Joshua Curnett is a National Board Certified Teacher of English Language Arts and currently teaches high school English at Singapore American School in Singapore. The former NCTE High School Teacher of Excellence for the State of Colorado (2008), Joshua has led staff development courses in both American (local, state, and national) and international settings. Joshua has also served as a full-time, district-level mentor for middle and high school teachers entering the profession.
Joshua has led PLC development and implementation as the English Department chair of Eaglecrest High School in Centennial, Colorado, from 2006 to 2010, coordinating five PLC teacher teams, which increased the learning of 2,400 students per day. Joshua has also trained staffs to implement a Writers’ Workshop model of teaching writing to elementary, middle, and high school students as a consultant for the Colorado Writing Project. In addition, Joshua also developed and instructed a graduate-level methods course for Colorado’s Cherry Creek School District staff as part of its professional Writing Certificate program. For several years, Joshua wrote a regular column, “Before the Bell,” for the Colorado Language Arts Society’s publication, Statement, and he has published articles on Solution Tree’s All Things PLC website as a guest blogger.
Joshua earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Colorado at Denver. He taught for fourteen years in the Cherry Creek School District in Greenwood Village, Colorado, and has also taught college-level English composition and literature in Beijing, China, and in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Joshua’s Solution Tree presentations include Shifting the International School Culture from ‘I’ to ‘We,’” as well as developing leadership in a PLC culture.