TeachersCount is a national non-profit dedicated to raising the status of the teaching profession and to provide resources to educators. We have invited several teacher-bloggers to share their education insights. TeachersCount is a national, independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving the nation’s 3.6 million school teachers. Our mission is to improve teachers’ quality of life by providing them with valuable information, services and benefits – all at no cost to them. One of TeachersCount’s main goals is to create a permanent culture of teacher appreciation in the United States. Current teachers will perform better and remain in the profession longer if they feel the importance of their work is recognized. Additionally, more young people and potential career changers will consider teaching if the profession is more highly esteemed by the general public.
TeachersCount works to help teachers in many ways, both direct and indirect. There’s the TeachersDisCount program, information on grants, conferences, awards and competitions, the latest education news, guides to finding great teacher resources on the web, and more.
That’s only the beginning of what we at TeachersCount are doing to help teachers alleviate problems in the teaching profession. In addition to offering resources directly to teachers, TeachersCount strives actively to improve public perceptions of the teaching profession by participating in public service announcement (PSA) campaigns and related initiatives.
In partnership with high-profile, for-profit companies, we and others in the business community are able to use the name recognition and resources of such companies to raise awareness about the valuable work teachers do and the importance of keeping the teaching profession healthy and attractive, for the benefit of teachers and students alike.
A prime example of these efforts is our National Social Marketing Campaign. The campaign consists of a series of print ads, each of which features a celebrity standing alongside his or her favorite teacher, in addition to a teaching-related anecdote and the tagline, “Behind every famous person is a fabulous teacher.” The ad series has appeared in Time Inc. family of magazines, O magazine and Country Weekly among others. Due to a large number of requests from teachers, the campaign was expanded in 2008 and poster versions of the ads were created. The posters are distributed by Scholastic. This year over 800,000 posters will be distributed to schools across the nation.
Board Members :
John Burke, Head of Vertical Technology at Google, has extensive experience in high-tech industries, and spent several years honing his sales and marketing talents at Haymarket Publishing in London, UK, before moving to the US in 1994. Mr. Burke was the International Business Development Manager at Microwarehouse Inc., a high-tech marketing company, and subsequently held the title Vice President Channel Marketing and Business Development at Zones Inc., a business-to-business direct marketing company.
Diana Burroughs, co-founder and Executive Director of TeachersCount, holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University, where she was the recipient of a Domestic Fulbright for four years. She most recently served as the Manhattan Borough Deputy to the NYC Schools Chancellor.
Devereux Chatillon, is currently a partner in the Litigation Practice at Sonnenschein Nath Rosenthal LLP where her practice concentrates on representation of traditional and emerging media in all facets of their operations including intellectual property rights, licensing, and litigation. Over her thirty-year career, Ms. Chatillon has worked in various capacities throughout the media and entertainment industry. Most recently, she was General Counsel and Senior Vice President at Scholastic Inc., the world’s largest publisher and distributor of childrens books and a leader in educational technology and children’s media. At Scholastic, she was in charge of the legal affairs for the entire company and was heavily involved with the preparation for the seventh and final installation in the Harry Potter series, an experience she considers to be a career highlight. She received her J.D. from the NYU School of Law after earning her A.B. from Harvard University, and began her career at Cahill Gordon and Reindel. While there, Devereux focused on first amendment issues, copyright law and litigation, working on cases such as Harper Row v. Nation Enterprises, a seminal case in copyright law. She also has held prominent positions at ABC Inc., The New Yorker and Miramax Films.
Ben Chodor, is the Sr. Vice President of Global Streaming & Virtual Events at InterCall. Ben is the driving force behind the streaming media and virtual team. He is a pioneer of online communications, having spent his 25 year career merging the healthcare, pharmaceutical and technology fields. Ben is passionate about the future of interactive streaming communication, and he’s taken the helm as Intercall continues to weave together streaming media, online technology and the virtual meetings space. He founded Stream57 in 2004; the company joined InterCall in January 2010 and Ben worked tirelessly to blaze new paths: Currently, he’s forging ahead with a new platform combining webcasting, streaming media and virtual event spaces. Ben and InterCall are leading the industry in a fresh direction with the most cutting edge technology. Ben is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, Julie, and twins, Rachel and Zachary.
