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Passion. Experience. Diligence.

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The American Alliance for Innovative Systems relies upon highly experienced educators who draw upon decades of experience to provide the highest quality training and technical support.

 

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The Team

 
 
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ceo

David Holden

Since entering the education field in 1990, David Holden has been a true change agent and a highly visible leader in several significant school reform efforts. He has spearheaded his school's efforts in implementing Smaller Learning Communities, Structured English Immersion, and Formative Assessment and now supports schools and districts across the country on their school redesign efforts. In 2005, David, his wife Mary, and their high school, received a California School Boards Association Golden Bell award in the category of Innovative High School Transition Courses for the transition course they designed. David is well versed in multiple disciplines and languages, and his background as an elementary and high school teacher serve him well when approaching secondary literacy issues. He is recognized by his peers as a skilled instructor, engaging teachers increases teacher effectiveness, which improves student learning. As an instructional coach, David works with teachers across all disciplines to refine pedagogy, implement sound instructional and assessment practices, and to develop instructional leadership.

David has worked frequently with the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) and WestEd on several instructional leadership institutes. In 2006, David co-founded the American Alliance for Innovative Schools, LLC. and currently works at the national level with districts in the area of middle/high school reform. He currently partners with schools and districts as an instructional coach and provides professional development and consultation work primarily in the areas of effective instructional strategies, scaffolding instruction for English Learners, formative assessment, standards-based grading, instructional coaching, and increasing teacher capacities through professional learning teams.

 

Areas of Expertise

• TFU Cycle Instructional Planning
• PLC Development
• Instructional Strategies
• Differentiation/Universal Design
• Modeling Effective Instruction
• English Learner Best Practices
• MTSS/RTI
• Project Based Learning
• Strategic Planning
• Instructional Coaching
• Instructional Leadership Development
• Elementary School Support
• Middle School Support
• High School Support

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Contact Information

Email:  dholden@aais.us

 
 

 
 
 
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Consultant

Eric Creeger, Ed.D.

A professional educator for more than 20 years, Dr. Eric Creeger has been honored as teacher and administrator of the year, served as an instructional technology coordinator, campus level administrator, and program manager for one of the first STEM Academies in the state of Texas.  He has served as an administrator at the Academy of Irving ISD, a nationally recognized smaller learning communities program, developed innovative aviation and biomedical signature study programs, worked in the country’s largest Netzero Middle School, and has teamed with the Texas High School project to create a model STEM academy serving an at risk urban population.  Dr. Creeger currently serves as a Senior Lecturer and Program Coordinator for Educational Leadership at the University of North Texas at Dallas.  

For the past 15 years, Dr. Creeger has also worked as an educational consultant, providing services across the country and internationally on topics such as high school redesign, academic teaming, differentiated instruction, and effective technology integration. He currently resides in Irving, Texas, with his wife Katie and their two children.

 

Areas of Expertise

• Career Academies
• High School Reform
• PLCs
• Data Analysis
• TFU Instructional Planning
• Highly Effective Teaming
• Project Based Learning
• Interdisciplinary Planning
• STEAM
• Instructional Leadership Development
• Coaching Principals

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Contact Information

Email:  ecreeger@aais.us

 
 

 
 
 
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Consultant

Janet Swan

Janet Swan currently serves on the executive committee of the Board of Directors for the Texas Staff Development Council. Janet has provided training on Tips, Tools and Techniques for Facilitation (TTT) and Leadership Development Program (LDP) across Texas in both Service Centers and school districts. As a benefit of working in professional development, Janet is a trainer not only in TTT and LDP, but also in cooperative learning, Thinking Maps, mentor training, first year teachers academy, Ruby Payne’s Framework for Working with Students in Poverty and QUILT (Questioning for Understanding to Improve Learning and Thinking). She has also participated in training with Eric Jensen and Rich Allen on brain-based learning. Janet has worked with campuses in California and Oregon to help raise student achievement scores and implement small learning communities. In addition, she has expertise in facilitating strategic planning.

Janet retired from public education after 34 years at the junior high, high school, and administration levels where  she taught math and computer science and served in administrative positions including Assistant Principal and Coordinator of Professional Development. Janet was awarded Teacher of the Year in her district and completed her career in public education at Keller Independent School District as the Director of Professional Development.

 

Areas of Expertise

• TFU Cycle Instructional Planning
• PLCs
• Brain Based Learning
• Cooperative Learning
• Presentation Skills
• Learning Walks
• Elementary School Support
• Middle School Support
• Helping Principals Find Their Voice

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Email:  swan@aais.us

 

 
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Consultant

Robin Shrode

Robin Shrode has been a Middle School Teacher and Counselor of the Year, District Small Learning Communities Project Director, and Coordinator of Professional Development for a large urban/suburban school district. She served as a Practitioner Advisor, a nationally formed group of practitioners supported and funded by the US Department of Education and Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) for federally funded Small Learning Communities grant recipients, and has led successful and sustained reform at the secondary level.

