Education

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Welcome!

 

May we introduce our authors?

 

ECU is a niche publisher. Our niche is K-12 education.

Our primary targets are School Board Members, Superintendents,

Principals and Staff, and Teachers.

We also serve those who want excellence and loving care in our schools.

 

Our authors are chosen because they have vital expertise to share.

We are proud of the books they have written—and the acclaim their books bring.

We are also very proud that our authors share their expertise,

passion, and acumen through writing and public speaking.

 

Here is a short biography of each author.

It is followed by their current speaking topics and contact information.

 

 

 

Jim Burgett

 

Jim Burgett is a veteran educator, nationally recognized education speaker, and consultant. He was named the “Illinois Superintendent of the Year” by the American Association of School Administrators, and "Administrator of the Year" by the Illinois Association for Educational Office Professionals. Burgett has received numerous honors and recognition for his leadership, including the Award of Excellence from the Illinois State Board of Education, and the Van Miller Distinguished Scholar Award by the University of Illinois.

After earning a B.S. degree in education at the University of Wisconsin, Jim earned an M.S. and C.A.S. at Northern Illinois University.

Education has been the cornerstone of his career. Jim has been a teacher of grades five through twelve and a principal of elementary, middle school, and high school. During his 38-year tenure, Jim has served as the Superintendent at three districts, retiring from the Blue-Ribbon Highland District in 2004. 

Jim speaks across the country to a variety of organizations, writes and presents administrator academies, and produces webinars and on-line training. He is known for his practical leadership. In particular, Jim Burgett has lead in the development of administrative standards and effective teaching strategies. 

 

For ECU, Jim Burgett has written What Every Superintendent and Principal Needs to Know and The Perfect School (with Jim Rosborg and Max McGee); Finding Middle Ground in K-12 Education: Balancing Best Practices and the Law (with Brian Schwartz); Teachers Change Lives 24/7: 150 Ways to Do It Right; The Art of School Boarding: What School Members Need to Know, and The School Principal’s Toolbook: Building the How-To-Path to Excellence.

 

Burgett’s current speech titles are “The Heart of Education: Engagement,” “The Art of School Boarding,” and “Moving from Doom to Zoom.” Jim can be contacted at jburgett@burgettgroup.com or (618) 654-5874.

 

 

 

Dr. James Rosborg

 

Dr. Jim Rosborg currently is serving in his 10th year as Director of Master's in Education at McKendree University and instructor of graduate classes in curriculum, school law, principalship, and school/community relations. Since his arrival at McKendree, Rosborg has been active in the development of the new Illinois statewide Principal Preparation Program and IASA's (Illinois Association of School Administrators) School for Advanced Leadership (ISAL). For his efforts, IASA awarded Rosborg and fellow committee members their “Service to Community Award” in 2012, making him a two-time recipient. Currently, Dr. Rosborg is active with the Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Illinois ASCD), President of  the Illinois Council of Professors of Educational Administration (ICPEA) while also serving in an advisory capacity on the IASA Board of Directors representing ICPEA. He serves as the University Advisor to the Southwest Division of the Illinois Principal's Association (IPA). Rosborg continues to be a member of the IASA after serving on the Board of Directors from 1999-2005. He has been a continuous member for over 20 years. Rosborg has had experience working the Superintendent Search groups and does interview seminars each year with McKendree University student teachers.

In June, 2005, Rosborg retired after eleven years as superintendent of the 3,750-student Belleville Public School District #118, Belleville, Illinois and 33 years in P-12 education having served as a teacher, school counselor, principal, assistant superintendent for curriculum, and superintendent.  Under Rosborg’s leadership, Belleville #118 had some of the highest district test scores in the state of Illinois. District #118 schools received Golden Spike Awards, State and National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards, and the Northern Illinois University's Spotlight Awards for the academic achievement. Rosborg’s tenure as Superintendent saw #118 recognized as the state leader in local assessment and having success with minority students and students beset with environmental challenges. He maintains his association with District #118 as President of its Foundation Board of Directors.

