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In the last decade, Anna Nolin has been the Principal at Wilson Middle School for the last 6 years and served as vice principal for 4 years prior to that. She has worked as a middle level educator in Metrowest for the past 16 years serving as a teacher, drama director, grant writer, and curriculum developer/consultant with a technology focus. She has served as an Adjunct Instructor at Framingham State in Designing Blended Learning Classes/Use of Moodle, is a district Google and Apple product trainer. She is an Instructor at Educational Leadership Institute (ELI) at Endicott College as a principal trainer in 21st Century Instructional Leadership. She has recently became a national presenter for the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s 2013 spring conference in Chicago (ASCD) in the area of school implementation of effective and engaging 1:1 laptop programming.
Beginning with her years as a teacher in inner city NYC schools, Ms. Nolin’s long-standing focus around middle schoolers revolves around community organizing and building community partnerships to support the development of student resilience. She has been a national presenter on the topic of bullying, use of literature to direct students’ social development, is a collaborator with the Humanities and social justice organization Facing History and Ourselves, was a profiled teacher in the book, When the Drama Club is Not Enough: Lessons from the Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students and has recently been accepted as a national presenter for the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s spring conference in Chicago (ASCD) in the area of school implementation of effective and engaging 1:1 laptop programming.
She holds a BA in English and Secondary Education from Middlebury College, a Master’s from Harvard University’s Risk and Prevention Program in Human Development and Psychology, and is a doctoral candidate at Boston College where she is conducting research on effective leadership around school-based 1:1 computing programs. She has two children is a coach, soccer mom, theater goer, music lover, golfer, and pop culture junkie. She plays the clarinet and loves to farm. You can follow her on Twitter @annapnolin and, her personal blog, Free Range Leadership @ http:// annanolin.blogspot.com/.