Bio: Cari Harris is an educator, curriculum designer and policy specialist for dropout recovery program Graduation Alliance. She is also the Assignment Editor and a writer for The Educator's Room, an online education magazine. Cari has been a high school Social Sciences teacher for over 9 years, and has taught in brick & mortar and online environments. While in traditional education, Cari spent 7 years as a building representative and as Vice President of her local Teachers Association. Her areas of expertise are Conflict Management, Civic Education and Participation, and Social Justice curriculum at a secondary and college level. Prior to her teaching career, Cari worked for 15 years in the legal world, and was a human rights activist in Northern Ireland and Washington, DC. She holds a BA in Conflict Analysis & Resolution, an MAT in Secondary Social Sciences, and an MA in Political Science. In 2009, she was chosen as a James Madison Fellow, a Congressional Fellowship designed for teachers of Constitution-based social sciences. Cari is also the author of 'How to Finish the Test When Your Pencil Breaks: A Teacher Faces Layoff, Unemployment and a Career Shift' about her experiences as a teacher without a classroom. Meanwhile, she is a single mom to her eleven-year-old son (and frequently loses to him when they play Settlers of Cataan!). You can find her on Twitter @teachacari, or online at http://EnlightenedInstruction.com.