Rosborg himself is a past recipient of the Illinois Master Teacher Award, the Illinois State Board of Education “Those Who Excel” Award, the Illinois State Board of Education “Break the Mold” Award, the Boy Scouts of American Russell Hill Award for promoting Special Needs Scouting and Character Development, and the 2004 Illinois Superintendent of the Year Award.

Rosborg recently celebrated his 39th wedding anniversary with his wife Nancy. They are the proud parents of three children and have six grandchildren.

 

With ECU, Rosborg co-authored What Every Superintendent and Principal Needs to Know and The Perfect School (with Max McGee and Jim Burgett).

 

Rosborg speaks about school law, ethics, positive mental attitude, anti-bullying, classroom management, tax caps, celebrating good teachers, and assessment topics such as having success with students that live in poverty. Jim Rosborg can be contacted at jtrosborg@mckendree.edu or (618)537-6464.

 

 

 

Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee

 

Max is recognized as a dynamic leader, teacher, speaker and writer on critical issues in educational leadership, STEM education and legislation. Former State Superintendent of Illinois, Glenn “Max” McGee is currently Superintendent of Palo Alto Unified School District serving nearly 13,000 students in 18 schools.  His leadership has already fostered international collaborative student research projects and innovative approaches to addressing the achievement gap and providing opportunities and access for the underrepresented and under resourced students to the top classes, programs and extra-curricular experiences.  He has also led the community through a series of tragedies and worked with the greater community to enhance existing programs and design, implement and evaluate new ones to foster students’ mental health and wellness. 

He was previously president of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, a public residential academy that educates the top math and science students in Illinois where he led the Academy to receive Intel’s “Star Innovator Award” as the top high school in America, and launched field offices and other initiatives that expanded programs and services to thousands of students and teachers throughout the state.  Dr. McGee has also been a teacher, principal and superintendent in three Illinois public school districts and spent year in Princeton, New Jersey, launching an independent STEM high school start up.  Dr. McGee has co-chaired the team that designed, developed and implemented Illinois new state report card and has coauthored two books.  His published research on high achieving, high poverty schools that have closed the achievement gap has garnered state and national attention. Max was the 2012 recipient of the ERDI Mike Kneale Educational Excellence in Leadership Award.

Max earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Dartmouth College and his M.A. and Ph. D. from the University of Chicago.  He credits his family with being his inspiration.   He and his wife Jan, who is the Executive Director of the Urban Education Center at North Central College, have three children and four energetic grandchildren.   Max has retired from running marathons, but is still an avid and successful age group triathlete.

 

With ECU, McGee co-authored What Every Superintendent and Principal Needs to Know and The Perfect School (with Jim Rosborg and Jim Burgett).

Max McGee’s current speech titles are “Beyond College and Career Readiness:  Educating Students for Careers that Don’t Yet Exist,” “Fostering Minority Achievement and Talent Development,” and “Cultivating a Culture of Educational Innovation.” Max can be contacted at mmcgee@pausd.org or (224) 234-6129.

 

 

 

Dr. Brian Schwartz

 

Brian Schwartz is Associate Director & General Counsel to the Illinois Principals Association.  He is also an adjunct professor of school law at the University of Illinois–Springfield and maintains an active private law practice.  Brian has written and spoken extensively in the area of school law.  His most recent book, The Law of Homeschooling, was published in 2008.

 

With ECU, Schwartz co-authored Finding Middle Ground in K-12 Education: Balancing Best Practices and the Law (with Jim Burgett).

 

 

 

Dr. Pat Anderson

 

Patrick Anderson is the superintendent of Wood River-Hartford School District #15 in Wood River, Illinois. He has worked in schools for nearly 20 years, in the roles of educator, principal, and superintendent. His efforts to provide the best possible education to the students who are most in need have become a passion and an opportunity to share many successes to teachers and administrators in Illinois.

 

With ECU, Anderson wrote The Kid in Purple Pants: Structured Approaches to Educating Underprivileged Students.