As a founding partner of American Alliance for Innovative Schools, Shrode works as a consultant, coach and trainer in the areas of educational reform, specifically in strategic planning and organizational alignment, leadership development, increasing instructional capacity through professional learning communities, and the implementation of small learning communities in secondary schools. She has worked with Education Northwest (formerly NWREL), WestEd, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) and has served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Staff Development Council (TSDC), the state affiliate of the National Staff Development Council (NSDC).

Shrode co-authored the PLC Academy training modules for the Texas Staff Development Council and currently serves in a consulting capacity for the organization. She also presents at national conferences as well as conducts regional institutes and workshops.

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Email:  rshrode@aais.us

 
 

 
 
 
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CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER

Brandi Nunnery

Brandi Nunnery is currently a Literacy Teacher Development Specialist (LTDS) in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools system. She holds a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction (Emphasis: English as a Second Language) and an Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision. As a classroom teacher, Brandi taught first grade and ESL in grades 1-5. Instructionally, Brandi demonstrated consistent excellence, especially in the areas of Balanced Literacy and Writer’s Workshop. In 2004, due to her consistent implementation of best instructional practices and her contributions to her PLCs throughout the building, Smyrna Elementary (Smyrna, TN) honored Brandi by recognizing her as Teacher of the Year.

In addition to her classroom experience, Brandi, has served with distinction as a Reading Specialist, Literacy Coach, and District Lead Literacy Coach. In her role as a District Lead Literacy Coach, she designed and delivered training for her fellow site-based coaches in Nashville. Additional leadership experiences include serving as a Project Based Learning Capacity Builder for Metro Nashville schools, supervising practicum students in the graduate reading program from Vanderbilt University, and mentoring new instructional coaches.

 

Areas of Expertise

• Balance Literacy
• Rtll
• Writers Workshop
• Phonics
• Professional Learning Community Development
• Instructional Planning
• Modeling Instructional Best Practices
• Instructional Coaching
• Project Based Learning

 

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Email:  bnunnery@aais.us

 

 
 
 
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Amanda Wolford

Amanda Wolford is a former secondary level math teacher with experience in both urban and suburban school districts. In Metro Nashville Public Schools (TN), Amanda served in many leadership roles. At McGavock High School, Amanda led two academies, the freshman academy and the Gaylord Academy of Hospitality and USCC Academy of Finance. Amanda’s leadership greatly contributed to McGavock’s recognition as a Model Academy High School by the National Career Academy Coalition. 

Amanda was among Nashville’s first Demonstration School teachers. Teachers from across the district visited Amanda’s classroom to observe model instructional practices. From there, Amanda was selected to become McGavock’s instructional coach. Building upon her success and effectiveness at McGavock, Amanda was selected for district-level leadership roles, including positions as Technology Coach for the Metro Nashville Public Schools Office of English Language Learners and Instructional Designer for the district’s Virtual School.

Amanda has presented nationally at the National Career Academy Conference and trains on a variety of topics, including Reading Across the Curriculum, Teaching on a Block Schedule, Deconstructing Standards, Interdisciplinary Planning, and Instructional Strategies to Promote Cognitive Engagement and Universal Design.

Areas of Expertise

• PLC Practices
• Differentiation/Universal Design
• Cognitive Engagement Instructional Strategies
• Content Area Literacy
• Effective Lesson Planning
• Modeling Effective Instruction
• Instructional Coaching

 

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Email:  awoldford@aais.us

 
 

 
 
 
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Whitney Weathers

Whitney (Bradley) Weathers, is an Assistant Principal of Teaching and Learning at Hamilton Middle School, in Denver, CO. With just under ten years of experience as a teacher and teacher leader, she is passionate about teaching and learning as vehicles for change. She is a graduate of Nashville State Community College, Tennessee State University, and Vanderbilt University. She moved to Denver from Nashville, TN in 2016 after working in the Nashville Public School system. During her time in Nashville, she received numerous teaching awards and accolades, which include Teacher of the Year for the Metro Nashville Public School System (2015) as well as Regional Teacher of the Year for Middle Tennessee (2015).

Her work with teacher leadership has been featured on NPR and she was also recognized by Vanderbilt University for her work with new teachers through the teacher leadership model. She presented at the NCTE (2015) conference on ways to incorporate social justice curriculum into diverse classrooms and she recently worked as a consultant for Vanderbilt University on the implementation of the co-teacher model in low performing schools. Her current work as AP of Teaching and Learning focuses heavily on ensuring academic equity through the strategic use of teacher leadership and collaboration. She is married with three children.

Areas of Expertise

• Instructional Leadership
• Scheduling
• PLCs
• Engaging African-American Learners
• Career Academies
• Modeling Instruction
• Instructional Coaching
• Instructional Leadership Development

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Contact Information

Email:  wweathers@aais.us