Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
School: LUCY LANEY @ CLEVELAND PARK ELEM., MINNEAPOLIS MN
Dr. Lanise Block serves as the Content Lead for K-12 Social Studies for Minneapolis Public Schools, she has been an educator for 15 years. In a previous position, Lanise served as the Liberal Arts College Preparatory Program Coordinator at Patrick Henry High School. Prior to her coordination position, Lanise worked as Social Studies Teacher for Minneapolis Public Schools and the Technology Integration Specialist for the West Metro Education Program.
Lanise holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Drake University, a Master’s degree in Teaching, a Graduate Certificate in Learning Technologies, a Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and a Doctorate degree in Critical Pedagogy from the University of St. Thomas. Lanise is married with 2 sons.
I graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S in Chemistry and Mathematics along with an education certification. My career began in Utah teaching junior high math and high school chemistry. I spent 22 years in the classroom as a science teacher in the Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan School District. I have taught physics, AP, honors, general and concept level Chemistry. Currently, I am a Professional Development Specialist working in the School of Education at Capella University. During the summer, I facilitate week long workshops for new and experienced chemistry teachers at Hamline University with Prof. Matt Morgan. As a team, we cover content as well as current best practices in the science classroom including inquiry and digital resources. I am also employed by the College Board as an AP Chemistry Consultant where I facilitate day-long to week-long workshops for classroom teachers. I believe one of the best ways to improve my professional practice is to network with teachers from all over the country and I enjoy the opportunities this provides.