Kristin Ziemke is an urban school educator and the author of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom. Since establishing her own consulting company in 2011, Ziemke has worked with schools around the world to develop learning experiences that redefine school. Recognized as an international expert in literacy, inquiry, and technology, she leads school teams to develop curriculum that is student-centered, personalized, and authentic. Working in Chicago schools for nearly two decades, Ziemke currently serves as a resident teacher and learning innovation specialist for the Big Shoulders Fund. Acknowledging the challenges education faces today, she maintains the firm belief that we can change the future through children. Ziemke dedicates her research and writing to developing engaged and empowered students that empathize, understand, and care about the world.
Ziemke is also passionate about teacher development and partners with Heinemann Publishing, The Educator Collaborative, and Future Ready Schools to reimagine professional learning. She has been recognized for her work as a South by Southwest featured speaker, Chicago Public Schools Tech Innovator of the Year, Golden Apple Foundation Fellow, Kohl McCormick Early Childhood Teacher of the Year, Apple Distinguished Educator, and National Board certified teacher. Ziemke is an international keynote speaker and her work has been featured by Apple, EdWeek, Mindshift, and Scholastic.