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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
6:00 PM


Seminary Co-op Bookstore




Seminary Co-op Bookstore
(773) 752-4381


Tina Owen-Moore discusses "The Alliance Way: The Making of a Bully-Free School". She will be joined in conversation by Elizabeth Kirby. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

About the book: Award-winning educator Tina M. Owen-Moore details the beliefs and practices that made the Alliance School of Milwaukee the focus of national attention as the first school to open with the mission of being bully-free. "The Alliance Way" illustrates how creating a safe, inclusive, and academically challenging environment goes beyond a programming approach that targets bullying to a more holistic one in which building relationships takes center stage.

About the author: Tina Owen-Moore has been an educator for twenty years. She started in 1998, as a high school English teacher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2005, with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Tina worked with a group of teachers and students to open "The Alliance School", the first school in the nation started with the explicit mission of reducing bullying. She led the school from 2005-2016, and has consistently worked to share Alliance's practices, so that all schools can be safe and inclusive places for all students.

Tina has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including being named 2010 Educator of the Year by GSAFE Wisconsin, being recognized by the Wisconsin Charter School’s Association with the Innovator of the Year Award for her co-creation of the Teacher Led Network, and receiving an LGBT Progress Award from the Shepherd Express Magazine of Milwaukee. She was also honored with the Marquette University, School of Education's Young Alumna Award in 2008. The school was awarded the 2011 Wisconsin Charter School of the Year, Platinum Award, and in 2015 won recognition as one of the "41 Most Innovative Schools in America" by

Tina earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University and her Master of Arts degree from Alverno College. She is currently enrolled in the Ed.L.D. program at Harvard University, where she anticipates receiving her doctorate degree in 2019. She is the mother of two adult children, Felicia and Jeremy, and has been a foster and surrogate mother to many others. She currently lives in Hyde Park with her wife, Velvet, and their two adorable cats, Tiger and Juani.

About the interlocutor: Elizabeth Kirby is currently the Chief of School Strategy and Planning for Chicago Public Schools. In this role she oversees 19 school Networks through the Office of Network Supports, the Principal Quality Initiative and the Office of Innovation and Incubation. Prior to this role, Liz was a Network Chief of four years serving the Network 11 and the Southwest Side High School Network. Liz graduated from Harvard College and worked as a Center Director with the Higher Achievement Program in Washington, D.C.