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Dr. JoAnn Jurchan


Independent Consultant


Educational consultant to the Pan American Christian Academy (PACA). Sao Paulo, Brazil. Prepared and conducted week long in-service trainings on EL pedagogy and theory for school staff, grade level teams, and individual faculty.


Educational Consultant: Charter school developers


Educational Consultant: Smaller Learning Communities


Educational Consultant: Developing Teacher Dispositions


California Teacher Performance Assessment (CalTPA): University Coordinator, Trainer, Lead Assessor


Trainer: Reading in Secondary Education (RISE)


Trainer: District Literacy Network


Trainer: School Site Literacy Team



Curriculum and Course developer


Developer of several subject area courses in K-12, Adult School, and University levels


Concentrated Instructional Models for Universal Access (Co-Developer)


Teacher Dispositions Continuum (Co-Developer)


Faith Integration Curriculum: School of Education (Co-developer)


Jurchan, J. [Hanson, W. (ed).] (2000). Focus on Character. Character Counts! Marina del Ray. CA.



Presentations (recent)


Co-Presenter, Jurchan, J., & Morano, T. March 2014. Pre-Service Teachers’ Initial Perceptions and Beliefs About English Learners. TESOL 2014 International Convention & English Language Expo. Portland, Oregon.


Presenter: Improving Instruction for English Learners: Where Theory and Pedagogy Meet. Pan American Christian Academy. Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Co-Presenter, Jurchan, J., & Bradley, A. August 2012.  Teacher Dispositions: Procedures & Policies Inservice & Updates [2 presentations]. Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA.


Co-Presenter, Jurchan J., & Bradley, A. May 2012.  Professional Dispositions in a Teacher Education Program, ICCTE Conference. Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA.


Co-Presenter, Jurchan, J., & Morano, T. July 2010-February 2012. The Learner Centered Curriculum Model, Context Middle School faculty training.

Topics included:  Learner Centered Curriculum Model, Smaller Learning Communities, Inquiry-based teaching, Assessment protocol, Critical Thinking Approach, Integrated Curriculum, Content Area Literacy, Professional Development for advancement, A.C.T. curriculum (Advisory, Character Development, Thematic Exploration), Community Learning Center projects, Strengths Quest.


Co-Presenter, Jurchan, J., & Bradley, A.  November 2010.  The Complexity of Identifying and Measuring Dispositions in Teacher Education, 2010 “Dispositions: A decade of progress? ” Seventh Symposium of Educator Dispositions. Kentucky.


Co-Presenter, Jurchan, J. & Bradley, A.  October, 2010. The Complexity of Identifying and Measuring Dispositions in Teacher Education. California Council on Teacher Education(CCTE) Conference. San Diego, CA.


Co-Presenter, Jurchan, J., & Bradley, A. August 2010. Teacher Performance Assessments, IHE/BTSA Collaborative, Orange County Office of Education. Costa Mesa, CA.


Co-Presenter, Jurchan, J. & Bradley, A. May 2010. Teacher Performance Assessments. IHE/BTSA Collaborative, San Diego, CA.


Co-Presenter, Jurchan-J., & Bradley, A. March 2010. Stand on Your Back Porch and Look at the Mountain, Common Day of Learning, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA.


Co-Presenter, Jurchan, J., Bradley, A., & DomNwachukwu, C. December 2009.  Identifying, Defining, and Measuring Dispositions in a Teacher Education Program.  Society for Research in Higher Education Conference. Newport, South Wales, UK.


Co-Presenter, Jurchan, J., Kaiser, G , Warren, S., Reeder, G., & Noftle, J. April, 2009. Preparing teachers to support English language learners. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.


Co-Presenter, Jurchan, J., Kaiser, G., Warren, S., Reeder, G., & Noftle, J. January 2009. Preparing teachers to support English language learners. 7th Annual Hawaii Hawaii International Conference, Hawaii.


Co-Presenter, Jurchan, J., & Morano, T. August 2006. From College Student to Pre-Service Teacher to Colleague: The Imperative Dispositional Shift. Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA.


Numerous presentations between 2003-2014 for fulltime and adjunct university faculty and K-12 district and school site teachers and administrators. Topics included:

Critical Thinking Approach

Integrated Curriculum

Adolescent literacy development

Teacher Dispositions

Working with English learners

Smaller Learning Communities




Jurchan, J., & Downing, C. (2015 – official release date November, 2014). Tune Up Your  Teaching & Turn On Student Learning: From Common to Transformed Teaching & Learning in Your Classroom. New York, New York: Morgan James Publishing.


Bradley, A., & Jurchan, J. Dispositions in Teacher Education: Complex but Comprehensible.  Education. (Vol.3, No.1, January 2013).


Jurchan, J. (2011). Faith integration in the teacher education department. School of Education Magazine: Greater Works, Spring 2011.


