Lisa tortorich, M.A.
Lisa has spent the majority of her career focused on educational innovation, curriculum design, and change theory in her roles as a high school administrator, university instructor, and professional development trailblazer. Probably Lisa’s greatest strength is her WOO - winning others over. She’s certainly leveraged her WOO in rethinking schools and cultivating a culture of innovation and change.
Lisa currently serves as an educational consultant and Leadership Coach for a new school in Oakland, California. Cristo Rey De La Salle High School opened with a freshmen class fully immersed in personalized learning leveraging Teach to One Math and Summit Learning Platforms. The progress has been impressive and cultivating a new generation of thought leaders at the school has inspired Lisa to further develop the concept for Maverick Academy.
At Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, California, Lisa was the first high school principal in the nation to adopt the Teach to One personalized math instruction program. Within the first year, students made progress at over 4x the national rate. This unprecedented progress marked the beginning of a new Design Think prototype transformation leading to the expansion of the program across all subject areas through a partnership with Teach to One and Summit Learning.
Lisa has also redesigned the curriculum for the Educational Technology program at the Graduate School of Education at the University of San Francisco and is an expert in building prototypes, scaling up school culture for change, training teachers, and designing systems that authentically make a difference in the lives and academic success of all students.
Ryan Busco, M.A.
With over 13 years in elementary and high school education as both a principal and an assistant principal, Ryan Brusco has spent his educational career developing a unique perspective of teaching and learning. Ryan is a firm believer that a personalized education—where technology is appropriately leveraged to meet students where they are and improve relationships—is the future of schooling.
Ryan partnered with Lisa to implement Teach to One approach at Moreau High School and recently wrote a guest blog for Edutopia about best practices in personalized learning. Ryan also trains teachers in strategies to connect with students on a personal level — both educationally and emotionally — as the foundation for their teaching and learning practices.