The Idea People are a husband-wife team: two experienced classroom educators with over 15 years each in classrooms ranging from 6th grade through college.
Lori works in higher education, mentoring teachers earning masters degrees in curriculum and instruction. She spent 10 years teaching English to middle school and high school students, AP Literature and Composition, theater, and Lain. Before assuming her current role, she taught college sophomore writing at a small liberal arts college. Her interests beyond the classroom include Design Thinking, graphic design, science fiction, and first generation college student success.
Coart taught social studies, AP European History, economics, World History, Twentieth Century History, military history, theater, writing and more during his 15+ years in the classroom. His additional research areas include doctoral studies in creativity theory, ludology (the study of games), and critical pedagogy. Coart reads and writes science fiction and collaborates on tabletop game development.
Active, Engaged Learning ■ Interdisciplinary and Cross-disciplinary Units ■ Student Centered ■ Exploratory ■ Authentic Assessments ■ Problem-based Learning ■ Design Thinking Applied to Teaching
Coart and Lori collaborated to create yearly interdisciplinary units for cross-grade teams of students to explore significant problems in our world. A few of those notable experiences for students include the World Water Crisis; How to Help Darfur; Understanding the American Health Care Crisis; and Seeing Poverty through our Neighbors' Eyes. We were privileged to work with many amazing colleagues who helped us bring these problem-based units to life.
Lori: BA, MA, M.Ed. Coart: BA, MA, M.Ed. PhD (ABD)
English Language Arts, Specialty, Science, Astronomy, Biology, Afro-American Studies, Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Character Education, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Black History Month, Tools for Common Core, Women's History Month