Colleen Stearns currently serves as the Director of English Language Arts and Spanish at IDEA Public Schools, the largest charter school network in the United States.  In this role, Colleen supervises the English Language Arts and Spanish programs across 97 schools in Texas and Louisiana, with a focus on supporting a team of curriculum managers and the implementation of teacher and leader trainings across seven regions.  

Prior to her current role, Colleen was a PK-12 teacher, Reading Specialist, dyslexia interventionist, campus administrator, district program coordinator, and curriculum designer.

Colleen also serves as a University Supervisor at Concordia University Texas, coaching and evaluating Advanced Literacy interns who are completing their MEd in Advanced Literacy and pursuing the Texas Reading Specialist Certification, and she teaches graduate level courses in Elementary Methods and Secondary English Language Arts curriculum and instruction.  She is also a Curriculum Auditor with the Curriculum Management Solutions, Inc. and has served on audit teams across the United States.

Colleen earned her B.A. at Southwestern University, and her M.Ed. in Educational Administration and M.Ed. in Advanced Literacy at Concordia University Texas. She is currently completing her Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction at Concordia University Texas with a focus on effective professional development for Advanced Placement mathematics and science teachers.

You can follow Colleen on Twitter at @ColleenStearns2.

Curriculum Notes

Colleen would be glad to connect about these high-quality curricula which are used in IDEA Schools:

ELA, Grades 2–8: Wit & Wisdom (all-green on EdReports in grades 3-8, Tier 1 on Louisiana Believes in grades K–8)

High School ELA: Springboard (all-green on EdReports in grades 9–12)

K–6 Math: Eureka Math (all-green on EdReports in grades K–5, Tier 1 on Louisiana Believes)