Erica Speaks has an MA in Teaching and is National Board Certified. She has been a middle school educator since 2000. She currently teaches language arts at a multi-track year-round public middle school in North Carolina and writes a blog titled Teaching Speaks Volumes. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.