anne-kostick

ANNE KOSTICK

DIGITAL STRATEGY, EDITORIAL DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT, CONTENT DEVELOPMENT, USER EXPERIENCE (UX) DESIGN, CHILDREN’S EDUCATION AND ENTERTAINMENT, AUDIOBOOKS, PUBLISHING OPTIONS

Anne is a writer, editor, producer and partner in Foxpath IND, where she consults on digital publishing for web and print content and experience design in ebook development and education. Her clients at Foxpath IND include arts and cultural institutions, book publishers, and technology and business services. She is a frequent industry conference and webcast producer, moderator, and speaker. Since the Web was born, Anne has been fascinated with UX and interactive design, especially now, at the intersection of print and digital reading. Her occasional column, “Digital Reading,” discusses UX and related topics in ebooks and digital reading. A member of UXPA, Anne is also program director of the annual Digital Book Awards; emerita president of Women’s Media Group; an advisory board member of BEA Educational Conference and advisory board chair of Library For All. She is the author of several children’s books and a definitive collection of jokes.

Website: http://foxpath.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annekostick
Twitter: @bklynanne
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anne.kostick

David-Kener

DAVID KENER

EVENTS, ADULT, YA, ARTS, EDUCATION, LITERATURE, POETRY, LITERACY

David Kener has enjoyed an expansive career in Theatre, Arts and Education, with a significant focus on underserved youth communities. David was just appointed Director, NYC Project Hope for Counseling in Schools. This FEMA funded initiative offers Crisis Counseling and Creative Arts services to students and school communities in the hardest hit areas of Hurricane Sandy.

David worked as an actor for many years following his graduation from The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, studying with the legendary Sandy Meisner.” He has appeared on many stages in the US and internationally including The Signature Theater, where he worked with Arthur Miller, and The American Place Theatre, working with Wynn Handman.

While working as a professional actor in all media, he began his teaching artist career and spent many years working in leadership roles for The Creative Arts Team, The Henry Street Arts Settlement, and Colors United. He then held the position of Executive Director of The Leadership Program, creating an arts focused methodology and establishing partnerships with institutions such as New York University and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. His most recent position, held for over fifteen years was as Executive Director of The American Place Theater where he pioneered the Literature to Life Program serving over 20,000 students annually across twenty-five states, working to improve literacy and cultural awareness.

David has recently been a featured writer for The New York Times, penning a weeklong Drama series for the Learning Network on drama strategies using the Times. He now heads up his own consulting firm Education Development Unlimited (EDU) working with mission driven organizations such as Counseling In Schools, where Caring Inspires Success and Power Writers, helping launch powerpoetry.org, the world’s first transmedia mobile poetry community for youth.

David lives on the upper west side of NYC with his wife, the Costume Designer Michelle Matland and his son Marcus, a sophomore at The Beacon High School, where David serves on the Executive Board as Vice President, Arts Liaison.

Website: www.counselinginschools.org

 

Neil-Nathan

NEIL NATHAN

EDUCATION, YOUNG ADULT LITERACY, MUSIC, SOCIAL MEDIA, DIGITAL MARKETING

Neil Nathan is an education expert who designs and facilitates professional development workshops for thousands of teachers and school administrators across the country. Neil currently builds the capacity of schools to design and align their curriculum to the new Common Core State Standards.

Neil graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Economics and moved to New York City, where he simultaneously began his careers as a singer songwriter and humanities teacher. While at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, Neil directed a nationally renowned arts education program and was featured on the cover of American Teacher Magazine. After 10 successful years in the classroom, Neil was trained by the New Teacher Center and became a mentor to first year teachers in schools both high functioning and high needs. He was quickly promoted to Lead Mentor and was tapped to design and facilitate the professional training for his mentor colleagues. Since then, Neil has trained educators at esteemed conferences across the country alongside best selling education authors Grant Wiggins, Rick Wormeli, and Diane Heacox.

Neil is currently an Instructional Coach, training teachers to build the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills necessary for students to achieve the college and career readiness the Common Core State Standards are calling for. He works closely with teachers to infuse more non-fiction texts into their instruction and help students cite evidence from these texts to develop and defend their opinions. He also helps teachers to build reading comprehension, analysis, and narrative writing skills in their students.

Neil is currently writing his education memoir in which he shares his expertise on how to improve teaching and fix America’s schools, having successfully worked in some of the highest performing and highest needs schools in the nation.

Neil has also found success as a singer songwriter. His songs are spun weekly on Sirius/XM’s The Coffeehouse and have been featured on Showtime’s Californication Soundtrack, ESPN Sportscenter, NHL Live, San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park, Return starring Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Shannon & Mad Men’s John Slattery, and Descent starring Rosario Dawson. Neil has scored independent films and produced and advised numerous artists for his record label, Pirate Vinyl.

He’s also had great success building buzz and growing their fan bases through the implementation of cutting edge internet marketing strategies. He’s had extensive experience using the Topspin Software Platform, the leader in audience growth and management used by both musicians and authors.

“Neil Nathan might not be a household name, but we’re adding a big fat “yet” to the end of that statement.”- Flavorpill

“Has a talent that cuts to and through the heart.” – Philadelphia Daily News

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/nnathan