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Ryan R. Goble began his teaching career as a high school English teacher in Ann Arbor, MI. He has since taught, consulted and presented for a wide variety of students, schools and organizations all over the United States. Ryan holds a Master's Degree in Education and a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Michigan. In 2005 Ryan began his doctorate (part-time) at Teachers College Columbia University. During his four years in New York City he mentored teachers in all disciplines, coordinated curriculum and collaborated with the entire staff to develop professional learning communities at Banana Kelly High School in the South Bronx.   
 
Ryan's work has been featured in publications like Teacher Magazine, The Boston Globe and The Detroit News. He frequently blogs at the Making Curriculum Pop Ning and has written for publications including the Journal of Staff Development, Journal of Media Literacy and The New York Times Learning Network. Presently, he’s co-writing curriculum on climate change and sustainability for NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. His first book (co-written with his mother) called Media Circles is due out in the Fall of 2013.
 
Ryan has an extensive background in the entertainment industry. He worked in marketing for Virgin Records, was a DJ at NPR in Detroit and worked at E! Entertainment Television in Los Angeles. Ryan’s high school students have worked with people like actors Robin Williams, Julianne Moore, screenwriter William Goldman (The Princess Bride & All The President’s Men) and director Spike Jonze as part of the Intensive English Seminar. Ryan is the founder of www.mindblue.com, a company that started by creating rock and roll study guides but now focuses on consulting. He also shares many exciting resources with educators through his online social network with over 6,800 educators all over the globe at "Making Curriculum Pop."  

Since 1999 Mr. Goble has been training teachers in active learning, “better practices,” and new media in classes and workshops all over the country. In 2009 Mr. Goble and his wife moved home to Chicago where he adjuncts in the education departments of Aurora and Roosevelt Universities and works as an Instructional Support Specialist for the Fulton K-8 Network in Chicago Public Schools. In 2010 Mr. Goble completed a six-year term on the National Council of Teachers of English's (NCTE) Media Commission and became co-president of that organization in 2011. He plans to complete his dissertation on “Secondary Teachers and the Uses of Media" by the summer of 2013.
 
Nicole Trackman has been a partner and Head Curriculum Designer for Mindblue since 2004.  She is currently an English faculty member at the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) in Aurora, IL. 

Before joining IMSA, Nicole was a Professional Development Advisor for the National Academy (NAfET) for Excellent Teaching at Teachers College Columbia University. As a NAfET advisor, Nicole worked in small public high schools in Harlem and the Bronx as a teacher mentor, principal coach, interdisciplinary curriculum coordinator and literacy coach. Nicole began her coaching career with the Secondary Literacy Institute (SLI) at Teachers College. At SLI she worked with secondary school faculty in the Bronx to develop literacy practices across the curriculum.
 
Ms. Trackman is an adjunct professor at Benedictine University, where she teaches graduate courses in education and at DeVry University, where she teaches undergraduate research and writing.  She has taught 6-12 grade English, speech, and journalism in urban, suburban and international settings.
 
In 2007 Nicole began her Doctoral studies in English Education at Teachers College Columbia University.  In New York City she co-produced, and co-taught the Teach, Think, Play course/conference at Teachers College Columbia University from 2006-2009.
 
Ms. Trackman is on the National Council of Teachers of English Poetry Commission and has presented at their national conference for the past six years with the Poetry Commission and Mindblue.
 
Nicole holds a Master's degree in English and Education and a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Iowa. During Nicole's tenure in Iowa City she was involved in the prestigious Iowa Writer's Workshop. She also served as poetry editor at the University of Iowa's literary magazine Earthwords.
 
Nicole enjoys working individually with teachers, principals, and full faculties; she has been presenting her work in curriculum design, differentiation and interdisciplinary constructivism at national and state conferences, district-wide professional development conference and school community teaching conferences since 2004.
 
Blake Goble is Mindblue's Digital Specialist. Currently working on his Masters in Cinema & Media Studies at DePaul University, Blake is a Digital Communications Specialist with NORC at the University of Chicago. He is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan's School of Art & Design, focusing on graphic design, new media, film and art theory. At Michigan, Blake wrote and edited for The Michigan Daily publishing over 150 pieces as a film and arts writer.  His writing has been featured on IMDB and The University Wire. When he’s not spinning his new media magic with Mindblue he works as a freelance multi-media writer and designer.