Our guest today is Erica Tuke is an Engineering Design teacher and Instructional Coach at Highland Park High School, in Chicago. Since Erica started teaching eight years ago, she has been exploring project-based learning, EdTech, and ways to make student curiosity the center of her lesson designs. After falling in love with the design thinking process a few years ago, Erica has fully adopted this model in her teaching approach. In addition to design thinking, Erica is passionate about equity in education spaces (especially STEM), authentic assessment, and helping teachers reach their fullest potential through coaching.
Erica has a background in Design from the University of Iowa and has earned an MA in Career and Technical Education and an MA in Educational Leadership. Erica is a Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction in the state of Illinois. As part of her Google Innovator Project, Erica is launching a card deck to be used in small-group professional development settings with the goal of cultivating teacher empathy and assisting teachers in the design of student-centered learning experiences. You can follow Erica on Twitter at @EricaTuke