Jurchan, J., & Morano, T.A. (2010). The case study: bringing real-world experience into the teacher preparation program. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Journal. 1(1), March 2010 (Featured Article)


Warren, S., Reeder, G., Noftle, J., Kaiser, G., & Jurchan-Rizzo, J. (2010). Preparing teachers to support English language learners. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Journal, 1(3), 291-314. (Featured Article)


Jurchan, J. (2004). Analysis of the effects of a smaller learning community model on student  success. (UMI No. 072699)


Jurchan, J. (2006). Emotional Intelligence: an introduction for the educator. Pearson Custom  text: Azusa Pacific University. [published in two textbooks]


Jurchan, J. [Hanson, W. (ed).] (2000). Focus on Character. Character Counts! Marina del Ray.  CA.


Jurchan, J. (1997). Choices: Teacher’s Resource Kit. Primary Focus, Spring Valley, CA.



Other Contributions to Education


Reviewer: TESOL International Journal


Reviewer: TESOL Conference proposals


Member University Provost’s Teaching and Learning Taskforce on

Academic Quality


Volunteer: CATESOL Conference


Interview committees for new teacher/faculty hires at K-12 and University level


District English Program Assessment Essays scorer


Organizer school-wide book drive for A.B. and Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center


Legislative representative to California Council of Adult Educators





Dr. Chuck Downing


Independent Consultant


Developer and Presenter for Forensics and Digital Microscope Workshops for Sargent-Welch Corporation.


Member of the Program Committee for the National Science Teachers Association National Convention, San Diego, CA – Headed selection of High School sessions.


Member Advisory Panel in Science to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing - California State Department of Education


Spring Independent School District, Houston, TX. – Presented two days of workshops for their annual professional development conference.


Consultant for Los Angeles Unified School District's Urban Systemic Initiative -Assisted in development and implementation of an integrated science program and worked with training teachers in skills in this area.


Educational Consultant for Stratagene Cloning Systems – developed eight biotechnology kits for secondary schools.


Workshops & Presentations


Presenter, Workshops in Critical Thinking, Coordinated Science, Classroom Techniques, Questioning Strategies, Closure, Assessment, Kinesthetic Activities, and Learning Centers for teachers of all levels, National Science Teachers Association Conventions, National Association of Biology Teachers Convention, California State Science Teachers Association Convention, San Diego Science Educators Association Convention, Association of Christian Schools International Conference.


Workshops include:

“A is for Analogy." – Describes, supports, and illustrates the use of teacher-generated and student generated analogies in the presentation of content material.

Classroom Management Strategies for the High School Science Class – Session objectives are to provide concrete strategies and processes to help new/novice science teachers include more laboratory experiences in their courses.

"From Dead Fish to Forensics - A model for developing and implementing an integrated science program." & "Making Connections - A model integrated science program." - Describes development and implementation of four core semesters and two elective semesters of integrated science for 9th-12th grade students.

It’s Late at the Estate – Describes how to incorporate creative writing activities into science classes to teach investigative skills.

Kinesthetic is Kool – Demonstrates and explains four different kinesthetic life science activities. Participants “do” one complete activity.

Learning Centers in 60 Minutes? I don't believe it! – Focuses on constructing and using learning centers in elementary classrooms by providing samples and examples.

Pedagogical Alchemy & What Do You Do If Betty Crocker Wrote Your Lab Book - Describes how to move laboratory activities from “cookbook” style toward inquiry style—steps in the process of developing open-ended labs are discussed.

PReP (Peer Review Process) Your Classes – By participating in several examples of peer review and learning how to modify existing assignments to allow for this process with students, participants learn the power of this procedure.

Science at “C” Level: A Creative, Cooperative, Cross-disciplinary Approach to Critical Thinking & Stylin’ in Science - Participants are introduced to a method of teaching critical thinking skills incorporating creativity and cooperative learning strategies in a series of cross-disciplinary exercises designed to reach a wide-variety of learning styles.

Standards Based Science Portfolios – Discusses the process Great Oak High School is pursuing in determining if students meet academic standards.

THE END: How to add closure to your student learning experiences - Sample closure activities for single class assignments, long-term assignments and units of study, semester, year, and course sequence are described and demonstrated.

They've inquired, now how do I know what they know? - Participants experience a portion of an inquiry lab,  discuss what might have been learned by students through the experience, and learn to create rubrics for several types of learnings which might have resulted from the lab experience.

Tricks from an Old Dog - Shared strategies and techniques gleaned and developed during  39 years of science teaching, including grouping strategies, time-saving techniques, and management ideas.

Tune up Your Teaching & “Open-ended questions are fine for some students, but mine can’t do them” - Focuses on questioning strategies: specifically how to change classroom questions from closed-ended to open-ended while teaching students the skills and techniques required to answer higher-level questions.


Educational Products


In addition to products listed on this site,:

* He is the developer of six innovative laboratory and kinesthetic activities marketed by Science Kit and Ward’s Biological Supply.

* His two-volume set of Cranial Creations, co-authored with both Owen Miller and Candace Aguirre, were best sellers for J. Weston Walch, Publishers.

* He co-authored AP* Biology Inquiry-Based Laboratory Investigations and Activities with Linda Morris.

* Most recently, he produces laboratory and creative/critical thinking activities at Teachers Pay Teachers.

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