supports schools as they develop standards-based learning systems that integrate learner agency and the personalized opportunities that lead to joyful learning. Areas of support include professional learning design, establishing instructional coaching programs, standards-based curriculum design, sound assessment, and healthy grading practices. Our partnerships are uniquely tailored to meet the needs of each school, working closely with teams as they design curriculum and with leadership teams to strategically plan for change.  We work with schools to establish the conditions necessary to build a strong community of practice focused on learning and in the design of transformative learning programs that empower students to inquire, think deeply, and experience joy in their learning.​



with Megan Holmstrom and Ryan Grady


We believe that every student is capable of learning mathematics at a high level, and the teacher is a critical factor for success. We believe that persistent, passionate, and playful problem solving is at the core of mathematics at all levels, and that mathematics learning should focus on developing deep understanding of concepts and the connections between them.  We provide training and partnership on a variety of topics within the teaching & learning of mathematics across the program (PreK - Grade 12).  Throughout our collaboration, we will partner and share ideas, build capacity through conversation, action-plan, and develop resources.  Through a focus on modeling and inquiry, our time together will be active and engaging, ensuring that teachers transfer shared learning from workshop into classrooms. 


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My passion is in partnering with schools and teachers as they move toward an inquiry-based and conceptual approach to Social Studies teaching and learning. My approach focuses on the power of questions to drive instruction and deepen student learning, the purposeful integration of content, concepts, and skills, and the culmination of learning in authentic tasks with authentic audiences. My experience and expertise is deeply rooted in but not limited to the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies. As a teacher and instructional coach, I’m comfortable working with groups, teaching teams, and individuals to offer training, partnership, and coaching in a variety of areas including planning, instruction, and assessment. 

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Pathways to Inclusive Education

with Kim Bane and Jason Hicks


Pathways to Inclusive Education (PIE) forms partnerships with mission-driven schools seeking to transform teaching and learning. From evaluating current practices to designing and implementing plans of action, Pathways to Inclusive Education supports learning organizations in meeting the needs of a wide-range of learners.

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Progressive Education and Social-Emotional Learning
Based in Chicago, IL.  Available Everywhere!