Are You a K12Leader Author?

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Here at K12Leaders, we are excitedly working to launch a new feature on our site — K12Readers, where the atmosphere of sharing and learning among those who support education will support writers and readers in all corners of the schoolhouse.

As part of our launch, we are reaching out to authors who are members here on K12Leaders. We love how K12Leaders is a space for those in all realms of K12 education, and our writers (and readers) are no exception! Our new K12Readers collection of groups will allow readers to connect with others who enjoy reading, and for writers to connect as well! Below is a small sampling of K12Leader members who are published authors.

Author: Ilene Winokur

Finding Your Pathway to Belonging in Education is a companion book to Ilene’s first book, Journey to Belonging: Pathways to Well-being, and a guide for teachers to support their students’ self-belonging and personal belonging while supporting their own self-belonging and professional belonging. Her first book, Journey to Belonging, explores how Ilene discovered a sense of belonging by sharing her story about life in two very different places she calls home: Buffalo, NY, and Yarmouk, Kuwait. Finding Your Pathway is filled with lessons, activities, and personal stories by educators to help you start on your journey to belonging.

Author: Rachelle Dené Poth

Rachelle Dené Poth is an edtech consultant, presenter, attorney, author, and teacher. Rachelle is the author of seven books. Her most recent book “Things I Wish […] Knew” includes the voices of 50 educators from around the world. Another favorite is True Story: Lessons That One Kid Taught Us, shares true stories from Rachelle’s own experiences as a teacher and as a student, as well as stories from 37 other educators about “That One Kid” who made an impact on them.

Author: Carl Hooker

Join the Ready, Set, FAIL group on K12Readers!

Carl Hooker has spent the past 24 years in education as a teacher and administrator focused on the thoughtful integration of technology and innovation in schools. He consults for multiple districts across the country and is a frequent speaker at state and national events. He’s also a 7-time author, 5-time podcast host, advisor to multiple ed tech companies, and National Faculty Emeritus for Future Ready Schools. Carl is also the co-founder of – A social media platform made by educators for educators. Check out his latest book Ready, Set, FAIL! which focuses on unlocking creativity and innovation in schools. Follow him on twitter @mrhooker and check out his blog at

Author: Shawn McCusker

Join the Becoming Active Citizens Group on K12Readers!

Shawn McCusker is Senior Director of Professional Learning at EdTechTeacher. He has 25 years experience as a teacher and leader in public, private and alternative schools. Shawn is the author of Becoming Active Citizens , published by Solution Tree Press and his column “The Tech Savvy Classroom” appeared in Digital Learning magazine. As an expert in technology integration his lessons and student products have been featured in the Journal, Educational Leadership and the Huffington Post. In 2006, he was recognized as a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2016 he was named a Top Trailblazing Educator on Twitter by eSchoolNews. He has been a keynote and featured speaker at conferences across the US.

Author: Laurie Guyon

Laurie Guyon is the Coordinator for Model Schools at WSWHE BOCES and the Capital Region Director and trainer with NYSCATE. Laurie is an adjunct Professor teaching Digital Age Learning at SUNY Plattsburgh in the CAS, SBL program. Laurie is the author of SMILE Learning: Leveraging the Power of Educational Technology. This book looks at all the moving parts of educational technology to find a way forward. By embracing your SMILE, you can leverage educational technology to meet your goals and ensure our students have the skills and confidence to achieve their dreams. In 2022 Laurie has won Tech & Learning’s Best Overall Implementation of Technology award, and the Global Impactor Award with the Digital Citizenship Institute. She was name one of CoSN’s NextGen: Emerging EdTech Leaders in 2020 and won the BOCES Spotlight award. Laurie was on the authoring committee for NYSED’s Computer Science and Digital Fluency standards and offers training statewide to support its rollout.

Author: Bruce Cabell

Bruce Cabell was a classroom educator for 27+ years. Following his retirement in 2012, Bruce discovered a passion for writing beyond the classroom setting.

This led to his first creation, Writing Organizer Fold-Outs, published by Creative Teaching Press. The publication provided Bruce opportunities to facilitate training workshops at the International Reading Association Conference in San Antonio, 2013 and New Orleans, 2014. However, in 2020, the fold-outs were repurposed into a series of two books – The Writing Resource Handbook for grades 2-3 and 4 and up. Each resource is a how-to-book filled with practical ideas, strategies, and graphic organizers for teaching students narrative, informative, and opinion piece writing. Presently, Bruce composes poetry and lessons targeting social-emotional learning and emotional intelligence. Numerous poems and lessons were developed for Respectful Ways, an online SEL platform for educators. Check Bruce’s Writing Resource Handbooks at…

Are you an author? Feel free to create a group on K12Readers where you can share new releases, chat about topics relevant to your work, interact with readers, promote your book. Reach out to us if you’d like to take your group up a notch, where we can help you with branding, hosting live events and amplifying your authorship through social media and advertising.

Are you a reader? Be sure to join the K12Readers group, and be on the look out for new and favorite authors as they create their space here. Members can also create book study groups for professional learning, or book clubs for those endless reading lists we all have.

Do you have any suggestions? Reach out to Suzy Brooks or Cathy Collins and we’ll be happy to help!

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