9, 10, 11, 12
English Language Arts
Downers Grove North High School
Downers Grove, 60515
Christopher Bronke has been teaching English for 13 years and is in his 5th year as English Department Chair at Downers Grove North. In this role, he teaches 9th-grade honors, evaluates teachers, oversees the literacy coaching program, plans and implements PD, and works with other district leaders on CCSS integration/implementation and common assessments and rubrics. He has presented nationally on CCSS integration across all subject areas, creating a teacher brand, blogging to empower teacher voice, collaborative leadership, teacher blogging, teacher leadership, literacy leadership, as well as social media in the classroom. Christopher’s work with social media has been featured in the Atlantic, with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on EduTalk Radio, and on the social media platforms MightyBell and Celebrate Teaching. Additionally, he has presented at the state level on close reading strategies for fiction and nonfiction, 21st-century writing, teacher leadership, and innovative creative writing instruction. From 2014-2016, Christopher was a member of the Teacher Advisory Council for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is on the Executive Committee as a member-at-large for the Conference on English Leadership. He has served as a Community Manager and Innovation Coach for the Redesign Challenge, and as the Community Manager Lead for new ed-startup, Sevenzo. Because of his passion for teacher voice, Chris co-founded and is a director of the National Blogging Collaborative, an organization dedicated to helping teachers blog. In this role, he works one-on-one with teacher-writers from across the country, serves as the editorial lead, and delivers training to organizations in order to help infuse the national narrative with authentic teacher voice. A champion of teacher voice, Chris has been on the Executive Planning Committee for three Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching (ECET2) national convenings as well as the planning lead for two ECET2 regional events in Chicago.
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