Dr. Toni Rockis
Founder of Granted, a service company for educational professionals. Dr. Rockis’ primary interest is helping schools and other nonprofits bring money and resources into their organizations for expanded programs and services. Her grant writing and professional teaching career has spanned more than three decades. Dr. Rockis has authored, co-authored, and administered more than $70 million in grants for schools and professional organizations. She has partnered with hundreds of educational professionals to help them acquire the money and resources they needed to start and grow a multitude of programs and services. She has secondary, postsecondary, and higher education teaching experience, serving 23 years as a Professor of Education and teacher educator at Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal.
Dr. Jeff Share
Jeff Share spent 10 years as a photojournalist before beginning his career in education. He has worked as an elementary school teacher, curriculum designer and trainer. He is currently a Faculty Advisor in the Teacher Education Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he continues his research and practice focusing on the teaching of critical media literacy in K-12 education. He created a highly successful course in Critical Media Literacy (ED466) that has become mandatory for all new teacher candidates in the Teacher Education Program at UCLA. He is the author of Media Literacy is Elementary: Teaching Youth to Critically Read and Create Media, and co-author of Teaching Climate Change to Adolescents: Reading, Writing, and Making a Difference.
Born into a family of educators, Mr. Green is a respected Teacher Leader and a founding educator at Milwaukee Collegiate Academy. Former attorney and hip hop artist, Mr. Green specializes in English and writing with his students, who are in training to be citizens of the world.
Founder of Demoiselle 2 Femme, a not-for-profit organization that provides holistic services, education, instruction, and training to assist adolescent females in a successful transition to womanhood. D2F has provided prevention and education programs to more than 3,000 girls ages 13-19 in the Chicagoland community for more than 20 years.
Dr. Dave Pritchard
David Pritchard is a professor of journalism, advertising, and media studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to UWM, he was a tenured faculty member at Indiana University. He has also been a visiting professor at the Institut français de presse and the Institut d’études politiques de Lyon, both in France, as well as Université Laval in Canada. Before moving into the academic world, Pritchard was a journalist for seven years. He has published two books, numerous scholarly articles and essays. He has done research and consulting for major media corporations, law firms, and government agencies in both Canada and the United States. His major research interests are freedom of expression and issues of identity in the media.
Julia Bower leads iSpeakMedia’s efforts with collegiate athletics. She is a senior at the University of Missouri studying business and economic journalism, with an emphasis in multimedia. She is simultaneously pursuing a master's degree in strategic communication. Julia is a passionate multimedia storyteller who engages audiences through conversation and understanding. She is captain of the women's golf team at the University of Missouri.
Isabella is passionate about podcasts, cross-cultural journalism, and now…media literacy education! As our Global Ambassador, she produces and hosts iSpeakMedia’s podcast (Make it Make Sense) all about media literacy around the world. She is a senior at the University of Missouri where she is specializing in convergence media and radio journalism, with a minor in Japanese Studies. When she’s not reporting or studying or working or serving as a cultural ambassador for Mizzou’s Asian Affairs Center, she can be found in one of two places: the top of a mountain or under the world’s heaviest weighted blanket. In non-pandemic times, Isabella loves to travel and has visited almost every continent. Up next for her? An expedition to Antarctica.
Tori Horton is a Product Manager and UX researcher with areas of expertise in technology, customer experience management, and fintech. Currently, Tori works at PayPal as a Sr. Manager for Products and Social Innovation to make digital products that foster financial health and product engagement. Tori has a passion for digital media literacy and youth education. She served on the executive board of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). Tori has also worked on various grants research for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the National Science Foundation, exploring opportunities for social good in a network society. She has also taught media literacy as an adjunct professor helping students develop their online research capabilities. Tori has a Master’s Degree in Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities from Brigham Young University.
Dr. Denise Chapman
Dr. Denise Chapman is a counternarrative storyteller, spoken word poet, and critical autoethnographer who lectures in children’s literature and early literacy at Monash University. She’s served as a literacy specialist focused on critical media literacy in Australia, Fiji, and the United States. Her research involves exploring the lack of diverse transmedia stories for children of the African diaspora in Australia and how teachers and parents see its impact on children’s imagined possibilities. Denise uses oral stories, children’s literature, poetry, and digital images as counternarrative windows for social disruption and liberation.