New York based educator Andrene Bonner is an in-demand speaker, workshop facilitator, and curriculum designer for K -12 through undergraduate learning. She is a Common Core expert, helping parents, students and teachers to decode the Common Core State Standards to improve performance in and away from the classroom. Her mission is to help raise standardized tests scores in failing schools across the state and the wider US. Bonner inspires audiences and parents in particular to activate their latent teaching skills in the mission to help nurture high-performing successful graduates.
Bonner, whose advocacy for literacy began to blossom when she was just a teen, has over 15 years of experience in Westchester County and the New York City School districts and has intimately observed the effects of instituting the Common Core State Standards in the classroom. An expert on creativity, Bonner has also designed curriculum for arts integration and literacy in sports education, yet to be given attention by Common Core decision-makers. She is the author of From A Teacher to Parents: Stories to Heal Your Life So You Can Help Your Child Succeed, Stories to Heal Workbook, I Got This: Affirmations for Teens to Relieve Stress and Create an Awesome School Year, and the forthcoming book, Your Child Will Succeed: A Parent’s Guide to Mining Gold From The Common Core.
Named a Motivational Teacher of the Year in 2012 by the Black Scholars of Westchester, Bonner has also turned her attention to the well-being of parents. She has received numerous awards for educational leadership and community service to families.
Andrene Bonner is the founder and president of Literacy Gateway Institute, an educational solution business which creates among other tools workshops and seminars for teachers, parents, students and policymakers. She holds graduate degrees in education, language and literacy and an undergraduate degree in theatre arts, dance, acting, and directing. She is an alumna of the Lincoln Center Education Learning Labs for Artists and Educators. Bonner is the award winning author of a published fiction novel Olympic Gardens, which champions a young abandoned protagonist in his search for identity and education. She has also written Ruby, a full-length musical to teach high school students the history and culture of the Harlem Renaissance.
Bonner holds a Master of Science in Education, a Master of Arts in Language and Literacy and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and Dance.
The way I always thought of Ms. Bonner is that she had something that you can’t teach.
Miss Bonner is a free thinker; she is highly creative and capable of redesigning and reshaping policies in order to maximize learning outcomes.
Ms. Bonner participated on various district-wide committees convened to carry out the recommendations needed to ensure our secondary curriculum had a deep alignment with the state standards.
Andrene is one of those individuals who turn whatever she touches into gold. She is passionate about teaching, about equal opportunities, about the arts, about social justice and equality among the students, and among many other ideals she holds dear to her heart. She is a pillar in her community.