A nurse and professional educator with 30+ years of experience, Barbara Kalina holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees from Mundelein College in Chicago, IL. Retiring after twenty-three years in the classroom, Barbara continues to provide professional workshops. Her areas of expertise include research-based literacy strategies, teaching strategies for variable-length time periods to work within the schedule, and middle school philosophy implementation as well as teaming/small learning community organization.
For twenty years, she served on the Illinois State Board of Education Language Arts Committee, assisting in the development and implementation of Illinois’ reading and writing tests. During that time, she provided ISBE professional development in writing and reading strategies for Illinois school districts. As an association and Board member of the Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools, she conducted workshops in teaming and instructional strategies. Barbara also served as an adjunct professor at Benedictine University and National Louis University, each in Illinois, teaching courses on middle school philosophy, methods and curriculum. She is a trained presenter for BRIM, Breaking Ranks in the Middle, a NASSP program.
Barbara is a long-standing member and conference presenter with the Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools, National Middle School Association (now AMLE), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Learning Forward (formerly National Staff Development Council). She belongs to the National Council for Teachers of English and National Association for Secondary School Principals. She has written for the AIMS journals and Web site and the National Association of Elementary School Principals bulletin. With Elliot Merenbloom, she co-authored Making Creative Schedules Work! and Creative Scheduling for Diverse Populations In Middle and High Schools published by Corwin Press. In 2016, they also collaborated for an article entitled “Scheduling: Creating Flexible, Interdisciplinary Blocks of Time,” published in The Encyclopedia of Middle Grades Education (2nd Edition, Charlotte, NC by Information Age Publishing). In March, 2017, Barbara co-authored The Educational Leader’s Guide for School Scheduling: Strategies Addressing Grades K-12 – Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group. This is the first book to address creative scheduling at all levels: K-5 or 6, K-8, middle and high schools.