Dr. Christina Steinbacher-Reed, a North Central PA Region Representative
I am passionate about working with teachers and administrators to create sustainable systems of professional learning. I serve as the Executive Director of BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 (Williamsport, PA) where I have the opportunity to provide leadership in developing regional opportunities for meaningful professional learning.
In my previous roles, I have served as director of professional learning, central office administrator, literacy coach, and classroom teacher. I received Fulbright Scholarships to study the educational systems of Japan and Singapore. I completed my doctoral work at Drexel university where my dissertation explored the preparation of PA Instructional Coaches.
I am an advocate for professional learning at the national level by serving as a Project Lead for the US Department of Ed’s Teach to Lead initiative and maintaining an active social media presence (@christina_coach) and blog. I frequently share professional learning and literacy models at the local, state, and national levels including Learning Forward, the International Literacy Association, and PASCD.
My practice has been influenced by a number of thought leaders and practitioners whose research concludes that sustainable school improvement is a result of improving systems rather than quick-fix approaches. This body of research includes the work of Dr. Richard Elmore, Dr. Michael Fullan, and Dr. Andrew Hargreaves. My perspectives on instructional coaching have evolved under the mentorship of Dr. Rita Bean while my literacy perspectives have been shaped by the work of Lucy Calkins and Dr. Richard Allington.