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SUZANNE I. BARCHERS, Ed.D.

SUMMARY

  • Nationally prominent educational publishing executive with diverse background in book publishing, technology-based learning products, and classroom curriculum products
  • Graduate-level university teaching in reading, language arts, and children’s literature
  • Author of 90 books, including two college textbooks and ten readers theatre collections
  • President and board member for the Association of Educational Publishers
  • Board member for the PBS Kids Next Generation Media Advisory Board

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Lingokids (Monkimun), Madrid, Spain

    VICE PRESIDENT OF CURRICULUM| 2016 to Present
    Responsible for development and content of Lingokids’ award-winning app and curriculum
    Responsible for writers, editors, and educators providing content to users around the world

    CONSULTANT, WRITER AND CONTENT DEVELOPER | 2007 to Present       
    LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow Classroom Edition (Revere Award Finalist)
    Cruise Critters game for Sylvan Learning (NAPPA Award)
          Targeted Phonics for Teacher Created Materials (AEP Golden Lamp Award Finalist)
    Footsteps2Brilliance (NAPPA Gold Medal)
            
    Footsteps2Brilliance ELL Edition (AEP Distinguished Achievement Award and AEP Golden Lamp Finalist)

  • LeapFrog and LeapFrog SchoolHouse, Emeryville, CA
    EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AND VICE PRESIDENT | 2004 to 2007 
  • Responsible for educational quality of Leapfrog’s award-winning consumer learning platforms and SchoolHouse classroom products such as LeapTrack Reading Pro
  • (Distinguished Achievement Award) and English Picture Dictionary for Spanish Speakers (Golden Lamp Award)
  • Served as the “Face of LeapFrog,” representing company at high-profile events
  • Provided oversight of the LeapFrog brand, from packaging to messaging; served as ultimate validating authority in ensuring that all product educational claims were justifiable
  • Provided oversight for art, design, font, and layout choices for all SchoolHouse print products
  • Provided oversight for font and design choices for all consumer screen-based products
  • Coordinated cross-functional internal curriculum development teams for SchoolHouse
  • Managed dedicated internal editorial team, plus outside curriculum development teams
  • Developed manuals, curricular content, and assessment tools for SchoolHouse products
  • Managed and validated extensive scope and sequence based on state and national standards
  • Provided internal training and workshops for consumer and SchoolHouse divisions

    Weekly Reader, Stamford, CT

    MANAGING EDITOR | 1999 to 2004
  • Managed three middle and high school publications: Read, a literary magazine; Writing, a writing process magazine; and Know Your World Extra, a high-interest, low-readability magazine
  • Supervised four editors plus cross-functional teams required for above publications
  • Wrote numerous articles, plays, teacher manuals, and activities as required
  • Provided oversight for choices of art, layout, and design
  • Contracted and worked with numerous freelance writers
  • Represented Weekly Reader at conferences and national events

    Fulcrum Publishing, Golden, CO

    EDITORIAL DIRECTOR | 1994 to 1999
  • Developed new line of 10-12 teacher resource books per year and 4-6 children’s books per year  
  • Created marketing strategies for both catalogs and exhibits; established an advisory board
  • Provided oversight for illustration, design, layout, and font choices for both lines of books
  • Managed all requisite staff as the product lines grew

    University of Colorado, Denver

    AFFILIATE FACULTY | 1989 to 1999
  • Taught two or more graduate level classes per year on children’s literature, expressive arts, reading, language arts, and/or curriculum development

    Library Power National Evaluation Team

    CASE-STUDY RESEARCHER | 1995 to 1998
  • Member of assessment team that measured results of national program to improve school libraries

    Teacher Ideas Press, division of Libraries Unlimited, Englewood, CO

    ACQUISITIONS EDITOR | 1991 to 1993, 2000 to 2004
  • Built Teacher Ideas Press through aggressive acquisitions program
  • Grew line from 13% to 40% of company’s revenues
  • Conducted developmental editing; advised on marketing; participated in convention events
  • Resumed acquisitions role as a consultant in 2000 to keep the line growing during sale of company

    Children’s Museum of Denver

    DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | 1989 to 1990, 1993 to 1994
  • Director of Education: developed educational programs and designed exhibits
  • Deputy Executive Director: managed staff, designed exhibits, and raised funds

    Educational Testing Service

    CONSULTANT | 1989 to 1991
  • Advised on National Teacher Exam

    Public and Private Schools

    EDUCATOR, READING SPECIALIST, ADMINISTRATOR | 1967 to 1974, 1981 to 1989
  • Taught grades K, 1, 3, 4, 5, remedial reading; served as development director for private school

    EDUCATION
  • Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1985
  • M.E. Reading, Oregon State University, 1973
  • B.S. Education, Eastern Illinois University, 1967

    AFFILIATIONS
  • Association of Educational Publishers, Board of Directors, 2002 to present
  • PBS Kids Next Generation Media Advisory Board, 2006 to present

    HONORS AND AWARDS
  • AEP President’s Award for Exceptional Service, 2005
  • AEP Distinguished Achievement Award for Best Young Adult Play, Read  Magazine, 2004
  • AEP Distinguished Achievement Award Finalist, Read Magazine, 2003
  • Storytelling World Honor Book and Curriculum Product News Districts’ Choice Award, Wise Women: Folk and Fairy Tales from Around the World
  • Flute soloist at Delta Omicron International Triennial Conference, Alumni Concert, Illinois Wesleyan University, 2006

    PUBLICATIONS
  • More than 50 books in print, including college textbooks, teacher resource books, and children’s books
  • More than 40 articles, plus music curriculum and a CD-rom

    SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND WORKSHOPS
    100+ workshops and presentations at national and international conferences