About Us

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Smart, social, responsive professional learning.

We build the tools and provide the pedagogical support for professional learning in any field. We work with professional organizations, industry conferences, and product and technology creators as well as with schools and institutions of higher education. We help our clients build meaningful continuing education, professional development, and training opportunities. We deliver these experiences in online, mobile, and blended formats that allow continuous access and integrated accountability through our social professional learning platform.

 

Our Team

Shelly Blake-Plock, co-founder, CEO :: Previous experience: 8 years classroom exp; Johns Hopkins School of Edu faculty associate; editor at TeachPaperless; co exec director Digital Harbor Foundation. 

Margaret Roth, co-founder, COO :: Previous experience: Director of Operations for Johns Hopkins’ Office of Experiential Education. Co-founder of EdTechWomen, Edcamp Baltimore, and member of the Edcamp Foundation Partners Program Committee.

Rose Burt, co-founder, CCO :: Previous experience: instructor at MICA, Goucher College, Baltimore School for the Arts; digital media specialist at Johns Hopkins Digital Media Center; tech director and curriculum designer at Digital Harbor Foundation.

Chris Hoyt, Chairman :: CFO at APXLabs; over 20 years of finance and corporate dev exp; over $400M raised in debt and equity capital for growth companies; co-founding board member at DHF.

Jason Lewis, CTO :: Rubyist, Clojurian, and former Senior Progammer Analyst at The Johns Hopkins University; founder of the Baltimore Clojure Meetup; blogger at decomplecting.org.

Milt Reder, Senior Software Developer :: Previous experience: programmer at Johns Hopkins University and JHU Digital Media Center; Rubyist.

 

An Estuary Certified PD Providers

Noah Geisel, Denver Public Schools; ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year

Dr. Robert Dillon, Director of Innovation at Affton School District, St. Louis County, Missouri

Sara Henschell, 2013 Outstanding Teacher at Baltimore City Public Schools

Samantha Morra, Google Certified Teacher, and advisor for the New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative

Interns

Henk Reder, Self-taught programmer and independent game developer. Student at Bunker Hill Community College. Codes in C#, C++, Ruby, and Javascript. Finn.

John Roth, Integrated Digital Media senior at NYU Poly. Amateur game developer experienced with C languages, Ruby, and fundamental Web based languages. Brooklyn based punk.

Advisory Board

Steven W. Anderson, Content and Relationship Evangelist at Promethean; former Director of Instructional Technology for Winston-Salem & Forsyth County Schools; co-founder of #edchat

Jessie Arora, Founder of TeacherSquare; former Director of Operations at Citizen Schools; former Strategic Partner Manager at Google

Frank Bonsal III, partner at New Markets Venture Partners.

Mary Beth Hertz, Teacher at Science Leadership Academy; Treasurer and Co-Founder of the Edcamp Foundation; 2013 ASCD Emerging Leader and 2013 PAECT Outstanding Teacher of the Year

Mike Lombardi, Enterprise Account Manager for EdTech at Amazon; former Director of Business Development at Blackboard

Eric Sheninger, Principal at New Milford High School; 2012 Learning Forward Excellence in Professional Practice Award; 2012 NASSP National Digital Principal Award

Michael Gus Schmedlen, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Hewlett-Packard; PS/PF Constituency at the UN Global Partnership for Education; former Steering Board Member of the World Economic Forum Global Education Initiative

Michael Smith, former SVP of Corporate Development at AOL; former CFO at Unity Communications; former Vice President at PricewaterhouseCoopers Securities

This team knows curricular and pedagogical design, moreover teaching and learning effectiveness. You back an expert team with a results-driven track record that is bringing 21st Century PD to the masses.
— Frank Bonsal III

Our Partners

DSR

Computer and technology sales and services

Network services including Enterprise roll-outs and IT project staffing

Technology leasing and services to the Education market

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Web & Mobile Development

Web development ranging from Wordpress customization to full application builds

iOS, Android, and HTML5 mobile development

Agile software development

Contact us about your web or development project

Kiker Learning

Google certified training and professional development

Live workshops

Online learning for K12, Higher Education, and Corporate professionals

Contact Kiker Learning

Our Clients