Nancye Green, a founding partner of Donovan/Green, has spent her career employing design thinking to invent, transform and innovate businesses and public sector initiatives. Her vision and leadership have distinguished her both in her profession and in the market place. She has applied her considerable energy creating experiences, which inform, engage and entertain. Ms. Green has developed strategies, designed and produced across all media and channels of distribution. Her process begins with a proprietary methodology for developing understanding of fundamental issues and has demonstrated repeated success based on her ability to integrate invention with experience. Nancye Green has a degree in Urban Studies/Political Science from Newcomb College of Tulane University and a degree in Environmental Design from Parsons School of Design as well as an Honorary Doctorate from The Corcoran School of Art.
Steven Greenfield, a private equity investor, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and has held executive-level positions at several companies. Most recently, he was the Chairman and CEO of Fun-4-All Corporation, a toy company that specialized in obtaining high-profile licensed properties and producing a wide range of toy products under the respective brand or property. Steven now has significant interests in The Wildflower Group (a licensing agent) and Chelsea Toys and maintains active involvement in YPO (The Young Presidents Organization) and the Board of Directors of TIA (Toy Industry Association). Steven is involved with several New York-based charities, in addition to TeachersCount.
Dini von Mueffling (emeritus), a Vassar graduate and co-founder of TeachersCount, is also the co-founder and president of Love Heals, the Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education, a non-profit organization that educates young people in schools, community centers, and prisons about HIV/AIDS. Dini is also a journalist and author, having most recently co-written The Art and Power of Being a Lady (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2001).
Susan Posen, a Sarah Lawrence graduate, is Chair of House of Z, a fashion design business led by her son, the designer Zac Posen. She is also the mother of Alexandra Posen, a co-founder of House of z and a visual artist. She currently consults on brand-building in the fashion arena. Susan was for over 22 years, 14 of them as a partner, at the law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in New York City. She specialized in securities and other corporate transactions, with particular emphasis on media and communications companies. She co-founded DIVA Capital, a venture capital firm focused on women-owned businesses. Susan consulted to the New York Times Company Foundation’s 9/11 Fund with respect to the Lower Manhattan Small Business and Workforce Retention Project. She has lived for 35 years in SoHo with her husband, the artist Stephen Posen.
Maureen Rayhill (Board President) started her own management consulting practice in 2007 which specializes in strategic planning, change management, and business development. Her clients include corporate, nonprofit, and government organizations. Maureen has designed education programs for the New York City public school system, and the New York State Department of Health, and has developed strategic plans for nonprofits operating in the education sector. She has also designed and implemented restructuring plans for corporate and nonprofit clients. Maureen was a Vice President at Giuliani Partners LLC where her work included growth and communications strategies, and private equity investment. She taught Greek and Latin and served as Dean at Manhattan’s Trinity School. She has an M.B.A. from the Wharton School and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Classics from Bowdoin College.
Ruth Wooden is the retired President of Public Agenda in New York City. She was Senior Counselor at Porter Novelli and served from August 1987 to June 1999 as President and CEO of The Advertising Council, Inc. Earlier in her career, she held a variety of senior management and consumer brand management positions with N.W. Ayer, Inc. Advertising and the Ralston Purina Company. She has been the recipient of numerous business and philanthropic awards including the 1998 Maxwell Dane Humanitarian Award (United Jewish Appeal); 1996 Advertising Woman of the Year (Advertising Women of New York); 1995 Prudential Prize in Non-Profit Leadership; and the 1994 Matrix Award (New York Women in Communications).
Esther Wojcicki, a 2007 Walt Clarkson Memorial Award for Excellence in Advising winner, teaches journalism at Palo Alto High School, in Palo Alto, California. In her time at Palo Alto, Esther has transformed the journalism program there from a small enterprise involving 19 students and a typewriter to a three-part program consisting of Broadcast Journalism, Magazine Journalism, and Newspaper Journalism. It is the largest journalism program in the country, involving almost 400 students and three journalism teachers, and it has garnered extensive national recognition. For example, The Campanile, the student newspaper she advises, was chosen as the most outstanding high school newspaper in the nation by Time Magazine and Time for Kids in 2002, and the website won two Webby Awards in 2005 (http://www.voice.paly.net/). In 2002, Esther was named California Teacher of the Year. She has written for several different publications, including The Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine, and has been the recipient of numerous awards. She received her Bachelor of the Arts and Master of Journalism degrees at University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of the Arts in Education Computer Technology at San Jose State University, in addition to completing several other programs at other schools.
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