For school leaders, ensuring they are making the most of their financial and human capital is hard work. A group of Arizona based "EDUpreneurs" is teaming up to help schools forget about big corporations that cost big money and, instead, partner with local Arizona education consultants. Looking for a new service provider? Look no further.
Specialty: In-House PD
EDpiphany's mission is to support schools in creating and executing their own "In-House PD" by training staff to flex their leadership muscles and take on roles outside the four walls of their classrooms. EDpiphany does this by providing downloadable professional development and e-products as well as through the In-House PD Leadership Institute and School Leader Mastermind. EDpiphany was founded by Carla Rivera-Cruz. She has a decade of experience in education and, most recently, was elected to the Creighton Elementary School Board. She has worked all across the state of Arizona (charter, district, and private) and in the LA Unified School District, Duval County Public Schools, and DC Public Schools. On-site professional development and coaching is also available.
Specialty: Ed Tech
Dr. LeeAnn Lindsey has been helping educators to effectively infuse technology into teaching and learning practices for close to 20 years. She’s worked throughout the nation, though her heart lies with the students and teachers in Arizona. She started Edvolve because technology is transforming nearly every aspect of life, and that requires a shift in how we prepare all kids for success -- now and in the future. LeeAnn has been a classroom teacher, district technology integration coach, professional development manager for a national edtech platform, and a teacher educator at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College (Go Devils!). She was also a member of the core leadership team and technical working group that updated the ISTE Standards for Students in 2016 and the Standards for Educators in 2017. Edvolve provides support through a range of services such as assessment of educational technology practices, professional learning facilitation, and edtech leadership development.
3. Emergency Educator Support Services (EESS)
Specialty: Urgent Care for Teachers
Emergency Educator Support Services (EESS) is the only non-profit organization in Arizona dedicated to accelerating the professional growth of non-traditionally certified teachers and teachers entering the profession. Working with one of our Expert Advisors for 100+ hours, partner teachers receive a strategically-tailored support plan aligned to school/district initiatives; intentional coaching, deliberate practice and immediate feedback aligned to partnership goals; intense focus on foundational skills, including classroom management, lesson planning and lesson delivery. With this unique model, partner teachers develop and sharpen the skills necessary to become exceptional educators.
Learn more by contacting Emergency Educator Support Services or visiting their website, Facebook, or Twitter.
Specialty: An Accountability App
Sam Shammah is the founder of Akwai, a transformative technology company. For decades scientists and academics have been conducting research on how to improve the education system. For the last 4 years, the team at Akwai combed through over 500 scientific studies to painstakingly incorporate each into our software. The result is our website/mobile app that turns learning into actionable habits and gets parents more involved. Akwai has a marketplace with thousands of Action Plans for any goal students, parents, and teachers may want to accomplish. You name it, we got it – parenting, class-management, growth mindset… we’ve even converted best-selling books into Action Plans. When an Action Plan is chosen, the app has an Artificially Intelligent Virtual Coach (AIVC) that will show the user exactly what to do to make progress toward the goal. It also measures attributes that are essential to success and pairs users with accountability partners on a weekly basis. Teachers can even create their own Action Plans for their school’s unique situation.
5. Early Childhood Journeys
Specialty: Birth - 3rd Grade
Marissa Calderón specializes in best-practices in early education. She is a bilingual Early Childhood Consultant, parent and podcast host with over 15 years of experience in the early education sector. Marissa’s work, and most notably her podcast, was recently a First Things First Champion for Children award recipient. Marissa’s past work in the early childhood space lays in the foundation of working with homeless and foster care children, focusing on the social and emotional needs of students birth through 3rd grade in order to achieve academic success, a whole-child, whole-family, evidenced-based approach. With solid pedagogy in early childhood, and in between her volunteer work with her local Boys and Girl Club Youth programs on podcasting, and volunteer work at her local elementary school’s K-1 classrooms, Marissa provides individualized program coaching and consulting services, including full-day trainings, parent workshops, teacher workshops, program operations, community resources and classroom environment remakes (aka Classroom Flips). “When you know better, you do better” -Maya Angelou
Learn more by contacting Marissa or online on their website, Facebook,
Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter
Specialty: Teacher Recruitment
In 2015, Erin Tobin created OneTeacher with the goal of 1) helping schools find that “one teacher” who is the right fit for their culture and community and 2) helping educators find a school and role in which they are best poised to be that “one teacher” for their students. With almost two decades of experience serving Title I public schools, Erin knows the difference that one teacher can make in a child’s life, particularly those in low-income communities. Since its inception, OneTeacher has provided public charter schools and district schools with an efficient and effective way to build their strongest and most dynamic teams, as well as supported educators in finding their “perfect fit” among multiple schools. If you know inspiring educators or schools doing great work in Title I communities, let us know--the OneTeacher team would love to help them continue to thrive!
Learn more about OneTeacher by contacting Erin, watching our video, or following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
7. Effective Teacher Development
Specialty: Teacher Coaching
Effective Teacher Development was created based on the experiences and research of Cyndie Diver. Cyndie earned her BA in Elementary Education from Arizona State University in 2008 and an MS in Information Technology from Florida Institute of Technology's College of Business. She has served in multiple capacities over the past decade in public and charter schools as a middle school teacher, K-8 Assistant Principal, education consultant and avid volunteer serving as PTO President, and Co-Chair of her own children's district PAC. Through her business and education background, Cyndie utilizes her experiences to identify best-practices for working with educators in a variety of settings and meeting individualized needs. Effective Teacher Development offers consulting, coaching and collaborative experiences for schools to develop extraordinary leaders. ETD works with teachers, school leaders, as well as PTO/PTAs to support student success.
Specialty: Critical Thinking
An award winning curriculum, thinkLaw helps educators teach critical thinking to all students using standards-aligned curriculum based on real-life legal cases in upper grades, fairy tales and nursery rhymes in lower grades, and powerful professional development on Socratic and other rigorous inquiry strategies.
Carla Rivera-Cruz (CRC) is an educator and entrepreneur committed to helping like-minded educators reach their fullest potentials.